Computing for all
|Peter Hudson & Dennis Poole||ComputingForAll||Bi monthly||New members welcome|
Meetings are held in the Swan on Fridays bi-monthly from 10.15-11.45. Everyone is very welcome. Group meetings usually last about 90 minutes. A small charge may be made to cover room hire and refreshments.
There is no requirement to know much about computing to be a member of the Group, although some basic knowledge is an advantage. The main aim of the Group is for members to share knowledge and experience of all aspects of computing, in line with the basic tenets of the U3A. This provides opportunities for people with more detailed knowledge to pass this on to members who would like to learn more about using computers in their various forms. In this regard, we would also welcome more members with experience in this field.
Meetings usually include:
- a ‘taster’ presentation or demonstration given by experienced members of the Group on various topics such as getting started with computing devices, online security, and links to online video training
- problem solving
- an introduction to a website that one of our members finds particularly useful.
In addition, structured courses have been run, on a fee-paying basis, on the following subjects:
Filing and Finding – about computer filing systems
How to Excel – how to use spreadsheets
Skype in Style – how to make free voice and video calls
These, and courses on other computer-related topics, may be run again if there is sufficient demand from members. Click on the links opposite for more information about each course (but note the booking arrangements do not currently apply).
In June 2015, the Group organised a visit to the University of Hertfordshire Adaptive Systems Research Group’s robot laboratory to see the work being done on developing robots for assisted therapy with autistic children and for assisting elderly or disabled people living alone.
In addition, an iPad sub-group has been formed for those members who prefer to use iPads rather than personal computers. This group usually meets every other Monday morning at St Helen's Church. Enquiries about the iPad group should be addressed to Ian Barrie at iPad
Alan Paul of the Ravenshead (Nottinghamshire) U3A has a link with many helpful guides, follow the link to the right of this page "Ravenshead U3A computing guides"