Essential Skills Level 2 ICT

Tonight was the first night of
The Essential Skills
ICT I mentioned. I was meant to start last week, but they couldn’t find a tutor.

We started at about half 6. We were going to see the layout but it wasn’t on the notice board so we just waited for the support person to show us where to go.

There were 20 in class.

First, we located plug sockets and such. We then met the teacher. She is called Anne Marie.

We first completed an assessment so that the people could see what level we were at. We are doing a level 2 thank god. This assessment was just ticking boxes and finding out what we knew and what we didn’t. The teacher read it out, which was excellent!!!!!!!!

After this we were doing a word processing task. We just had to basically write our name and that we attended the college. We also had to write what we liked doing in our spare time, what programs we could use on the computer like what
Microsoft programs we knew how to work, and what we wanted to do in the future.

We then had to do different things with this text, like putting headers on, changing bits of it to Bold or Ittallics, underline it, insert Pagebreaks, change the spacing, put some things into bullet points, put borders round certain things, change the colour, Tab for a while, change the margins, and finally insert Page numbers. I think that was all.

It was during this time that my JAWS software decided to be a pain in the arse and say it was in 40 minute mode when the dongle that was there to make it work was in. I just got the support person to click on it though. It worked fine after that.

The senior lecturer came in after all that, to split the class up. Well to talk about splitting the level 1s up from the 2s. This would mean it would be much easier to hear!!!!! By that i mean that it would be easy to hear the teacher.

I was quite impressed by the first night. For one, i got the Mentor i had last year for the
GCSE Maths Class
Which was fabulous. Next, the support person went beyond the call of duty. She was awsum. I mean she stayed throughout the whole class!!!!!! She also read things and all. Finally the teacher actually used keyboard shortcuts!!!!! Thank god!!!!!!

Here’s hoping next week will be as good!!!!! My mentor is thinking of sitting opposite me so that i can hear better, and plus my friend is in it too. So we both are gonna sit together. That’ll be a scream!!!!!!!

I also heard a rumour that we will get our money back for the ECDL which was supposed to happen. I hopefully won’t have to come in until 7:30 if our class is going to be then. Otherwise it’s at 6:30 again.

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Sailing With Sailability

Today I was invited to go to a taster session with
Sailability
Which is a program for disabled sailors and abled boddied to do a sport together. The local club has lots of Dingies, as well as “RIBS” which stand for “Rigid inflatable boats”. These are safety boats in case anything happens to a sailor when they are in the water. They are in the water all the time when people are sailing. There were two out tonight. Anyway Sailability is part of the
Royal Yacht Assosiation

At our club it costs £10 a year to subscribe to Sailability. This means that you can go any time on a Wednesday night from about half 6 to half 8. When it gets darker earlier, you go from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock on a Sunday morning instead. This is fantastic!!!!! £10 is nothing these days!!!!!!! Anyway on to tonight….
We got to the club at about 20 past 6. I had a chat with one of the founders of the club. I wanted to make sure that i wouldn’t just be a passenger and that i would actually do something!!!!!! He assured me this wouldn’t happen. Thank god!!!!!!! There’s nothing worse than going to do something and sitting on your arse.

After everyone had arrived, we went down to the water, and got our life jackets on. The life jackets were a bit weird as they zipped up, and they had a strap that went between your legs, which would stop the life jacket coming off if you did fall into the water. Next one of the instructors took me over to the boat. Another one came to help me on, while the first instructor got into the boat.
First, the instructor who was helping me told me to get down on my knees. He showed me exactly where the boat was in relation to the platform. I then sat on my bum and swung my legs over the side of the boat. That way i could stand up, and then locate the seat. I used my cane to locate where to put my feet on it. We were then untied from the Jetty, and i was shown where the joystick to steer the boat was.

The instructor who was in the boat controled the sails while i steered. Sometimes the boat tilted to the side a bit, and that was a bit scary at first. But it is meant to do that. Plus, the boats can’t tip over. The club took out the boats when they got them in a force 6 gale, and they didn’t tip. That was a great reassurance.

It was awsum being able to steer the boat!!!!!! The joystick was hard to move though. It felt so relaxing!!!!!!!!!!!!

We were only meant to be out for like 15 minutes, but everyone else had got on the other boats so we stayed out for nearly two hours lol. I got so enthusiastic at one point that i steered the boat on to the rocks!!!!!!! We had to get towed in by one of the “Ribs”!!!!!!!!!!!!
After that, it was getting dark, so we headed in to the jetty again.

Before we left, i got to go on one of the ribs though. It felt really open so I was scared in case we fell out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It wasn’t as fun as the sailing though.

Pity it wasn’t more local. I would love to join!!!!!!!

I would just like to say thanks to Steve for inviting us, and to Roissin who was my instructor. Also to Bob who was the one who helped me on to the boat. It wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers. Thanks!!!!!!


Got The Phone

Today i got my
Phone
Yay. It was actually in the shop on Monday, but i collected it today. We thought that the sim had gone bust, cause the phone wouldn’t recognise it, but they tried another card and it worked. Thank god i have it again. I also found out that all my contacts were actually still on the sim!!!!!!!!!!!!! They didn’t show up cause the contacts weren’t in the phone. My god like!!!!!!!!!!! Trust that to happen lol.

Anyway i wanna put music on it, but the PC sweet needs to update on the phone. Will that dammage TALKS?

I hope it won’t!!!!


Phone Update

Today i decided to pop down to the
Vodafone
Shop for like the 5th time this week lol. Can you tell i’m desperate? Well my
Phone
Will apparently be in on Tuesday at the latest. I hope this is right as i sort of need the phone alot this week. It was dispatched on Friday.

Here’s hoping that the TALKS will be put back on it!!!!!!!!

By the way if i need to update the PC sweet on my phone, will this disable TALKS? I don’t think i will update the sweet for my phone. Don’t want to risk it.


ECDL Update

Today i went down to the college to get my support sorted for the
ECDL
Course i mentioned. Well i thought it was ECDL anyway.

I arrived at 11 o’clock. There is a new person in charge of the support part of the college so that’s good. So anyway I found out that i might not be starting the ECDL course as planned. Apparently when the support officer had checked with the head of the course about what was happening and to find out who the teacher was, she was told that the course was postponed until the 22nd of September. That wasn’t the worst of it though.

During the summer i got a letter saying that the first half of the class would be essential skills, and that the second part would be the ECDL. That was fine. I found out today that funding had been withdrawn over the summer, then they decided to provide it again. Only now it wouldn’t be the ECDL, but Essential skills ICT. I felt that the essential skills, which would have been a level one was far too basic. Then the support officer saw that the full course might be in another part of the college slightly up from the current college. Well i think it used to be a gym but they have it as part of the college for some reason. I thought “Oh Happy days”, and the support woman went to make sure this was the case. She couldn’t get in contact with the person who runs the course or whoever, so then she came back and decided to sort out my support needs.

I have got a laptop and JAWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is far better than
Last Year
And how long i had to wait for practically the same things. Hopefully now that there is a new person who has taken over the support of the college, that things will go much more swimmingly. My dad then had to sign a couple of things saying that i had got the laptop and such.

After that, the support woman tried to get in touch with the person running the course again to see what was going on. It is now going to be an essential skills course. It is better than the ECDL apparently. It is essential skills level 2. I’m not sure what way the exams will work, but we will find that out over time i’m sure. We still don’t know if the class is on on Tuesday but the support woman is going to phone if it isn’t. Otherwise she is going to meet me on the Tuesday night just to show me where everything is and all that.

I am so glad that i have my support needs sorted early!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just a pity everything else didn’t go as smoothly.

I still think they should tell you these things before you have to start the course !!!! Like at the start of september!!!


Why Do I Do This?

I was bored the other day, and decided to
Update
My phones’ firmware using the Nokia PC sweet application. I thought it would benifit me, but no it has done the complete opposite!!!!!!!

My
Nokia E51
Has reverted back to its factory settings!!!!!!!!! This means that absolutely all my contacts are gone, and my
TALKS
Has gone too!!!!!!!!!! I have had to get my texts read out to me, which is a huge pain in the arse!!!!!!!!!!

I still have to ask, why do i do these things? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! I have had to chase up everyone’s numbers and all.

I’m taking the phone into
The Vodafone Shop
Later today. I hope they won’t charge too much for putting TALKS back on it again. So i guess it’s good bye phone, for nearly a week!!!!!! That was how long it took to get it on the first time anyway.

*sigh*