The first in a series of Naples Free-Net events hosted by Collier County Public Library took place yesterday afternoon at the South Regional Library Branch. Naples Free-Net’s education chair, James McDonald showed an audience of 50+ attendees what’s new on Google services, Google Search and its new Hummingbird Algorithm, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google+, Google+ Photos, and many many more, during this two hour session.
Here a few photos posted on Google+ by Birgit Pauli-Haack
In partnership with Collier County Public Library, NFN instructors will present beginning and intermediate skills classes at library branches throughout the county. Classes offered are Basic Computer Skills, E-Mail, Use of the Internet, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets with separate lectures on Windows 8.1, Google Applications & Services, and Tablets & Smartphone Apps.
Visit Collier County Library Computer Classes web page to learn more and to register online. for details regarding any of these classes.
NFN’s founders built the organization on three pillars in 1995, Access, Content and Education. Public education of digital literacy was a major focus point for NFN volunteers and although after 17 years basic internet skills are not in high demand anymore recent surveys revealed the digital literacy is now a job requirements in professions that have long been hands-on only, but are now moved into the digital age with the advent of mobile technology and a bigger need of reporting and tracking of the workforce.
Basic Computer and Internet classes: Public Library & Naples Free-Net
Many companies require future employees to fill out their job applications online and also require e-mail address for communication. In 2012 the Collier County Library started an initiative together with SWFL Workforce and scheduled classes around libraray branches with a remote computer lab. David Chalick recruited instructors among long time NFN volunteers, and June Scott, Marv Weisberg and Birgit Pauli-Haack held monthly classes at the library. The grant did not renew, and a lot of work still needs to be done so NFN education chair James Mc Donald and David Chalick, head librarian at the Collier County Libraray of Golden Gate branch teamed up and came up with a combined plan for additional computer and internet basic classes held at the pubblic library branches and taught be NFN volunteers.
NFN Walk-in Clinics: Computer, Windows, Email, Internet, Digital Photography
Another area of classes are for all levels of skill sets are held weekly at the NFN offices/Computerlab and are designed to be Walk-In Clinics. People with specific questions to a certain range of topics. The Walk-in clinics are for members and non-members the latter will be asked for a $10 donation to the Naples Free-Net.
NFN Tune-up Tuesdays
NFN Volunteers will tuneup your PC desktop or laptap for more efficient running. Download Microsoft updates; update virus protection, check dialup configuration; install free programs that run diagnostics; download updates to your other programs.
Donations are requested: For Premium members: $25.00; for Standard members: $30.00; and for non-members: $40.00.
We will take 2-3 clients each Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis only. Call our Helpdesk at 417-1400 each TUESDAY ONLY to reserve a spot as available.
NFN4Good WordPress Walk-in Clinic
501 TechClub SWFL – Netsquared
Within our mission “serving an electronically-connected community”, we also try to keep you informed and up-to-date on latest technology development. With the technology world expanding to netbools, Tablets, iPads, & smartphone, having a way to access data from any device becomes a necessity. Google provides us a whole set of free web and office products such as text processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and contacts management in the cloud, so to speak, having access to your information through the web. Learn more about principles behind it and how you can use it in your daily life.
Our newly recruited instructor, James McDonald, has developed a very well thought out on Google Apps. During the first test run of the class among our volunteer crew, James enlighted us with great ideas how to solve common problems with Google’s customizable homepage, Email and contacts. With the help of spreadsheet and documents, he taught us how to share sharing contact lists, family birthday calendars among far away family members and friends.
We have scheduled another introductory class for November 29 at 6pm – 8pm at the Naples Free-Net Office. The class is free, however seats are limited, so registration is required
To all members of Naples Free-Net,
Take advantage before the summer months for classes.
We have 3 Classes scheduled for May
- May 12, Naples Free-Clinic 2-4
- May 19, Computer Basics 1-4
- May 26, Naples Free-Clinic 2-4
Register early on our home page home.naples.net/education or by calling our office at 417-1400