Introduction to Computers

This 4-day course is being taught starting Monday, March 2nd (see the Scheduled for all dates and times).

Are you a senior, or know someone who is, whois struggling with technology in general and computers in particular? Absolutely no prior computer experience is necessary for this course but it also goes into the concepts deeply enough that even with with some experience you are going to learn a lot. We start with basic computer skills (day 1), learn how to work with Windows (day 2), move on to Windows skills, including file organization (day 3), and wrap up with exploring the Internet, including Internet safety (day 3). This course is based on Windows 7. There is a separate Windows 8.1 update course (keep reading).

But where is E-mail? This is a separate 2-day follow-up course on March 11th and 13th. In this course you will learn the basics, and then some, of email using a free online version of Microsoft Outlook named Outlook.com. Everyone will receive an Outlook.com email address unless you already have one or a Hotmail or MSN email address.

But wait, you say you have a Windows 8 (or 8.1), you don’t understand the tiles and really need help in using it. The course after E-mail is a 2-day Windows 8.1 update to the Intro to Computers (Windows 7) course. It is a flex class in that it is scheduled for 2 days with a 3rd day as needed. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) class – your own laptop or Windows tablet PC running Windows 8.1. If your computer is not a laptop or tablet or you still have Windows 7 but are getting a new computer, you can come anyway and sit beside someone who has a Windows 8.1 PC. For this class it is important that your computer has been upgraded to running Windows 8.1 and not 8.0. 8.1 included a lot of features to make it more user-friendly. It is a free upgrade.

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