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Schedule of Computer Classes: Spring 2014

Space is Limited and Preregistration is required.  Register with the Reference Department pittsref@cwmars.org or (413 499 9480 ext 202) during regular library hours.

We accept your registration as a commitment to attend a session; and we hold a spot for you. If you later find you will not be able to attend, we request you let us know so we can alert someone on our waiting list. Those who habitually reserve a spot and then don’t show may be denied the opportunity to register for future sessions. Thank you.

Computer Basics
 
An introduction to using a laptop computer, which will cover the following topics:  What’s on a computer keyboard; how to use the mouse and touchpad; what is a browser; how to visit a website.
(Taught by Katherine)
 
Offered in two sessions; please register for one session only.
    Wednesday, April 23, 9:30 – 10:30 am - Registration opens: April 2
    Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 – 10:30 am – Registration opens: April 9

Device Technology for Beginners: A Two-Part Series

Introduction to Today's Technology
This class is designed to be an overview of today's technology, focusing on current trends; terminology and gadget technology (i.e.: tablets and/or smartphones). This class will be perfect for those who have a basic understanding of computers but know little about the world of devices and/or are curious about how technology trends. This will serve as an excellent prerequisite to our Device Technology Classes offered at the Berkshire Athenaeum, such as Smartphones for Beginners (Taught by Andrea).
Thursday, May 8, 9:30 – 11 am – Registration opens: April 17

Smartphones for Beginners
An overview for beginners: What is a Smartphone? Why might I want one? Loosely, how do the plans work? This session includes an overview to apps: What are apps? How do I choose one? We will cover different platforms available. Smartphones users are welcome to bring their devices; however, detailed platform-specific questions may not be addressed. Class assumes that you have a familiarity with technology terms and topics covered in Introduction to Today's Technology (Taught by Andrea).
Thursday, May 15, 9:30 – 11 am – Registration opens: April 24

New Device Technology Users Series: A Two-Part Series

iOS: An Introduction to Apple's Device Settings
Focusing on iOS 7 (Apple's Current iPad/iPod/iPhone Platform) this class will cover the Settings app. Users are encouraged to bring their Apple Device so that way users can troubleshoot and customize settings on their own devices. This class will not cover how to register device with Apple's iCloud and/or create an iTunes account. Apps and other topics may be covered as time permits (Taught by Andrea).
Thursday, May 22, 9:30 – 11 am – Registration opens: May 1

 

Android: An Introduction to Android Device Settings
A general overview for Android Device users, this class will cover features available to users in the Settings app. Users are encouraged to bring their Android Device so that way users can troubleshoot and customize settings on their own devices. This class will not cover how to register a device with Google Play and/or create a Google Play account. Apps and other topics may be covered as time permits. If possible, when registering please let librarian know which Android device you are using; this will make it easier for the instructor to know which settings and features to expect in class (Taught by Andrea)
Thursday, May 29, 9:30 – 11 am – Registration opens: May 8

Foundation Center: Locating Grant information
Introduction to the Foundation Center website and its resources; using the FC databases to locate grant funding sources. (Taught by Madeline)
Thursday, June 5, 9:30 – 11 am – Registration opens: May 15

Microsoft Access: A Three-Part Series

Microsoft Access: An introduction
Introduction and definition of terms. We’ll explore a sample database. An optional guided half hour of practice will be available at the end of the session. (Taught by Alex &Madeline)
Thursday, June 12, 9:30 -11 am – Registration opens: May 22

Microsoft Access: Creating a simple database
We’ll create a simple Access database. A familiarity with Access or attendance at previous sessions is assumed. An optional guided half hour of practice will be available at the end of the session. (Taught by Alex &Madeline)
Thursday, June 19, 9:30 -11 am – Registration opens: May 29

Microsoft Access: Exploring database functions
We’ll explore the powerful features of Access: searching, tables, creating reports. A familiarity with Access or attendance at previous sessions is assumed. An optional guided half hour of practice will be available at the end of the session. (Taught by Alex &Madeline)
Thursday, June 26, 9:30 -11 am – Registration opens: June 5

Updated April 2014

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