2016 at the Tech Lab
Hello from the Tech Lab! We’ve had an exciting few months here. We wrapped up 2015 in style with our annual Tech Lab Holiday Party, where staff, volunteers, and more than 60 guests celebrated the season with desserts, bingo, a raffle, and gift bags. In late December, the lab closed for two weeks so Assistant Manager Omid Khazaie could install updates throughout the lab. Computers in two of our drop-in rooms now have privacy screens so guests can’t see the screens of their neighbors. All workstations have new large-print keyboards as well.
In the classroom, we’re entering our third month of Basic and Intermediate Computer Skills courses. The next round will begin Monday, March 7. If one of your 2016 resolutions is to brush up on your computer skills, it isn’t too late to get started! These classes run for three weeks at a time, and we’re offering them every month. To sign up, call us at 415-592-2766 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the first week of February, we organized a series of workshops, which included Job Searching with Indeed.com and Google Drive. I also coordinated our first Intro to Smartphones workshop to give guests an introduction to Android devices. Some people brought their own phones, and those who didn’t were able to practice on the lab’s Android phones. Our class was full that day and we continue to hear requests for smartphone workshops, so we’re hoping to offer more of these in the coming months.
Workshops return this week! We’re offering a two-part social media day on Wednesday, March 2. From 10-11 am, we’ll talk about the basics of using Facebook in a Facebook workshop. From 11-11:45 am, I’ll talk about other forms of social media and answer questions in a Social Media Q&A. What I talk about will depend on everyone’s interests- so stop by and bring your questions! Intro to Skype is one of our most requested workshops, and that will return Thursday, March 3 from 2-4 pm. Contact the lab to find out more or to sign up for any of the workshops. You can also check out our calendar page and click on individual events to see more details.
Finally, we’re relaunching our monthly email newsletter with updates of what’s going on in the lab, including schedules and upcoming events. To subscribe, go to our website's calendar page, scroll to the bottom of the page, and enter your name and email address.
Look for more updates from us on the blog and website in the coming weeks!