Boost your computer skills

COMPUTER CONFIDENCE: Te Puke’s Pat Govan attended several free computer classes at Te Puke Library. The classes are being offered again between now and mid-December. © Te Puke Times

By STUART WHITAKER news@tepuketimes.co.nz
© Te Puke Times, Bay of Plenty 9/11/2017, reproduced by permission

Te Puke’s Pat Govan admits she used to be wary of using her computer — but not now.

After taking advantage of the free computer courses offered by Te Puke Library earlier this year she is using it more and more.

“I’ve always had this thing about being a bit scared about the computer, I didn’t have confidence around it,” she says.

Pat took two courses on using Microsoft Word, one on emailing and one on digital photos, and says now she has no such concerns.

“It certainly taught me not to panic and I now know it’s not going to bite me.”

She says she isn’t the kind of person who would sit on the computer all day, but where possible she sets aside a little time each day to get more practice on what she learned.

She now uses Facebook, which she didn’t before, and that has allowed her to connect on the social media site with her brother in Australia and keep up to date with the travel exploits of friends.

The classes are provided by the 20/20 Trust’s Stepping UP programme that offers digital literacy classes for people with basic or no computer skills and cover a wide range of subjects.

Classes are limited to six and Pat says the tutor “deserves a medal”.

“He was unflappable — and was excellent with everyone,” she says. “And the small class size was really important.”

Each course comes with notes which Pat says were logical and well laid out.

The next round of classes begins on Monday and run through to December 13. Some courses are already full, but there are others on which there are still places including email, introduction to tablets, Trade Me auctions and sales, computer basics and Facebook.

For more information contact the library on 571 8008 or go to www.steppingup.nz ‘s booking system on Arlo to book a spot in a class.

Stepping UP courses are offered in partnership with public libraries and community organisations.