(Names have been changed to protect student privacy)
In Byte Back’s Office Track class, students learn the basics of using
Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, PowePoint and Outlook. The standard course
lasts 3 months. Some of Byte Back’s students however cover this same
material in just 3 weeks during 4-hour classes in the “fast track” class.
If you haven’t been in a classroom as a student in some years, it may be
hard to relate to the challenge that Byte Back students bite off (pun
intended) in this class.
Consider (Jane), for example. This is (Jane’s) first class with Byte Back,
so she doesn’t have the Personal Computing for Beginners class under her
belt. She does, however, have years of her own experience getting
accustomed to the basics of computing on a laptop. One of her biggest
challenges is using the mouse because she hasn’t been able to focus on it,
as PCB students do. With practice, Peggy’s mouse skills have improved
dramatically in just 1.5 weeks.
Another students’ experience to consider: (Jane 2). (Jane 2) has many skills
on the computer. Ask her to figure something out, and she probably can, so
like many students, she is developing her vocabulary and becoming more
intentional about learning to do things the “fast track” or direct way.
Her skills show promise of an IT consultant in the making!
Last, consider (John). (John) came to the fast track class after PCB, and
as a new computer user, he found the class to be a big challenge. He asked
many questions, and kept trying even when I was frustrated. Sometimes
Alfred perked up though when he remembered what a task he has taken on.
These and all my Byte Back students remind me every day to take on
challenges bigger than what I thought I could handle–like a fast track
class. They remind me to recognize and celebrate my own strengths and use
my strengths to improve in my areas of weakness. I’m grateful for this
tremendous opportunity; teaching Byte Back students is truly an
– Griffin, Volunteer Instructor