Issue 25

IT at Caswell Clinic

Education-iconAs you are probably aware, while computers have not quite taken over the world, they are used in most areas of everyday life – at work (many jobs require some level of I. T. skills), at home (e.g. in DVD´s, washing machines, cookers and cars) and at leisure (theatre, cinema, library etc.). It is therefore helpful, if not necessary, to acquire some knowledge and skills in this area. The opportunity is available at Caswell.

I started providing I. T. training at Caswell a few months before the new build opened. It was enjoyable moving into the pristine premises. Many patients have attended the classes which are held in the Education Room every Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The classes usually last for one hour although may be shorter to suit individuals.

There have been varying skill ranges from people who have no computer experience at all to those who are quite well-versed in I. T. and follow the ECDL qualification. Everyone is welcome and an individual programme is devised for each learner.

It is usual to start with Word Processing, using Microsoft Word which is by far the most widely used word processor, being used by well over eighty percent of the population. This includes:

Creating documents (including letters, lists and CV's) and saving them on the computer and onto a removable disk.
Editing the text including adding, inserting and deleting text.
Formatting the documents adding Bold, Italic and Underlined text.
Lists and tables.
Inserting pictures.
Printing.

Most students then progress to Presentations which involves using Microsoft PowerPoint to create interesting slide shows.

Microsoft Excel allows us to use Spreadsheets including the following features:

Entering numbers
Entering text
Being able to add, subtract, multiply and divide
Creating simple accounts
Using formulas to calculate averages and other functions
Creating and printing charts and graphs

The more daring students may learn Databases using Microsoft Access, enabling them to create address lists and catalogues.

There is also an opportunity to learn basic computer theory and file management for those who wish.

So whether you just want to make a start with computers, brush up on the skills you already have or even study for the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) ask if you can attend the classes on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. until 12.00 p.m.

BobD I. T. Tutor

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