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Staff photo by Clay Schuldt LeRoy Nosker Tanner demonstrates the basics of scanning technology to the computer class.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Library held the last class of the basic computer course on Friday.

In the final class, the Library’s Programming and Technology Services Librarian, LeRoy Nosker Tanner, walked students through the basics of downloading and downloading from the Internet.

Tanner has been teaching the basic computer course since August. The course lasts six weeks and a new one is due to start in October. The course is for anyone who does not feel comfortable with normal computer operations.

The last lesson started with a test. Tanner asked the students to turn on a computer. He explained how the power button can be located in different parts of the computer, depending on the model. Once the computer was turned on, the students used basic interfaces, such as the mouse, to navigate the screen.

A student remarked that it takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to operate a computer.

Tanner agreed and suggested the students use voice command technology if they had trouble seeing a screen or using the mouse. Voice command technology was developed specifically to enable everyone to use computer technology.

The main focus of the class was uploading and downloading. Tanner explained the fundamental differences and the scenarios in which users upload or download. He said the download is usually used with social media. People wishing to share photos will upload photos to the Internet. Other users may choose to download these photos to their computing devices.

Tanner cautioned against trade-offs between upload and download. He said that once something is uploaded to the internet, it is there forever and other people have access to it. With downloading, there is a risk of introducing dangerous software to a computer. Computer criminals often try to trick people into downloading dangerous files to steal personal information.

Tanner warned against downloading files from unknown sources or even downloading unsolicited information. He said some criminals would pretend to be companies or government entities to steal information from the internet. Students were reminded that the federal government will never send emails requesting that personal information be sent online.

The class also covered the different methods of storing information. Tanner explained how disks, thumb drives, and SD cards could be used to store information on the computer.

The course ended with a tutorial on using a scanner.

Tanner said the class’s final assignment was to put the information learned in class into practice.

“I’ve had a lot of people say ‘I’m done with computers’ or ‘I’m too old to learn'” said Taner. “No, you’re not too old to learn. It just takes practice.

He said any skill you don’t use, you risk losing.

The computer science students were excited to learn the basics of computer science. Student Arlene Phillips said she had a scanner, but didn’t understand all of its functions until she took the course.

“At 85, it’s hard to learn” said student George Reiser. After taking the course, Reiser said he wasn’t afraid to turn on a computer.

“It took away a lot of my fear” he said.

This was the first basic computer class Tanner taught at New Ulm, but he’s been teaching classes like this since 2015. He said the way he teaches the class is constantly changing to adapt to changing times. new technologies.

Since teaching computer classes, Tanner said students have been more interested in learning about the Internet.

“They want to know what it is, how to use it, and how to stay safe on it,” said Taner. He added that staying safe on the internet is also something young people need. Many young people have grown up with the Internet but are unaware of the downsides of using technology.

The next basic computer course will start in October. There are currently two positions open in the class. Registration for the course is free and without age requirement. Students can register for class by completing a survey at the library’s loan desk to help schedule class times.

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