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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Screen-Magnification Training Spring/Summer Class

Monday, April 3 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Second Sense
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60601

Student using NVDA during computer trainingThis training class begins on April 3. You must start on that date. This class is offered several times each year. For more information or to find out when our next class starts, contact David Flament.

Comprehensive Computer Classes

If you are new to using a computer or new to using adaptive technology, our comprehensive computer classes are the perfect option for you.

Taught by a trained educational professional who uses the adaptive technology on a daily basis, these classes are practical and thorough. Our training environment is supportive and friendly, encouraging you to master the skills and become an independent user.

The curriculum includes four topics: Introduction to Windows and screen-reading software, Word, Internet and Email, and Excel. Classes meet for 3 hours, 3 times a week. A description of the content of the class is outlined below.

Introduction to Windows

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with the computer keyboard and the ability to type at a steady pace

This section is a solid introduction to the Windows operating system using adaptive technology (either screen reader or screen magnification). It covers launching programs and managing files, as well as the basic concepts related to the operation and usage of AT (adaptive technology).

Basic word processing is covered, including creating a new document, entering text and saving files. A brief introduction to Internet Explorer is also provided.

Upon completion of this section, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic PC concepts including history, hardware, software, etc
  • Turn the computer on and off
  • Locate the components of a PC (CPU, monitor, disk drive, etc.)
  • Access various components of the Windows® operating system’s main window (Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar, etc.)

Customize settings in their AT and in Windows®

  • Use appropriate AT and Windows® hot keys
  • Run programs from the Desktop and the Start Menu
  • Navigate various types of dialog boxes
  • Use MS Word® to write and edit basic documents
  • Save and retrieve documents using MS Word®
  • Set up hot keys to run programs
  • Use My Computer to manage drives, folders and files
  • Understand the basic concepts of the Internet

MS Word®

This section covers the use of MS Word®. Topics include entering text, using various editing techniques, saving files, formatting text and printing documents.  Other topics include inserting page numbers and dates, creating tables and using the spell checker.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Open a document from the hard drive, floppy disk or removable drive
  • Read a document using the reading commands of their AT
  • Select, cut or copy, and paste text within a document or between documents
  • Use text formatting commands including Bold, Underline and Font
  • Spell check a document and correct mistakes
  • Search a document to find a word and replace it with a different word
  • Change the page margins
  • Add page numbers
  • Create Headers and Footers
  • Set tab stops
  • Print envelopes and labels
  • Create a table

Internet and Email

This section covers navigating web pages, searching the web, filling out online forms, and sending and receiving email using an online email account. Participants finish the class having their own online email account.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Choose the ISP that is right for them
  • Go to a specific location on the World Wide Web
  • Read the information on a web page
  • Navigate a web page with multiple frames
  • Find the correct link to a specific location on a web page
  • Fill out a form on a web page
  • Use a search engine to find information on a specific topic
  • Navigate a web-based email account
  • Send and receive email
  • Forward or reply to an email
  • Attach a file to an email

MS Excel®

This section covers navigating a worksheet and workbook, editing or creating a new worksheet and workbook, editing or creating a formula, using the fill command to quickly enter data, and formatting data.  The course also covers printing, moving worksheets, and creating and using a template.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define a worksheet and workbook
  • Open a workbook
  • Navigate a worksheet and workbook
  • Enter and edit data
  • Use AutoSum
  • Create and edit a formula
  • Format data
  • Use Fill to enter data
  • Insert or delete a cell, row, column or worksheet
  • Rename a worksheet
  • Move/Copy a worksheet
  • Hide a row or column
  • Print a worksheet/workbook
  • Use database features