Computing for beginners
Learners will gain practical skills in IT
• Using the Internet
• Using email
• Increase confidence in using a computer
This is a small class with lots of support throughout the sessions.
Support and feedback
Informally by the tutor, you will have the opportunity to self-assess your weekly progress using an individual learning plan. You will also complete a mini portfolio of handouts and exercises. You will be observed and guided throughout the course.
Additional costs and requirements
Writing pad and pen.
A memory stick (flash drive) may be useful but is not essential.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You will be given small assignments to do during the week prior to the next session. Whilst these are not essential, it is a good idea to practice during the week what has been taught.
About the tutor
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT and Maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works at the University of St Mark & St John and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last twelve years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”
Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devon