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Microsoft Word Online

Word Online from Microsoft is totally free (though the class is not) and runs in a browser. It allows you to create documents – letters, resumes, project task lists, reports, calendars, trip planners, event flyers, meeting minutes… and more. There are numerous templates that are already created and available for your use that you can modify with your content. In this course we will learn about the various tabs and their associated ribbons. We will also review different methods of text formatting and cutting, copying and pasting blocks of text, using both menus and the most common keyboard shortcut keys.

Also see the Microsoft Office Online tab on this website.

This 3-session class starts Wednesday, May 31st. See the Schedule tab for all dates and times.

Like all Oasis courses, it is being taught at Castle Shannon Library. Maximum of six students.

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iOS 10 for iPad and iPhone

Our next iPad class is coming up starting April 17th and runs for 9 sessions. It also includes the iPhone (same iOS 10, some differences due to hardware. Maye you bought a new iPad or iPhone or received one as a gift. Maybe you received a hand-me-down iPad or iPhone from one of your children or grandchildren. Want to know more about how to use it? Come to this class.This course covers most everything about the iPad and iPhone from the basics of the hardware and buttons. to various settings, screen layouts, app groups, notifications, the Apple store, Siri, the cameras, photos and videos, messaging, iBooks, email, Safari, contacts, Facetime, podcasts, music, iCloud Drive… and more.

If you have an iPad and an iPhone, bring them both.

Please be sure your iPad or iPhone is on the latest iOS 10 release and that it is fully charged before coming to class. Some devices stop at iOS 9 or earlier. Just update to whatever the latest version your device can support.

We will try to point out differences between the iPad and iPhone as we go along.

Depending on how many people sign up, the class will either be upstairs at the tables at the back of the library or downstairs in the large room.

For specific dates, see the Schedule tab at the top of this page.

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Facebook

This 5-session course starts on Monday, April 3, 2017 and uses the upstairs Windows computers. There are Facebook apps for mobile devices and Windows 10, but since Facebook runs in an Internet browser (IE, Edge, Chrome, et al) it can be used on any computer or computing device. It is extremely popular on mobile devices (phones and tablets) and there are Facebook apps available for virtually every device. Check out the app store for your device. There are even Facebook apps that come with today’s smart TVs DVD/Blu-ray players and Apple TV/Roku/Chromecast devices. And it is available on the new generation of smart watches and other wearable computers.

Facebook allows you to connect with friends and relatives in a completely different way than email or texting. Facebook uses a publishing model, but one where you control who can see your posts. Face is great for posting status updates (comments on whatever you wish to comment about), links to websites (all of those funny cat videos, retro music and gorgeous landscapes), pictures and videos. Facebook also allows you to comment on your friends’ postings, or simply to “like” them. Your profile can divulge as much or as little about yourself as you would like.

Facebook is a great way to keep up with the daily lives of your children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends that live in far away places.

Facebook also has apps, usually games, that run within Facebook. Two of the most popular are Words with Friends and Candy Crush. You might also want to check out Farmville and Mafia Wars. And it has its own messaging (texting) system, making is easy to message friends directly through Facebook.

Maybe you’re already on Facebook but only look at posts but never post anything yourself, i.e. you’re a Facebook voyeur. Step out of the shadows, come to class and become a full Facebooker, commenting on your friends’ posts and creating ones of your own.

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Windows 10

In this 5-session class starting March 27th, learn about Microsoft’s newest, current and last  Operating System – Windows 10. There are many new features, particularly if you are coming from a Windows 7, XP or earlier PC. And if you are coming from Windows 8/8.1, gone are the biggest annoyances.

This is a hands-on, bring your own device (BYOD) class, so if you have a laptop or Windows tablet that is running Windows 10, bring it with you. Haven’t bought a new laptop or you have a non-portable desktop  or all-in-one PC? – Come anyway and look on with someone else.

This course requires at least a rudimentary familiarity with PCs and Windows (any version).

If you have a Windows 10 PC, particularly a laptop, you will want to come to this class to learn more about Windows 10. Make sure you know your Windows logon ID and password.

Unless otherwise noted, this class will be in the large open room downstairs (depending on the number of people).

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Spring 2017 Schedule Now Available

Please see the schedule page for the list of courses and dates for the Spring 2017 term.

This term we are introducing or reintroducing some courses. The top section of the schedule page contains the details.

Have some friends that could benefit from some of these classes? Encourage them to sign up for some classes. It’s always more fun to take a class with someone you know so drag that Luddite friend of yours out of the house to join you. And remember — we do not teach one-on-one classes so the best way to ensure that a class you signed up for will not be cancelled is to encourage a friend to sign up and take the class with you.

Our opening lineup, Intro to Computers with Windows 7 (taught twice this term), Email using Gmail and Windows 10, are a great way for some seniors new to computers to get started and are an excellent primer. Word Online and Excel Online give you FREE online versions of the popular, but expensive, Microsoft Office programs. Learn how these work and integrate with the cloud. Also, what you learn is directly transferable to MS Office.

We are bringing back Facebook this term. We have slimmed this class down from 6 days to 5.

If you’ve recently got a new laptop with Windows 10 or you’ve upgraded an older computer to Windows 10, check out the Windows 10 class.

Digital Photography is back and will be taught by Mike Weis. This class will be taught on the library computers but using your camera, tablets and phones to export pictures to the computers.

Again this term is the ever-popular iPad class, but now with iPhone as well. Received a new or hand-me-down iPad/iPhone? Want to get more out of your iPad/iPhone than you’re using it for now? Join this class to learn more. This is also a great refresher class. This class will be on iOS 10 so you can benefit even if you’re taken the class before. We have slimmed this class down from 10 days to 9.

Remember than any class marked BYOD mean Bring Your Own Device, be it a laptop or iPad. BYOD classes are typically taught in the large room downstairs – park in the lower lot. All other classes use the Castle Shannon Library computers and are taught upstairs – park alongside the library.

Also remember, at the bottom of every page is a place for you to enter your email address to “Follow” this blog. That means that when I update a page or add a new post (typically for an upcoming class) you will be notified via email.

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iOS 10 for iPad and iPhone

What is September best known for? Why a new release of Apple’s iOS of course, along with new Apple hardware. iOS is the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPad Touches. This September did not disappoint with the release of iOS 10.

Our next iPad class is coming up starting October 24th and runs for 9 or 10 sessions (session 8 is for iPhones and covers telephony). Maye you bought a new iPad or iPhone or received one as a gift. Maybe you received a hand-me-down iPad from one of your children or grandchildren. Want to know more about how to use it? Come to this class.

This course covers most everything about the iPad and iPhone from the basics of the hardware and buttons. to various settings, screen layouts, app groups, notifications, the Apple store, Siri, the cameras, photos and videos, messaging, iBooks, email, Safari, contacts, Facetime, podcasts, music, iCloud Drive… and more.

Please be sure your iPad or iPhone is on the latest iOS 10 release and that it is fully charged before coming to class. Some devices stop at iOS 9 or earlier. Just update to whatever the latest version your device can support.

We will try to point out differences between the iPad and iPhone as we go along. The last day is for iPhone only.

For specific dates, see the Schedule tab at the top of this page.

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Microsoft Word Online

Word Online from Microsoft is totally free (though the class is not). It allows you to create documents – letters, resumes, project task lists, reports, calendars, trip planners, event flyers, meeting minutes… and more. There are numerous templates that are already created and available for your use that you can modify with your content. In this course we will learn about the various tabs and their associated ribbons. We will also review different methods of text formatting and cutting, copying and pasting blocks of text, using both menus and the most common keyboard shortcut keys.

Also see the Microsoft Office Online tab on this website.

This 3-session class starts Monday, Oct 3rd. See the Schedule tab for all dates and times.

Like all Oasis courses, it is being taught at Castle Shannon Library. Maximum of six students.

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Windows 10

In this 4-session (5th session if needed) class starting Sept 19th, learn about Microsoft’s newest, current and last  Operating System – Windows 10. There are many new features, particularly if you are coming from a Windows 7, XP or earlier PC. And if you are coming from Windows 8/8.1, gone are the biggest annoyances.

This is a hands-on, bring your own device (BYOD) class, so if you have a laptop or Windows tablet that is running Windows 10, bring it with you. Haven’t bought a new laptop or you have a non-portable desktop  or all-in-one PC? – Come anyway and look on with someone else.

This course requires at least a rudimentary familiarity with PCs and Windows (any version).

If you have a Windows 10 PC, particularly a laptop, you will want to come to this class to learn more about Windows 10. Make sure you know your Windows logon ID and password.

Unless otherwise noted, this class will be in the large open room downstairs (depending on the number of people).

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Fall 2016 Schedule Now Available

Please see the schedule page for the list of courses and dates for the Fall 2016 term.

This term we are introducing or reintroducing some courses. The top section of the schedule page contains the details.

Have some friends that could benefit from some of these classes? Encourage them to sign up for some classes. It’s always more fun to take a class with someone you know so drag that Luddite friend of yours out of the house to join you.

Our opening lineup, Intro to Computers with Windows 7, Windows 10, Email using Gmail, Word Online and Excel Online are an excellent primer and a great way for some seniors new to computers to get started. Word Online and Excel Online give you FREE online versions of the popular, but expensive, Microsoft Office programs. Learn how these work and integrate with the cloud. Also, what you learn is directly transferable to MS Office.

We are giving Facebook, Intro to the Internet and Beginners Guide to the Cloud a break this term but can add any of them at the end if the demand is there.

If you’ve recently got a new laptop with Windows 10 or you’ve upgraded an older computer to Windows 10, check out the Windows 10 class.

Digital Photography is back and will be taught by Mike Weis. This class will be taught on the library computers but using your camera, tablets and phones to export pictures to the computers.

Wrapping up this term is the ever-popular iPad class, but now with iPhone as well. Received a new or hand-me-down iPad/iPhone? Want to get more out of your iPad/iPhone than you’re using it for now? Join this class to learn more. This is also a great refresher class. This class will be on iOS 10 (the next version as I write this) so you can benefit even if you’re taken the class before.

Remember than any class marked BYOD mean Bring Your Own Device, be it a laptop or iPad. BYOD classes are typically taught in the large room downstairs – park in the lower lot. All other classes use the Castle Shannon Library computers and are taught upstairs – park alongside the library.

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iPad iOS 9

iOS is the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPad Touches. This past September did not disappoint with the release of iOS 9.

Our next iPad class is coming up starting May 23 and runs for 7 or 8 sessions (session 8 is “as needed.”). Click on the Schedule tab for specific dates. All classes run from 10:15 am to 12:1 5 pm.

Maybe you bought a new iPad or received one as a gift. Maybe you received a hand-me-down iPad from one of your children or grandchildren. Want to know more about how to use it? Come to this class.

This course covers most everything about the iPad from the basics of the hardware and buttons. to various settings, screen layouts, app groups, notifications, the Apple store, Siri, the cameras, photos and videos, messaging, iBooks, email, Safari, contacts, Facetime, podcasts, music, iCloud Drive… and more.

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device, i.e. iPad) class which will taught upstairs near the back of the library.

Please be sure your iPad is on the latest iOS 9 release and that it is fully charged before coming to class .

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