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Norwalk Ed Foundation Offers Computer Classes

Do you need a little help with computer basics, such as Google email, Facebook or organizing digital photos? Paula Palermo, a technology consultant, is partnering with the Norwalk Education Foundation to offer classes to the public. “These are tools for everyday life,” says Palermo, founder of TechSmart Services . The first of five classes begins Monday, Feb. 14.

Palermo, a foundation board member, previously ran its teacher computer-training program. The program has evolved to more curriculum-based technology on using SMARTboards and clickers. The proceeds from the class will fund the foundation's teacher-training programs. “This is one way to keep NEF’s teacher-training program alive while providing a service to the community.” Palermo added that this is a pilot initiative. Classes will be adapted based on participant feedback. Teachers who attend the classes will receive Continuing Education Unit credits. The two-hour workshops include:

• Getting More from Gmail and the Google Tools: Feb. 14

• Getting Around in Facebook: Feb. 17

• Organizing Your Online Life: Feb. 28

• Using Picasa to Organize and Manage Your Digital Photos: March 7

• Making the Transition to Office 2007: March 15

All workshops are open to the public and run from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost per workshop is $30.

For more information and to download a registration form, visit: http://www.norwalkeducation.org/

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