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Course Description in VACE catalog:

COMPUTER - Beginning  I 

Learn the basics:  how to use the mouse, desktop, icons, taskbar, menus, shortcuts, accessories, windows explorer, help and search command. Learn how to select text, cut, copy, paste, delete, move, drag and drop, create files and folders, save and print documents and format and copy disks using Windows 98, 2000 or XP. Keyboard skills helpful.

What this site is about...

is using the web to jot down my notes as I teach the class. This eliminates wasting paper on handouts that my last class never read. I will try to include relevant pictures and diagrams as the need comes up. This is a work in progress for at least the next five weeks or so.

The meu to the left takes you to the major sections of the site:

  • News is for any class information or announcements such as new classroom, holidays, etc.
  • Overview is this page.
  • Basic Stuff is what you need to know to get started.
  • Outline is the outline of the text book "For Grandmas who do Windows". This is where most of my notes are.
  • Homework is given after each class.
  • Teacher tells a little about me.
  • Links is a list of good links to the web. Got a few good sites? let me know and they will get on this page.
    Search is not working until I get the site on Google.
  • Glossary, so far is just a list of defined terms in no special order. I am thinking of how to make it come alive and be useful.

This class covers ...

the basics of using a Personal Computer using the Microsoft Windows operating system. This will apply to Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP. The lab will be equipped with Windows 98 machines, but this might change.

You will learn how to use the mouse and keyboard. You will learn about the Desktop and the icons that live on it, and the Taskbar that controls it.

You will learn the common features of Application windows and Dialog boxes, such as the Title Bar, Menu bar, Tool Bar, Minimize, Maximize, Restore and Close Buttons. The course covers common tasks such as selecting text, Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete.

We will learn how to create Shortcuts to programs and documents, as well as how to organize documents into folders, print them, send them by email, and using the Internet.

Also covered are common applications in Accessories, such as Notepad, Wordpad, Calculator and Paint. As the basics are covered, we will discuss any area of general computer knowledge.

A secondary object of this class is to give you familiarity with correct Windows terminology so you can discuss problems with a Help Line tech or whoever and both of you know what you are saying. When you pay for the Help service by the hour, this can save you money.

This class requires...

Homework!!! Sorry, but computers take practice.

I will post homework on the homework page, But as a general rule, homework consists of reading the book to review what we covered in class, practicing the exercises and playing Solitaire and other games that let you practice a lot of mouse movement.

Just remember, you paid good money to take this course. So get the most out of it by playing with your computer.

Y'all Have Fun!!

This class does not cover ...

how to use a Macintosh. If you have a Mac, some of the concepts I teach will be useful. Any step by step instruction on Windows specifics will not apply, though it may look vaguely familiar.

This course does not teach touch typing. If you need this, maybe VACE or IRCC will have a course.

This course does not go into great depth on any given subject. It is meant to be a survey of the basics of using a Windows machine.

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