Winter & Spring 2014 Course Schedule & Descriptions

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January 2014

Prepare Your Taxes Using “TurboTax” Software Workshop is a two-session course that teaches you to use the current tax year version of the popular “TurboTax” software program to prepare and file your federal and North Carolina state income tax returns. Using a practice problem, you will focus on how to enter your income and deductions, how to check for errors, how to finalize the return, and how to use the electronic filing features of TurboTax. You will also learn how to import tax data from such financial software programs as Quicken and from brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Prerequisites: Students should have completed Computer Fundamentals or equivalent, be familiar with using a mouse, and have some confidence using a computer. Class fee: $15

Prepare Your Taxes Using TurboTax Software Workshop 

Fri

2 Sessions Jan 24 & 31

1-4 pm

Art Lebo /        Dave Heileg        Allen Wenner


Introduction to Digital Photography and Picasa is a hands-on course that introduces the student to digital photography. You will learn how to operate your camera, practice tips for taking good pictures, and import your digital photos from your camera onto the computer using Picasa. We’ll do some basic image editing, and then share photos using e-mailing and printing. Prerequisites: Students must have a digital camera and have a working knowledge of Windows. Please bring your camera, with its battery charged, your camera manual, a flash drive with at least 2 GB of space, and the cable that connects your camera to a computer to class. See course Organizing, Editing & Sharing Photos using Picasa above & below for the description of the course that covers many more Picasa features. Class fee: $25.

Introduction to Digital Photography and Picasa CANCELLED  

Mon
& Wed

8 Sessions  Jan 27 to  Feb 19

9 to
11 am

Mike Gilliom


Computer Fundamentals using Windows 7 and 8 gives the beginner or person with limited experience the basic concepts, skills and tools such as terminology, using the mouse proficiently and mastery of the keyboard. You also receive a general grounding in word processing and a brief introduction to the Internet, web browsing and e-mail.  The relative emphasis on Windows 7 and 8 will depend on the needs of the particular class.  Class fee: $25.


Computer Fundamentals using Windows 7 and 8

Mon & Wed

8 Sessions Jan 27 to  Feb 19 Makeup Days: March 3 & 10

  1 to      3 pm

          Steve Weiss           Dona Fountoukidis     Steve Bromberg


Exploring Windows 7 - This eight-session course will introduce the student to Microsoft’s Windows 7 Operating System. The student will be introduced to the basics of the Windows 7 desktop, Task Bar, the Start menu, how to find and launch a program and use the Help features. The student will learn the basics of file management using the new Windows Explorer, as well as system maintenance and backup tools built into the Windows 7 Operating System. Prerequisites: Student should be familiar with using a mouse and have some confidence using a computer. Class fee: $25.

Exploring Windows 7

Tues
& Thurs

8 Sessions  Jan 28 to Feb 20

1 to
3 pm

Charles Karns Jim McGuire    Jeff Klee



 


Computer Security & Backup: Protect Yourself - Free Seminar – U.S. online shoppers number over 100 million. In this free seminar you will learn some of the basic ways to protect yourself in this fast-paced online world. Of course, in spite of our best efforts, things can go wrong. You need have good computer security software and a backup method in place for your computer files. We will teach you how to install Microsoft Security Essentials and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternativesip. Free Seminar


Computer Security
& Backup
Seminar

Fri

1 Session Jan 31

9 to
11:30 am

 Jim Schultz Mike Gilliom

 



February 2014


Skype Workshop - Skype is a very popular way to stay in touch with your loved ones! Skype is a free program that lets you make voice or video calls over the Internet using your computer's web camera and microphone. Calls to other Skype computers are free, and calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Skype also supports instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype has many millions of registered users.

In this workshop we will start by helping you connect your own computer or tablet to the internet. Then we will explore Skype's key features.   If you bring your own laptop or tablet to class, you must have Skype already installed with a Skype account name and password already checked out. To set up a Skype account, go to www.skype.com, click the Download button, and follow the instructions for setting up Skype for your particular computer or tablet. Of course, you are welcome to use your Skype account with one of our PCs.

Start times: If you'd like to bring your own device (laptop or tablet), come at 9am and be ready to connect to our classroom internet network. Otherwise, come at 9:30 and use our desktop computers. Skype instruction starts at 9:30. Class Fee $15

Skype Workshop

 

Fri

1 Session
Feb 7

9 to
11 am

 Jim Schultz Brittney King


Introduction to Windows 8 - In this seminar, learners will experience the new features of Windows 8 including the standard apps (applications) and learners will get a great overview of how to navigate Windows 8. Free Seminar


Intro to Windows 8 Seminar

Tues

1 Session Feb 11

    9 to       11 am

Charles Karns  Jim McGuire


Converting to Gmail – This workshop will lead you through converting from your old email address to Gmail.Converting means you will be prepared to stop using your old email address and will make all your email messages come to your new address. Many students will do the entire conversion in the workshop, because Google has written conversion tools that make things easy!  Prerequisites: Let the instructor know ahead of time which old email system you are using, so he can be ready when you arrive. Send Mike Gilliom a note with your old email address to mgilliom@gmail.com. Also bring to class your old email address and account password. We will use these as part of the conversion to Gmail. And, if you don’t yet have a Gmail account, go to google.com and get one– and bring this address and password, too. Class Fee: $15


Converting to Gmail Workshop   CANCELLED

Thurs

1 Session  Feb 13

9 to
11 am

Mike Gilliom


Introduction to Facebook Workshop–Facebook is used and enjoyed by people of all ages. Facebook provides easy ways to exchange communication with friends and family. You will learn about how to view and post your own photos, video, and messages. You will learn about posting on friends’ "Walls“, "Commenting" on friends’ pictures, and real-time Chat. Personal security recommendations are also covered. Class fee: $15


Introduction to Facebook
Workshop

Mon & Wed

2 Sessions   Feb 24     & 26   

1 to
3 pm


Jim Schultz Virgil Torbert Jessica Golden

 

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 Workshop - This 3-session workshop will introduce Microsoft Word 2010. You will learn how to use the ribbon. We will cover the creation of your first document. You’ll learn to move around in your document, using formatting marks, moving text by using Cut and Paste, and changing line spacing and alignment in Word 2010. Class fee: $15.

    Introduction to      Microsoft Word 2010 Workshop

Tues,  Thurs & Tues

3 Sessions
Feb 25,  Feb 27 & Mar 4

1 to 3 pm

Charles Karns Joyce Hickey

 

Everything Google Workshop- Google offers us lots of free, web-based programs along with the free space for storing the files we create or upload. In this workshop, we will examine several of Google's free programs, including Documents, Spreadsheets, Photos and Videos (Picasa), Calendar, YouTube, Maps, Google Earth, Blogs, Groups, Drive  and Books. You will learn how these programs are used to collaborate on projects and to share your creativity with family and friends. Class Fee $15.

Everything Google Workshop

Fri

1 Session Feb 28

9 to
11 am

Mike Gilliom       Colin Mosher Brittney King

 


March 2014


iPad/iTunes/iCloud Workshop –This 2-session workshop will answer the questions: "How do I use the iPad and how does it relate to iTunes and iCloud". You will be introduced to the standard applications as well as some highly-recommended apps for the iPad. To learn iTunes and the art of importing your Music CDs and burning your own favorite playlist to CD you will use one of our classroom PCs - or you can also bring your laptop to class. Class fee $15

iPad/iTunes/iCloud Workshop        

Mon & Wed

2 Sessions Mar 3 & 5

9 to  Noon

Jim Schultz Steve Bromberg Peg Perlman

 


Computer Maintenance Workshop In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn that routine maintenance of your personal computer is vital in keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. Problems ranging from “not shutting down” to “screen freezes” are more than likely a result of poor maintenance. The objective of this workshop is to make you aware of what things you should be doing on a regular basis to maintain your computer’s security and improve its overall performance and efficiency. Class fee $15.


Computer Maintenance Workshop

Thurs & Tues

2 Sessions Mar 6 & 11

  1 to         3 pm

Charles Karns Joyce Hickey

 



Intro to Your Mac & OS X Workshop – This 2-hour workshop is for Mac owners and students who want to know more before buying their first Mac. We will introduce you to the variety of Macs available today and then look at many of the Mac’s basic features. We will examine the elements of the desktop, dock, and menu bar; the Finder and OS X folder structure; setting system preferences (settings for folders, hardware, internet, printer); setting up user accounts; and give you an overview of the key software on your Mac.  Please note: Our classroom is set up only with PCs. Our instructor will be demonstrating and leading student exercises using a Mac laptop and classroom projector. Bring your own Mac laptop and do sample exercises along with the instructor. The instructor’s handout can guide Mac desktop users through these same exercises at home. When you enroll, send your email address to seymourtechcenter@gmail.com so you can talk ahead of time with the instructor about your current Mac and PC experience.  Class fee $15

Intro to Your Mac &  OS X Workshop

Thurs

1 Session Mar 13

9 to
11 am

Jim Schultz

 


File Management Workshop – This workshop will help you become more self-sufficient in managing the information you choose to save on your Personal Computer. It guides you through practice exercises that use features of the operating system designed to create and organize “folders” that hold the information you produce or obtain from other sources. This will help you get started reorganizing your personal files and folders so that they are easier to locate and access. The skills practiced in this workshop are applicable to every task you perform on your computer. Class fee: $15.


File Management
Workshop

Thurs & Tues

2 Sessions Mar 13 & 18

1 to
3 pm

Charles Karns     Jim McGuire



Computer Security & Backup: Protect Yourself Seminar – U.S. online shoppers number over 100 million. In this free seminar you will learn some of the basic ways to protect yourself in this fast-paced online world. Of course, in spite of our best efforts, things can go wrong. You need have good computer security software and a backup method in place for your computer files. We will teach you how to install Microsoft Security Essentials and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternatives. Free Seminar


Computer Security & Backup Seminar

Thurs

1 Session  Mar 20

9 to
11:30 am

Jim Schultz     Mike Gilliom

 

Picasa Essentials: Organizing, Editing & Sharing Photos using Picasa 3- You will learn to install Picasa, the free PC program from Google, and organize, edit and share your digital photos. In class, you will download your photos from your camera to a computer. You will learn how to get all your photos organized into folders. Picasa’s editing features let you take out red eyes, improve color and contrast, crop for printing and add special effects and text. You will learn how to create slide shows and collages. You will create your own web albums, order prints online and share your photos with your friends. Prerequisites: Students must have a digital camera and have a working knowledge of Windows. Please bring a flash drive with at least 2 GB of space for the first session. Later you will bring your camera with its battery charged and the cable that connects your camera to a computer to class. Class fee: $25.

Picasa Essentials

Mon & Wed

8 Sessions Mar 24 to Apr 16

9 to
11 am

Mike Gilliom
Brittney King Michael Nam



Computer Fundamentals using Windows 7 and 8 gives the beginner or person with limited experience the basic concepts, skills and tools such as terminology, using the mouse proficiently, and mastery of the keyboard. You also receive a general grounding in word processing and a brief introduction to the Internet, web browsing and e-mail.  The relative emphasis on Windows 7 and 8 will depend on the needs of the particular class.  Class fee: $25.

Computer Fundamentals using Windows 7 and 8

Mon
& Wed

8 Sessions Mar 24 to  Apr 16

1 to
3 pm

Virgil Torbert Allen Wenner



iPad/iTunes/iCloud Workshop –This 2-session workshop will answer the questions: "How do I use the iPad and how does it relate to iTunes and iCloud". You will be introduced to the standard applications as well as some highly-recommended apps for the iPad. To learn iTunes and the art of importing your Music CDs and burning your own favorite playlist to CD you will use one of our classroom PCs - or you can also bring your laptop to class. Class fee $15


iPad/iTunes/iCloud Workshop
                                          

Tues & Thurs

2 Sessions Mar 25   & 27 

1 to
4 pm

Jim Schultz



Skype Workshop - Skype is a very popular way to stay in touch with your loved ones! Skype is a free program that lets you make voice or video calls over the Internet using your computer's web camera and microphone. Calls to other Skype computers are free, and calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Skype also supports instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype has many millions of registered users.

In this workshop we will start by helping you connect your own computer or tablet to the internet. Then we will explore Skype's key features.   If you bring your own laptop or tablet to class, you must have Skype already installed with a Skype account name and password already checked out. To set up a Skype account, go to www.skype.com, click the Download button, and follow the instructions for setting up Skype for your particular computer or tablet. Of course, you are welcome to use your Skype account with one of our PCs.

Start times: If you'd like to bring your own device (laptop or tablet), come at 9am and be ready to connect to our classroom internet network. Otherwise, come at 9:30 and use our desktop computers. You can use your own Skype account or use one of ours. Skype instruction starts at 9:30. Class Fee $15


Skype Workshop CANCELLED

Fri

1 Sessions Mar 28 

9 to
11 am

Mike Gilliom    Colin Mosher
Brittney King



April 2014

Pinterest workshop - Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own pinboards, or 'like' photos. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love. Class Fee $15


Pinterest Workshop

Tues

1 Session  Apr 1

9 to
11 am

Jim Schultz



Using
Windows 8
- In this 6-session class, learners will experience the new features of Windows 8, including how to personalize their device, understand basic navigation of Windows 8, the desktop, downloading apps they like, and will learn about using the cloud to their advantage.) Class Fee $25



Using  Windows 8

Tues & Thurs


6 Sessions Apr 1 to      Apr 17

 1 to         3 pm    


Charles Karns     Jim McGuire



Introduction to Ancestry.Com Workshop - We will cover the fundamentals of beginning to create your family genealogy using Ancestry.Com. We will go through some actual examples, such as using the US Census, birth, marriage, and death records to tie them to your own family history.  Class Fee: $15

Introduction to Ancestry.Com     Workshop   RESCHEDULED TO APR 8 & 10

Tues & Thurs

2 Sessions Apr 8 & 10

   9 to        11 am

 Jim Schultz




Android Smartphones & Tablets Workshop -   This 2-session workshop will show you how to use your Android Smartphone or Tablet. Except for phone calls, these devices work the same way. We'll show you how to use the Home screen and Settings. Phone users will learn to make and answer calls and manage your contacts. Then we'll explore texting and email. We'll search the web, play with YouTube, set up calendars, tasks & alarms. We'll use the camera for photos and videos. And, we'll show you how to find free & fee apps - including games - to personalize your Phone or Tablet. Class Fee: $15

Introduction to Android Smartphones & Tablets     Workshop

Fri

2 Sessions Apr 4 & 11

   1 to        3 pm

 Bob Chernow Mike Gilliom



Computer Lab Reserved


Seymour Tech Computer Lab  Reserved

Tues & Thurs

8 Sessions Apr 22 to  May 15

   1 to        3 pm

 Tim Miles
Jim Schultz
Mike Gilliom