21 March 2017

Congratulations Hapuku School!!!

Congratulations to Hapuku School families and Principal Ally O'Keefe for seeing the Computers in Homes training to completion, while also coping with their situation from the earthquake.

The graduation was due the week the earthquake struck and many families had to leave the area for a while or  found themselves in temporary accommodation.  With so much going on, it shows Ally's commitment to her families that she was able to organise an end of year barbeque and celebration for her school a month later and include the Computers in Homes Graduation at the same time.

Unfortunately, with the road closures and continuing road safety concerns I was unable to attend, but from speaking to families and hearing their feedback, they enjoyed a wonderful celebration before taking their computers home with them.





20 February 2017

Training at REAP Marlborough

We are off to a great start in 2017 with REAP Marlborough hosting two training groups. The training is being held on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-9pm and Wednesday mornings from 9.30-12 noon. There are a couple of places left on Tuesday night's group so let me know if you are interested.
Lapu

Lapu (Pasifika Advocate) has been doing an 
amazing job, checking in with all the families 
who signed on late last year, to make sure 
they were still available to begin last week.  
Lapu, your help has been invaluable, so thanks.

Lynne 
It was great to join Lynne (tutor) for the first sessions of training last week and to meet the families who had enrolled.  I'm sure when I return to Blenheim in a week or two I will really notice a buzz in the room and an increase in confidence. I am looking forward to it.

Janice
Ailsa



Already the friendly faces of Ailsa and Janice 
are making families feel welcome 
at REAP Marlborough.






Hard at it!
And full concentration!!!








Enjoy your learning!!!

5 December 2016

Spark Jump opportunity - first sign up!

Hi Everyone

Spark Foundation has partnered with 2020 Trust of offer a new pre-pay internet service for families with school-aged children.  It has some significant benefits but does not replace contracted services offering around 100GB which the average family now uses each month, so Jump Start is not intended for people who want to download movies a lot etc but has been created to support internet access for families for their children's education.

  • It costs $15 for a 30 GB data pack (which expires after 30 days, so must be topped up monthly)
  • Top ups can be made using Skinny vouchers, or using a debit or credit card
  • It uses the 4G and 4G 700 wireless network
  • It is quick to set up.
If this sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know, please contact me and we will see if this would work at your home.
Paulette (centre) signing up for Spark Jump at Picton Library
with librarian Helen Devlin and CiH Coordinator Denise Henley






2 November 2016

Welcome to Beautiful Kaikoura

A big welcome to families from Hapuku School.



Training is now well underway at Hapuku School thanks to the capable guidance of Principal Ally O'Keefe and tutor MacKenzie Burrows.  Each time I visit I get to enjoy the amazing scenery and be welcomed at the door by the resident pet kune pig who likes to be in the thick of things but can be moved on slowly by the temptation of food.  

Participants of the training are sharing their knowledge and skills and offering support to each other. The group is having lots of fun and it is easy to see confidence growing.
I am looking forward to the next visit in November to share in Hapuku School's Graduation celebration.

Cheers Denise






5 October 2016

Well done Westport North School

It has been a pleasure to work with families from Westport North and Westport South School. 20 hours of training hosted at Westport North School are now complete and after a lovely Graduation, the refurbished computers have been taken home just in time for school holidays.  It was fun to meet all of the children during Graduation and I am sure they are enjoying having a computer in their homes.  We also have some keen people who are going to continue with their IT learning by completing the online KiwiSkills programme.

Westport North School
Westport South School
















Graduation at Westport North School on PhotoPeach

22 September 2016

Stepping UP courses coming up at Motueka and Richmond Libraries - free to the public

Stepping UP - Free Computer Courses

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Let us help you unravel the mysteries of using a computer - and it won't cost you a cent.
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Stepping UP is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software applications to build partipants' skills and confidence. Each module takes two hours to complete and is designed to stand alone.
All classes are free.
Classes may be cancelled if minimum registrations are not reached.
If you are interested in any of the courses below and the dates and times don't work for you, please contact us.
Registering for courses:
You can register at http://steppingup.org.nz/ or ask a library staff member next time you visit the library.
When registering, select Courses - Nelson Marlborough - Upcoming courses Nelson-Marlborough region.
You'll see that courses are being offered at Marlborough and Nelson Libraries as well as Tasman District Libraries. Make sure you only register for the courses being run in Tasman District.

Motueka Library                                  

CourseDetailsDates
Ancestry.com
This course will focus on tips for effective searching on Ancestry, as well as an overview of records available for the UK and New Zealand to help you trace your ancestors.

This course includes:
  • Search tips for using Ancestry
  • Record collections for New Zealand
  • Record collections for the UK
  • Viewing Public Member Trees
  • How to send records home from the library
Prerequisites:
  • Basic computer skills are essential
Tuesday 1 November 10.00am-12.00 noon
Digital photos
This course will help you manage and share your photos from your camera and/or Smartphone.

Learn how to :
  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to a computer
  • Share your digital photos with family and friends
Prerequisites: participants need to bring to this course
  • Digital camera and USB cable
  • USB memory stick
  • Facebook login details (not essential)
Tuesday 22 November
10.00am-12.00 noon

Email
Learn how to set-up and use an email account.

This course includes:
  • Creating a free email account (Gmail)
  • Navigating around your email account
  • Adding an address to your contacts lists
  • Sending, receiving, replying and forwarding emails
  • Sending, receiving and saving attachments
  • Creating folders and groups
  • Recognising SPAM and other potentially harmful email
Prerequisites:
  • Participants must bring a cell phone to set-up an email account
  • Participants with an existing email account - don't forget to bring your email username and password
  • This class will be focused around Gmail email accounts
Tuesday 6 December
10.00am-12.00 noon
Employment - Part 1 (Preparation)
Learn how to use digital tools to help you prepare for employment.

This course includes:
  • Creating and formatting a CV
  • Creating and formatting a cover letter
Prerequisites:
  • Please bring information about your work and any voluntary experience (with dates) to include in your CV
Tuesday 8 November
10.00am-12.00 noon
Online Newspapers
Learn how to access New Zealand, international and historic New Zealand newspapers.

This course includes:
  • Using PapersPast - discover what life was like in 19th and early 20th century New Zealand with these historic newspapers
  • Using Press Display - read full digital replicas of local, national and international newspapers
  • Accessing newspaper and magazine articles from the 1990s onward through various e-resources, i.e. Australia/NZ Reference Centre
Tuesday 29 November 10.00am-12.00 noon
Pinterest
Learn how to use Pinterest.  Find inspiration for hobbies, arts and crafts, parties, parades and much more. Pinterest is a smorgasbord of creative ideas.

This course includes:
  • Creating a Pinterest account
  • Creating a board
  • Searching for ideas
Prerequisites:
  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Email address and password
Tuesday 13 December
10.00am-12.00 noon
Skype
You will learn how to use Skype and its basic functions.

This class includes:
  • Create an account
  • Search, request and add contacts
  • Video and telephone calls
  • Webcams
Tuesday 11 October
10.00am-12.00 noon

Word processing using Word 2010
This course includes:
  • Entering, selecting and formatting text
  • Creating and saving documents
  • Page layout
  • Copy, cut and paste
  • Inserting pictures
Tuesday 18 October
10.00am-12.00 noon
YouTube
This course includes:
  • Sign up for a YouTube account
  • Searching and favourites
  • Uploading and downloading
Tuesday 15 November 10.00am-12.00 noon

Richmond Library                                 

CourseDetailsDates
 Ancestry.com
This course will focus on tips for effective searching on Ancestry, as well as an overview of records available for the UK and New Zealand to help you trace your ancestors.

This course includes:
  • Search tips for using Ancestry
  • Record collections for New Zealand
  • Record collections for the UK
  • Viewing Public Member Trees
  • How to send records home from the library
Prerequisites:
  • Basic computer skills are essential
Thursday 8 December 10.00am-12.30 pm
Digital photos
This course will help you manage and share your photos from your camera and/or Smartphone.

Learn how to:
  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to a computer
  • Share your digital photos with family and friends
Prerequisites: participants need to bring to this course
  • Digital camera and USB cable
  • USB memory stick
  • Facebook login details (not essential)
Thursday 13 October
10.00am-12 noon

Tuesday 22 November
10.00am-12.00 noon
Discover your library online
Learn how to access and use the Library catalogue and e-Resources.

This course includes:
  • The library catalogue - searching, accessing My Account, renewing and placing holds online
  • How to find and access the library's e-Resources
  • A quick look at Books and Authors, New Zealand Geographic, Who Else Writes Like and World Book Online
Prerequisites:
  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Participants need a Tasman District Libraries membership to access online resources. You'll need your membership card number and PIN
Thursday 17 November
10.00am-12.00 noon
Facebook
Learn how to create and use a Facebook account.

This course includes:
  • Creating a Facebook account
  • Posting to your wall
  • Accepting and sending friend requests
  • Sending private messages
  • Privacy
Prerequisites:
  • Participants must have a current email account to participate in this class. Don't forget to bring your email username and password.
Wednesday 16 November 10.00am-12.00 noon
Historic New Zealand Newspapers
Papers Past contains digitised pages from 19th and 20th century New Zealand newspapers. They include newspapers for the Nelson area from 1842 to 1922 and are an excellent source of information for local researchers and family historians.

Learn how to:
  • Navigate the Papers Past website
  • Search for specific people, places or events
  • Learn to narrow down your search results
  • Learn to use keywords and phrase searching effectively
Prerequisites:
  • Basic computer skills
Thursday 24 November 10.00am-12.00 noon
Internet Basics
Learn how to access the web and how to use the Google search engine for finding information on the Internet.

This course includes:
  • Understanding common terms on the Internet
  • Using the Google search engine
  • Understanding links
  • Using Google Images
  • Google searching tips and tricks
Prerequisites:
  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
Thursday 10 November
10.00am-12.00 noon
Tracing Your Ancestors Through Military Records
In this course you will learn how to locate online military records for New Zealand, UK and Australia, using free genealogy websites and subscription databases. The course will mainly concentrate on military records for the South African (Boer) War, World War I, and World War II.

The course includes locating:
  • Military service records/personnel files
  • Records of the war dead
  • War memorials and war graves
  • Probates and wills
Prerequisites:
  • Basic computer skills are essential
Thursday 1 December 10.00am-12.30 pm
Photo editing
Learn how to crop, edit and colour your digital photos. In this class we will be using PIXLR editor (free online picture editing software) to edit and fix digital photos. Most of the skills learnt in class can be used with other photo editing software such as Paint or Photoshop.

Learn how to:
  • Crop and resize your photos
  • Remove minor marks, dirt and other damage
  • Customize colour
Prerequisites:
  • Basic computer skills
What to bring (optional):
  • USB flashdrive/memory stick to save your work to
  • A digital copy of a photo you want to edit (on a USB stick)
Thursday 27 October 10.00am-12.00 noon
TradeMe
Learn how to buy and sell goods using TradeMe.

This course includes:
  • Creating a TradeMe account
  • Browsing TradeMe to locate items of interest for sale
  • Saving auctions to your watchlist
  • Sending questions to sellers
  • Reserve prices and auto-bidding
Prerequisites:
  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Participants must have a current email account to participate in this class - don't forget to bring your email username and password
Thursday 3 November
10.00am-12.00 noon

21 September 2016

The Warehouse Bags For Good Partnership

Hi

I visited The Warehouse in Blenheim recently and met the very helpful manager there to thank him for the opportunity to partner with them.  Here is a photo of our token progress at this stage.