Welcome to the workshop
"Getting Comfortable with Computer Technology"
NYS/LVA Student Conference at Dutchess Community College
"The River of Learning"
Presenters: Harry Seda and Chip Carlin
Harry has helped with several workshops at LVA and
Laubach national conferences and conducts technology
training for his LVA affiliate in Middletown, NY.
Harry is a literacy student and literacy advocate and has used computers, software and the Internet to help with reading, writing and other skills.
Also helping today will be students from the College.
"At the beginning I learned about using computer technology from many friends. We will learn together in our hands-on workshop as I share my story about getting past my learning disabilities.
I will present 3 booklets to you with the most important information you will need to use any computer. I will explain very briefly some of the booklets and the contents in them.
After I learned these skills I needed one more skill and that was the Internet. I met my good friend Chip Carlin a number of years ago when I took his computer workshop and was exposed to the Internet. It was my first computer
workshop and it was at the LVA conference in Charlotte,
NC in 1997. Attending that workshop helped me learn the
Internet and get past being uncomfortable.
Once I learned how to use the Internet a little bit, a new
world opened up. I found many resources to help me
improve my life. By finding and learning to use the right
tools, I was able to get past more of my learning disabilities.
I have learned to use many kinds of search engines and to
use word recognition programs and read back programs to
help me with my reading and writing skills. And I learned to use online dictionaries as a resource to learn how to spell better.
Listed below are some of the resources that I have used and would like to share with you. They are also listed as "hotlinks" below and you can just click on them to go directly to the resources:
My new Tripod Introduction Pages are at:
New resources: we are also helping students obtain your
own free e-mail address - so that you can communicate with
other students. You can open an e-mail account at Hotmail,
Netscape, Mailcity, Rocketmail, Yahoo and others (see hotlinks below).
We will encourage you to join us and many other students in
the LVA chat room this week -- so that we can learn together how to use communications as a tool to improve reading and writing skills a little bit more.
Thanks for joining us.
(Chip Carlin is sorry he could not be here).