January to April 2015 Course Schedule & Descriptions

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January 2015

Prepare Your Taxes Using TurboTax Software is a two-session course that teaches you to use the current tax year version of the popular TurboTaxsoftware program to prepare and file your federal and North Carolina state income tax returns. Using a practice problem, you will focus on how to enter your income and deductions, how to check for errors, how to finalize the return, and how to use the electronic filing features of TurboTax. You will also learn how to import tax data from such financial software programs as Quicken and from brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Prerequisites: Students should have completed Computer Fundamentals or equivalent, be familiar with using a mouse, and have some confidence using a computer. 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 came ra and have a working knowledge of Windows. Please bring a flash drive with at least a GB 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.

Computer Fundamentals using Windows 7 and 8 gives the beginner or person with limited experience the basic concepts, skills and tools such asterminology, 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. The relative emphasis on Windows 7 and 8 will depend on the needs of the particular class. Class fee $25.

Computer Security & Backup: Protect Yourself - U.S. online shoppers number over 100 million. 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 Microsoft Security Essentials and give you some easy-to-do computer backup alternatives. Free Seminar – Please enroll to save your seat.

February 2015

Photo Gallery for Windows - This 2-session workshop will teach you how to edit, organize, combine, and share your photos. Photo Gallery is free download (sometime loaded by a vendor) and part of Windows Essentials 2012 for Windows 7 and an option on Windows 8.1. Windows Essentials 2012 also includes tools for movies, instant messaging, email, and more; however, this workshop will focus on editing techniques and printing your photos with Photo Gallery. Class fee $15.

Introduction to Windows 8 Seminar - In this seminar, learners will experience the new features of Windows 8 including the standard apps (applications) and learners will get a great overview of how to navigate Windows 8. Free Seminar – Please enroll to save your seat.

Converting to Gmail – This workshop will lead you through converting from your old email address to Gmail.Converting means you will be prepared to stop using your old email address and will make all your email messages come to your new address. Many students will do the entire conversion in the workshop, because Google has written conversion tools that make things easy!

Important: (1) Let the instructor know ahead of time which old email system you are using, so he can be ready when you arrive. Send Mike Gilliom a note with your old email address to mgilliom@gmail.com.

(2) Bring to class your old email account name (email address) and account password. Make sure you can access your old email account on web mail (for example, at www.yahoo.com or www.aol.com). We will use these as part of the conversion to Gmail. And, if you don’t yet have a Gmail account, go to www.google.com and get one– and bring this address and password, too.

(3) Note about Yahoo! email. Students are finding that converting from Yahoo! to Gmail can only be completed by using an email client program such as Thunderbird or Outlook. Class Fee $15.

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.

Introduction to Word Processing - This 3-session workshop will introduce the student to the basics of word processing. The students will have the opportunity to work with a basic word processing program called Wordpad and more sophisticated word processing programs such as Word 2010 and 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.

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 Google Drive (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations), Photos and Videos (Picasa), Calendar, YouTube, Maps, Google Earth, 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.

March 2015

iPad/iTunes/iCloud –This 2-session workshop will answer the questions: "How do I use the iPad and how does it relate to iTunes and iCloud". You will be introduced to the standard applications as well as some highly-recommended apps for the iPad. We will learn how to use Siri and iOS 7/8. To learn iTunes and the art of importing your Music CDs and burning your own favorite playlist to CD you will use one of our classroom PCs - or you can also bring your laptop to class. 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. 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.

iPad/iTunes/iCloud –This 2-session workshop will answer the questions: "How do I use the iPad and how does it relate to iTunes and iCloud". You will be introduced to the standard applications as well as some highly-recommended apps for the iPad. We will learn how to use Siri and iOS 7/8. To learn iTunes and the art of importing your Music CDs and burning your own favorite playlist to CD you will use one of our classroom PCs - or you can also bring your laptop to class. 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, the desktop, downloading apps they like, and will learn about using 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 as the Windows 8 desktop environment is actually Windows 7. Class fee $25.

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 demonstration. When you enroll, send your email address to seymourtechcenter@gmail.com so you can talk ahead of time with the instructor about your current Mac and PC experience. Class fee $15.

"Free Stuff" – We will show you lots of free apps for Windows, Macs, iPads and Android devices. For example, we'll show you alternatives to Microsoft Office that are fully compatible with them. You can browse in the app stores offered by Apple, Microsoft & Google, and we will show you how easy and safe it is to use the cloud for parking your creations. Free Seminar – Please enroll to save your seat.

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.

April 2015

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 www.skype.com, 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.

Start times is now 9 am for everybody: 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.

Android Smartphones & Tablets - This 3-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 $15.

iPad/iTunes/iCloud –This 2-session workshop will answer the questions: "How do I use the iPad and how does it relate to iTunes and iCloud". You will be introduced to the standard applications as well as some highly-recommended apps for the iPad. We will learn how to use Siri and iOS 7/8. To learn iTunes and the art of importing your Music CDs and burning your own favorite playlist to CD you will use one of our classroom PCs - or you can also bring your laptop to class. Class fee $15.