Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.
One of our dreams is to provide women, locally and globally, with basic computer skills they can use to go online to register for college computer classes, foster a desire for higher education, better work situations, improve skills in work and volunteer endeavors, and even improve mothering and parenting skills. As we all age, computer skills can keep us in touch socially with grandchildren, family, and friends.
To accomplish that goal, Soroptimist International of Novato and Soroptimist International of Mendocino-Sonoma Coast joined forces and have either located existing movies and resources or created movies to encourage and support adults in learning basic computer skills.
GCF, the Goodwill Community Foundation, has been a tremendous source of wonderful tutorials. Many movies were located on YouTube from available sources. Some might be free introductory movies for a learning program, but the material available for free is invaluable. Some of the movies were developed by club member Carole Bennett, faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, USA. They have been put together in a logical sequence to help you become comfortable with using the computer.
Start here for learning about the parts of the computer, using your mouse, and building hand/eye coordination.
After you have gained confidence with the basics, start using the Internet for searches, watching videos, and finding information.
Set up an email account, open attachments, send attachments.
Learn the basics of word processing software, write a letter, make letterhead, write a report, address an envelope.
Use Excel spread sheet for calculations. View an example of using Excel to track tickets sales at a Fashion Show.
Save files, organize files, and open files. Develop a slide show incorporating images along with written material by using Power Point. Use Skype for free phone calls abroad.
CREDITS: Carole Bennett, Novato, web maintenance and movie maker; Linda Bradbrook, Mendocino/Sonoma Coast; Inspiration, Brandy Donahoe.
Please send any ideas, comments, needs, or suggested directions to Carole Bennett.