viNGN Workshops

As starting points, we find these sessions useful for introducing topics that many of our Public Computer Center patrons want to know more about. We integrate established materials into the presentations, which we have found most useful in nearly 100 sessions and public appearances since our grants closed. The first two courses offer overviews which may make it easier for absolute beginners and fair to moderate skilled users to approach more formal training in a classroom or online. Consider them “baby steps” and “training wheels” for workshops and structured courses.

More experienced or motivated users may be inspired to register for further training through the University of the Virgin Islands, Department of Labor, Adult Education, independent training provider or self-study. Or, they could begin using the knowledge immediately. So, we continue to offer these and “Train -the-Trainer” appointments by request. Contact Anita Davis, Community Outreach Manager for more information: (340) 715-8581 x 2244 or email adavis@vingn.com.

Absolute Beginners Computer Lab

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To introduce those with no or limited technology knowledge to using the keyboard and mouse and how computers, the internet, email, and online search work. We also include internet safety. This session will not create a computer expert right away, but it is a launching pad featuring trusted resources to help de-mystify computing and relax mindsets. Suitable for adults of all ages and ability; digital mentors welcome to accompany those with fewer skills. We offer a “Train the Trainer” to allow your staff to continue to coach students once the training is completed, as those taking this course do best with support afterwards. Online exam with certificate by email.

Internet Starter Kit

This session offers a more detailed overview of computing, with a segment on social media for personal and business use, and reviews the considerations one must have before taking a business online. This component is offered in conjunction with the annual Digital Learning Day (February) but is available online year ‘round. Suitable for the technically proficient. A printed E-Book is given to all participants (available for download on this site in PDF form). Many advanced learners find that the reading the E-Book is sufficient. Online exam with certificate by email.

Getting Online with WordPress

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We work with the most popular content management system to help students to compile all of the necessary components to launch a web site, while reviewing time, learning and other considerations that may affect manageability. This session is designed to help a business person or anyone considering a web site on best first steps for success. Suitable for the technically proficient.

Computer-Smart, Cyber-Secure

This interactive workshop is designed mainly for adults and those with some degree of online savvy, to introduce them to the 3 areas of vulnerability on their computers and devices such as smartphones and tablets. Originally offered as part of Digital Inclusion Week (October), this class introduces students to the Dark Web and how to use Multi-Factor Authentication to protect online accounts. Even those without online presence are susceptible to identity theft. Suitable for adults with active email accounts; digital mentors welcome to accompany those with fewer skills.

What are YOU Leaving Behind Online?

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This workshop is for parents and guardians who may feel outpaced by their children when it comes to technology. The session provides ways for people with less technical facility to monitor their children, and features the film “6 Degrees of Information” created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to explore different personality types -vs- online vulnerability. Suitable for ages 12+. Contains some mature subject matter.

Do YOU Feel Safe Online?

This workshop is geared to children and their parents or mentors, and explores the many ways that Cyberbullying can appear, what to do about it and finding help. It includes the 7-minute film “6 Degrees of Information” created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to explore different personality types -vs- online vulnerability. Suitable for ages 12+. Contains some mature subject matter.

Google Applied Digital Skills

Google Applied Digital Skills features ready-to-use video lessons that teach practical digital skills in areas such as documents and presentations, online file management, research, budgeting, projects, and programming.

EDUCATORS and PROGRAM MANAGERS: This platform can form the basis of a formal training schedule with teaching plans and rubrics available for grading purposes. Users will need moderate computer skills and a free Google account to get started.

LEARNERS: Visit http://g.co/AppliedDigitalSkills with a Google account and enter the Class Code 23C9DT

TRAINERS: create a curriculum at https://applieddigitalskills.withgoogle.com

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