July & August 2020


** Meet Remote Learning **

These classes were announced July 1st

Course Descriptions & Schedule

Sign up for these classes!

Because of the Seymour Center has suspended all activities for the time being, the volunteers at Seymour Tech are offering our Remote Learning curriculum. We bring classes to your home through the internet using Zoom - just the way schools around Chapel Hill are doing.

Enroll for each class by clicking its ENROLL link (don't call the Seymour Center). All classes are free.

PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTRUCTORS ARE LIMITING CLASSES TO 15 STUDENTS.


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Introduction to the iPhone – These smartphones are amazing all-in-one tools for phone calls, email, text, photos, music & videos. They are also a camera, e-book reader, Internet browser, and gaming device. You will learn about setting up contacts, email, about Siri, iTunes, and the App Store. You can even totally replace other general-use computers with the iPhone. You can add a real keyboard; in fact, your iPhone will work with nearly any Bluetooth keyboard. NOTE: Due to the differences in the latest software, we will NOT be covering iPad in this session. See the iPad class below (Aug 27 & 28).

3 Sessions Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - July 8, 9 & 10 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Introduction to Ancestry.Com - 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.

2 Sessions Tuesday & Wednesday - July 14 & 15 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Google Photos - Unlimited backup of all your photos and videos for free. Google Photos works on both computers and mobile devices. Access them from any phone, tablet, or computer – your photos will be safe, secure, and always with you. Share your best stuff with family and friends. Google cloud storage is free and there is no limit on the number of items stored if you use Google's recommended settings. This means you can store and easily find photos or videos you took years ago! Learn to edit your photos and videos, create albums, and share them with friends & family. You can download items to your computer or mobile device again when you need them. You can send photos to online print services directly from Google Photos. PC and Mac users will practice backing up photos and videos to the Google Photos cloud using the Backup & Sync from Google app, and from your mobile devices.

Requirements: 1. All students need Google account before class starts. 2. If possible, students should have a PC or Mac available. We will use them in the first half of the class. 3. All students using a smartphone or tablet should install the Google Photos app before the class starts. We will discuss using Google Photos on mobile devices on the second part of the class.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - July 16 & 17 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Introduction to Your Mac and OS X -- Part I - We are dividing our Mac & OS X curriculum into 2 parts. Both parts will be a separate class. This gives you time to practice at home.

In this first part, in 3 sessions, we will cover the basics of Mac hardware, the Desktop and the Dock, Finder, LaunchPad, System Preferences, your Apple ID (your Apple account), using the iCloud, the App store, how to avoid malware, how to use backup solutions like Time Machine and Backblaze, and how to keep your Mac software up-to-date. We'll discuss, demonstrate and practice using all of these Mac and OS X components.

3 Sessions Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - July 20, 21 & 22 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Facebook on PCs – Facebook is used and enjoyed by people of all ages. Facebook provides easy ways to exchange communications with friends and family. You will learn how to view and post your own photos, video, and messages. You will learn about posting on friends "Time-line“, "Commenting" on friends’ pictures, and real-time Chat. Personal security recommendations are also covered.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - July 23 & 24 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Photo Editing for the iPhone and iPad - Using the iPhone or iPad, learn how to remove "Red-eyes," Crop, Straighten, create Panoramas, correct lighting, and create Collages using the new Photoshop Express app. On day two we will work on photos you've taken and we will edit photos on your device.

2 Sessions Monday & Tuesday - July - 27 & 28 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Pinterest.Com - 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 pin boards, or "like" photos. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.

1 Session Wednesday - July 29 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Windows 10 - In this 2-session class you will become more effective with Windows 10's important features. Note: Many people who take this class also take our Getting Organized class (August 25) to practice managing folders and files. We will cover:

  • Finding your way around - where are your folders, your data, and your settings?
  • Personalizing the Windows 10 Start screen and your desktop
  • Organizing and managing your PC data folders and files using File Explorer
  • Exploring Windows features including the Windows Store, Photos and Cortana, the Windows personal assistant
  • Using Windows 10 settings for updates, security and privacy
  • Backing up your PC - how to protect your data from crashes and viruses

To read Mike's tips for Setting Things Up in Windows 10 - click here.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - July 30 & 31 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Introduction to Your Mac, OS X, and Mac Apps Part II:

The Apps You Should Know - In this class, you will practice using Safari (the Apple browser), Keychain (to save passwords), Mail, Contacts, Calendar, review, Messages, Notes, and the Apple Office Apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In addition, we’ll show you how to share many of your Mac creations as you collaborate with teammates, committee members, family and friends. You will learn to share things using iCloud - like your best stuff from all your apps. We'll have you tweaking and sharing your Photos. You will use Music, Podcasts, Videos. We’ll also introduce you to some must-have non-Apple apps such as 1Password, Firefox, Skype, Dropbox, and others.

3 Sessions Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - August 3, 4 & 5 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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iTunes & iCloud on PCs - iCloud is a service provided by Apple that stores your music, TV shows, and other files in the cloud (online). It also automatically pushes (downloads) your files to all of your devices so that they stay up-to-date. iTunes can play your favorite CDs, Movies, Books, and Videos, but you can also import your songs into your iTunes Library. Once imported, you'll be able to arrange your songs into playlists, share them with your other computers using iTunes, or take them with you on your iPhone.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - August 6 & 7 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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How to Use the Google Calendar - With Google Calendar, you can quickly schedule meetings and events and get reminders about upcoming activities, so you always know what’s next. And you can always have the link to that Zoom meeting at your fingertips! Calendar is designed for teams, so it’s easy to share your schedule with others and create multiple calendars that you and your team can use together. It works on all computers and mobile devices, and it works with calendars from Apple, Windows, Outlook and more.

1 Session Monday - August 10 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Google Drive and Google Docs

  • Google Drive is a safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are organized in folders and backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Once there, you can easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. We will do lots of practice exercises.
  • Google Docs is the online app compatible with Microsoft Word, used for creating, updating, downloading and sharing documents.
  • Required: You need a Google account to take this class. If you have a Gmail address, you automatically have a Google account. Click here to get a Gmail account for use in this class - or to enable your non-Gmail address to own a Google account.

1 Session Tuesday - Aug 11 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Google Sheets and Google Slides

  • With Google Sheets, you can create, edit, and collaborate online spreadsheets wherever you are - from your phone, tablet, or computer. For free. Choose from a wide variety of budgets, schedules, and other pre-made spreadsheets. And Sheets works with Microsoft Excel.
  • With Google Slides, you can create, edit, collaborate, and present slide shows wherever you are. For free. Perfect for Zoom meetings. Tell stories that matter. Google Slides makes your ideas shine with a variety of themes, fonts, embedded video, animations, and more. And Slides works with Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Required: You need a Google account to take this class. If you have a Gmail address, you automatically have a Google account. Click here to get a Gmail account for use in this class - or to enable your non-Gmail address to own a Google account.

1 Session Wednesday - Aug 12 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Windows 10 Email - Windows 10 comes with a built-in Mail app, from which you can access all your different email accounts (including Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo!, and others) in one single, centralized interface. With it, there's no need to go to different websites or apps for your email. With a seamless unified accounts experience delivered in an intuitive design for ultimate ease of use, no more waiting for messages to load. This is the FASTEST email app available for windows. View key info including Attachments, Bills & Receipts, and Entertainment across your inboxes at-a-glance by category, without opening or searching email. Manage all of your email subscriptions in one place, tap to unsubscribe or star favorites.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - August 13 & 14 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Open Computer Lab for PCs & Macs This is not a class with an agenda. Our instructors will answer your questions. You will want to have your passwords handy for any apps you want help with - like Skype or Facebook.

Note: We will be limiting signups to 15 students. The first 5 students to sign up will be helped starting at 9 am, first come, first served. The second 5 get helped starting at 10 am, and the third group of 5 at 11 am. Once we see your names, we will let you know which starting time you have in your Zoom invitation.

1 Session Tuesday - August 18 - 1 to 3 pm Steve Weiss, Glick Schultz, Jim Schultz, Mike Gilliom

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Gmail & Google Meet - Gmail is a free, search-based webmail service that combines the best features of traditional email with Google's search technology. Gmail provides enough free storage space for many people. Any person can create a Gmail account; simply fill in the simple form. You will be asked to give your name and country and to choose a login name and password to use each time you access your Gmail. You will learn how to import your contact list, transition your old email with your contacts, create emails, and how to respond to emails. We will also go through using Google Meet which is now part of Gmail and offers video chat and video conferencing.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - August 20 & 21 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Getting Organized with Your Folders and Files - Now you really do have time to get organized! You'll learn how the pro's organize their Folders and Files. We'll use a PC for our examples, and Mac users can watch and learn, too. The key tool for PCs is the Windows File Explorer, and by the end, it will be one of your favorite places to land on a computer. The concepts we teach apply to any device - and cloud apps like Drive and iCloud Drive, too.

One of the exercises in this class is to download files from the web and save them so you can find them later. Click here to link to a Google Doc called Download This File and Save It.

1 Session Tuesday - August 25 - 1 to 3 pm Steve Weiss

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Zoom Class: How to Host & How to Participate in Zoom Meetings - Knowing a little bit about Zoom is a prerequisite for any of our Remote Learning classes. You will learn the basics for this widely used internet tool. We'll also teach you how to set up and host your own Zoom meetings.

Required: If you'll be using an iPhone, iPad or Android device, please download the Zoom Mobile Meeting app from your app store and set it up with your email address and password. Computer users should download the app to their desktops from the website zoom.us. For more help getting ready to use Zoom, click this link to our Zoom Help and Resources page.

We will send you an email message with the link to the class Zoom meeting. Just before the class is scheduled to start, you open that email message and click the link. Once everyone has checked in, you start learning. And knowing Zoom will get you ready for our other courses and to be your own Zoom host.

1 Session Wednesday - August 26 - 1 to 3 pm Dave Curtin

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And while you are waiting for class to start, here is a funny Zoom meeting for pet lovers!

Introduction to the iPad – iPads are amazing all-in-one tools for email, text, photos, music & videos. They are also a camera, e-book reader, Internet browser, and gaming device. You will learn about setting up email, about Siri, iTunes, and the App Store. The advent of iPadOS makes the iPad truly unique from the iPhone. You can even totally replace other general-use computers with the iPad. You can add a real keyboard; in fact, your iPad will work with nearly any Bluetooth keyboard.

NOTE: Due to the differences in the latest software, we will NOT be covering the iPhone in this class.

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - August 27 & 28 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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