COMPUTER, TABLET & PHONE GROUP
Group Leader contact
We provide free technical support and advice to U3A members who own or are thinking of buying Windows computers or Android tablets and smart-phones, in aspects such as:
- the basics of the range of computers, tablets and smart-phones available
- employing them to find information and communicate with families and friends
- understanding some basic definitions of terms used in computing
- accessing media, maps, books etc.
- using office applications such as word-processing, spread-sheets etc.
- organisation of data-files into folders, saving and easy retrieval of same
- creating digital pictures such as diagrams, scans and photographs
- facing problems: threats from viruses, maintenance and back-up of data.
Further information on the above topics in bold can be accessed by clicking on one of the links.>>>>
- encourage beginners to develop and others to extend their computer skills
- facilitate the exchange of computer-related knowledge
- provide Group Leaders with advice and assistance as required
At our September 2020 planning meeting, the recent resurgence of Covid did not suggest a return to our normal meetings at Town Close in the foreseeable future; even the offer to start-up in the Town Hall looks to be impracticable at the moment. Hence it seems useful to promote Zoom to all U3A groups. Zoom is a live-video remote conferencing tool, enabling groups to communicate verbally and using the normal presentation methods of text, diagrams, pictures, videos, PowerPoint etc. It was agreed that, in the current situation, we will:
- publicise the subjects of our next Zoom meetings to all our S&D members, inviting those with previous Zoom experience to join us
- offer those without Zoom, one-to-one help in installing and using Zoom, on exchanging a phone contact number with one of our helpers
- start meetings by asking attendees to outline their immediate problems, and to introduce their newly favourite app or web-site.
We will continue to schedule Zoom meetings on first and third Wednesdays of each month starting at 10am. Currently we have five experienced helpers, Arthur Gough, Ashley Smith, Barry Moody, Martin Sutton and David Alford.
These scheduled meetings comprise a talk or discussion on some topic chosen by our Group, See the Sessions link for a list of recent topics used, together with future topics planned. Immediate problems raised by members, may be discussed at the meeting or referred to one of our five helpers to give one-to-one assistance by phone or their own personal Zoom. For further information, contact one of our helpers.