Improve your computer skills

Learning how to use computers and acquiring basic internet skills is invaluable for accessing information and for keeping in touch with friends and family members. Some people get a bit scared of their computer sometimes, but basic computer skills can be very easy to learn. We’ve found three user-friendly and visually-accessible websites to help you to improve your computer skills. These websites are designed specifically for the generations who did not grow up with ‘computer’ as their second language.

Skillful Senior
Skillful Senior is a computer skills site which focuses on navigation skills. The site has animated interactive tutorials with voiceover instructions to make learning fun and easy. Skillful Senior covers basic skills, like how to use a mouse, the arrow keys on the keyboard, and how to touch-type. It also addresses how you can use your computer in a way which won’t cause you any pain. 

GCF Learn Free contains many free courses which cover such subjects as technology, online literacy and many other skills. The visually-appealing site is comprised of around 750 lessons, covering basic to intermediate skill levels. Courses are interactive and are supported with articles, videos and animated tutorials.

Meganga provides online computer training for seniors and beginners. The blog-styled site is still in its infancy, but it’s good for sifting through the free lessons. Meganga’s courses include video lessons covering Microsoft Office as well as basic ‘how-to’ computer skills.

The internet is full of information on how to use computers, but it helps to know how to use a computer in order to access that information. These websites include lessons which cover the basics required to further your learning. A few baby steps and you’ll be a skilled computer-user in no time!

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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