november 2020 - february 2021


** Meet Remote Learning **

These classes were announced November 14

Below are the Course Descriptions & Schedule

Sign up below for each class!

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 "Click here to ENROLL" link below

  • Don't call the Seymour Center - if you have any questions, email Mike Gilliom at seymourtechcenter@gmail.com.

  • All classes are free

Here are 4 things to help you get started:

  • Click here to view our Zoom Help and Resources Page that shows you how to get your your computer or mobile device ready to use Zoom.

  • We announce new offerings using MailChimp's services. Click here to get our announcement newsletter.

  • Didn't get your class ENROLL confirmation from Google Forms? Check your Junk and Trashfolders. And put email address forms-receipts-noreply@google.com in your Contacts.

  • Want to "split" your computer or tablet screen so you can watch the Zoom meeting and do something else at the same time? These links will tell you how:
    PC users
    Mac users
    iPad users
    Android users

Clinic For Android Smartphone And Tablet Users

Use this clinic session to get your specific questions answered - this is not a class with an agenda. Android smartphones & tablets are made by companies like Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, etc.. So, do you need help with certain Android smartphone or tablet settings like WiFi and Bluetooth; accounts; the app store; or apps like email, texting or calendars? Maybe you have just a single burning question?

1 Session Wednesday - November 18 - 1 to 3 pm Bob Chernow

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Great iMovies On The MAC

iMovie for Mac is a powerful video-editing program that among other things can turn iPhone or camera-recorded video footage into stunning movies. Learn how to cut and combine clips, add transitions, titles, and music or sound effects to your movies, then share them via iCloud, YouTube, Facebook and others.

1 Session Thursday - November 19 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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iCloud For Apple Users

iCloud allows you to share information with all you Apple devices, your friends and family, and back up your iPhone and iPad. Learn how iCloud can keep your info in sync and safe.

1 Session Friday - November 20 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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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 Wednesday & Thursday - November 30 & December 1 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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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 - December 9, 10 & 11 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Apple Photos On The Mac

Photos for the Mac has an immersive, dynamic 2-session look that showcases your best photos. Find the shots you’re looking for with powerful search options. Organize your collection into albums, or keep your photos organized automatically with smart albums. Perfect your images with intuitive built-in editing tools, or use your favorite photos apps. And with iCloud Photos, you can keep all your photos and videos stored in iCloud and up to date on your Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and even your PC. Learn how to get the most out of this app.

RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 5 & 6

2 Sessions Thursday & Friday - December 17 & 18 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Introduction To Android Smartphones And Tablets

This 3-session class 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 and tablet. Instructor: Bob Chernow

3 Sessions Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - January 4, 5 & 6 - 1 to 3 pm Bob Chernow

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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 Thursday - January 7 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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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.

The first session will end with a suggested homework assignment. We'll go through the homework in the second session.

2 Sessions Mondays - January 11 & 18 - 1 to 3 pm Steve Weiss

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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.

3 Sessions Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - January 12, 13 & 14 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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ID Theft, Computer Security & Backup: Protect Yourself - We spend much of our day on the Internet. You will learn many 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 to have good computer security software and a backup method in place for your data files, email and settings. We will discuss how to use Windows Defender and give you some easy-to-use computer backup alternatives.

Click here to see reference articles used in Mike's presentation

1 Session Monday - January 18 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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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 - January 21 & 22 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Open Clinic For iPhone And iPad Users

Use this clinic session to get your specific questions answered - this is not a class with an agenda. So, do you need help with certain iPhone settings, accounts, email, calendar, the app store? Need a hand synching Apple devices using the iCloud? Have some other burning question? Sign up for the iPhone clinic. Ask your questions.

1 Session Monday - January 25 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz, Jim Schultz, Mike Gilliom

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Introduction to Your Mac and OS X - In this 3-session class, 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 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - January 27, 28 & 29 - 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 Monday & Tuesday - February 1 & 2 - 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 Wednesday & Thursday - February 3 & 4 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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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 Friday - February 5 - 1 to 3 pm Dave Curtin

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Facebook On iPhones And iPads

The Facebook APP 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 Monday & Tuesday - February 8 & 9 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Introduction to Editing - Computers have had a fundamental impact on the way we write and especially how we can revise what we have written. This class presents an introduction to the fundamentals of text editing on a computer. We will use Microsoft Word on a PC running Windows for our examples, but the concepts covered apply to any text editing program as well as to composing email, answering a survey, or even ordering groceries on line.

2 Sessions Tuesday & Wednesday - February 9 & 10 - 1 to 3 pm Steve Weiss

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Photo Editing with 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 Thursday & Friday - February 11 & 12 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Introduction To The MAC Apps You Need To Know:

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 - February 15, 16 & 17 - 1 to 3 pm Glick 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 - learn how to find 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 Splitting screens, Jump Lists, and Snip & Sketch screenshots

  • Using Windows 10 settings for updates, security and privacy

  • Backing up your PC - how to protect your data from crashes and viruses

2 Sessions Monday & Tuesday - February 15 & 16 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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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 - February 17 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Password Managers - Ditch the sticky notes and get peace of mind. A good password manager will be your first defense against getting hacked. Password Managers allow you to generate and store secure passwords and manage your login credentials across all your devices, automatically filling in forms in web browsers and syncing your data across all your devices. We will explore two of the best offerings around - one free and one fee.

But we'll start with two easy ways to store passwords:

  • Browsers - Most have an encrypted password vault feature - access and auto-fill passwords for websites on any device. Mike will demonstrate with Chrome on a PC and an iPhone. Try your browser along with him.

Then we'll explore these great password managers:

  • LastPass - Free version (There is also a Premium version at $36/yr after 30 day trial).

    • Store website passwords plus documents, credit cards, addresses and bank accounts.

    • Premium version adds password sharing, file storage and more.

  • 1Password - A full-function password manager used by millions. Currently costs $3.99/month after a free trial.

1 Session Thursday - February 18 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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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 - February 18 & 19 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Photo Editing With Windows 10

Using your Windows 10 PC, learn how to remove “Red-eyes,” crop, straighten, create panoramas, correct lighting, and create collages using the Apps available on Windows 10. On day two we will work on photos you’ve taken, and we will edit photos on your laptop or bring them on a USB (flash) Drive.

2 Sessions Monday & Tuesday - February 22 & 23 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Computer Clinic 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 1 pm, first come, first served. The second 5 get helped starting at 2 pm, and if necessary, the third group of 5 at 3 pm. Once we see your names, we will let you know which starting time you have in your Zoom invitation.

1 Session Wednesday - February 24 - 1 to 3 pm Steve Weiss, Glick Schultz, Jim Schultz, Mike Gilliom

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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 - February 25 & 26 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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The expanding Seymour Center. On the left, early progress; on the right, how it will look.