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Old 01-09-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default My co-op for school, teaching the computer illiterate...

I have not started just yet, I guess sometime this week.

Seems I get to go to a community center and help others less knowledgeable work with computers. The chair of the CIS Dept says it requires a lot of patience. (I have all the patience of an angry boss wanting everything done yesterday. Guess i need to work on that)

I wonder what I can expect? I am not normally nervous about anything to do with school, but this is kind of bothering me.

Just how difficult is it to teach others how to run a computer? I am not a super-expert myself, but I do know my way around them well. Has anyone here provided instruction?
Any advice?
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Old 01-09-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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i guess that depends on what it is your teaching...
the basics of Windows or how to use Microsoft Office... see what i mean.

either way, you'll probibly end up with some people that catch on really easy or already know what you're teaching and help out the other more confused people. just go one step at a time...
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Default Re: My co-op for school, teaching the computer illiterate...

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Just how difficult is it to teach others how to run a computer? I am not a super-expert myself, but I do know my way around them well. Has anyone here provided instruction?
Any advice?
I tried to do this for a living, so....

Expect anything.

Seriously, though, find out what you are supposed to be teaching them. Hope for a lesson plan. And limit your teaching to what they need to know. Do go into a lot of the details about how or why things work the way they do. Just show them how to do it. Too many details just confuse people. And too many of them are already scared that they don't know anythging about computers.

Think of it like teaching someone to drive. They don't need to know the workings of an internal combustion engine, or how ABS brakes work, to drive. Just which pedal does what.
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