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A comprehensive overview that combines lecture and hands on experience to introduce participants to the world of the personal computer. Students will become familiar with the technology and jargon of personal computers. Software applications, such as word processing and database, will be demonstrated to show computer capabilities. Connection to the Internet will also be shown. The application used to demonstrate the various concepts is Microsoft Works. This course covers very basic topics about computers and computing. It should almost always be taken before any other. The only exception would be in the case of an experienced computer user.
This course focuses on the new features introduced in Windows 7, and the major changes from Windows XP. It covers the task bar, jump lists, start menu, libraries and many other innovative features. Learn how to manage and organize your computer's the files and folders. Learn basic file operations such as moving, copying, creating, and saving. Libraries, a new feature of Windows 7 will be covered. Learn the powerful things you can do using the right mouse button. Learn how Windows uses file extensions and associations.
Learn and practice with the main screens in the new Windows 8. Practice moving between screens and using apps.
Learn how to do basic word processing such as setting margins, undoing and inserting, use of toolbars, rulers, icons and getting help. Also using word completion, spellcheck and thesaurus, setting and changing page layouts, headers and footers. Course will use the Open Office Tutorial which is downloadable from the internet and is compatible with other similar programs such as Word, Works and Wordpad. Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.
The course will cover how to remove viruses, worms, and Trojan horses from your computer. What to do if you become infected will be demonstrated. How to configure your computer to maximize safety and how to use anti-virus programs, firewalls, and Trojan removers will be discussed. How to manage the many security patches for Windows will also be discussed.
Keep your photos organized with Picasa, a free, downloadable, and powerful application from Google. This is a three-day intensive course that will teach you the basics (viewing, organizing and simple editing) as well as the nifty "extras" such as facial recognition and geo-tagging.
This two-day follow-up course to "Using Picasa" will first do a brief review of Picasa essentials and then delve into the exciting world of photo sharing via the web. Learn how to create web albums, share them, set permissions for who can view your albums, synchronize with albums on your hard drive, and more. Prerequisite is "Using Picasa" or familiarity with the Picasa application.
Learn how to crop, enhance, adjust and stylize your photos using Picasa.
Learn how to set up your own Facebook account to stay in touch with friends and family. You will also learn how to add "Friends" to your Facebook page and to send comments and photos to those friends. The course will also cover how to set your own Privacy settings, so that your information is protected.
The Internet is full of fun photos, videos and programs available to be downloaded and used on your own computer. This course will show some of the places to find free programs and will give hands-on instruction of the methods and techniques of safe downloading. Enrollees must have previously taken the Introduction to Windows course. There will be no exceptions to the required prerequisite except by specific permission of the instructor or a designated proxy.
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Do you use Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome to surf the internet. They all work well, but have slightly different features. Try them all out in this class and decide which you prefer.
Now that you have a new Apple iPad, get beyond the hype and start enjoying your new tablet. You don't need any computer background for this class, just your iPad, already registered and working. We'll cover the parts of the iPad, what you see on the screen, how to use the basic hand gestures, and some of the basic applications. We'll look at how to use the manual (already on your iPad), and how to find and download apps. Prerequisites: bring your Apple iPad, already set up and working. If you have a problem with this, send an email to email@example.com and explain your situation.
Now that you have taken the iPad Basics class, the fun continues as you learn how to find, install, and update those apps that will make the iPad your personalized device. Besides the apps of your choice, we will specifically look at ebook reader apps including iBooks, Kindle, and Nook. Then we'll explore using both ebooks and audiobooks from your local library. Prerequisites: iPad Basics course, iPad with iOS software version 5.0 or later, your Apple id and password (for "purchasing" apps in the App Store), your Adobe id and password, if you have one (for library books), and (optionally) your library card. If you have a question about any of these requirements, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore the use of photos, taken with your iPad, imported from your digital camera, or streamed from other devices. We’ll edit your photos, create albums, and share them via email or the Web. Learn how to create slideshows and stream them to your HDTV. Bring your digital camera (with cable or SD card), take some pictures or videos with your iPad, or we’ll use the CLC’s computers to get your photos onto your iPad. Prerequisites: iPad Basics course, iPad (any version) with iOS software version 5.0 or later, and your Apple id and password, if you have one (for "purchasing" apps in the App Store). If you have a question about any of these requirements, send an email to email@example.com.
Learn how to rip your CD music to iTunes on your PC, use the music from your PC, or purchase new music. Then sync your music to your iPad, or share it from you computer or iCloud. Learn how to play it on your iPad or wirelessly via AirPlay from your iPad to your HDTV or any speakers in your house connected via an Airport Express. Bring a sample CD, or your laptop with music on it, or use the CLC’s equipment to see how it all works. Prerequisites: iPad Basics course, iPad (any version) with iOS software version 5.0 or later, your Apple id and password, if you have one (for "purchasing" apps in the App Store and music in the iTunes store). If you have a question about any of these requirements, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is especially designed for those who are relatively new to email. The course expands on the email basics covered in the “iPad Basics” course, and will cover the ins and outs of the Mail app on the iPad, using your gmail account as the vehicle. Whether you are relatively new to email, or are a pro surfer on a PC or Mac, we will expand your knowledge and introduce you to many features of the iPad Mail app that you may not be aware of. We’ll cover setting up your (already-existing) email accounts on the iPad, reading and printing email, opening and saving attachments, sending email and attachments including photos, organizing email using folders or labels, and tuning settings to personalize your email experience.
This class requires that you have a free gmail (Google email) account already set up. If you don’t already have one, or are unsure of how to get one, we strongly recommend that you take our “Using Gmail” course. Although that course is centered on the PC, it covers the basics of using email, and includes setting each student up with a gmail account. A coach will be available to help students who are primarily iPad users.
Prerequisites: 1.) “iPad Basics” course. You will also need to bring an iPad that is registered and up-to-date with the most recent software for that iPad. 2.) The “Using Gmail” course, or a gmail account and experience using it on any device. If this presents a problem to anyone who wants to take this course, he or she is advised to e-mail their concerns to email@example.com.
The course will cover the ins and outs of the Safari web browser on the iPad. Whether you are relatively new to surfing the web, or are a pro surfer on a PC or Mac, this class will expand your knowledge and introduce you to many features of the iPad browser that you may not be aware of. Building on the basics of the web covered in the “iPad Basics” course, we’ll explore the use of tabs, how to read without distractions, creating a reading list for later off-line reading, saving time with AutoFill, saving or sharing favorite sites, searching the web or a web page, reopening recent web pages, and tuning your browser settings for safety and privacy.
Prerequisites: iPad Basics course. You will also need an iPad that is registered and up-to-date with the most recent software for that iPad. If this presents a problem to anyone who wants to take this course, he or she is advised to e-mail their concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve wondered about Siri, and how to have a conversation with your iPad (or iPhone or iPod touch), then this is the course for you.
We’ll show you how to enable Siri, launch the service, and try it out. Siri is an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator from Apple that exists to allow you to communicate with your mobile device by speaking to “her” (in the US, the voice is female). You’ll teach her about you and your family, and try some questions that will highlight both her usefulness and her quirky personality. Siri offers conversational interaction with many apps including reminders, weather, email, calendar, contacts, notes, music, clocks, web browser, Wolfram Alpha, and maps. It can check sports scores, open apps, check movie times and reviews, find restaurants, and make reservations. We’ll offer tips on how to have a successful conversation, and how to recover from misunderstandings. Dictate rather than typing your emails! Get a glimpse into what the future of computer interaction may be!
Prerequisites: Any Apple device (iPad 3rd gen or later, iPad mini, Phone 4S or later, or iPod touch 4th gen or later,) that supports Siri. It must be registered and up-to-date with the most recent software (iOS 6 or later) for that device. (To check, you can go to the Settings app, choose General, and see if “Siri” is listed.) If this presents a problem to anyone who wants to take this course, he or she is advised to e-mail their concerns to email@example.com.
Visit the largest garage sale in the world by entering the world of eBay. You will learn to navigate through eBay by browsing sale items, how to tell when an auction will end, how to determine whether a seller is trustworthy and how to bid or buy items safely.Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.
This course will help you create a practice auction listing. This will include the writing of a description and photo of the sale item. You will learn about the responsibilities of a seller throughout the auction process. Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.
This course consists of class instruction and lab time showing you how to organize and display basic and detailed genealogy information, including how to search archives and print family trees. A lab period provides time for application and practice. The application used to demonstrate the various concepts is Legacy Family Tree. This course is for people who are seriously interested in genealogical research. Recommended prerequisite: Some computer experiencee.
This course will teach you to quickly and easily create greetings cards, signs and posters, banners, certificates, stationary, calendars, and labels. The application used to demonstrate the various concepts is Print Artist. Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.
The word 'spreadsheet' may sound daunting, but it really is a great and fairly easy way to keep track of everything from financial records to bowling or golf scores, mortgage amortization rates to school grades, and a whole lot more. You can set up spreadsheets to automatically add, subtract, multiply and divide, among other functions, allowing you to keep your records current and correct. You will learn how to create worksheets, manipulate data, work with formulas and functions, enhance your work for printing, and even create charts and graphs. This course is ideal for anyone interested in processing numerical information. Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.
Using Gmail as the practice platform, this course will cover the basics of e-mailing, as well as how to create an address book, and some tips for avoiding spam and malware. Depending on the level and interest of the participants, topics such as filing/archiving and sending and receiving attachments/photos may also be covered. Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Computers and Introduction to Windows, or equivalent experience.