Southington Calendar House

A community resource for Southington Seniors 55 and over.

Southington Calendar House Senior Center.  

388 Pleasant St,
Southington,
CT 06489.
860-621-3014

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Computer Course Descriptions.
Note: Only a subset of these classes are taught in any one session
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Computer Basics for Beginners

This two-week course provides those with little or no experience in using a computer the opportunity to explore whether or not they might wish to learn more about computers beginning with our introductory course. This preview in computer basics will acquaint you with main parts of the computer, screen, mouse and keyboard while explaining the advantages of using a computer.
This class, or equivalent experience, is a pre-requisite for all other Computer Learning Center courses.

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Introduction to Computers

A course for students who have taken Computer Basics for Beginners and are comfortable with the mouse and keyboard and are ready to move to the next level. This course builds a foundation for more advanced courses by providing instruction in the elements of computers such as:
(1) how to create and manage files and folders;
(2) create, edit, cut, copy, paste and save word processing documents;
(3) a tour of the Internet; and
(4) and a solid introduction to e-mail including compose, send, reply, forwarding, and attachments.

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Computing Fundamentals

Become comfortable with all you need to know to use a computer to use search the internet, communicate by E-Mail and manage photos, files and folders. This class will start with the basics of computer use with mice and keyboards, show you how computer files and folders can connect to your tablets and phones, and open up the world of the big wide web.

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Exploring the Internet

Become familiar with a browser, the software used to venture out on the World Wide Web. Learn the various ways to navigate to various web sites by entering new web site addresses and using links. Do a search for any information you desire. You will learn how to meet and communicate with others on the Internet and how to save and organize your favorite web sites. Learn to download information, new software and updates for your computer. Learn about Internet Security and Personal Privacy.

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Practical Internet Use

This course will help you use the web in a practical way in your daily life. Save time and money by searching the web before you make travel plans, purchase a major item, plan your entertainment, buy books or newspapers, make medical & retirement decisions, etc. Expand your knowledge of the web by visiting new web sites, and locating the info you need to make more informed decisions in your everyday life.

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Life Matters On-Line

This course will take you online to explore 6 topics: Networking Matters, Health Matters, Money Matters, Technology Matters, Security Matters, and Leisure Time Matters. It will be a combination of fact presentation, searching the net, and sharing your own expertise with the class. We will navigate to various web sites to get up-to-date information on the latest technological gadgets, the most popular networking sites such as Facebook, and proven ways to deal with security at home and on the computer. Health issues will be explored, as well as common-sense financial planning, and use of leisure time. Join us for this new adventure into the world of technology!

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Effective E-Mail

Learn to use the efficient Gmail system, discovering its many unique features. Create your own account (FREE); access it from any internet- connected computer anywhere. Learn to read, compose, send, receive, reply & forward email; open, save and forward attachments; set up and manage your email address book; block SPAM; file and search for email quickly and easily and learn smart email habits, etiquette and more.

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Word Processing with Libre Office

A four week program that covers all of the basics of word processing including; document formatting, cut and paste, spell check, emailing documents, editing, inserting pictures, and other basic word processing skills. Included with the course is a full word processing software suite that is absolutely FREE as part of this program while having comparable features to Microsoft's very expensive Office Suite.

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Managing Files and Folders

Learn how to create an efficient system for organizing files and photos into folders & subfolders. Review the basics of word processing & type short documents for your folders. Search for info on line, then save in appropriate folders. Practice finding, creating, renaming, moving, copying, and deleting files and folders. Learn how to save your info on a flash drive.

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All about the Web, E-Mail, Files and Folders

A course that will enhance your knowledge of the Internet, E-Mail and the use of files and folders on your computer.

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Windows 10 Overview

Windows 10 can do almost everything that earlier versions of windows can do and more. The problem is that the process of starting the old familiar activities is different.
This 2 week overview shows you how to work with the new interface and quickly get back to managing your usual tasks.

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Tuning up your computer

Over time, any computer will appear to run more slowly and needs a bit of routine TLC to restore its youthful vitality. The two-week Computer Tune-Up Workshop will show you how to revitalize your computer by removing superfluous files, updating the system security and putting things in the most efficient order.

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Basic Digital Photography/Picasa

This eight week course will cover how a camera works, selection of a digital camera, photo composition, and photo processing using Google's photo editing tool (Picasa, which is free). It will also teach you how to save and edit your smart phone pictures on your PC. It will include one field trip. It requires that the participant be familiar with the computer and the internet.

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Photo editing using Picassa

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The Many Faces of Google

Google is widely recognized as the most popular search engine for finding information on the Web. But, most users do not know about the many hidden tricks and tools that are buried in Google. This course will show you where to look and how to use the many hidden features of Google and discover the powerhouse that it really is.

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Using Spreadsheets and Databases

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Spreadsheet Basics

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Open Office.org

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How to trade on eBay

In four sessions you will become familiar with the eBay website. Register and search for items that interest you. Learn how to bid and pay for a purchase using PayPal. Find out what you need to be a successful seller - and the current fees that eBay charges. There will be a brief introduction to Craigslist which will compare the advantages of eBay and Craigslist.
Pre-requisite: An active Email address is required.

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Trading on eBay & Craigs List

In four sessions you will become familiar with the eBay website. Register and search for items that interest you. Learn how to bid and pay for a purchase using PayPal. Find out what you need to be a successful seller - and the current fees that eBay charges. There will be a brief introduction to Craigslist which will compare the advantages of eBay and Craigslist.
Pre-requisite: An active Email address is required.

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Twitter & Facebook

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Making basic web pages

Learn how to make basic HTML web pages using the new HTML5 and CSS3 standards. This class will also cover what you need to set up your own web site including how to upload your new pages to the site host. Students must be comfortable editing text and managing files and folders. It will be beneficial if students bring a USB flash drive to class.

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iPad Basics

This workshop will cover the basics of using your iPad, keeping the system up to date, purchasing 'Apps', using the camera, emailing to friends, using calendar functions, surfing the internet, and fiddling with all the features that this truly magical machine brings to your computing world.
You must own or borrow an iPad and bring it to class.

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Kindle Fire Basics

This six week workshop will cover the basics of using your Kindle Fire including browsing the web, checking email, watching videos, playing games, downloading apps, reading books,newspapers & magazines, taking photos, etc. Come share the fun, and discover all the special features that Amazon's premiere tablet brings to your technological world.
You must own or borrow a kindle fire and bring it to class.

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Kindle Fire Basics Intermediate

This six week intermediate workshop extends your capability in using your Kindle Fire including browsing the web, checking email, watching videos, playing games, downloading apps, reading books,newspapers & magazines, taking photos, etc. Come share the fun, and discover all the special features that Amazon's premiere tablet brings to your technological world.
You must own or borrow a kindle fire and bring it to class.

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Android Tablet Basics

This six week workshop will cover the basics of using your Tablet including email, browsing the web, watching videos, playing games, choosing apps, reading books, taking photos & videos, etc. If you own an Android Tablet such as Samsung, Nexus, etc. or have a Kindle Fire, come share the fun, and discover all the special features of your tablet.
You must bring an an android tablet, the charger and cables to class AND to Registration.
Please note that this class does NOT cover the Apple iPad.

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Android Phone Basics

Find out what your Android Smartphone is capable of doing. Learn how to use email, text people, browse the internet, take pictures & videos, download applications, play music, manage your appointments, use GPS for verbal driving instructions, and more.
You must bring an an android phone, the charger and cables to class AND to Registration.
Please note that this class does NOT cover the Apple iPhone.

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Beyond Android Basics

Explore beyond the Android Phone Basics by going into greater depth of the subject matter covered in the Android Phone Basics smartphone course. In addition, learn about tricks and shortcuts; maintenance and troubleshooting; customizing and configuring; phone security; and more.
The course instruction book, Android Phones for Dummies 3rd edition, is the same one that is used in the basics course.
You must bring an android phone, the charger and cables to class.

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Advanced Tablet and Phone

Explore advanced features of your Apple or Android tablet or phone device. This will be a workshop where attendees will collaborate as a group to address their questions about functions and applications relating to their device. Additionally coverage will include tips and tricks; maintenance and troubleshooting; customizing and configuring; security; and more.
You must bring the device, charger and cables to class. Prerequisites: iPad Basics or Android Basics class.

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Class Fees.

$25.00 per course, except Computer Basics for Beginners which is $5:00.
For further information, email ComputerLearningCenter@CalendarHouse.org
or visit the Computer Lab at Calendar House.
 
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