Course Descriptions


Open Help Workshop

Fee: $5.00 No advance registration required [NO charge if we can not help you]

1st & 3rd Monday afternoons. Knightdale Recreation Center & 2nd & 4th Monday afternoons. St. James United Methodist Church

This workshop is for anyone. Have questions about using your computer? Just drop in to get one-on-one assistance with laptops, tablets, smart phones. Volunteers are available to help with a variety of questions such as: how to use Windows 10, photos – management & display, computer apps, help with some hand-held devices, assistance with problems such as malware, virus protection, or for class students to practice or get help on assignments, etc. Assistance depends on volunteers available.


Cloud Computing – Introduction
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: None.

Introduction to Cloud Computing is an overview of the basics of using the “Cloud” for data storage, document backup and utilizing cloud-based applications. This is a general overview and will prepare students to utilize cloud vendor services like Microsoft’s OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox, etc.


Cloud Computing – Using MS OneDrive
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Experienced PC/Windows user.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s ‘Cloud’ storage site. This seminar is an introduction to and overview of its features, with a more detailed explanation of its use in Windows 10 File Explorer, and how to use the onedrive.com web site.


File Explorer – Where’s My Stuff? 
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $20.00

3 sessions (2 hr/ea). Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

This course offers ways to manage data storage in files and folders. Covers folder creation, structure, and organization using Windows File Explorer.


Fun with Photos – Google Photos
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $15.00

2 Sessions (2 hr/ea). Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

This class encompasses basic photo editing and sharing photos using the Google Photos app that can be used on most devices.


Genealogy Fun with Ancestry.com 
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $30.00

6 sessions (2.5 hr/ea). Pre-Req: Knowledgeable computer users experienced with Web browsing, & are beginning or casual Ancestry.com users.

The class will teach you how to build and add members to your family tree on Ancestry using its tree storage and research capabilities, such as Hints and Search. Users may already have an Ancestry account or instructor will advise how to get a trial subscription before class start date.


Getting Started with Your PC – Hands-On
(Basic Level)

Fee: $20.00

4 sessions (2 hr/ea) Basic Level Pre-Req: Little or no computer skills.

This course is for new users with limited or no computer experience who are starting to get familiar with a computer, mouse and keyboard. Class exercises improve skills and teach participants to create and save short documents.


Getting Started – Internet and eMail
(Basic Level)

Fee: $15.00

3 sessions (2 hr/ea) Basic Level Pre-Req: Getting Started – Hands-On.

This course is for users with limited computer experience. Students are introduced to: basic Internet usage; using e-mail, sending and receiving messages, and uploading/downloading attachments and photos.


Going Further with Your PC
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $20.00

4 sessions (2 hr/ea). Pre-Req: Getting Started courses or equivalent skill.

This course is for students who have basic experience using the mouse and keyboard. Students will learn the basics of Windows 10: how to use the different features and function, how to enter/edit text, and to save and retrieve data files.


Google Can Do That?
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $15.00

2 sessions (2.5 hr/ea) Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Google is known primarily as a Search Engine, but it is way more than that. This class will cover more comprehensive ways of searching and using Maps, and introduce apps such as Google+, Photos, YouTube, Google Play, Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive and Docs.


Internet Browsing – Introduction – Using Edge
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $20.00

4 sessions. Pre-Req: Getting Started or equivalent.

This course teaches proper and safe ways to browse the Internet using Microsoft Edge, the Windows 10 browser. Students will learn basic browsing; file downloading, browser customization, saving favorites and security concepts.


Internet Browsing: Using Chrome
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $15.00

2 sessions (2 hr/ea). Pre-Req: Getting Started or equivalent.

This class will teach students to install and use the popular and FREE Internet browser Google Chrome. Students may bring their personal devices to  class or use one of the classroom laptops.


iOS #1: iPad/iPhone – Introduction to the Basics

Fee: $10.00

Seminar.

Are you thinking of getting an Apple iOS-device? This course will teach you how to set up your iPhone or iPad, provide a brief overview of the many available applications, or apps. Bring your own iOS-devices and your Apple ID & Password.


iOS #2: iPhone: Getting to Know Your iPhone

Fee:$10.00

Seminar.

This course illustrates the capabilities and underlying concepts of the Apple iPhone. You will learn basic set up, making simple phone calls, and advanced features such as “Do Not Disturb”. A brief overview of the many applications (apps) available, such as Safari, Mail, Calendar and Contacts. Bring your iPhone, Apple ID & password.


iOS # 3: iPad/iPhone: Going Further with Built-in Apps

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: iOS “Basics” or “Getting to Know” class, or Intermediate User.

This course will cover email, contacts, calendars, Notes, Maps, Facetime, and the App Store, eBook readers and how to borrow electronic books from the library. Bring your  iPad, iPhone, or iTouch device, your Apple ID & password.


iOS #4: iPhone/iPad: Enhance with New Content

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre Req: Either Introduction or Going Further or Intermediate iOS user.

Learn how to search and download the great variety of content from the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBooks store, and how to check out eBooks from the Wake County Public Library. Bring your personal Apple device to class, and your Apple ID and password.


iOS #5: iPad: Introduction to iCloud

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: iOS “Basics” or “Getting to Know”.

The iCloud service allows users to securely store personal computer files on Apple’s iCloud servers and access them from multiple devices. It also lets you sync multiple devices, including your iPad, iPhone, iPod and PCs running Mac OS or Windows. Consider it a highly capable personal Internet hard drive! This class will show you how to set up an account and make the best use of the service. Bring your own iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch, your Apple ID & password.


iOS #6: iPhone/iPad: Getting to Know Siri

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Intermediate device user.

Siri is an Apple iPhone and iPad personal assistant app, using natural language to answer questions, make recommendations, and send requests to services like Google Maps and more.


iOS #7: Taking, Editing & Sharing your iPhone/iPad Photos

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: iOS “Basics” or “Getting to Know”.

Over 80% of all photos are taken on mobile devices. Most of those photos are still on the device that took them. This workshop will discuss the best way to take, edit and share those digital photos on your iPhone/iPad. Bring your iPad/iPhone and learn how to take, edit and share great photos.


MS Office: Excel: Level 1
(Basic Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar.

This class starts with basic definitions of spreadsheets; continues with calculation examples, and discusses formatting and using colors in cells.


MS Office: Excel: Level 2
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Excel Level 1 or experienced PC/Excel.

This class builds on the lessons in the Excel Level 1 class, adding more functions, how to find them, sorting data, drawing a graph, header/footer creation and page-break previews.


MS Office: PowerPoint: An Introduction
(Basic Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

Learn basic presentation definitions and how to create various page and slide types, and how to use transitions and other tips to produce effective presentations.


MS Office: Word Level 1 — Introduction
(Basic Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-requisite: Experienced PC user.

This seminar gives an overview of text management using MS Word functions to create a document, including keying, font selection, numbered lists, spellcheck, page layout, using the Thesaurus and format styles.


MS Office: Word Level 2
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: MS Word 1 or experienced PC users familiar with MS Word.

This class builds on the lessons in the MS Word 1 — Introduction class, adding data tables, using labels, Table of Contents and Tables of Figures and Citations.


Skype, An Introduction
(Intermediate Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar.  Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Learn the basics of how to use Skype to communicate with family and friends. Skype is a free program that allows you to communicate by voice and video with other users around the world. Anyone with Internet access can create a Skype account


Using Your Android Smartphone
(Basic Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. (2 hr.) Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Learn the basics of how to use your Android-based Smartphone. Understand settings for safe and efficient use. Learn practical use of your phone’s applications (Apps).

Working with Windows 10
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $20.00

4 sessions (2 hr/ea)  Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

The class offers an introduction to Windows 10. It provides an overview of new features, such as the Start menu, taskbar, customization and the revised File Explorer. Students may bring their own Windows 10 laptops.


Windows 10 Tips & Techniques
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Experienced PC User.

This seminar will present some helpful tips and techniques for using Windows latest operating system. These techniques will guide the user to utilize Windows 10 more efficiently.


Windows Backup
(Advanced Level)

Fee: $10.00

Seminar. Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Learn the importance of backing up your computer onto various storage devices. Students will learn how to automate regularly scheduled computer backups. Several methods of backing up data will be discussed.