September to December 2015 Course Schedule & Descriptions

September 2015

Computer Fundamentalss - using Windows 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. Our PCs use Windows 8, but the skills taught in this class apply to Windows Vista & Windows 7 users, too. Class fee $25.

Computer Security & Backup: Protect Yourself - We spend much of our day on the Internet. 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 & use Microsoft Security Essentials and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternatives. Free Seminar - Please enroll to save your seat.

Photo Gallery for Windows - This 2-session workshop will teach you how to edit, organize, combine, and share your photos. Photo Gallery is available with Windows 7 and 8. The Windows 7 version also includes tools for movies, instant messaging, email, and more; however, this workshop will use the Windows 8 version and focus on editing techniques and printing your photos with Photo Gallery. Class fee $15.

Exploring Windows 8 - In this 6-session class, students will experience the new features of Windows 8, including how to personalize their device, understand basic navigation of Windows 8, use the desktop, download apps they like, and use the cloud to their advantage. If you are a Windows 7 user, this is your chance to get a heads up on Microsoft’s Windows 8 modern interface designed for mobile devices (the wave of the future). The presentation of the Windows 8 desktop will benefit both Windows 8 and Windows 7 users because the Windows 8 desktop is actually Windows 7. Class fee $25.

Introduction to Windows 8 Seminar - In this seminar, the instructor will demonstrate the new features of Windows 8 including the standard Start screen apps (applications). Learners will get a great overview of how to navigate Windows 8. Bring all your questions! Free Seminar – Please enroll to save your seat.

Introduction to Facebook – 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’ "Walls“, "Commenting" on friends’ pictures, and real-time Chat. Personal security recommendations are also covered. Class fee $15.

October 2015

Introduction to Your Mac & OS X – This 3-session workshop is for current Mac owners who would like to learn more about using their Mac, and prospective Mac owners 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; system preferences (settings for, hardware, internet, printer); setting up user accounts; setting up and syncing iCloud; 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 using a Mac laptop and classroom projector. Bring your own Mac laptop and follow along or simply watch the demonstrations. Class fee $15.

Everything Google - Google offers us lots of free, web-based apps 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 Search, Maps, Drive (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations), Calendar, YouTube, Groups & 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.

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 a Gigabyte 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.

Introduction to the iPad - The iPad is amazing all-in-one tool for email, text, photos, music & videos. It's also a camera, e-book reader, Internet browser, and gaming device. You will learn about setting up email, about Siri, the iTunes Store, and the App Store. 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. iPhone users can use all of these apps and are welcome, too. Please bring your iPad or iPhone to class. Class fee $15.

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. Class fee $15.

November 2015

Introduction to Word Processing - This 3-session workshop will introduce the student to the basics of word processing. We ill work with a basic word processing program called Wordpad and the more-sophisticated word processing program - Word 2013. 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. Prerequisite: If you have little or no experience, your first course should be Computer Fundamentals.

Class fee $15.

Skype - 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 between computers running Skype 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 install Skype and set up your Skype account:

On computers: Go to, click the Download button, and follow the instructions.

iPads & Android smartphones & tablets: Go to the app store for your device, download Skype, and start it up.

If you don't have a Skype account, you will be asked to create one as part of the setup. You will also be asked if you want to use your existing Microsoft account for Skype. Once you have created your Skype account you can sign into Skype on any device. In class, you are welcome to use your own Skype account - or one of ours - with one of our class PCs. Class fee $15.

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 pinboards, or "like" photos. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love. Class fee $15.

File Management – This workshop will help you become more self-sufficient in managing the information you choose to save on your Personal Computer - whether you are using Windows Vista, 7 or 8. 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.

December 2015

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch for the Blind - The iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, especially with iOS 8.1, are equipped with robust speech output features for the blind, called VoiceOver and Speak Screen, as well as a speech-enabled personal digital assistant, called Siri. You can accomplish tasks with far less physical interaction than that required by computers and many high-tech adaptive products. When you combine all of the built-in apps with those that are being created by third party developers every day (most of which range from free to under $20.00), people with severe vision loss can now use their iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone to search the Internet, send email, take notes and access online services; to identify currency and products in packages; and to carry a single solution that functions as a clock, flashlight, GPS device, portable book reader, calculator, calendar, reminder, radio, and more. Class fee $25.