Strode News

20/01/12 - Find out how the Internet can make Life Easier, Cheaper and more Enjoyable
Strode News

Strode College is inviting people to its free 'New Year, New Online You' sessions in February, where beginners will be able to find out how computers and the internet can make life easier, cheaper and more enjoyable.  

Four sessions will take place at Strode College Computer Centre and people can attend up to three sessions for free:

  • Friday 10 February 2pm-4pm, Using the Internet
  • Monday 13 February 10am-12pm, Uploading photos
  • Monday 13 February 2pm-4pm, Using e-mail
  • Tuesday 14 February 10am-12pm, Using Google to search for information


Nadine Norman, Manager of Strode College's Computer Centre said:  "Using a computer and the internet can make life easier in so many ways, and learning how to use it is free and easy if you come along to some of our sessions in February.

"It can be time consuming and stressful trying to fit everything we need to do into our daily lives, but using the internet can help. For example, you can renew your car tax on the internet in just a couple of minutes avoiding the queues; you can quickly compare quotes from different insurance companies and save money without making loads of phone calls; and you can search for jobs from home, when you have the time to look.

"The internet is also a major source of information which can be a great help in many aspects of our life including health, finances, entertainment and learning.  And, the internet has made staying in touch with friends and family a lot easier through e-mail, social networks and using digital photographs."

"If you have never used a computer before, or you're just not sure about them, this is a great time to find out more and have a go.  You'll get all the help you need from us. "

If you are interested in joining one of the free sessions at Strode call 01458 844480 to find out more and book a place.


Ann Kent - From curious to confident computer user

Ann Kent is an active member of the Glastonbury Towns Women's Guild where she is the voluntary Press Officer.  When she was given a computer about two years ago she felt quite intimidated, 'a bit like a dinosaur'.  She didn't know what questions to ask or who to ask.  But, she embraced the challenge and decided to find out what her new computer could do.    

Since then Ann has attended several free sessions at Strode College to find out how a computer can be of value in her life.  She went to Strode's free 'Silver Surfers' sessions and 'Get More Out of Life Online' sessions; she attended courses on using a digital camera, digital images and ebay; and she has also completed the 'Computers for the Curious' course, where she learnt how to work smarter with her computer, changing text, saving and printing. 

Once she got started her confidence grew and so did her desire to learn more.  She went on to successfully achieve an Entry Level 3 qualification in IT, 'Computers for Beginners', and she is now progressing her learning and developing further IT skills with a Level 1 course.   

Ann no longer feels like a dinosaur.  She can confidently use her Google email account, and the Internet is the first place she looks for information.  She can take a digital photo, upload it to her computer and send her photographs attached to her email.  And, she has ebay and PayPal accounts and has been selling unwanted items, including a boat! 

Ann said: "I have seen a great many changes in my lifetime and I could never have imaged being able to use the internet or email or that I could take digital photos.  But now I can do all of these things and even use spread sheets!"