We Have Something For Everyone
Valle del Oro remodeled the computer classroom and Internet café areas in 2015 to improve services and technology. Fast, reliable Internet service was added in 2017 with the installation of fiber optics. The classroom areas are shared by the VDO PC Group and the Mac Group. Classes for the PC Group are booked centrally. Classes for the Mac Group are listed on their bulletin board located off the main patio in the Craft Room/Acapulco Room hallway. There is no pre-registration for Mac Group classes.
Listed below are brief descriptions for each of the classes offered in the 2018-2019 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 near the bottom of this webpage.
Register for classes:
- Monday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the PC Room
- First Tuesday of each month at Coffee & Donuts in the Ballroom
Please note: There is a $5 refundable “show up” fee upon registering for each class. When you attend the class you will get your $5 back. If you do not cancel in advance or do not attend the class you will forfeit your $5 fee.
List of Classes for 2018-2019
(Students should review the course description before enrolling to ensure you meet the prerequisites and bring any requested information or equipment to the class.)
BE SAFE ON-LINE (Supply Fee $3)
Learn to safely use the internet and keep your personal information and money safe from the crooks. We will teach you how to spot and avoid email scammers, hackers, on-line 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 your 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, how to avoid
- Hacking – what it is, how to avoid
- Pfishing – How scammers operate
- Ransomware – How it works and how to avoid
- Scare Tactics – Email, web and telephone: (example IRS scam)
- Security Updates– importance and computer settings
- Anti-Virus programs – Free programs vs paid systems
- Safe Web surfing – Best settings and non tracking options of browsers
- Passwords – Creating unique, strong password for each of your online accounts
NOTE: DO NOT BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO CLASS
Applicable for all levels
EXCEL (Supply Fee $3)
Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool that is widely used to help people analyze organized data in a systemic manner. Create easy to use membership rosters for clubs, email lists, address books, graph your diet, create a budget and so much more. Then share it with everyone if you choose to do so via the Cloud.
Applicable for all Levels
FACEBOOK SECURITY (Supply Fee $3)
The goal of this class is to assist people who have a Facebook account but want to become more familiar with Facebook security issues and how to adjust personal settings with security and privacy as priorities. Students need to bring their Facebook username and password so they can log in using the classroom PCs and view their own account and newsfeed. This is a “hands-on” class, not a lecture. The instructor will demonstrate using the LCD screens in the room, but students will each use a classroom PC to follow and practice.
The class will include:
- How to adjust settings to control who gets to see your posts (friends only, friends-of-friends, the public)
- How to protect your account from being cloned (where an anonymous person duplicates your account and sends messages to your friends)
- How to unfriend someone, how to block individuals from seeing your account or sending you messages
- How to refine your newsfeed and screen out annoyances
- How to change to a different, more secure Facebook password
Prerequisite: Attendee must have a Facebook and email account, and be able to use an internet browser and a mouse to navigate through the Facebook website.
Best for Anyone
GENEALOGY: THE STUDY OF FAMILY PEDIGREES
Beginning and Beyond Genealogy (Supply Fee $3) First Class of the Month
- Introduction to the recording of your family history using a computer program.
- Learn the basics of record keeping, research and documentation.
- Introduction to 3 software programs: Family Tree Maker, Legacy, and Roots Magic.
- It will be mostly lecture with some hands on.
A working knowledge of the computer and internet is required.
You do not need to bring your computer.
Let’s Explore Software Programs (Supply Fee $3) Second Class of the Month
- Family Tree Maker, Legacy and Roots Magic are software programs that are popular.
- Each separate class will introduce you to the individual software.
- January – FTM, February – Legacy, March – Roots Magic
- Increase your knowledge of that program.
- Share tips and experience using that program.
You may bring your computer with your software.
You may bring information you want to enter into your program.
Special Topics (Supply Fee $3) Third Class of the Month
- Each month a topic of interest will be taught.
- Topics vary from month to month and year to year based on interest of the students.
- Past topics have included:
- Family relationships and how to enter them
- Photos and how to save and move them
- Information obtained from census sheets
- January will be “Making and Using Files for Genealogy”
- February and March TBA (watch the bulletin board for updates
Genealogy Help/Workshop (Supply Fee $3) Fourth Class of the Month
This workshop time will be devoted to working on your family records and tree. Bring your computer and whatever information that you have. We will work together and help each other with research and problems. It will be chance to learn from each other.
This is a field trip to the Family Search Library in Mesa. We will spend 4-6 hours researching our own information with the help of the staff at the library. It will be in February or March. The only cost will be
Genealogy Club – $1 fee/meeting to cover club supply costs
This a club for all those interested in Genealogy whether beginners or seasoned researchers. We meet twice a month, January, February, and March on Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM in the Monterey Room. See the bulletin board by the computer room for dates, times and topics. We have discussions, speakers, forums and fun.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Computer Skills including use of the Internet
Best for Experienced
iPAD BASICS – PART 1 (Supply Fee $3)
This class is targeted to new iPad owners. It is Part 1 of a two-part series. The following will be covered:
- A tour of the device and explain the use of switches and common touch gestures
- Learn how to connect to WI-fi for internet access
- Check which version of operating system software you currently have and whether you need to update your device
- Explain Apple store accounts vs. iCloud accounts and discuss a handful of the most essential settings such as passcodes and touch ID
- Learn how to select and download an app to your device, and how to download the Apple user manual
- Tour the basics of using email.
You must have your Apple account password handy to use during class and your email password if your email is not already set up.
If your iPad is over a year old and you have not upgraded to iOS 11 which was released in the fall of 2017, please come to a weekly PC or Mac tech support session before attending this class because your device may be too out-of-date.
Prerequisite: Any iPad or iPhone with current software (iOS 11) and bring all your passwords
for your Apple/iCloud/email accounts.
Best for Beginners
iPAD BASICS – PART 2 (Supply Fee $3)
Part Two of iPad Basics continues your basic orientation by focusing on using the Safari internet browser, how to take and save photos, and how to attach photos to an email. Students must complete Part One before taking Part Two because you need familiarity and practice with using touch gestures, connecting to Wi-fi, finding setting adjustments, and receiving/sending basic emails. Please bring a stylus to class to help with touch gestures on a small screen and/or using multiple screens in the internet browser.
Prerequisite: Any iPad or iPhone with current software (iOS 11) and your email already set up, your Apple password, and a stylus.
Best for Beginners or Intermediates
WHY DID IT DO THAT? (Supply Fee $3)
Ever spent countless minutes looking for a file or photo on your computer? Are you still saving emails just so you don’t lose that precious photo of your granddaughter? Do want to know how to organize documents and photos so you can find them quickly, even from Facebook? This class is for you. You will learn how to save files, photos, documents, even programs – easily, quickly and without pulling your hair out. This course is a must for beginners or anyone who just wants to organize their computer or tablet so they can find things fast. In addition, once you get rid of the junk files, your computer will run faster and smoother and load quicker.
Students will learn:
- What is a hard drive and what is RAM
- How to save files where you want
- How to change file names on document, photos and more
- How to move a file
- How to save photos and documents from emails, Facebook and other media
- What’s the difference between a browser and search engine
- How to change icons to something you want
- Copy – Cut and Paste anything
- What is a clipboard and where is it
- Why double clicking isn’t always the best choice
- Why “right click”
- Transferring files and photos to Flash Drives or other media
- How to attach files and photos to email
Note: DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN COMPUTER TO CLASS
Best for Beginners or Intermediates
WINDOWS 10 INTRODUCTION – (Part 1 of 2) (Supply Fee $3)
This class is the first of a two-part series and is taught using the classroom PCs 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 Wi-fi.
Note: This class does NOT address how to convert from earlier Windows versions or pro’s/con’s of converting.
Applicable for all levels
WINDOWS 10 CUSTOMIZING (Part 2 of 2) (Supply Fee $3)
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 electric and the internet, and log into Windows 10.
Please bring the following to class:
- Your laptop and power cord
- Your Microsoft login username and password
- Your mobile hotspot if you use one
Prerequisite: Windows 10 Introduction class (Part 1) and the equipment listed above.
Applicable for all levels
WORD BASICS 2007 (Supply Fee $3)
Learn to navigate this older version of this word processing program. Get acquainted with the Ribbon which is located on the Menu Bar. Learn how to set up Word to get the most out of this program. You will learn to understand spell check; features such as bold, underline, italic; increase/decrease the size of your text, change color of your text or background; other features such as indentation, paragraphing and justification; fundamental document settings like the size of the margins and the spacing between character, lines and paragraphs.
Prerequisite: Very basic computer skills
Best for Beginners
FREE SELF-STUDY COURSES
BLOGGING FOR BEGINNERS
COMPUTER SKILLS (BASIC)
INTRODUCTION TO WORD 2007
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (INTRODUCTION)
IMAGE EDITING 101
E BAY: 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.
TRANSFER PHOTOS FROM PHONE/TABLET TO WINDOWS PC
– Connect to PC and Transfer (step-by-step article)
– Organize photos and videos (YouTube for senior citizens)
USING A USB FLASH DRIVE
WINDOWS 7 FILE MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
– Part 1 (YouTube)
– Part 2 (YouTube)
WINDOWS 7 DATA BACKUP TO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
USING WINDOWS 8
MAKING AN EMERGENCY RECOVERY DRIVE IN WINDOWS 8
– Microsoft article
– Windows Help article
Mac Group Classes
The classes below are offered weekly by the Mac group. See the bulletin board outside of the Mac classroom located off the main patio in the hallway to the Craft Room and Acapulco Rooms for the specific topic schedule.
- iPAD – LEARNING TO USE THE iPAD
- iPAD – MASTERING THE iPAD
- iPHONE – LEARNING TO USE THE iPHONE