This page last updated onApril 02, 2012
By
Nancy DeMarte

Classes Held On Other Than Meeting Night

 

ALL COMPUTER EDUCATION CLASSES ARE FREE FOR MEMBERS

The following classes require that you be a SPCUG member and register with the class leader by e‑mail.  Include your name, SPCUG membership number, phone number and e‑mail address in your e-mail registration request. A confirmation will be sent by the class leader when all information is received.

In order to provide our membership with a comprehensive group of classes for the beginning computer user, the following are the classes beginners should take before moving on to advanced classes: Getting Started (four 1‑1/2 hour sessions); followed in any order by Basic E‑mail (two 1‑1/2 hour sessions); Basic File Management (two 1‑1/2 hour sessions); Basic Internet (two 1‑1/ 2 hour sessions), and Basic Maintenance and Back‑Up (two 1-1/2 hour sessions). To attend a class labeled "Basic" you must have taken Getting Started or exhibit to the satisfaction of the class leader knowledge of the material taught in Getting Started.

 

TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BASIC CLASSES, SEND AN EMAIL
TO THE CLASS LEADER OR REGISTER AT THE CLASS TABLE ON MEETING NIGHT.

 BASIC CLASSES 2011 - 2012

Getting Started (4 sessions)

      Getting Started is series of classes geared for the absolute beginner. This course will cover computer terminology, how to work with the "Windows" that are on your computer screen, and how to use a simple program to type a message.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 am -12:15pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club Room 10
Instructor: Bob Thommes
E-Mail:
srqrct@verizon.net

Dates:    April 14, 21, and 28 (3 sessions)

             May 5, 12, 19, and 26 (4 sessions)

 

Basic Internet (2 sessions)

      Prior to taking this class, students should have taken "Getting Started" or have exhibited the knowledge and skills taught in that class. This class introduces students to browsing and searching the Internet, plus ways to keep a computer safe from Internet threats, such as spyware and viruses. Members may register at the Basic Classes table on General meeting nights or by sending an email to the instructor. Include name, phone number, SPCUG member number, and email address.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Boys & Girls Club Rm 20 
Instructor:
E-Mail

Dates: (September 2012)

 

Basic File Management (2 sessions)

      Prior to taking this class, students should have taken Getting Started or have exhibited the knowledge and skills taught in that class. This class introduces students to the organization of files, such as documents and photos, on a computer. It includes skills such as saving a file, finding a file, creating folders, moving files into and out of folders, and understanding the folder tree. Members may register at the Basic Classes table on General meeting nights or by sending an email to the instructor. Include name, phone number, SPCUG member number, and email address.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 am -12:15pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club Room 10
Instructor: Nancy DeMarte
E-Mail:
ndemarte@verizon.net

Dates:   May 5 and 12

 

Basic Computer Maintenance & Backup (2 sessions)

      Prior to taking this class, students should have taken Getting Started or have exhibited the knowledge and skills taught in that class. This class introduces students to the regular maintenance tasks necessary to keep a computer running smoothly and the need and techniques of backing up and restoring computer data. Members may register at the SIG table on General meeting nights or by sending an e‑mail to the instructor. Include name, phone number, SPCUG member number, and e‑mail address.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Boys & Girls Club Rm 20 
Instructor:
E-Mail:

Dates: (September 2012)

 

Basic Email (2 sessions)

      Prior to taking this class, students should have taken "Getting Started" or have exhibited the knowledge and skills taught in that class. This class introduces students the differences between webmail and PC‑based email programs, and basic functions of e‑mail, such as composing a message, filing messages in folders, creating an attachment, and email security. Members may register at the SIG table on General meeting nights or by sending an email to the instructor. Include name, phone number, SPCUG member number, and e‑mail address.

Day:  Saturday
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Location: Boys & Girls Club Rm 10 
Instructor: Jim Cerny
Email: jimcerny123@gmail.com

Dates: April 21 and 28

 

ADVANCED AND SPECIALIZED Classes

The following classes are primarily intended for those individuals who have completed the Basic Classes and wish to extend their computer expertise in specific areas. Register by contacting the class instructor by email. Include your name, SPCUG membership number, phone number, and email address.

Using Windows 7 (4 sessions)

      Whether you are transitioning from Windows XP or are relatively new to the world of PC’s, Windows 7 can be a bit intimidating. This course is designed the help you enjoy your computer and enjoy using Windows 7. We will cover setting up your desktop, gadgets, the new taskbar, and the Start menu. In addition you will learn how to work with multiple windows at a time using Jump lists, Snap, and the taskbar. We will also cover the new Windows Explorer (files and folders), libraries, and using thumb drives. The class will be introduced to Windows Media Player and cover how to rip, play and burn CD’s. Come and have some fun with Windows 7. Prerequisites are Getting Started or equivalent experience.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club room 20
Instructor: Bill Crowe
Email:
wtcrowe@verizon.net

Date:   March 31, April 14, 21, and 28

              May 5, 12, 19, and 26

 

iPad for Beginners (4 sessions)

      Did you just get an iPad? Come to this course and get the vital knowledge needed to make this device more useful and enjoyable. Learn how to use the touch screen, what the icons mean that come with the iPad, how to add apps to your iPad, and how the use an app after you get one. Learn how to surf the internet on the iPad. Bring your iPad.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Boys & Girls Club learning cntr
Instructor: Bill Crowe
Email:
wtcrowe@verizon.net

Dates: March 31, April 14, 21, and 28

             May 5, 12, 19, and 26

 

 

Back up Your Computer (1 session)

      Prior to taking this class students should have taken Getting Started and Basic File Management or should have the knowledge and skills taught in those classes. Being thoroughly familiar with file management is an important prerequisite for this class.
      This class will teach you how to "bulletproof" your computer so that you will be able to recover from any disaster. This is a comprehensive class and will require that you read and implement a detailed tutorial prior to coming to class. If you have been using, or attempting to use, Acronis True Image and are having problems, this class, which uses a different backup program, will be helpful.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club learning cntr
Instructor: Jim Unger
Email:
jimunger@verizon.net

Date: April 28

 

Gmail and Google Apps (3 sessions)

      Dr. John Chait will offer a new 3 session series on "Gmail/Google apps"
The course will include information on Gmail and Google apps including Google, Gmail, Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Docs, Photos, Shopping and more. We will also discover details on the mobile apps for phones and tablets.
      This class is for the computer user who is familiar with his or her computer and wishes to learn more about how to use Google and all of its wonderful apps. You should consider yourself an advanced computer user prior to
registering for this course and be comfortable with file management. This
is not a beginning course.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club learning center
Leader: Dr. John Chait
Email: 
cindychait@hotmail.com

Dates: April 14 and 21

 

Desktop Workshop ( 1 session)

      This one-session class will help you understand the various parts of the Windows Desktop screen, including the icons, Start menu, Taskbar, System Tray and Notification area. We will cover finding programs on your computer, creating icons on the desktop for them (shortcuts), arranging your icons, and deleting the ones you no longer want. We will also discuss the various elements of the START menu and the TASKBAR, including the "quick launch" area and those little icons to the right on the Taskbar by the clock (the System Tray). This is a great class for beginners and for those more experienced users who may have forgotten all the Desktop in Windows has to offer. Of course your questions will be most welcome. If you would like to bring and use your own laptop to this class be sure to let the instructor know.

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Location: Boys and Girls Club room 10
Leader: Jim Cerny
Email: jimcerny123@gmail.com

Date: April 14, 2012

 

ProShow Gold (2 sessions)

      Come to this class and learn how to transform the pictures you took of a wedding, your cruise or trip to the mountains into a professional slide show using neat transitions, background music, voice overs, videos, text on images, descriptive slides, zooms, special effects and much more.  You can then burn the show on an autorun CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk, configure it for YouTube, an MP3 player, cell phone or Facebook and more.  ProShow Gold is recognized as the leading consumer software for creating high quality slide shows and can be downloaded from the Internet for $69.95.  This software will give many years of service and is suitable for small slide shows with a few images to one like I just finished of my Mediterranean cruise with 1230 pictures which runs for an hour.  It is a sophisticated program, but unlike programs like PhotoShop with a steep learning curve, you can learn ProShow Gold fundamentals quickly and be making an attractive show in a few minutes.

Day: Saturday
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club learning center
Leader: Chuck Mason
Email: chuckmason28@verizon.net

Dates: April 14 and 21  

 

What's Inside Your Computer? (1 session)

      In a 90 minute presentation, Rosita Herrick will give a basic overview of the components that make up your computer laptop or desktop. The presentation will cover in general terms the functions of Memory (RAM), Hard drive, Monitor, etc. and the interaction of hardware and software. This class is for beginners who want to get a little more understanding of how it all comes together.

 Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Boys & Girls Club learning center
Leader: Rosita Herrick
Email:  hrosita@aol.com

 Date: May 19

 

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