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COMPUTER SKILLS

Individual Computer Training

Computer training is available to help staff use Bay Cove’s computer applications efficiently and without pain. Suggestions are given for tackling the subtle and not-so-subtle problems with documents, forms, presentations, spreadsheets and diagrams. Training is given at program sites, in the computer lab or over the phone. All classes are available in one-on-one training. (Call Kathy Gardner @ 617-371-3059.)

Custom Group Training

This training is available to help with program-specific procedures or methods that can be useful to the whole team. This can be a one-time class or series of classes, on progress notes, shared calendars, shift logs, etc. Training is given at program sites or in the computer lab. Also, all of the classes can be scheduled at individual program sites. (Call Kathy Gardner @ 617-371-3059 to schedule.)


 

 

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INSTRUCTION  FOR  BEGINNERS 

Introduction to Computers

This 2-hour class is an introduction to computer essentials, including mouse skills, navigation, and creating, saving and printing documents. Students are also taught how to use an assortment of Windows tools. This is a good class for beginning computer users.

E-mail, Calendar, and Task Management

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 1 ½ hour class will help the new user get started in E-mail, Calendar and Task Management. Topics include: logging on, sending and receiving messages, using one’s personal electronic calendar, and keeping track of tasks.

Shared Calendar

This 2-hour training will help a department or program get more organized. The training teaches students how to use an electronic calendar accessible by group members, distinct from one’s own personal electronic calendar. (To schedule, contact Kathy Gardner @ 617-371-3059.)

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MICROSOFT  WORD  

Introduction to Microsoft Word

This 2-hour class is an introduction to word processing. Students will learn to create, edit, cut and paste, save and print documents. Good class for beginners.

Intermediate Microsoft Word

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 2-hour class begins with a brief review of Microsoft Word essentials, followed by an overview of features such as Find/Replace, Headers/Footers, columns, tabs, margins, changing a page layout, viewing multiple documents, tables and drawing. Students can get help with their Word questions or projects.

Word Tables

(Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 2-hour class will teach students how to use tables to organize information or to optimize document layout in Word documents

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ADVANCED MICROSOFT WORD 

Introduction to Graphics (using Word)

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 2-hour class shows how to enhance a Word document by adding different colors, shapes, borders, pictures and WordArt. Organizational charts and flow charts will also be created.

Creating Organizational Charts and Flow Charts

(Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Microsoft Word) In this 2-hour class, students learn to create organizational and flow charts using Word and PowerPoint. Charts are commonly used to help visualize content better. An organizational chart represents the structure of an organization in terms of rank. A flowchart is a schematic representation of a process.

Outlines in Microsoft Word

Outlining is a tried and true method for organizing information. In this 2-hour class, students will learn how to use Word’s outline processor to organize thoughts, documents or PowerPoint presentations. Anybody who likes outlines should know this feature.

Mail Merge

(Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Microsoft Word) In this 2-hour course, students will use Microsoft Word to merge a list of names and addresses with a standard document to “personalize” it. Then they will learn to use the same list to instantly create mailing labels. A great skill for administrative staff.

  

EXCEL 

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 2-hour class will introduce spreadsheets for organizing data and creating formulas. The key elements and editing functions of an Excel spreadsheet (including the basics of formatting, copy and paste, and formulas) will be covered.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel) After a short review of some basic Excel features, this 2-hour class will continue with formatting, more formulas (AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT, NOW, IF), sorting and filtering data. Students will have guided hands-on exercises which are a helpful way to learn Excel. Annoying Excel problems and solutions to students’ questions will be integrated into the training if the instructor is alerted before the class starts.

  

Introduction to PowerPoint

(Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Microsoft Word) PowerPoint is presentation software that makes it easy to organize, illustrate and deliver one’s ideas professionally using text, graphics and sound. This 2-hour class teaches how to put together a slide presentation with this program.

Publisher

(Prerequisite: a working knowledge of Microsoft Word) This 2-hour class shows how to use Microsoft Publisher to create items such as a flyer, greeting card, certificate, banner, newsletter, calendar, postcard and origami from a template. This class is ideal for program staff and for residents.