Category Archives: Web Based

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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Email using Gmail.com

This 4-session course (each session is a 2 hours) is being taught starting Wednesday, March 15th (see the Scheduled for all dates and times).

This is a separate 4-day follow-up course to Introduction to Computers but is for everyone who is new to email or just wants to get more out of email. In this course you will learn the basics, and then some, of email using a free online version of Google’s popular Gmail (gmail.com). Everyone will receive a gmail.com email address unless you already have one.

While this class is taught using computers and a browser for accessing mail, if you have a smartphone or tablet, bring it and we will integrate using Gmail on mobile devices into the class. Either the devices’ built-in mail apps or the Gmail app can be used on a mobile device. Likewise, any mail app on a PC or Mac can be used for Gmail but we will be teaching it using a browser as this is something that every computer has.

While this course uses gmail.com, the principles apply to almost every email program. Only the mechanics are different. You just need to look around to find them in a different email program.

We will cover email providers and programs, sending and receiving email, creating and using folders for email organization, email etiquette, privacy & security, sending, forwarding and replying to single and multiple recipients, using cc and bcc, creating and using the address book/contacts/people list, editing, deleting and restoring contacts and emails, setting up and sending to a contacts group, dealing with spam, sending and receiving attachments, and opening and saving attachments.

Why did we switch from teaching Outlook.com to Gmail? 1) The Gmail course curriculum is supported by Oasis and Outlook.com isn’t. 2) While the Gmail interface in a browser is more confusing that Outlook.com, many people now send and receive their email on their phone, tablet or in a separate program like Microsoft Mail or Outlook (not to be confused with Outlook.com). This mitigates the more confusing Gmail browser interface.

Already know how to do all these things? Congratulations! Ask me about becoming an Oasis Connections instructor.

If you already have an email address, please be sure that you know your ID and password before coming to class, or write them down to bring with you.

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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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Email using Gmail.com

This 3-session course (each session is a 2 hours) plus an optional 4th session on Fri Sept 30th after lunch  is being taught starting Monday Sept 26th (see the Scheduled for all dates and times).

This is a separate 3-day follow-up course to Introduction to Computers but is for everyone who is new to email or just wants to get more out of email. In this course you will learn the basics, and then some, of email using a free online version of Google’s popular Gmail (gmail.com). Everyone will receive a gmail.com email address unless you already have one.

The first three sessions cover using Gmail in a browser and will be taught on the Castle Shannon Library computers. They all run from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. The optional fourth session is at 1:30 pm on the last day and is for mobile devices with a Gmail app or with a Windows laptop with an email app that can access Gmail (not in a browser). This is a BYOD session.

When you sign up for this course, please make sure to let the library know if you will be attending the fourth session.

While this course uses gmail.com, the principles apply to almost every email program. Only the mechanics are different. You just need to look around to find them in a different email program.

We will cover email providers and programs, sending and receiving email, creating and using folders for email organization, email etiquette, privacy & security, sending, forwarding and replying to single and multiple recipients, using cc and bcc, creating and using the address book/contacts/people list, editing, deleting and restoring contacts and emails, setting up and sending to a contacts group, dealing with spam, sending and receiving attachments, and opening and saving attachments.

Why did we switch from teaching Outlook.com to Gmail? 1) The Gmail course curriculum is supported by Oasis and Outlook.com isn’t. 2) While the Gmail interface in a browser is more confusing that Outlook.com, many people now send and receive their email on their phone, tablet or in a separate program like Microsoft Outlook (not to be confused with Outlook.com). This mitigates the more confusing Gmail browser interface.

Already know how to do all these things? Congratulations! Ask me about becoming an Oasis Connections instructor.

If you already have an email address, please be sure that you know your ID and password before coming to class, or write them down to bring with you.

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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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Microsoft Word Online

Word Online runs in a browser and 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 2- or 3-day 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.

Learn the difference between Word Online (free), Office 365 (subscription-based) and purchasing Office. The files (Word documents) are all completely compatible and the program operation is about 90% compatible upward so if your needs change you can take your Word Online skills and apply them to Office 365 and/or the desktop installed version.

With Word Online there is nothing to buy and no software to download. By default your documents are stored in your own personal cloud drive – OneDrive, and are available to you anywhere you go where there is a computer, laptop, tablet or phone with a browser. There are even free apps for tablets and phones.

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Facebook

This 6-session course starts on Monday, April 18, 2016 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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Email with Outlook.com

This 3-day course (each day is a 2-hour session) is being taught starting Wednesday, April 6th (see the Scheduled for all dates and times).

This is a separate 3-day follow-up course to Introduction to Computers but is for everyone who is new to email or just wants to get more out of email. 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 other Microsoft email address.

While this course uses Outlook.com, the principles apply to almost every email program. Only the mechanics are different. You just need to look around to find them in a different email program.

We will cover email providers and programs, sending and receiving email, creating and using folders for email organization, email etiquette, privacy & security, sending, forwarding and replying to single and multiple recipients, using cc and bcc, creating and using the address book/contacts/people list, editing, deleting and restoring contacts and emails, setting up and sending to a contacts group, dealing with spam, sending and receiving attachments, and opening and saving attachments.

Already know how to do all these things? Congratulations! Ask me about becoming an Oasis Connections instructor.

If you already have an email address, please be sure that you know your ID and password before coming to class, or write them down to bring with you.

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Introduction to the Internet

This 4-day course is being taught starting Monday, March 28th (see the Schedule for all dates and times).

This basic, but fast-paced, introduction to the Internet covers the basic skills you need to:

  • Browse (surf) the Internet using Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Use the Internet safely
  • Bookmark and organize pages of interest
  • Understand Internet addresses (URLs)
  • Understand search engines and effective search queries
  • Select and use “cloud” storage
  • Use the Internet for shopping, entertainment and learning
  • Learn about social media

We are just going to touch on the basics of these topics. Many require installing software and/or signing up for online accounts, which you may not want and which is time-consuming in class. Also, there are separate courses for many of these topics.

This course will concentrate purely on using a Windows PC but the workbook has many examples for mobile devices. Because there are a variety of mobile devices and some students do not have a mobile device, the course has been shortened from 6 sessions down to 4.

 

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Spring 2016 Schedule now available

Please see the schedule page for the list of courses and dates for the Fall 2015 quarter.

Let’s call this term “Back to Basics.” Returning are the basics we teach every term along some some other basic courses that we have not taught in a while. Even if you’ve already taken some of these courses but would like a refresh, sign up to take them again. The prices are more than reasonable so the cost of retaking a course will not put a dent in your wallet.

Have some friends that could benefit from some of these classes? Encourage them to sign up for some classes.

Our opening lineup, Intro to Computers with Windows 7, Intro to the Internet, Email using Outlook.com and Beginners Guide to the Cloud 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.

Not using Facebook? Heard bad things about it? Afraid to use it? Allay your fears and learn why the most popular social media program, Facebook, is such a popular program for everyone from teenagers to seniors. We’ll have you communicating with friends, posting pictures and recipes, private messaging and whiling away the hours watching those funny cat videos. Hey, we’re seniors and we’ve earned to right to unapologetically fritter away some time doing whatever we want.

If you’ve recently got a new laptop with Windows 10, you’ve upgraded an older computer to Windows 10 or you want to upgrade yous to Windows 10, check out the Windows 10 classes. New this term is a one-day upgrade class for those that haven’t upgraded yet (and time is running out for the free upgrade).

Wrapping up this term is the ever-popular iPad class. Received a new or hand-me-down iPad? Want to get more out of your iPad than you’re using it for now? Join this class to learn more. This is also a great refresher class.

Remember than any class marked BYOD mean Bring Your Own Device, be it a laptop or iPad. BYOD classes are usually 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.

Stay safe, warm and dry this winter and I’ll see you in the spring.  🙂

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