Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Amazing things are happening in Ruapehu

We are really happy to be able to announce that we are going to be working with Te Pae Tata in Ohakune this March 2017 in the Ruapehu Region.

They are located behind Ruapehu College.  They are driving the Ruapehu Whanau Transformation project which is a visionary project to transform the lives of whanau who live in Ruapehu.

We will be running a Chromebook trial for 10 -12 parents with children in the surrounding schools with the goal of enabling those whanau to have computers in their homes.  This will support them in their wider goals of sustainabilty, employment and education.

Here is a short video to show you what this amazing group are doing.

Here is a short video to introduce our new trainer Chaana Morgan who is talking here about the zero waste management which she is also involved in.

and here is a photo of her test driving the Chromebook

We start our class on Thursday 2 March at 10.30am we look forward to sharing our class photos next month.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Video Streaming - The Legal Way

There are many options for the new computer user in Video Streaming.

Here are a few legal ones



They are all different.  You need to shop around.

The other thing to do is to work out what video setting to watch them on.

When you login  go to the PLAYBACK settings.  If you choose Medium you will get a perfectly good picture but use 0.7GB per hour instead of 7 GB per hour on a premium plan.  It makes a major difference if you are on a set plan.

Check them out.  Remember to put in your phone calendar the week before your free trial expires so you can cancel it if you don't want to keep it.

Happy watching.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Chromebook success at Castlecliff and Keith Street Schools

Over the last few months I have had the privilege of working with a great group of parents at Keith Street and Castlecliff Schools.  These are parents and grandparents bringing up children.  Many of them had very little prior computer skills.  In the 20 hours training they learned about gmail, about using the internet, about the Google Drive, making slides and google docs and how they could support their children's learning.  Here are some of the families from those classes:

They came further than any other classes have using their chromebooks.  Here are the presentations they put together at the end of their class.  They all contributed.  Remember most of them could not have done any of this before class.  This was from the Castlecliff class:

This was from the Keith Street Class:

Here was their graduation

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Whanganui Learning Centre October 2016

Congratulations to our 8 wonderful graduates at the Whanganui Learning Centre.

Now you know loads about Google, Google Drive, Google Docs, Word, Excel and how to help your children master technology.

Unfortunately two of our graduates were sick so unable to attend.  To celebrate their graduation each graduate did a slide for their class presentation.  Here is a link to that that presentation.

WLC Presentation by Graduates

Congratulations to the class

Here was our celebration

Chromebook Adventures in September

Today I saw a group of learners, who knew nothing about Google except how to search, talk for ages about the Google Drive, Calendars, Emails etc.

Several of them never used email.  Now they know how to share files, open Google Slides and watch a video that shows them how to learn things for themselves.

You are never too old or young to learn about the Computer.  Here is Bernard a granddad bringing up his mokopuna learning the wonders of the Chromebook from Aaron.  I am not sure what Aaron is showing him but it does have his attention.

For those of you thinking about doing some learning here are some tips and tricks.

Next month our Whanganui Learning Centre class is graduating so we look forward to sharing our success with you.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Challeges of Parenting in a Digital Age

There is an amazing amount of information around about parenting in a digital age.  It is a huge challenge for parents.  Here are a couple of youtube videos which could help you on that journey.

This is a longer video about the challenges faced.

Recently the Parenting Place and Vodafone created digi-parenting.co.nz which has nice simple tips.  This is an introduction video.

Keep enjoying the digital world.  With it you can learn anything!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Chromebook Insights

In May 2016 we celebrated our first Chromebook trial.  Since then I have been slowly upgrading our Chromebook training materials and discovering the wonder of the Chromebook for myself.  

What is a Chromebook you ask?  The easiest way for me to tell you is to share this video.

Chromebooks are amazing little devices.  They basically have the internet and nothing else.  BUT on the internet you can do EVERYTHING.  They switch on right away and boom you are in the internet.

Instead of using Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint you use Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. They are like simple versions of their Microsoft cousins.  They have some amazing features like in the help area you can type what you want to do and it actually does it for you a lot of the time.  It makes it so much easier.  Some of the feedback from our classes has been "wow this is so much easier.  I have tried to learn Word and Excel so many times.  I didn't get it.  Now I can with Google".

The great news is you can also use Microsoft if you have Microsoft 365 which most children at school do.  Here is a photo of one of our graduates Jonathon with his son enjoying his Chromebook.

We are running three more Chromebook trials at Whanganui in September.  If you have school aged children who live in Whanganui and don't have technology at home go and see one of these schools: Castlecliff School  at Polson Street, Whanganui  OR Keith Street School at Keith Street (In Town) Whanganui OR TKKM o Atihaunui a Paparangi (Putiki opposite the church) to register.