Monday, March 23, 2009

Fun With Email

21 March 2009

The idea of providing email training to the residents of Eunos had been proposed during the North East CDC meeting. This was to be part of Neighbours Connect!, a project which aims to allow neighbours to get to know one another better through grassroots events as well as the New Media.

After our February YEC meeting, a group of us - Brenda, Chee Lee, Hock Rong and Ming Choo - chilled at the coffeeshop and decided to organise this meaningful event and we named it Fun With Email, in our attempt to make it sound youthful, and at the same time, dispel the myth that learning IT is difficult.

When Hock Rong and I returned from the Hong Kong exchange programme, we received updates from Edmund that Bedok North Secondary School would be providing us with the premises for the Email workshop. Special thanks to BNSS SLC teachers-in-charge, Ms Haidah and Ms Sunarti, as well as the HOD IT!

In the early morning of the workshop, Hock Rong, Chee Lee and I bought the refreshments and headed to the BNSS Computer Lab. Wei Kiat was already there with the students. The workshop started at 10 am, and we were encouraged by a few residents who walked in after seeing our publicity materials.

Among the participants were some grassroots leaders, including Eunos Zone '3' Residents' Committee Chairman, Mr Sawaran Singh and Treasurer, Mdm Kim Bay.

Students from the BNSS Service Learning Club interacted with the residents, guided and answered their queries. Without the students, I doubt I could complete the workshop in less than 2 hours.

The topics covered were: Why Learn Email; Setting up a Gmail account; Reading Emails; Reading and Composing Emails; Attaching Documents and Pictures to Emails; Making your own Address Book; Email Etiquettes.

The session ended with positive feedback from all of the residents. Most asked if this would be held weekly, others asked to provide advanced courses. We were extremely excited by their enthusiasm and will definitely come back with more. I hope I would be able to realise my dream of connecting the whole of Eunos via FaceBook :)

Special Thanks to Hock Rong for the wonderful photography and ensuring that all went well~

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