Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Schedule of Online Classes

The classes listed below are online classes, sponsored by the Town of Cary.
To register for any of the classes go to Town of Cary Senior Center.
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Sponsored by Town of Cary, North Carolina: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources


Internet Searching Tips and Tricks
Leila Moog, Monday November 16 at 1:30 – 4:00pm

Description: This class will provide tips and techniques for searching the Internet such as tabbed browsing, creating and managing bookmarks, checking your browsing history, reverse image search and searching by category (images, videos, news, books, etc). We will be using the Google Chrome browser and Google as our search engine. You will finally discover what the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is in Google.

Buying a Computer
Bob Moncsko, Thursday November 19 at 1:30 – 4:00pm

Description: With so many computers to choose from, come learn some valuable information about buying a computer before you spend your money! We'll describe the types of choices you have available and help you break them down into appropriate categories that meet your needs. Finally, you will walk through a decision tree to find the best solution for your needs.

Listening to Podcasts
Ivan Browning, Monday November 30 at 9:30am – noon

Description: Listen to your favorite radio shows anytime and anywhere you want--FREE! This 2 1/2 hour seminar will get you started on streaming or downloading podcasts. A podcast is a recording of a radio show that is available for FREE subscription and download. They have limited sponsorship announcements instead of commercials like broadcast radio. Learn what you need to know about listening to podcasts in this informative free seminar. Get step-by-step instructions in class and take home a manual so you can listen to what you want when you want--you're in control!

Google Drive
Jerry Lech, Friday December 4 at 1:30 – 4:00pm

Description: Google Drive is a free service included with a Google account that includes 15 gigabytes of free storage accessible from any device using the cloud. Google Drive includes free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Since Google Drive also allows you to share files, working with others becomes much easier. In this seminar we will present an overview of Google Drive and its features and functions.

Introduction to Genealogy
Bonnie Nilsen, Wednesday December 9 at 1:30 – 4:00pm

Description: This class will demonstrate genealogy programs and software that will enable people to set up a family tree and search for other relatives using a combination of free and paid programs.

Gmail: The Basics and Beyond
Leila Moog, Monday December 14 at 1:30 – 4:00pm

Description: This class will introduce you to many features available in Gmail. You’ll discover how to change the formatting in an email, to better organize your messages using folders (labels), to generate a mail group, to block a sender, add a contact, insert an emoticon in your message, add an attachment and more. You’ll even learn to add a signature that will automatically appear at the end of every new message you generate.

2021

Internet Searching Tips and Tricks
Leila Moog Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: This class will provide tips and techniques for searching the Internet such as tabbed browsing, creating and managing bookmarks, checking your browsing history, reverse image search and searching by category (images, videos, news, books, etc). We will be using the Google Chrome browser and Google as our search engine. You will finally discover what the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is in Google.

Google Earth
Jerry Lech Tuesday January 12, 1:30 – 4:00

From the comfort of your computer chair, discover the excitement of traveling to interesting places around the world by using the free Google Earth software that is included with your Google or Gmail account. Once you discover how this unique program works, you'll spend hours entertaining yourself by finding your neighborhood, your home, friends' homes and visiting interesting places around the world. See Mount Rushmore, the Pyramids at Giza, the Eiffel Tower and many others.

Google Drive
Jerry Lech Friday January 15, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: "Google Drive is a free service included with a Google account that includes 15 gigabytes of free storage accessible from any device using the cloud. Google Drive includes free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Since Google Drive also allows you to share files, working with others becomes much easier. In this seminar we will present an overview of Google Drive and its features and functions.

Safe Computing
Joe Gelm Tuesday January 19, 1:30pm – 4:00

Description: We will discuss protecting your computer and your data from: 1) hardware threats, like electrical problems, 2) software threats, such as viruses and malicious programs, as well as 3) user threats, that is, bad choices to avoid. We will discuss data backup methods, firewalls and antiviruses.

Cutting the Cable
Bob Moncsko Thursday January 21, 1:30pm – 4:00

Description: Are you frustrated with ever increasing cable TV bills? Have you wondered if there are ways to reduce your cable TV expense while getting the programs you want to watch? This seminar will give you some ideas on alternatives to cable TV. We will talk about over the air broadcast with antennas, smart TVs, and streaming.

Getting to Know Your iPhone
Amitava Sen Tuesday January 26, 1:30pm – 4:00

Description: This course will teach you how to get the most out of your Apple iPhone, including basic set up, making phone calls, and more advanced telephone features such as "Do Not Disturb" and, importantly, how to use the Find My iPhone app. Bring your iPhone along as well as your Apple ID and password.

Introduction to Chromebook-the very affordable computer
2 Sessions Joe Defenderfer Wednesday and Friday January 27 and 29, 9:30 am -12:00

Description: Google created the Chrome web browser which runs on many different computers and they also created the CHROMEBOOK computer which is much simpler to use as well as much less expensive to buy. This class will introduce you to the CHROMEBOOK computer, what it does and what it doesn’t do. The Chromebook computer requires an Internet connection for or nearly all its uses. You will see a Chromebook demo in the class.

Controlling Your Online Identity
Fill Bowen Thursday January 28, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Learn how to protect your computer from viruses and other malicious programs. You will also learn about Firewalls and other protective measures you can take to keep your computer system safe!

E-Books and E-Readers
Cindy Moncsko Wednesday February 3, at 1:30 – 4:00

Description: eBooks and eReaders are very popular.  This seminar will talk about the most popular eReaders and eReader apps; how to purchase eBooks; how to check out eBooks from the Wake County Public Library, and the best places to get free and low-cost eBooks.   Bring your eReader/app with you to the class.

Social Media
Fill Bowen or Bonnie Nilsen Thursday February 4, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Twitter is a social media app that lets you quickly send short, 280 character messages to other people in your network. Come to this class to learn about Tweets, hashtags and finding followers who are interested in what you have to say.

iOS Basic: Introduction to iPad and iPhone
Todd and Suzie Weber Tuesday February 9, 1:30pm – 4:00

Description: This course will focus on mobile devices from Apple to illustrate their capabilities and underlying concepts. In this course you will be shown how to set up these devices and be provided with a brief overview of the many applications (apps) available including the Find My iPhone app. Bring your iPad and/or iPhone as well as your Apple ID and password.

Listening to Podcasts
Ivan Browning Thursday February 11, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Description: Listen to audio programs and radio shows anytime and anywhere you want--FREE! This 2 1/2 hour seminar will get you started on streaming or downloading podcasts. Podcasts are recording of news, interviews and commentary on almost any topic you’re interested in. They’re FREE for subscription and download and they have limited sponsorship announcements instead of commercials like broadcast radio. Learn what you need to know about listening to podcasts in this informative free seminar. Get step-by-step instructions online and learn how to download a manual so you can listen (FREE!) to what you want when you want--you're in control!

How does a Smart Home work? With Internet of Things
Fill Bowen Wednesday February 17 1:30 – 4:00

Description: With the future focused on Smart Appliances, Smart Homes and Smart Cars, you need to understand how all these work and what questions you should ask before using them. This class will discuss the Internet of Things, what it means, what it is, and its impact on our lives going forward.  We will look at the components of Smart products, what makes them smart and how companies will be using the Internet of Things in the future

Gmail–The Basics and Beyond
Leila Moog Thursday February 18, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: This class will introduce you to many features available in Gmail. You’ll discover how to change the formatting in an email, to better organize your messages using folders (labels), to generate a mail group, to block a sender, add a contact, insert an emoticon in your message, add an attachment and more. You’ll even learn to add a signature that will automatically appear at the end of every new message you generate.

iOS: Going Further with Built In Apps
Anu Ahuja Tuesday February 23 1:30pm – 4:00

Description: Learn about the apps that were included with your iPhone/iPad; especially the Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Photos, and FaceTime Apps. Advanced settings will also be covered. Either "iOS Basic" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone" class is a prerequisite

Apple Watch
Duane Reaugh

Description: This course will cover basic functions of the latest personal technology from Apple as well as helpful tips and tricks to enhance your knowledge. The course will also cover the new medical advances of the latest version which include a one lead EKG and fall detection.