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Cracking IT makes posters at Baggator

Cracking IT Computer group at Baggator

Cracking IT is the women’s group that meets at Baggator every Wednesday afternoon. Today we learned how to make posters to promote the sessions.

How did we do it?

We used Canva which is an online programme you can use for free and it is at www.canva.com.

We made posters to print out and images to share on Facebook.


The CTRL key!

We discovered the Control key today and these are some of the things that it does:

  • CTRL A – selects all the text
  • CTRL C – copies
  • CTRL V – pastes

most important of all

  • CTRL Z undoes mistakes.

What else did we learn?

Cracking IT Computer group at Baggator

We found out how important it is to set an external link to open in a new tab in the browser. This means that people won’t be sent away from our site.

We learnt the difference between learned and learnt too! There is no difference, only learned is more often used in American English. We used Google to find out about this here https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/learnt-vs-learned

Best bits of the session

  • The use of control keys on the keyboard
  • Finding out how easy it is to make a poster
  • That we can expect lovely postcards for Christmas or New Year
  • That we can start a revolution of lovely postcards!
  • That we can create our own missions and campaigns and use our own ideas

Worst bits of the session

Lisa was ashamed that although English is her first and only language, some of the learners were much better at it than her!

Thank you to Sword Apak who fund the sessions, we are very grateful.

Cracking IT Computer group at Baggator



Cracking IT gets cooking at Baggator

Cracking IT is the women’s IT group that meets every Wednesday at Baggator between 1 and 3pm. We are learning how to run a social media campaign and this week we spoke to the people behind Diverse Delights.

What is Diverse Delights

Diverse Delights is a vegetarian cookery class with a group of people who would like to learn cookery and skill swap. This is the beginning and when it picks up, people from different cultures will share different cooking skills. We are looking forward to learning and tasting Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, Punjabi, West Indian and traditional English cookery.

It is a friendly group and it will get you out of the house. If you are feeling isolated this is a great way to make new friends. If you can’t cook definitely come, everything is taught from scratch so you don’t need to know anything to start.

You will learn the skill to cook something in the Baggator kitchen. You can eat it with your new friends and take some home too. Don’t forget to bring a takeaway container because we are trying to be green.

For the first session we made:

  • Curried Lentils (which is Dal in Punjabi)
  • Plain rice.
  • Pakoras
  • Raita

As the leader was cooking she was explaining what is what. Dal is very easy, people chopped onions, they were shown what amount of spices and garlic to use. There was loads of food and we are looking forward to the next session.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please let us know if you want to be involved.

Cracking IT is funded by Sword Apak.

Please join our mailing list to stay informed and find out about the next cookery session.

Cracking IT session 2, Instagram!

We started the session by logging into our Gmail account and then we opened up an Instagram account.

We found out how to use the Cracking IT Instagram account on our phones.

Then we went and took some pictures!



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Women only computer classes Wednesday at Baggator. #learning #women #bristol #easton #allhallows

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Instant likes on Instagram

Our first likes came from a fellow foodie from Boston USA and a lovely fish and chip shop on Park Street. We like Catch 22 because they cook their fish separately from their meat and their chips are delicious!


A hashtag is like a capital letter at the front of a word. It brings the topics out into the universe by making it easier for people to find us. We used #bristol #easton #women #community and we think people liked our #curry hashtag!


Plans for next week

Next week is half term and we are going to be in the garden. We are going to put some more pictures on our Instagram account and do some more blogging.

The Cracking IT it team.


The first Cracking IT session in 2018!

Cracking IT at Baggator

I’m Lisa, a website designer from Easton. I’m really lucky to have the job of teaching IT to the Cracking IT women’s group at Baggator. This is a quick post so we can remember what we have done and so everyone else can see what we are up to. I’d like to thank Sword Apak for funding these sessions and making it possible.

This week we started off talking about what we do on the internet now. Everyone is the group is on WhatsApp so we can use that to communicate with each other.

Eventually, the Cracking IT team will be running the social media campaign for Baggator. To start with, we are going to set up and use an Instagram account but to do that we need an email address. We made a Gmail account and we are ready to go for next week.

We found out about staying safe

  • How to search for something, using the browser bar at the top, or the search bar
  • How to check a site is safe, checking for https to show it is secure and checking that the title of the search is the same as the address shown in the line below.
  • How to identify an advert, which might not be what we want (Search results bring up adverts and these have [AD] in a box next to them. What we need might be below the searches.)
  • How to find out what browser we are using (top right, click on the little menu then click on help)
  • How to delete our history if we are on a public computer (Ask on Google remembering to tell it which browser you are using)
  • How to zoom in and out (CTRL + and CTRL -)

We talked about secure passwords

We talked about Cookies and how they save our information to make it quicker for us to use our computers next time. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and contain a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and characters. We made a password more secure by replacing some letters with numbers. We also checked a Secure Password Generator website.

Plan for next session

To get Instagram on all our phones, set up with a Cracking IT account. We won’t be taking pictures of our faces or anything that identifies us so we will stay safe.

If you would like to join us please contact aumairah@baggator.com


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