I enjoy helping people use computers, especially beginners. I particularly want to help disabled and older people, and here are the activities through which I do this ...
My web-based computer help for beginners
I have created web pages offering computer help for beginners
. To visit my introductory computer help page, tap on the blue writing (blue clickie) in this paragraph.
There are separate pages of helpful tips on:
* accessibility: how to Train your computer
* preventing RSI or how to stay comfortable and avoid back pain
etc while using your computer
* how to be safe
.. from criminals and fraudsters as well as from viruses etc.
I teach computing for beginners at my local U3A and publish my supporting documents online
Helping people "face to face"
I run a monthly Computer Beginners' group for my local U3A
(University of the Third Age). We have about a dozen beginners registered. Everyone seems to enjoy it.
Here are the latest documents for U3A Computer Beginners
I help at the local Age Concern / Age UK
computer drop-in centre. Local older people come to the computer centre to learn how to do internet browsing and e-mail. Some are regular visitors, some come as beginners.
I work as a volunteer for AbilityNet
in a programme called IT Can Help
(punning on Information Technology Can Help). We give free computer help to disabled people in their own homes. Because behind a computer, everyone is equal.
In 2009 I created and ran a short computer training course for beginners, on behalf of the MS Society
Brighton Hove and Sussex.
About my web pages
I like to write the raw code, a bit like low-level programming, rather than letting someone else decide how to code my pages. That encourages me to keep it simple, learn as I go and better understand what it does. I use the helpful web site W3 Schools
for html google for CSS. I try to comply with the W3C
I have managed the web site for RSCDS Brighton Branch
Scottish dance since 2007.
I like to make use of the often-ignored fact that the web is in fact a network
(there's a clue in the name). I provide web links to information about our venues and bands including maps for the venues. The more recent dance programmes
have links to videos you can watch to see how the dances are done.
The RSCDS branch logo was created for me by Charles