All courses, including the Help sessions covered in the Timetable below are for Members only. Not a Member - see the Join Now page. The timetables are updated on a regular basis and the search box makes your class dates and time easy to find.

SeniorNet is a community learning network that supports and motivates mature people to enjoy and use technology in their everyday lives, join in the fun and learn how to do everything from understanding how to use your computer, working with basic documents, searching the internet, working with photographs, researching your ancestry, maintaining your computer plus much more.

All courses are held in our Learning Centre, 12 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga.

They are run in 2 hour sessions and some will consist of just the one 2 hour session while others will have several sessions and usually have a maximum of 8 students.

In small, friendly and stress-free classes, you will gain the skills and confidence you need to get the most out of Information Technology.
When considering and choosing courses it is important to think about what interests you and what you hope to achieve. Help is available from our experienced team if you are unsure how to proceed.

To participate in the courses you must be a member of SeniorNet Pakuranga at an annual fee of $30 per member.  An additional fee of $5.00 per course day is then payable for each course. Course materials are included in the cost either in booklet form, or electronic format. All members are asked to wear their membership badge to all functions as a courtesy to others.
At our learning centre, retired volunteers from all walks of life provide a wide range of courses across a range of computer platforms, so there will be a course available to you which will assist you in obtaining full benefit from your device.

We also provide Help days 3 or 4 times each month for our members having computer problems or queries.

We look forward to seeing you.

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If you wish to make a booking,  go to the "Course Detail"  tab and
email or telephone the tutor.

Start DateTimeCourseDate Sorter
17 Sep (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Beginners)180917AM
17 Sep (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 2 of 3)180917PM
19 Sep (Wed)10:00 AMHelp Session180919AM
20 Sep (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 3 of 3)180920AM
21 Sep (Fri)9:30 AMCommittee Meeting180921AM
24 Sep (Mon)10:00 AMGoogle Gmail180924AM
24 Sep (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 3 of 3)180924PM
25 Sep (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session180925AM
26 Sep (Wed)1:00 PMApple iPads & iPhones180926PM
27 Sep (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 1 of 2)180927PM
01 Oct (Mon)10:00 AMHelp Session181001AM
04 Oct (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 2 of 2)181004PM
05 Oct (Fri)10:00 AMMonthly Meeting181005AM
08 Oct (Mon)10:00 AMGoogle Gmail181008AM
09 Oct (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181009AM
11 Oct (Thu)10:00 AMGenealogy Research181011AM
15 Oct (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Beginners)181015AM
17 Oct (Wed)1:00 PMHelp Session181017PM
18 Oct (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 1 of 3)181018AM
19 Oct (Fri)9:30 AMCommittee Meeting181019AM
23 Oct (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181023AM
25 Oct (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 2 of 3)181025AM
25 Oct (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 1 of 2)181025PM
29 Oct (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Advanced)181029AM
31 Oct (Wed)1:00 PMApple iPads & iPhones181031PM
01 Nov (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 3 of 3)181101AM
01 Nov (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 2 of 2)181101PM
02 Nov (Fri)10:00 AMMonthly Meeting181102AM
05 Nov (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 1 of 3)181105PM
06 Nov (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181106AM
08 Nov (Thu)1:00 PMGenealogy - Getting Started (Part 1 of 2)181108PM
12 Nov (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Beginners)181112AM
12 Nov (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 2 of 3)181112PM
13 Nov (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181113AM
15 Nov (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 1 of 3)181115AM
15 Nov (Thu)1:00 PMGenealogy - Getting Started (Part 2 of 2)181115PM
16 Nov (Fri)9:30 AMCommittee Meeting181116AM
19 Nov (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 3 of 3)181119PM
22 Nov (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 2 of 3)181122AM
22 Nov (Thu)1:00 PMHelp Session181122PM
26 Nov (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Advanced)181126AM
28 Nov (Wed)1:00 PMApple iPads & iPhones181128PM
29 Nov (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 3 of 3)181129AM
29 Nov (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 1 of 2)181129PM
30 Nov (Fri)10:00 AMHelp Session181130AM
04 Dec (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181204AM
06 Dec (Thu)10:00 AMPicasa (Digital Photography.) (Part 1 of 2)181206AM
06 Dec (Thu)1:00 PMWindows 10 (Part 2 of 2)181206PM
10 Dec (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Beginners)181210AM
11 Dec (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181211AM
13 Dec (Thu)10:00 AMPicasa (Digital Photography.) (Part 2 of 2)181213AM
13 Dec (Thu)1:00 PMGenealogy Research181213PM
17 Dec (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Advanced)181217AM
18 Dec (Tue)10:00 AMHelp Session181218AM

 

Below - course details - content and booking information.    Fees help cover overheads and course notes.   Click on the headings below to expand into the range of courses that interest you.

 
Taking the Plunge
3 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $15 It is suggested that this course should be taken by every beginner, or if you have used a computer and would like a refresher and reminder of some of the clever tips and shortcuts. This is Step 1 in getting to know and use the computer with confidence. This begins with a series of ‘How To’ actions - know your way around a computer; point and click with a mouse; start and shut down a computer; find, open and close a program and much more.  You can learn how settings can be changed to suit you and also look at anti-virus and anti-malware requirements (including explanation of some of the words used in ‘Computer Speak’). To register for this course phone Brian Erikson 534 4798, or email ttp@senpak.nz

Windows 10
2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10 An introduction to Windows 10. Learn about the new features in this new operating system. If you have recently purchased or updated to a Windows 10 computer, it is essential for you to get the most from your new operating system.  You will learn the basics from your new desktop, arranging the Icons and placing the Icons on the desktop. Arrange the new Start menu and privacy settings that should limit your exposure to reporting and advertising. Also included is Windows file System and how to navigate, create folders and move these folders. To register for this course phone Dick Harris, 576 9483 or email windows10@senpak.nz  
Laptop Computers/Notebook Basics
1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5 This workshop covers what to look for when buying a Laptop or Notebook. You will learn how to set things up and receive an introduction to Windows 10 To register for this course phone Jim Currie  533 4221 or email laptops@senpak.nz
Word Power
2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10 Learn how to type a page (also called a document) using Microsoft Office Word. Word processing programs are used principally to write and illustrate documents such as letters, newsletter, flyers, etc. To register for this course phone Jim Currie Ph 533 4221 or email wordpower@senpak.nz
Advanced Word Processing
3 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $15 This course follows on from Word Power using MS Word 2007/10 and covers advanced features of Word 2007/10. Word setup options, adding buttons etc., creating a letterhead template, using Auto Text, Clip Art and Word Art, inserting columns, tables, headers and footers To register for this course phone Maureen Keys  271 5553 or email advancedword@senpak.nz
Spreadsheets
2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10 Using MS Excel, learn how to do Budgets - Plot your weight - Record lists of people - Create Invoices etc - Financial Planning -  Household spending and accounts. Really you should use spreadsheets for anything that involves creating tables, making charts, doing calculations, or keeping lists. The projects you can manage on Excel are endless and fun to learn. To register for this course contact John Bate phone 570 5468 or email spreadsheets@senpak.nz  
Smartphones/Tablets (Beginners)
1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5 Bring your Android Smartphone and tablets to this workshop. These have similar functionality to the Apple products listed. We have prepared notes for you and these are more  extensive than can be covered in the 2 hours. To register for this course email Brian Erikson  at smartphones@senpak.nz
Smartphones/Tablets (Advanced)
1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5 Bring your Android Smartphone and tablets to this workshop which covers more advanced functions and apps than those included in the beginners class. We have prepared notes for you and these are more extensive than can be covered in the 2 hours To register for this course email Brian Erikson at smartphones@senpak.nz
Apple iPads
1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5 Bring your own iPad or iPhone and learn what it can do.  Search and connect for Apps.  Find out how to do what you want at your speed. The iPad and iPhone is really a mini-computer for those who are in a hurry capable of almost all applications you run on your laptop, as well as providing amazing quality camera, music, reading books, diary, email - the list goes on and on—not forgetting iPhone’s telephone and all it’s extra functions. Be sure to bring your iPad or iPhone along to this class. To register for this course phone Dick Harris, 576 9483 or email ipads@senpak.nz
Microsoft Surface Tablets
1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5 An introduction to Windows 10 operating system with your own Surface tablet. Explore the tablet’s advanced features. To register for this course phone Jim Currie  533 4221 or email surfacetablets@senpak.nz
  1 session of 2 hrs – Course fee $5.00 Come along and learn how to save your videos and files to a CD or DVD using a free download of Ashampoo software. Ashampoo also enables music CD “ripping” from you CD collection and format conversion to MP3 for that type of music player. If you have downloaded MP3 type files Ashampoo enables the creation of music CD’s both from MP3 and ripped CD’s sources. This course also covers the use Flash Drives as storage devices. To register for this course email Brian Erikson at cdflashdrives@senpak.nz  

Genealogy - Getting Started

2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10

Getting started using the award-winning software, RootsMagic.  This course focuses on getting you set up so that you can start to record your family history for your family and future generations.  If you have a laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability, please bring it with you.  Don't worry if you haven't  got one, we will lend you a memory stick so you can transfer your genealogy information to your home computer at the end of the course.

To register for this course phone Graeme FitzGerald 272 9271 or email genealogy@senpak.nz

Genealogy Research

1 Session of 2 hrs - Course Fee $5

This course focuses on using the resources available today on the internet and some of the other resource available in our local community.  You will be provided with many sources you can use to explore family history beyond your present knowledge.  You will find this workshop is useful for expanding your research toolbox. Again, bring your laptop with you if you wish.

To register for this course phone Graeme FitzGerald 272 9271 or email research@senpak.nz

Picasa - Digital Photographs

2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10

Transferring images from camera to computer, editing,  adding text, emailing, making a slide show,
creating backup and printing are all included in this course.

To register for this course email picasa@senpak.nz

Email - Microsoft Outlook, Windows Mail  2 Sessions of 2 hrs - Course Fee $10

We explore and learn how to send and receive emails. We develop our list of contacts and their addresses sending emails to each other using the learning centre computers. Learning to show how to send messages, photos and files etc. to our family and friends.

To register for this course phone Jim Currie  533 4221 or email emails@senpak.nz

HELP DAYS

Need Help ???

Bring your problems to a Help session where one of your fellow SeniorNet members will help you.
These sessions are usually held weekly. No bookings are necessary - bring our helpers your queries.
A Gold coin donation to our learning centre overheads would be appreciated.

PopUp Workshops

These Workshops are totally different on each occasion. The Tutor will decide the content of the short subjects within the 2 hour course. Each subject could expand in areas not included in general course material.

You will be advised via email in the week prior of the subjects and timing for this one off course.
Booking is essential due to limited space and will require you to reply to the email.
A $5.00 donation to our learning centre overheads will be required and will include a cup of tea or coffee.