For those of you who are a little older, but have decided to go back into degree seeking mode, the massive size of technology can seem a bit daunting. Especially if the last computer you sat down to was a Commodore 64. The good thing is, however, that technology does have to be that scary. It can really be a close friend and asset with just the tiniest bit of training.
If you determine to learn and manage three different components of the computer world, you will be set to begin your educational training. Most of these things you can learn in community classes for pennies. You can also register for free training sessions at libraries (if you live in or near a larger metropolitan area). Here are the three basic tools of computer basics today:
1. World Wide Web – in this day and age, you would be surprised to learn just how many people do not even know how to surf the internet. If you have found yourself in that situation, whatever the reason, do not fret. If you have a computer, or access to one at the library, you can get on-line for free and learn the basics of navigation – mostly by trial and error. If that doesn’t do it for you, there is always the book, “Internet for Dummies”. Just open Windows Explorer (for PC users) or Safari (for Mac users) and “do your worst”.
2. Email – Once you are up and running on the internet, you must set up an electronic mail account. It is a quick and easy way to send correspondence to other people, and is a great asset, particularly, if are looking for a job or taking on-line classes. Free email accounts are available all over, but the most popular ones are with Yahoo and Google.
3. Word Processing – essentially Microsoft Word for windows. If you don’t already have basic typing skills, practice, practice, practice. It will become essential when you are forced to write 25 page term papers at 3:00 in the morning. Microsoft Word is very user friendly, and you should also have no problem learning it by trial and error. If you do, again, there is “Word for Dummies”. There are also free training classes offered by the city’s Department of Employment Security.