Senior Computer Learning Center
serving South Shore, Massachusetts
Would you like to be a Senior Computer Learning Center Volunteer??
Read the following inspirational article submitted by Senior Computer Learning Center Volunteers.
As Pat herself says, "One day David bought
a new Windows equipped computer with color,
Internet, Word, Excel, Power Point etc.
When I asked him how I was to learn to use
this new computer, he suggested I come to
Massasoit and take classes."
In 2005 I decided to join the 21st century so I bought my first computer. I knew absolutely nothing about computers. I started taking courses and workshops at SeniorNet at Massasoit. I was very impressed with the knowledge and patience of all the volunteers.
Instructors need to be patient and good at communicating ideas. They need to know how to accomplish tasks on the computer, but since many Senior Computer Learning Center classes cover only basic computing skills, they don’t need to be experts.
Instructors need a basic understanding of how to use a computer.They need to become familiar with the software they will be teaching. They should be organized people who are good at explaining things.
They need to be comfortable speaking in front of a small group. A strong voice, patience, and, a good sense of humor will help a lot.
Instructors help determine the curriculum and then teach classes ranging from the most basic to the advanced. They will “start at the beginning” with novices or craft their own courses about a topic of special interest
Coaches assist an instructor during a class to help slower students keep up with the rest of the class.
Coaches will want to learn more and enjoy helping others.
Members of the Senior Computer Learning Center lost a great friend and instructor when John Young passed on May 7th. John was a wonderful photography instructor. His smile and many stories will be sorely missed by all of us.
John had been involved in teaching and coaching in our previous SeniorNet group at Massasoit, and at the SCLC in Abington for most of our nineteen years. We will all miss this happy face!
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