We had our first, more formal training this week, at the invite of Brent Libraries. Our Restarters worked with 10 people who had signed up for our “Speed Up Your Laptop” training.
Many of the people – mostly women! – in attendance were owners of “hand-me-up” laptops from their children. None wanted to give up on their laptops, but really did feel they needed some basic maintenance skills. This format worked really well – 90 minutes of intense learning on how to take back control of an aging computer. One participant said “thank you very much for this session – I have learned that I really don’t need to go out and buy a new computer, I can just improve the one I have.”
For us, this just confirms that more formal learning opportunities can help us fulfill our mission – prevent waste and help people feel like empowered owners of their electronics.
We are developing a number of short, effective training modules – get in touch if you would like to host a training like this one in your community.