Friday, February 22, 2008

SF Mission Interviews

Digital Connectors going around the Mission asking residents and community members about what would they do if the Mission had Free Internet Access.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My experience teaching my student Javier has been very cool, because he actually lets me explain what he needs to do and he does it right. It may take him a little bit of time but he learns and does it. He is a very good student. He actually puts attention and I know I might not be a good teacher but he makes me feel like I am. He can tell when I look tired or just frustrated he tells me “you know what lets cut it short today because you look tired”. My student is very nice and caring.

The second day that Javier came to the classes he wanted to go use the internet and look for a job. So we went on the internet and we went to a lot of websites, but the website that he really liked was craigslist. He thought of it as his favorite website because it had so many choices to pick from. He is a good student and I have helped him with his e-mail also.

by juan

Computer Classes

So far my experience with my computer student has been really exciting. We have covered so many things. For example, the first day I taught her how to use office word. She was very excited to learn such easy things that a computer has to offer. Now days she knows how to type, indent, etc. a letter or anything she wants to write in word. After getting through with the office process I also taught her about adobe Photoshop. She now knows to open the program and how to put the picture she selected in the window. Once she got that through with she started to add effects on her picture she chose. At the end of the day she was happy to learn two things in one day. She shared with me that after so many years that she tried to figure some simple things she basically knows it.

The second time she came I thought her how to be familiarized with her email she recently had opened. By the second time she came in the lab she practically was doing everything on her own, I just needed to help her with some minor details. She wanted to know what other things her email has to offer. We scrolled around and she discovered that in her email she could save notes or appointments and be reminded the day she indicated. When she went to her homepage she was looking at the news or entertainment that was posted daily in. She was happy to know that if she read a very important article she could share it with her friends and family. The only thing that she needed to do was at the bottom of the article she had finished reading they gave her two choices, in those were to save it so she could read it next time or email it to someone. So she decided to email it to her brother. And something that she desperately wanted to learn for a very long time was how to attach a certain thing to her email that she wanted to sent to someone. So that’s what I did I taught her the steps how to attach a file from her computer to her email, she was happy to know how fast and easy it was to do that. Later after covering that step she went to her draft and she didn’t had any idea what that was used for. I explained to her what it was for, and when we went to her draft she had a whole lot of drafts saved that she never knew herself. After that, she asked what the purpose of the junk mail was. I told her that it was emails that she had erased and they go directly to the junk mail. I also told her that if she sends an email to the junk but she regret it and wants it back, it was simple to do. Click on your junk mail and click on the email you want to restore in your in box again. At the end she was happy to know all about her emails and small details that it implied. She mentioned to me that the next time she was going to bring her digital camera and wants to be taught how to save, sent, and share the pictures she download to her computer.

Adriana Morales, SF Digital Connector

Computer Classes

Hortensia was my trainee; she was so excited to learn I was blown away by all the progress we made after 2 weeks. I taught her how to use MS Excel, Word, how to use the internet proficiently, use her email, compose messages and help her remember her passwords. Hortensia was currently trying to find a better job to secure her future and I only hope that I really helped her succeed and do well on her hotel management interview. While helping Hortensia she also taught me how to personalize my yahoo homepage, and about other websites to find movies, books, and TV shows (mainly in Spanish).

She was persistent on learning and took notes on just about everything I said. I’m very proud to teach someone so anxious to learn and she picked up to everything that she knew more about excel then I did. I’m pretty sure that she aced her job interview with flying colors and that she’ll keep picking up on how to use computers and improve herself one hundred percent.

Javier Perea, SF Digital Connector

Monday, February 4, 2008

Mid Term Graduation

On Thursday January 31st, 2008; the San Francisco Mission Digital Connectors had their Fall 2007/Winter-Spring 2008 Mid Term Graduation.

The youth presented their "Where I'm From" Digital Stories to the guests and families that made it to the Caminos Pathway Computer for the Graduation. Nicol Turner Lee VP of One Economy was among the featured speakers for the evening.

The youth also received their laptop as part of their compensation for working in the Mission District providing computer training to Latino families.