Hi everyone. I have observed over time that the members of this wonderful community work at all levels of computer knowledge. I've worked with many of you over the years and watched how volunteering becomes easier and more fun as you mastered your computer. I started working full-time around a year ago, so I haven't had as much time for volunteering and helping new people as I would like. The academy where I work has begun something that I think might help some of you with your volunteer work. It's for this reason that I'm posting this here. I still love to see our community grow and enjoy seeing the freedom people gain as they make their computer work for them. Weeks 7 through 10 of this course are of particular interest for Booksharians. The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, (CAVI), is excited to offer a new online course, Computers 101, in February of 2013. About the Course This course is designed especially for people who would like to learn beginner level computer operation with a screen reader. We offer both a Windows and MAC course, held in separate sessions. Topics covered range from screen reader basics, working with files on a computer, and how to use the Internet safely and efficiently. You'll find a complete list of topics covered toward the end of this email. Accessing the Course This is an online course. Participants will use an accessible chat client to participate in classes. We will help students set up their software so they can participate. Course Fees CAVI courses are $500 if they are being covered by an organization, and $150 if an individual is paying out of pocket. Payment plans are available, and scholarships are available for those with verifiable financial hardship such as living in a developing country. What You Need For This Course To take this course, you'll need: •A computer running either Windows or Mac OS •A headset so you can participate in class •An internet connection such as cable, DSL, or the equivalent to attend classes Course Times CAVI courses run one day a week. Generally, the courses begin at 9 AM Perth Time, which is in the evening in North America. The Mac course will be offered on Wednesday night US time, (Thursday morning Perth time.) The Windows course will be held on Thursday night US time, (Friday morning in Perth.) There can be a North American daytime course run if necessary. Applying For The Course For this course alone, we will take applications via phone or email without the need to fill out the application form. The application deadline for the first term of 2013 is January 15, 2013. When you apply, please include: •Name •Address •Phone Number •Email •Any IM info you may have •Whether you're interested in the MAC or Windows course. •The name of the screenreader you use. •What level of computer experience you have •What you want to get out of the course •Whether you're paying out of pocket •What time of day you'd like to be contacted. TheInterview Process Once we have received your application, we will contact you to conduct a short initial interview. This is to make sure that you have the equipment necessary to take the course, and that your goals can be met by what we are offering. We'll answer any questions you have and explain how the course will work. After the initial interview, we will help you get the chat software set up so that you can participate in the online course. If you do not know how to do this we can help you over the phone or via JAWS Tandem, etc. Contact Us For more information on this course, please email comp101@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, or phone 914-620-2284. Proposed Computer Fundamentals Curriculum Part I: Working with the Screen Reader Week 1: General intro. •Course intro •Defining Terms – screen reader, synthesizer, windows, OS. etc. •Windows screenreaders covered include JAWS, NVDA, System Access, and Window Eyes Week 2: Screen Reader Basics •Getting Help with your Screen Reader •Turning the reader off and on. •Basic settings - Setting rate, pitch, volume, etc Week 3: Customizing your screen reader. •Changing settings. Playing with synthesizers, using different settings for different apps, Week 4: Cursors •Application and review cursors, When and how to use them. [Including PC and jaws cursors, and/or Object nav] Week 5: Utilities •Using more advanced features of the screen readers. OCR, remote connections such as tandem, etc. Part II: Working with the OS Week 6: Navigating the OS •Customizing the OS to work with screen readers •Start Menu, desktop, [The dock], System Tray, Taskbar, Menu bars, dialog boxes Week 7: The OS, part 2 •Creating folders •Managing files •Zipping and unzipping files •File extentions •Creating hotkeys •Adding icons to the desktop, etc. Part III: Working with Text and Documents Week 8: Working with Text •All about fonts, bold, italics, etc •Introducing the clipboard. •Selecting text •Cut/copy/Paste •Saving Files •The difference between .txt. and .doc files Week 9: Working with Documents •Spell checking, printing, proofreading, thesaurus, etc. Week 10: Spreadsheets •Spreadsheet navigation, •Simple formulas Part IV: Going Online Week 11: Introduction to the Internet •What is the Web? •What is a web browser? •Getting to a page, reading a page, using navigation *Quick keys Week 12: Navigating Pages, part II •Using forms, tables, ETC Week 13: Effective use of Google, etc •How to search effectively. Week 14: Being safe online. •What to do and not to do to avoid viruses, Trojans and hacking. Week 15: Email •How does Email work? •Reading, forwarding, replying to Email •Using a couple of different mail clients, including Thunderbird and the Gmail web interface. Part V: Fun Stuff Week 16: Getting Chatty •Creating and using IM accounts •Skype Week 17: Getting Social •Facebook and Twitter Part VI: Misc This would be a few weeks of material determined by class needs and wants. Some ideas could be working with Itunes and iOS, using Braille displays, scanning documents, working with PDF files, etc. You can learn more about our academy and its other courses by visiting http://www.ciscovision.org -- Monica Willyard Visit my GoodReads book shelf at http://www.goodreads.com/plumlipstick To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. 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