Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chromebooks Rock!

I had the pleasure today of watching a class of new learners, many of whom have never used email before create labels and filters for their emails.

So many whanau I talk to get overwhelmed by the numbers of emails in their mail boxes and not being able to find things.  We showed them through a simple video how to create labels.  Youtube is a fantastic resource to learn new tricks on google.  If you like this one there are heaps more.



How do we learn easily?  We learn by sharing together, laughing, trying new things out and sharing our knowledge.  This was my experience in Taihape today with our two classes we have 18 students all together.  One who learn during the day and one in the evening.  Students move between the classes when they have other commitments.  It works for everyone.

Thank you Taihape



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

Netflix 










NEON TV




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!