Lubbock Public Library to host personal computer classes for adults commencing September 21

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Lubbock General public Library will host computer courses for adults all over fall. Mahon Library will host an an 8-7 days application with each starter and highly developed courses.

Courses will just take spot just about every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in between September 21 by way of November 9.

A press launch explained contributors will discover every thing from rookie laptop and typing competencies to e mail and Google fundamental principles.

Participants are welcome to convey their very own laptops, nevertheless a pc will be offered, in accordance to a press release.

If you would like to register for a pc course, click here.

To see the total course agenda see beneath:

Beginner’s Series
Thursday, September 21 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Computer systems 101: Fundamentals of Computers 
Course 1/8. In this class we will protect personal computer essentials these kinds of as terminology and varieties of computer systems.

Thursday, September 28 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Computer systems 101: Typing Capabilities
Class 2/8. In this class, we will converse about the suitable hand placement on a keyboard and follow typing.

Thursday, October 5 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Desktops 101: Mouse Skills
Course 3/8. In this course we will protect the basic principles of using a mouse and follow clicking (proper and remaining click on) and also chat about what forms of things are “clickable”.

Thursday, Oct 12 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Desktops 101: Internet Fundamentals
Course 4/8. In this course, we will speak about how to navigate the world-wide-web and how to look for for the data you have to have!

Innovative Collection
Thursday, October 19 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Computers 101: Email Principles (Gmail)
Course 5/8. In this course, we will go over the distinctive areas of Gmail and educate you how to attach documents to your electronic mail!

Thursday, Oct 26 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Personal computers 101: Google Docs
Class 6/8. In this course, we will practice making use of Google Docs, a cost-free phrase processing plan, and talk about all of the distinct capabilities in this method.

Thursday, November 2 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Desktops 101: Google Slides
Class 7/8. In this class, we will include Google Slides, a presentation application, and even make our very own apply presentations.

Thursday, November 9 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Pcs 101: Google Sheets
Class 8/8. In this class, we will discuss Google Sheets, a spreadsheet software, and go by way of all of the different characteristics.

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John A. Logan’s professor teaches electronics via pinball







Rob Craig John A. Logan College

Rob Craig, an electronics instructor and chair of the John A. Logan College Applied Technologies Department, stands next to a pinball machine – one of many tools he uses to teach and connect with students.




Dinga-ding-ding-dinga-ding. Ching-ching, thump, bumb, thump, ding.

The sounds of a pinball machine may not be what one would expect to hear in a classroom, especially one housing a community college electronics course, but for Rob Craig, an electronics instructor and chair of the John A. Logan College Applied Technologies Department, a pinball machine is the perfect piece of teaching equipment.

“Students are allowed to play on it,” Craig said of the prototype of a machine being developed by Chicago-based American Pinball and provided to the college by an alumnus. “Many have never played real pinball before and they have so much fun, but the beauty of it is, we can open the thing up and take a look. There’s wiring and circuit boards and it’s everything we talk about and do in class.”

To Craig, electronics is about fun. In fact, he said he really “gets into it” and loves bring real-world applications – including pinball – into the classroom. He said that is a feature of many of the electronics, technology and career-track programs at John A. Logan College.

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“It is absolutely vital that we bring people from the industry in to teach,” he explained. “If you have two instructors, both teaching the same material, but one has a decade of experiences in the field versus the other who just came through the education system, I think the impact on students is dramatically different.”

He continued, “The students desperately need someone to paint the picture for them with real experiences, not stuff that they have read, but things that they have lived. Inspiration really hits when a teacher can say, ‘Look guys, let me tell you about a time that this same thing happened in the real world.’ You can’t do that if you don’t have the life experiences.”

Craig brings his own “real world” experiences to the classroom and his students. He worked in in the technology support group for United Parcel Service for nearly a decade and then worked in information technology and cybersecurity for a number of years at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“I got to see a lot of cool things and it is just awesome to talk about what I’ve seen,” he said.

To further bring the realities of the industrial and work world to students, Craig said his department utilizes a large advisory committee to help instruction keep pace with the needs of employers and to develop networks for students.

One example of the evolution of technology instruction is the artificial intelligence. Craig is in the process of developing a class on it.

“We have to find ways to use it as a tool and not just be a tool for it, if you understand my meaning,” he outlined.

He said he also

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