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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Start DateTimeCourseDate Sorter
19 Nov (Mon)1:00 PMAdvanced Word Processing (Part 3 of 3)181119PM
20 Nov (Tue)09:30 AMWord Power (Part 1 of 2)181120AM
20 Nov (Tue)1:00 PMHelp Session181122PM
21 Nov (Wed)09:30 AMWord Power (Part 2 of 2)181121AM
22 Nov (Thu)10:00 AMTaking the Plunge (Part 2 of 3)181122AM
26 Nov (Mon)10:00 AMSmart Phones/Tablets (Advanced)181126AM
27 Nov (Tue)10:00 AMFacebook181127AM
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
04 Dec (Tue)1:00 PMEmail MS Outlook & mail Part 1181204PM
05 Dec (Wed)09:30 AMEmail MS Outlook & mail Part 2181205AM
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
12 Dec (Wed)09:30 AMGoogle Internet Search & Maps181212AM
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
19 Dec (Wed)09:30 AMGoogle Sheets (Spreadsheets)181219AM
20 Dec (Thu)09:30 AMLaptop Basics181220AM

 

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 even if you have used a computer in a work environment. This is Step 1 in getting to know and use the computer with confidence. TTP 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. How some useful settings can be changed to suit your rquirements and look at anti-virus and anti-malware requirements (including explanation of some of the words used in ‘Computer Speak’).
Course Tutor: Brian Erikson
Email Address 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. You will learn to arrange your new desktop, moving the Icons and adding / removing Icons on the desktop. Arrange / rearrange the new Start menu, look at privacy settings to limit your exposure to reporting and advertising. Also included is Windows file Management System and how to navigate, create folders and move these folders.
Course Tutor: Dick Harris
Email Address: windows10@senpak.nz
 
Laptop Computers/Notebook Basics
1 Session of 2 hrs
Course Fee $5
This workshop explores the features of your Laptop We check and discuss the uses of all those connections on the edges. See what's inside and research the system information like the hard drive GB and how much memory you have in GB. All this is also useful if you are intending to buy a Laptop to get some tips you can use when talking to the sales person.
Course Tutor: Jim Currie
Email Address: 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.
Course Tutor: Jim Currie
Email Address: wordpower@senpak.nz
Advanced Word Processing
3 Sessions of 2 hrs
Course Fee $15
This course follows on from Word Power using Microsoft 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
Course Tutor: Maureen Keys
Email Address: advancedword@senpak.nz
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Spreadsheets
2 Sessions of 2 hrs
Course Fee $10
Using Microsoft Excel, learn how to do Budgets - Plot your weight - Record lists of people - Create Invoices etc – Record totals and forecast sales - Financial Planning. In general, you should use spreadsheets for anything that involves creating tables, making charts, doing calculations, or keeping short lists of things.
Course Tutor: John Bate
Email Address: spreadsheets@senpak.nz
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Smartphones/Tablets (Beginners)
 
1 Session of 2 hrs
Course Fee $5
Bring your Android Smartphone and tablets to this workshop. The course covers a vast range of devices from many manufacturers that use versions of the Android operating system. We have prepared notes for you and these are more extensive than can be covered in the 2 hours.
Course Tutor: Brian Erikson
Email Address: smartphones@senpak.nz
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Smartphones/Tablets (Advanced)
 
1 Session of 2 hrs
Course Fee $5
  Bring your Android Smartphone and tablets to this workshop. The course covers more Advanced features for a range of devices from many manufacturers that use versions of the Android operating system. We have prepared notes for you and these are more extensive than can be covered in the 2 hours.
Course Tutor: Brian Erikson
Email Address: smartphones@senpak.nz
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Apple iPads
 
1 Session of 2 hrs
Course Fee $5
  Bring your own iPad or iPhone and learn what it can do. Find out how to do what you want at your speed. The iPad and iPhone is a capable tool for those who are in a hurry or looking for some downtime. Use the amazing camera, play your music, read books, use the diary, email - the list goes on and on Be sure to bring your iPad or iPhone along to this class.
Course Tutor: Dick Harris
Email Address: ipads@senpak.nz
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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.  
Course Tutor: Jim Currie
Email Address: 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.
Course Tutor: Brian Erikson
Email Address: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.
Course Tutor: Graeme FitzGerald
 Email Address: 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.
Course Tutor: Graeme FitzGerald
Email Address: 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.
Course Tutor: Brian Erikson
Email Address: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.
Course Tutor: Jim Currie
Email Address: 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.