Remote Learning

Many of These Classes Were Announced on May 13

** Meet Remote Learning **

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.

If you would like to request other classes, please click here, fill out the secure Google Form and send it to us. We will keep track of all the requests coming in, but will not release your information to anyone.

Thank you for all the support you have given us!

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.

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 - May 14 & 15 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Open Clinc for iPhones & iPads - 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. We will assign students to Zoom Breakout Rooms at the beginning of the session.

1 Session Monday - May 18 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz, Jim Schultz, Mike Gilliom

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Pages - Part I of The Apple Office Suite on Macs - Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word. Learn how to unleash the power of Pages on the Mac.

1 Sessions Monday - June 1 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Numbers - Part II of the Apple Office Suite on Macs - Numbers is a spreadsheet application developed by Apple as part of the productivity suite alongside Keynote and Pages. Numbers is available for iOS, and macOS High Sierra or newer. Numbers will work effortlessly with Microsoft Excel. Learn how to use this spreadsheet program that comes with your Mac.

1 Session Tuesday - June 2 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Keynote - Part III of the Apple Office Suite on Macs - Keynote is a powerful app for building and delivering beautiful presentations. Gorgeous templates and tight integration with other Apple apps make it an great choice for Mac users and a great replacement for Powerpoint. Learn how to create stunning presentations with Keynote.

1 Session Wednesday - June 3 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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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 - June 4 & 5 - 1 to 3 pm Jim Schultz

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Apple Photos on the Mac - Photos for the Mac has an immersive, dynamic 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.

2 Sessions Tuesday & Wednesday - June 9 & 10 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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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.

1 Session Thursday - June 11 - 10 to Noon 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.

1 Session Friday - June 12 - 10 to Noon Mike Gilliom

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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.

1 Session Monday - June 15 - 10 to Noon Mike Gilliom

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Gmail - 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; simple 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.

2 Sessions Monday & Tuesday - June 15 & 16 - 1 to 3 pm Jim 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 Wednesday - June 17 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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Great Movies Using iMovie 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 Monday - June 22 - 1 to 3 pm Glick 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 Wednesday - June 24 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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Explore 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:

  • Microsoft Word - Encrypted Word file stored on your device (but you do all the work).
  • 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 two great password managers:

  • LastPass - Free version (Premium version is $36/yr after 30 day trial).
    • Store website passwords plus notes, credit cards, addresses and bank accounts.
    • Premium version adds password sharing, file storage and more.
  • 1Password - $36/yr after 30-day trial.
    • 1Password has all the free LastPass features, and it also can store identities, documents, images, drivers licenses, passports, and more.

You are encouraged to check out your favorite browser's password vault feature, and then install and be ready to explore using either LastPass or 1Password.

1 Session Thursday - June 25 - 10 to Noon 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 Monday June 29 - 1 to 3 pm Mike Gilliom

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

The Apple Music App on the Mac - You may have heard that Apple eliminated the iTunes app in the latest macOS, Catalina. Never fear, however, the Music app is taking its place (sort of). Learn how to use Music to import music from your CD’s and other sources, organize your music library into playlists, and even buy the latest releases from the iTunes Store.

1 Session Tuesday - June 30 - 1 to 3 pm Glick Schultz

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