CLASSES

WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE


The classroom areas are shared by the VDO PC Group and the Mac Group and offer fast, reliable fiber optic Internet service.

Registration is held Monday mornings 10:00-11:30 am in the PC computer room.  (Be sure to check the calendar for the exact schedule and possible registration closures.)

Listed are brief descriptions for each of the classes offered in the 2021-2022 season.  Students should read the course description before enrolling to ensure you meet the prerequisites and bring any requested information or equipment to the class.

Classes are primarily taught by members of the VDO PC Group and the Mac Computer Group……..your neighbors.  We are not able to cover all topics requested.  A list of free self-study referrals are at the bottom of this webpage.

Register for classes:

  • The PC Computer Club requires advance class registration for most classes
  • Class limit is usually 10 students
  • Handouts are printed in advance
  • We will contact students if a class must be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Most classes have a $5 registration fee. The registration fee will be returned to you upon attendance at the class.  You will lose your registration fee if you DO NOT attend the class.
  • Register for classes Monday morning 10:00-11:30 am in the PC Computer Room (be sure to check the calendar for the exact schedule and for possible registration closures.)

                                                                        

Classes for 2021-2022

Note:  Students should review the course description before enrolling to ensure you meet the prerequisites and bring any requested information or equipment to the class.  NOTE:  Click on a class name in this list to be taken to the class description.

BASIC SMARTPHONE (NOT iPHONE) SETUP & TIPS

FINDING GEMS IN WINDOWS 10 

GENEALOGY 

INTERNET SAFETY & VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK

STORING YOUR DATA IN THE CLOUD

WINDOWS 10 PART 1 – INTRODUCTION

WINDOWS 10 PART 2 – ADVANCED

WINDOWS 11 – WHAT HAS CHANGED

 


 FREE SELF-STUDY COURSES 

 


 

 

 

 

 

                                                          

BASIC SMARTPHONE (NOT iPHONE) SETUP & TIPS

Registration fee $5

For those with smartphones (not iPhones) that need to know how to change settings and learn tips for better phone usage.

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FINDING GEMS IN WINDOWS 10

Registration fee $5

Windows 10 comes with many short cuts and useful apps including Paint program, 3-D Paint and one that lets you clip out what you see on your screen and another to connect your phone to your computer.  One will even give you access to characters that are not on your keyboard.  There is also a file shredder app.  We will look into many of these as well as some of the keyboard shortcut that can save you time and effort.  Bring your laptop if you have one.

Best for Windows 10 users

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GENEALOGY

Registration fee $5

You may bring your computer and/or flash drive to all classes

Prerequisite:  A working knowledge of computers and file systems is required

Genealogy 101 – Finding Your Roots

Objective are:

1.  Define Genealogy.  Learn some of the who, what, why, when and where about Genealogy and Family History.
2.  Get Started In Your Quest.  Learn how to get started in finding your roots.
3.  How to Record Your Findings.  Learn some record keeping techniques to document your research.
4.  Software for Genealogy.  We look at various Software Programs available to help in your search and record keeping,
5. Where Do I Find Data?  Identify some resources where information can be found regarding ancestors.

 

Record Keeping for Genealogy

Objectives of this class are:

1.  Discover Why we need to keep good records.
2.  Find What kind of records are available.
3.  Answer Where records are can be found.
4.  Review How to get records into a usable format.

 

Using Snip & Sketch and Start a Family Tree on Ancestry

The first part of this class will teach the student how to find and use the Snip & Sketch to add clips to files. The second part of the class will teach the student how to get started on Ancestry.com’s website. The student will open a free account on Ancestry Website and set up a basic Family Pedigree Chart. We will look at some of the other software that is on line. If possible, the student should have information available as much as possible on their parents and grandparents. Such info would include birth names, birth dates, location where they lived. Any other family info is a plus to get started.

 

Exploring Census Records

In this class we will learn a bit of history about Census records mostly in the US; there is some information about the  United Kingdom and Canada Census Records.  We will look at what information is available on census records from the various years.  We will learn how to analyze the information for its best use. 

 

Intro to DNA and Family History

In this class we will learn the basics of what DNA is, how genetic information is passed down from generation to generation, how DNA testing can determine one’s ethnicity,  using DNA for Health Analysis and matching DNA with others to determine relationships.  

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STORING YOUR DATA IN THE CLOUD

Registration fee $5

Learn what the Cloud is, learn what different Cloud storage is available, how to determine which Cloud service to use, costs if any, how to save your file to the Cloud and also includes information about changes to Google storage.

NOTE:  DO NOT BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO CLASS

Best for beginners or intermediates

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FREE SELF-STUDY COURSES

Photoshop Basics

Email  Basics

Gmail

Blog Basics

Computer Skills (Basic)

Mouse Tutorial

Introduction to Word 2007

Digital Photography (Introduction)

Image Editing 101

eBay – Shopping and Selling Online

Kindle and Kindle Fire

There are many versions of Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets.  Clicking on this link takes you to Amazon Kindle support where you can select the device you own and get to a listing of “how to’s” and YouTube videos.

 

Transferring Photos from Phone/Tablet to Windows PC:

 Using a USB Flash Drive

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INTERNET SAFETY AND VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK

Registration fee $5

Learn to safely use the Internet and keep your personal information and money safe from the crooks.  We will teach you to spot and and avoid email scammers, hackers, online cons, viruses and a host of other tips to keep you safe when using your computer, cell phone or tablet.  Since this is a lecture course you skill level with a computer or cell phone is not a factor.  Course materials will be provided.  Be safe and don’t get your name on the Dark Web for the crooks to find.

Students will learn:

  • Mobile Security – tips for being safe on your digital devices and use of public WiFi
  • Virus – what viruses are, how they work and how to avoid
  • Hacking – what it is and how to avoid
  • Pfishing – how scammers operate
  • Ransomeware – how it works and how to avoid
  • Scare Tactics – email, web and telephone:  (example IRS scam)
  • Security Updates – importance and computer settings
  • Antivirus programs – free programs vs paid systems
  • Safe web surfing – best settings and non tracking options of browsers
  • Passwords – creating unique, strong passwords for each of your online accounts.
  • Virtual Private Network – use VPN to protect your privacy, movements and transactions.
  • NOTE:  DO NOT BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO CLASS

Applicable for all levels

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WINDOWS 10 PART 1 – INTRODUCTION

(part 1 of 2)

Registration fee $5

This class is the first of a two-part series and is taught using the classroom PC’s so that everyone is using the same setup.  We will discuss the overall look and appearance of Windows 10, new features, use of the taskbar and start menu and navigation through common tasks.  We’ll also explain how to access File Explorer to find your own records, using the Edge browser and how to connect to WiFi.

NOTE:  This class DOES NOT address how to convert from earlier Windows versions or pro’s/con’s of converting.

Prerequisite:  none

Applicable for all levels

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WINDOWS 10 PART 2 – ADVANCED

(part 2 of 2)

Registration fee $5

This class is the second of a two-part series – you must attend Part 1 before taking this course. 

The main goals of this class are to demonstrate how to adjust the taskbar, settings, start menu and Internet browser in order to personalize your laptop to your needs and preferences.  There will be detailed walk-thru of the Settings app.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to connect your laptop to electricity, connect to the Internet, and log into Windows 10.

Please bring the following to class:

  • Your laptop and power cord
  • Mouse
  • Your Microsoft login username and password
  • Your mobile hot spot if you use one

Prerequisite:  Windows 10 Part 1 Introduction class and the equipment listed above.

Applicable for all levels

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WINDOWS 11 – WHAT HAS CHANGED

Registration fee $5

This class will discuss the changes from the Windows 10 operating system to the Windows 11 operating system.  This class is for those who are thinking about upgrading to Windows 11 or have already started using the Windows 11 operating system.

NOTE:  DO NOT BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO CLASS

Best for those thinking about upgrading or who already have

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