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I got a digital camera for my birthday last year.
I've yet to REALLY learn how to do things on the computer with
my photos. They are in Picture Project which is my basic photo
storage area, and I have Ofoto, Kodak and Adobe. Truthfully I
really don't know what the different programs do.
I know how to send from Kodak, but I have so many questions. I
need either a great class or someone to come to my house (for
pay or barter (I'm a massage therapist)- and show me what the
My husband gets frustrated with me so he's not a good teacher
for me with this.
Thanks for any recs on this.
barely computer savvy
Eliot Khuner is a professional wedding photographer. I hired him to photograph my family. He
even wrote a book about digital photography. He is very patient and loves to share what he
knows about photography. I'm pretty sure he will come
to your home for private instruction.
My mom is in town to help me watch my 10 month old for the
summer, and she would like to take an evening intro to computers
class that would cover the basics, like how to send email, work
with the internet, print things, etc. Is there a class that
anyone can recommend? Definitely nothing advanced, she really
doesn't know much about computers. Thanks a lot!
Piedmont Adult School offers introductory computer classes for
older adults. I don't have first-hand experience with their
computer classes, but I have been happy with other courses I've
taken there. Here's a link to their computer courses for summer:
The Albany Library (and maybe other branches in the Alameda
County Library system)offers individual tutorials for seniors who
are new to computer use - especially internet and e-mail
training. Contact them for details. You could also try the
various Adult Schools in the area.
I need to improve/increase my computer skills - which are pretty
minimal - specifically in Word, Excel and general spreadsheet
capabilities. I have an iMac in case that matters. Can anyone
recommend any affordable, once or twice a week classes,
preferably daytime or evening (not weekends), in or close to
Berkeley? Thanks so much
Well, I can tell you that I was quite disappointed in the
computer classes that I tried at Berkeley Adult School. My skills
were minimal also, but the Word class I took was so slow and
tedious that I hardly came out with anything at the end. I
haven't tried Albany adult school, maybe they're better.
My computer consultant charges $50/hr for tutoring in computer
applications. This may sound out of your budget, but he's so
efficient and friendly that I think you might actually learn
faster and cheaper in the long run with his individualized help.
He's Corey Head at 415-586-4227
You might try Berkeley Adult School or one of the community
colleges. The easiest way for me to learn is to get a project,
and then get a book about how to do it and work through that
Our 12-year-old son would love to learn computer animation.
Any summer classes out there for his age group--or possibly a
College for Kids is a program run by California's Community
Colleges. They often have challenging, unique programs for kids--
television production, robotics, etc. Your local community
college may offer computer animation classes in their College
for Kids program. Give them a call!
There are a couple of computer camps that are listed on
BPN that have animation as part of their curriculum. iD Tech
Camps, Giant Campus.
If you are looking for something more customized or one on
one for your son, I'm available for tutoring. I just finished
working for an elementary school in Castro Valley as their
Computer Lab Manager/Computer Instructor.
Computer Programming for Teens
My 14 year old son would love to learn programming, with the eventual goal of
designing video games. We haven't been able to find anything in the East Bay.
He's been trying to teach himself from a book (C++ for Dummies) but it's
tough going and there's noone to help when he gets stuck. I'd appreciate any
leads to classes, teachers or more user-friendly resources. Thanks.
Vista College offers a number of classes in computer programming, many of
them in the evening. My 15-year old is currently enrolled in one, and has
been quite comfortable in it. High school students can enroll at Vista
quite easily....they need to get a form approved by their school, and then
get it approved by Vista. They can take the class for either high school or
college credit. Check with your son's counselor, or call the Vista College
admissions office. Its too late to enroll for Spring semester, but there
are classes in summer and fall.
Try UC - they have a summer program for C++ for teens.
My son has gone to computer camp a couple weeks every summer for the
last three years. He's attended Cybercamp because it offers robotics,
video classes, game programming and C++. The college kids and grads who
lead the classes are great and there's flexability for anyone who
changes their mind about what they want to try out. Unfortunately, it's
very expensive. So this year, having taken robotics and other related
subjects, he's mainly interested in C++. My plan is to wait until the
camps issue of Parent's Press comes out, and see if there's a less
costly alternative, though I highly recommend Cybercamps is you can
afford it. I look forward to hearing what other parents have to
recommend. Thanks for asking. Dusky
I have a son just turning 14 who has been intensely involved with
computers for years now, but primarily playing games. He has shown some
interest in programming, again related to games, and has taught himself
enough to be able to create new levels for some of his games. He also does
lots of tinkering with his computer system at home, and he is a computer
technical consultant at his middle school. He is now showing a broader
interest in programming, and we would like to encourage this. Any
suggestions on opportunities or resources for kids of this age group? We
would be interested in hearing about summer programs, other courses,
books, groups, etc. Cynthia
Don't know if this is what you're looking for...I would encourage you to
investigate programming classes at some of the local community colleges
(Merrit, Vista, etc.). I took intro to programming at Merrit, and the class
was quite diverse. I don't know the age range of the class. Many students
came with skills far below your son's -- several were into gaming and
aspired to write game software.
My son (15 years old) is looking for a class or "tutor" this summer where he
can learn to build his own computer. He's already lined up with Cyber Camp
but they don't have this specific activity. Can anyone send me in the right
While browsing for something else, I came accross the spring & summer course
offering described below in computer assembly at West Contra Costa Adult Ed.
(I have shortened the course description to its bare essentials, here, so
get a catalog for full info.) Parental approval, or school approval may be
required for adolescents taking these courses.
Under Computer Technical Courses:
PC Compatible Basic Computer Assembly
Students work in groups of three to build a 32MB, 2.1 GIG hard drive, PC w/
Windows 98. Lots of special topics covered re accessories, keyboards,
mopnitors, etc. Class size limited to 12.
Alvarado Campus, 5625 Sutter, in Richmond
Saturday classes start 5/11 & 5/18
Serra Campus, 6028 Ralston Ave, Richmond
Tues/Th evening class starts 6/18
Course fee is $60, plus $8 book fee
Site maps www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/adulted
Registration in person at Adult & Continuing Ed office, 6028 Ralston,
Richmond. Phone 215-4666. Spring & Summer Registration opened March 16, and
is open now.
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