Computer Learning Center at Ewing

999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing NJ 08628

(609) 883-1776 ext 6205

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Course Description

 

Basic Computer Courses

Windows 10-Basic

Windows 10-Advanced

Windows 10-ABCs

Cleaning Viruses from Your Computer

 

Exploring the Internet

Downloading Pictures and Free Programs

Introduction to Cloud Services - saving your file on line

Using Dropbox Cloud Services on the Desktop

Skype for Windows Desktop

Installing Skype On Your Window's Laptop

iPad and Mac Courses

New Course:

Five iOS 11 Features That Will Change How You Use Apple's iPad

 

iPad Basics

iPhone Basics — Beyond Phone Calls

iPad Apps and Books

Photos on the iPad

Music on the iPad

More Email on the iPad

Surfing the Web on the iPad

Talking with Siri on Apple mobile devices

Switch to Mac - the Basics

Dropbox Cloud Services on the iPad

Decluttering Your iPad

Using iCloud with your iPad

Podcasts on the iPad and iPhone

Text Messaging on the iPad and iPhone

Apple Tech Help

Other Fun Courses

Trace your Family Tree

Spreadsheets

Word Processing Introduction

 

Digital Photography

Scanning Photos and Documents

Do your own scanning

Photobooks

Picasa to Google Photos

 

 

Basic Computer Courses


 

Windows 10 Basic(1 session) $5

We plan to run three one-session classes on Windows 10. The first session - Windows 10 -Basic - will explore the new features of Windows 10 including:
• The Start Menu
• The Notification Area and Notifications
• The Settings App
• File Explorer
• Setting the Time
• SNIP and Sticky Notes
• Install Solitaire
• Updated Apps – Mail, Photos and Calendar
Windows 10 - Advanced classes will cover further aspects of Windows 10
If you have a laptop running Windows 10, please bring it to the class. Touch screen demonstrations can only be made on your laptops if they are equipped with a touch screen.

Windows 10 Advanced(1 session) $5

We plan to run three one-session classes on Windows 10. The second session - Windows 10 -Advanced - will explore additional features of Windows 10 including:
• The advanced Start menu
• The Control Panel
• Storage Management
• Quick Access
• Recovery Drive
• Edge Browser, including Edge Notes and Ink Workspace
• Microsoft Account versus Local Account
• One Drive
Windows 10 - Basic classes will cover other aspects of Windows 10
If you have a laptop running Windows 10, please bring it to the class. Touch screen demonstrations can only be made on your laptops if they are equipped with a touch screen.

Recommended prerequisite:Attendees must have a the Windows 10 - Basic class.

Windows 10 - ABCs (1 session) $5

The course is about Windows 10 Apps, Browsers and Cortana. We will talk about some useful Apps and how to get more from the Windows App Store. Try the Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox browsers, and show how to configure Cortana.


If you have a laptop running Windows 10, please bring it to the class. Touch screen demonstrations can only be made on your laptops if they are equipped with a touch screen.

Recommended prerequisite:Attendees must have a familiarity with Windows 10..

Cleaning Viruses from your computer. 1 Sessions) Course Fee $5

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.

Digital Photography

    Scanning Photos and Documents (1 session) $5

    Do you have shoe boxes of photos and files of documents? Want to organize them and share them with family and friends.
    In this one session course you will learn how to scan photos and documents.
    The Computer Learning Center has 9 Epson flatbed scanners.
    Recommended prerequisite:Attendees must have a familarity with Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.
    Notes: You are invited to bring your own photos and documents for scanning. If you wish to save them you will need to bring a USB flash drive or have a cloud account. (See the "Intro to Cloud Services" course.)

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      Do your own scanning (1 session) $5

      The Computer Learning Center has 9 Epson flatbed scanners. But to make sure we have enough space to work we are limiting the session to 6 people.This session will allow you to scan and save your own photos and documents.  A resource person will be available to assist you. 
      Audience:           Attendees must have attended "Scanning Photos and Documents" class.
      Limited:               6 people.
      Notes:                You will need to bring a USB flash drive or have a cloud account. (See the "Intro to Cloud Services" course.)

      Photobooks: The Compact Way of Storing Memories (1 session) $5


      What happens to all those photos that you take during vacations, family events, and other occasions?
      Traditional photo books take up a lot of space, and yellow after time.
      Learn how to upload your photos to Shutterfly and make slim photobooks you can share with friends and family.
      It's easy, it's fun and it's creative.
      Geared towards a PC platform.
      Bring copies of you photos on a flash drive to class.
      Note: What you will learn on Shutterfly is applicable to Snapfish, and other photobook sites.

      Picasa to Google Photos (1 session) $5


      Picasa is a Photo App that many of us have used for years to manage our library of photographs. However, Google - who produced the program - has decided to not continue to support Picasa. If you have a copy, it will continue to work, but will not be upgraded and may become more difficult to find and download on the web.
      Google's replacement for Picasa is Google Photos.
      This class will describe the changes to Picasa and demonstrate Google Photos - the replacement.
      Come to the class and learn whether you want to continue to use Picasa or whether you will take advantage of the new features in Google Photos.
      This class is geared towards a PC platform.
      Bring copies of you photos on a flash drive to class.

      Exploring the Internet

       

      Downloading Pictures and Free Programs (1 Session) Course Fee $5

      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.

      Introduction to Cloud Services - saving your files on line(1 session) $5

      Cloud Storage is data space available on remote servers. These servers are maintained in computer data labs run by various companies. We access these data servers via the Internet. The entire configuration is often referred to as "the Cloud".

      Cloud Storage allows users the abilty to save files and picture to a location remote to the home/business. This allows for sharing the files and pictures with others. Files and pictures can be accessed from anywhere that has an Internet connection!

      Microsoft is one of the firms that provides Cloud Storage. They offer free space and sell additional space on their data servers. Their offering is called SkyDrive. It is primarily used on the Microsoft Windows platform. Howerver there are Skydrive Apps for Apple devices and Android devices. Skydrive is accessible via web browsers.
      This one session lab will show attendees:

      - How to sign-up for a free Microsoft SkyDrive account

      - How to save files and pictures to your SkyDrive account

      - How to share files and pictures on your SkyDrive account

      - How to download files and pictures from your SkyDrive account

       

      Audience: Attendees must have a familarity with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
      Notes: We will be using the Windows 8 platform.
      Attendees are invited to bring their laptops and mobile devices. There is limited desk space.

       

      Using Dropbox Cloud Services on the Desktop (1 session) $5

      Dropbox is one of the simplest and most elegant ways to store your photos and files in the cloud, and share them amongst your various computers and mobile devices.  In this class, we’ll be sure you have a free Dropbox account set up, and then see how you can make use of it to automatically back up some of your files and make them available on all your computing devices and from the web. (iPad use is covered in a separate course.) See how files can be synced and shared. Get some experience with using “the cloud” you hear so much about today.

      If you have a laptop -- either a MacBook or a PC -- you are encouraged to bring it with you to class. The rest of you will use the classroom PCs. If you already have a Dropbox account, bring your Dropbox login (usually your email address) and your password. If you don’t have an account yet, wait for the classroom email to set one up and get some bonus storage!

      Skype on Windows (1 session) $5

      Skype is an application to allow chat communication between computers and smart devices. The "chat" can be text, audio or video. It is also possible to use Skype to send files and pictures. Skype is now a Microsoft product and is free to use between Windows PCs. (It is advertiser supported in the free version.)
      This one session lab course will show attendees:
      - How to sign-up for a Microsoft Skype account,
      - How to add contacts to your contact list,
      - How to initiate a text, audio and video chat ("call"),
      - How to share files and pictures,
      - How to initiate a group call.
      Audience: Attendees must have a familarity with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
      Notes: We will be using the Windows 8.1 platform.
      Attendess are invited to bring their laptops. There is limited desk space.
      Because of limited video hardware this class is limited to 4 students.

      Installing Skype On Your Window's Laptop (1 session) $5

      Skype is an application to allow chat communication between computers and smart devices.  The "chat" can be text, audio or video.  It is also possible to use Skype to send files and pictures.
      Skype is now a Microsoft product and is free to use between Windows PCs.  (It is advertiser supported in the free version.)

      This one session lab course will show attendees:
      - How to install Skype on your Laptop,
      - How to sign-up for a Microsoft Skype account,
      - How to add contacts to your contact list,
      - How to initiate a text, audio and video chat ("call"),
      Audience:    Attendees must have a familiarity with Windows 7 or 8.1.
      Notes:        Attendees must bring a working Laptop with a web camera,
              This class is limited to 4 students.

      iPad Courses

      Five iOS 11 Features That Will Change How You Use Apple's iPad (1 Sessions) Course Fee $5

      Apple's latest update revolutionizes the iPad experience.  When you first update to iOS 11 you might not notice many differences -- you can still get around on it pretty much as usual. However, there are some great new features hiding beneath the surface that really improve the user experience.  In this class, we'll look at some of the biggest additions, including the expanded Dock, the new Control Center, keyboard changes, multi-tasking, and the Files app.

      Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of, and experience with, the iPad; an iPad already running iOS 11 software.

       

       

      iPad Basics (3 Sessions) Course Fee $15

      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.

      iPhone Basics — Beyond Phone Calls (2 Sessions) Course Fee $10

      Now that you have a new iPhone, learn how to do more than make phone calls with it. You don't need any computer background for this class, just a relatively recent iPhone, already registered and working. This course will cover the various parts of the iPhone, what you see on the screen, and how to use the basic hand gestures. We’ll introduce some of the basic features including the camera and photos, sending and receiving email and messages, using maps and getting directions, and talking to Siri, your personal assistant. This will help you to get more use from your iPhone, and prepare you to take our additional classes in the areas you may wish to pursue in greater depth. Prerequisites: bring your Apple iPhone 4S or newer, already set up and working.

       

      iPad Apps and Books (3 Sessions) Course Fee $15

      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.

      Photos on the iPad (2 sessions) Course Fee $10

      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).

      Music on the iPad (1 sessions) Course Fee $5

      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).

      More Email on the iPad, (1 sessions) Course Fee $5

      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.

      Surfing the Web on the iPad. (1 sessions) Course Fee $5

      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.

      Talking with Siri on Apple mobile devices. (2 sessions) Course Fee $10

      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: iPad Basics or iPhone Basics course . Also, 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.)

      Decluttering Your iPad (1 Session) Course Fee $5

      Has that once empty iPad that initially looked so roomy now run out of storage space? Have you run out of room to back up to the iCloud? What can you do, short of buying a new iPad or paying for more iCloud storage?  We’ll spend 2 hours using a half dozen strategies to see what you can do to free up space on your iPad, or cut down on the iCloud space you are using. These can be tough decisions, so be prepared for some tough love!

      Prerequisites: iPad Basics course; iPad with the most recent software for that iPad.

      Switch to Mac - the Basics. (2 sessions) Course Fee $10

      You've made the leap from PC to Mac. Now that you're here, it's not surprising that you may be feeling a little lost. This class will help you get comfortable in your new environment.

      Learn the essentials of translating PC actions to their Mac equivalent. Discover how easy it is to switch from the PC's Start Menu and task bar features, to the Mac's Apple menu in the corner and the dock along the bottom of the screen. We'll look at some of the commonly used apps including Safari (the web browser to get you on the internet), Mail, iPhoto, and iTunes. Explore the gestures available on the trackpad and learn how to enable the ones you want, and have the System Preferences app demonstrate all of them for you. Spotlight and the Finder app let you search for, browse, and view all the files on your Mac. What apps would you like to use? We'll give you an introduction to them!

      Prerequisite: A MacBook running Mountain Lion (10.8) or later.

       

      Using Dropbox Cloud Services on the iPad (1 session) Course Fee $5

      Dropbox is one of the simplest and most elegant ways to store your photos and files in the cloud, and share them amongst your various computers and mobile devices. In this class, we’ll be sure you have a free Dropbox account set up, and then see how you can make use of it to automatically back up your photos and, if you want, free up some space on your iPad or your iCloud account. If you’ve taken the “Photos on the iPad” class, then you’ll understand the utility of this app! See how other files can also be synced and shared. Get some experience with using “the cloud” you hear so much about today.

      Prerequisite: iPad Basics course; iPad with the most recent software for that iPad.

      Using iCloud with your iPad (2 session) Course Fee $10

      If you’ve wondered about Apple’s iCloud, what it is, and how to use it with your iPad, then this is the course for you. We’ll show you how to connect to the iCloud, what services are available, how to use them, and what they cost. iCloud is Apple’s web-based storage service. With it, you can have access to your photos, documents, apps, notes, and contacts — on whatever device you are using. It lets you easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. Get a better understanding of this type of cloud computing and how to use it.

      Prerequisite: iPad Basics course; iPad with the most recent software for that iPad.

      Podcasts on the iPad and iPhone (1 session) Course Fee $5

      Do you subscribe and listen to podcasts? They are like radio shows, or magazine subscriptions for your ears, except they are free. This class will concentrate on how to find podcasts that are right for you, and then how to subscribe and listen to them using the Podcast app on the iPad or iPhone. Podcasts range from those produced by well-known media companies to amateur enthusiasts, and they span every topic you can think of. There are thousands of podcasts with regularly updated content that is well done, entertaining, fun, educational, and interesting. Come and see what you are missing!

      Prerequisite: iPad Basics or iPhone Basics course; iPad or iPhone with the most recent software for that device.

      Text Messaging on the iPad and iPhone(1 session) Course Fee $5

      Have you decided to join the text messaging world in order to stay in touch with family members? A 2015 survey reports that 94% of seniors over age 70 who use smartphones, are sending text messages weekly! In this class we’ll go over the differences between SMS, MMS, and iMessage. Then we’ll focus on setting up and using Apple’s Messages app on the iPad and iPhone. Whether your family and friends use Apple devices or some other brand of smartphone, we’ll practice sending text messages and even photos. And if you'd rather dictate than type, we'll cover that too!

      Prerequisite: iPad Basics or iPhone Basics course; iPad or iPhone with the most recent software for that device.

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        Apple Tech Help(1 session) Course Fee $5

        Do you have an Apple iPad or iPhone and need some additional help?
        If you already have experience with your device, either from taking classes or from general use, and still have some areas where you would like some help, then these sessions are right for you.
        Some examples: you've forgotten how to do something; or you need more practice in using some of the device capabilities; or you just have some general questions. Only 4 students will be enrolled in these 2 hour sessions so that the instructor has sufficient time to spend with each person. Students find they may benefit by staying for the entire session as frequently someone else's question turns out to be of interest to you also.

        Prerequisite: This is NOT a beginner class. Students should have general experience with their device. Students should bring their device to the session. To Register for this session, call HelenMarie Dolton at 609 882- 5086

         

      Other Fun Courses

       

      Trace your Family Tree (2 Sessions) Course Fee $10

      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.

      Spreadsheets (3 Sessions) Course Fee $15

      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 Windows, or equivalent experience.

      Word Processing Introduction (3 Sessions) Course Fee $15

      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.