A person looking for a job will almost certainly face such a requirement of a potential employer as knowledge of a PC. It happens that we are talking about a high level of computer proficiency - programming, three-dimensional modeling, work in accounting programs.
But most often, elementary user skills are needed: the ability to check mail, type text, make a request in a search engine, enter numbers in a ready-made table. In any case, computer literacy is the first qualifying stage on the way to making money.
Where else do you need PC knowledge
Finding a job is not the only reason to master the computer. For many users, this is an opportunity to communicate, sometimes the only one. Postal correspondence, video telephony, social networks, instant messengers simply save people who are forced to stay at home or in the hospital.
The need to express yourself, engage in hobbies, find admirers and like-minded people on the Internet is easily realized. Introverted and lonely people share their poems, images, videos andunderstand that their creativity and ideas are interesting and in demand.
Computer literacy is also an opportunity to save time when making an appointment with a doctor or paying:
- courses and tutorials;
- products, manufactured goods, tickets, etc.
Finally, the Internet provides invaluable access to almost any information. This is a rare opportunity to receive information that is not available in the official media, analyze it and draw your own conclusions, not imposed by anyone.
Where to start
One of the most accessible ways to learn something is to go on the Internet and find the necessary data there. A person who does not know the basics of computer literacy needs help with this. The easiest way is to contact someone you know. Skills to get first:
- how to turn on (turn off) the computer;
- how to click the mouse (once or twice);
- how to open the Internet and use the search engine.
Everything that the mentor showed should be written down in detail. Beginning users, especially those of retirement age, quickly forget this first lesson. Further, a person is able to work on his own, making the necessary requests and discovering useful sites.
If there is no one to help
Without being able to contact friends or relatives, you can take computer literacy courses. They are in every city. You can find such courses by following the ads:
- in newspaper ads;
- inticker or TV commercials.
In 2015, Dmitry Medvedev signed a document according to which a special social program was launched. Retired people who are not working can receive free assistance in learning how to use a personal computer. In many cities there are free courses for those wishing to master the PC. Computer literacy training for pensioners is funded by the Pension Fund.
To find out if there are such courses in your city, you can contact:
- to the social security authorities;
- to Pension Fund branches;
- to libraries.
People working in these structures do not necessarily have to have information about the opportunity to learn. But it is necessary to ask - there will always be caring citizens who are ready to make a request from their work computer and help.
What you need to know about your PC
Computer literacy for beginners involves mastering the following skills:
- Using the start menu. It is necessary to "walk" through the menu items, and in the future, configure it as convenient.
- Introduction to the My Computer program. Moving in the internal memory of the computer allows you to make sure that it is most likely divided into two parts: the system drive C and the second drive, D, where you should save downloaded games and movies. At the same time, external memory is mastered, that is, disks and flash drives.
- Understanding what a file is and why folders are needed. Create folders and organize information. Herealready need the skill of using the right mouse button to create and delete files and folders.
- Setting and saving texts. It is better to start in the simplest built-in Notepad. Further, Microsoft Word is gradually mastered.
- Working with Excel. Tabular arrangement of information is used very often. It is not bad to master the simplest arithmetic calculations in tables.
How to get started with the Internet
- Browser. All Windows have Internet Explorer installed by default. It is worth starting to work with him. When the user is no longer afraid of communicating with the Explorer, you can download another browser. Often the system itself recommends which one.
- Download. You need to find, download and install the missing programs, for example, to view or listen to files. For many beginners, downloading is the main thing for which computer literacy is needed: music, photos, videos that you can save for yourself.
- Mail. To register on many resources, you need a mailbox.
- Registration in Odnoklassniki. Most people who have just started to master the computer are already of mature age. The older age group is most fully represented just in Odnoklassniki. Having mastered registration and search, it will be easy to penetrate other social networks.
Next it will be useful to master more complex things:
- Cleaning the computer. Unnecessary files, like garbage, is necessarydelete periodically. Otherwise, the system will slow down. The procedure should be carried out at least once a month.
- Restoration. The system crashes at times. Before calling the serviceman, you can try to repair yourself.
- Mastering Skype. To expand the possibilities of communication, you need to register in the program and set it up.
- Use "Torrent". Installing the program gives you access to transfer movies and computer toys to your computer.
When using "Torrent", it is necessary to take into account an important thing - computer literacy and computer culture should ideally coincide. We must not forget about ethics and copyright. By downloading a pirated program, the user also distributes it through the "Torrent" (this is how his system is arranged), automatically becoming a violator.
Next, you can master working in the cloud, the 1C program, creating fantastically beautiful images in Photoshop, editing short films, etc.
Many people, feeling confident in the Internet space, create their own blogs. A person almost always has something to say, and there are people who will find this information useful.
Websites are, as a rule, the evolutionary stage of users' "growing up" following the blog. They are made not only for pleasure, but also for making money - at least by placing ads.
Computer literacy is always self-development. First, what others offer is mastered and used, then it is createdsomething of your own. The knowledge necessary to work on a PC in an area that is interesting and in demand is accumulated and turns the user from a "teapot" into a creator and professional.