Do you know little or nothing about computers and wish you did? Do you feel you would like to use the facilities provided by the Internet and by electronic mail but do not know where to start? Perhaps you have made the initial breakthrough but now wish to expand your horizons? Alternatively, could you help to spread the word to those as yet uninitiated into the mysteries of cyber space? It is possible a Wrekin U3A Computing group might be just what you are looking for.
The Computing Group, currently full, has been running since early 2012 and meets on the 2nd Wednesday morning each month in the home of one of our members. It is possible that there is scope for a second group but to achieve that what we would need is another person who is prepared to lead it.
Initially we studied, ‘as homework and using our own computers’, the U3A publication “Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser” by Adrian Arnold. Subsequently, at our meetings we reviewed the study topics and any associated difficulties and consolidated our learning with presentations and demonstrations. We may return to this and other publications in the future. More recently we have utilised web based training packages to improve our “Microsoft Office” skills. At every meeting we also discuss any computing related problems members are having with a view to learning from our collective experiences. These ‘sessions’ usually prove incredibly valuable as they tend to address the everyday practical problems we all have. As skill levels improve, and they most definitely are, the format of our meetings will inevitably evolve.
The Wrekin U3A committee is committed to providing opportunities for our members to improve their computing skills and last year promoted a beginners course in conjunction with TCAT. However, demand seems to favour a different approach and we have now set up a “Drop In Centre” in the Plough Inn in Shifnal from 2 – 4 pm on every 4th Wednesday. This Centre staffed by myself and members of the Computing Group will aim to resolve, on a one to one basis, any problems members are having with their smart phones, tablets or computers. So if you are struggling with something, bring it along and we will see if we can solve it for you.
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