September to December 2017 Schedule & Course Descriptions

September 2017

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch for the Vision Impaired - The iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, especially with iOS 8.1 or above, 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.

Introduction to Android Smartphones & Tablets - This 6-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 $25.

Windows 10 Workshop - This 2-session class is for students familiar with Windows 7 or 8.1. We will be using our classroom desktop PCs, and handouts with practice exercises are provided. Students with Windows 10 tablets or phones can practice these exercises at home. Class fee $15.

We will cover:

  • Personalizing and using the new Start screen
  • Using Windows 10 Settings: Updates, Security and Privacy
  • Managing your PC using the File Explorer
  • Creating a Microsoft account and browsing in the Windows Store
  • Exploring the new Windows features Edge and Cortana

Open Computer Lab – One of our instructors or coaches will be present to help you learn more about personal technology. Bring your questions and your hardware – or just use one of our PCs. Make sure you have your passwords for any apps you want help with - like Skype or Facebook. And, of course, bring power cords and anything else that could be useful. Free Seminar - Please enroll to save your seat.

Exploring Windows 10 - In this 4-session class, students will experience the new features of Windows 10, including how to personalize their device, understand basic navigation of Windows 10, use the desktop, and how to download apps from the Windows Store. If you are a Windows 8 user, the Start menu is back and Windows Store apps now run on the desktop. Students will be introduced to two new Windows 10 features - Cortana a personal assistant with the ability to understand spoken commands and Edge a new web browser (Internet Explorer is still available). Class fee $15.

Smartphones & Tablets Clinic - Want help with smart phone or tablet settings, accounts, email, calendar, the app store? Have a burning question? Drop in during the iPhone/iPad hour or the Android hour. Bring your mobile device, and ask your questions. Free Clinic - Please enroll to save your seat.

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 discuss how to install & use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternatives. Free Seminar - Please enroll to save your seat. Click Here for link to slides used in this class.

Computer Fundamentals using Windows 10 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, file organization, and an introduction to the Internet, web browsing and e-mail. Our PCs use Windows 10, but the skills taught in this class apply to earlier versions of Windows as well. Class fee $25.

October 2017

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.

Editing & Sharing Your Photos - We will explore three popular & free desktop photo editors - Picasa, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows 10 Photos. We will organize and edit photos & videos. We will create amazing collages, panoramas and movies. We will fuse into one perfect photo the best smiles and open eyes from a collection of similar shots. Then will will learn to use Google Photos to upload our photos to the cloud from a PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. From there we can keep editing, create albums, and share them with friends & family, using Google's free cloud storage. Notes: Picasa and Windows Photo Gallery are no longer supported, but your instructor will have a copy for you to install on your computer. All students should bring a digital camera and flash drive to class. Bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. Mac users should bring their Mac laptops to class. Also Note: Monday, October 16 Session Rescheduled to Monday, October 17,

9-11am.

Click here to view the Picasa Essentials manual we will use in class, and click here for the Contents page of the manual with marks showing specific Picasa topics we will cover in class.

Click here for the link to the Google doc that describes using Google Photos. It also includes Qs & As from students in prior sessions.

You can also click here to link to a folder with the installation files for Picasa for PCs, Picasa for Macs, and the 2012 versions of Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Right click on each of the items to download it. After downloading the files, double-click on them to install them.

Class fee $25.

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 "Time-line“, "Commenting" on friends’ pictures, and real-time Chat. Personal security recommendations are also covered. If you do not have a current account, please tell the desk and plan to arrive 15 minutes early for the class. Class fee $15.

Introduction to the iPad and iPhone – These devices 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. You can even totally replace other general-use computers with the iPad. You can add a real keyboard; in fact, your iPad/iPhone will work with nearly any Bluetooth keyboard. Please bring your iPad or iPhone to class. 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 & Calendar. You will learn how these programs are used to collaborate on projects and to share your creativity with family and friends. 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.

Open Computer Lab – One of our instructors or coaches will be present to help you learn more about personal technology. Bring your questions and your hardware – or just use on of our PCs. Make sure you have your passwords for any apps you want help with - like Skype or Facebook. And, of course, bring power cords and anything else that could be useful. Free Seminar - Please enroll to save your seat.

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.

November 2017

Skype - Stay in touch with loved ones! Make free voice or video calls over the Internet using your computer, smartphone or tablet. Do texting, file transfer, and videoconferencing. If you bring your device to class, please have Skype installed with a Skype account name and password. In class, you are welcome to use your own Skype account - or one of ours - with one of our class PCs. Class fee $15.

Windows 10 Workshop - This 2-session workshop is for students familiar with Windows 7 or 8.1. We will be using our classroom desktop PCs, and handouts with practice exercises are provided. Students with Windows 10 tablets or phones can practice these exercises at home. Class fee $15.

We will cover:

  • Personalizing and using the new Start screen
  • Using Windows 10 Settings: Updates, Security and Privacy
  • Managing your PC using the File Explorer
  • Creating a Microsoft account and browsing in the Windows Store
  • Exploring the new Windows features Edge and Cortana

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, 8 or Windows 10. 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.

Social Media Explored - We will meet these wildly popular apps: Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, SnapChat and Houseparty. (We got this list from our grandchildren, so after this class, you will finally be "with it"!)

Click here to see the outline of the exercises for this session.

Suggestion: Install these apps on your favorite mobile device, set up an account for each, and bring your device to class. We'll play around a bit, sending fun to each other. Class fee $15.

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 discuss how to install & use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternatives. Free Seminar - Please enroll to save your seat.

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.