Computer Courses at Centres
Nine Computer Courses to choose from
Computer courses at our Centres are run by both experienced volunteers and Digital Unite and include topics such as basic word, email, the Internet, poster and leaflet design. All abilities are welcome. Course contents may vary from Centre to Centre, please contact your nearest Centre for more details.
Digital Unite, who also organise the national annual Silver Surfers Day, have developed the computer courses based on what Centre customers would like to learn.
The Digital Unite Courses run once a week for four weeks, with classes lasting an hour and a half. The cost is £35 and includes a booklet that gives students a record of what they have learnt. Students will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
- |Introduction to Computers and the Internet
- |Keeping in touch - Email and Skype - New
- |Introduction to the Internet
- |Shopping and Banking Online - New
- |Social Networking - New
- |Word Processing for Beginners
- |Word Processing - Next Steps - New
- |Introduction to Managing Photos
- |Managing Photos - Next Steps - New
Download the latest |computer course leaflet
To find out more and book your place please contact your nearest Centre or Centre that is running the course you want to do.
- |Claygate Centre
- |Cobham Centre
- |Hersham Centre
- |Molesey Centre
- |Thames Ditton Centre
- |Walton Centre
- |Weybridge Centre
Aimed at: Total beginners who have never used a computer.
- Using the mouse and keyboard
- Find your way round a computer (basic use of Windows 7)
- Introduction to the Internet (using a web browser, looking at some websites)
- Introduction to email (send / receive messages)
Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using email or Skype.
- Introduction to email (how email works, the types of email service, email addresses)
- Using an email programme - Windows Live Mail 2011 (open and reply to a message, create and send a message, send to more than one address)
- Safe use of email (dealing with spam and hoaxes)
- Sending and receiving attachments (includes saving files on PC)
- Managing an email account (saving messages, contacts)
- Setting up and using Skype
Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using the Internet.
- Introduction to the Internet
- Using a web browser - Internet Explorer 8
- Saving links to favourite websites
- Some useful websites
- Staying Safe Online (understanding the threats - non-technical)
- Searching the Web
Aimed at: People who have been using the Internet for some time and want to learn more. Maybe a follow-up to Intro to the Internet (2.2)
- Shop safely online (understanding the risks - non-technical)
- Some useful shopping websites
- Registering for a shopping website
- Price comparison websites
- Online banking (this will use demos only)
- Using eBay
Aimed at: People who have been using the Internet for some time and want to learn more. May be a follow-up to Introduction to the Internet.
- Introduction to social networking
- Keeping personal data safe online
- Using Facebook
- Setting up a Facebook account
- Other social networking sites
- Using Twitter
Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using a word processor. Uses Microsoft Word 2007.
- Typing a simple document, e.g. a letter
- Basic editing and formatting
- Printing documents
- Filing and finding documents
- Copying and pasting text
Aimed at: People who have been using Word for some time and want to learn more. May be a follow-up to Word Processing for Beginners. Uses Microsoft Word 2007.
- More advanced formatting
- Inserting images to create simple cards or posters
- Working with tables
- Creating labels
Aimed at: People who are confident using a computer and sending emails, but have limited experience (or no experience) of organising photos on a computer.
- Copy pictures from a digital camera to a PC
- View pictures using Windows 7
- Organise pictures into folders and using tags
- Email pictures with Windows Live Mail 2011
- Share pictures using Skydrive
- Print pictures
- Back-up pictures to a CD or a separate storage device
Aimed at: People who can organise photos on a computer using Windows and who wish to learn how to use Picasa for advanced management and editing. May be a follow-up to Introduction to managing photos.
- Install Picasa
- Import pictures into Picasa from folders and from a camera
- Organise pictures into albums and using name tags
- Share pictures via Picasaweb
- Basic editing (e.g. crop, remove red-eye)
- Introduction to Picnik (online photo editor)