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List of All CSTE Classes


Apple Classes Windows Classes Google Classes

Getting to Know Your iPhone

Taking, Editing and Sharing Your iPhone and iPad Photos

Introduction to iCloud

Make a Movie with Your iPhone/iPad

Introduction to Mac

iOS: Going Further with Built-In Apps

iOS: Going Further with New Content

iOS Basics: Introduction to iPad and iPhone

Apple Watch

Beginning Computer Skills [CS1]

Organize/Personalize Your Windows 10 Computer [CS2]

Organize/Personalize Your Windows 11 Computer [CS2]

Protecting You and Your Computer

Intro to Microsoft Office [CS4a]

Introduction to LibreOffice [CS4b]

Excel 1

Excel 2

Exploring Windows 10

Exploring Windows 11

Gmail: Beyond the Basics

Google Searching & Google Apps [CS3]

Google Docs

Google Drive

Google Earth

Intro to Chromebook

Using Your Android Phone

Home Technology General Technology

Buying a Computer

Safe Computing

Managing Medicare

Cutting the Cable

Streaming TV

How Does a Smart Home Work?

Talking to Your Electronic Devices

eBooks and eReaders

Home Surveillance

Enhancing Your Digital Pictures

Overview of Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Controlling Your Online Identity

Media Literacy

Working with Internet Resources

Listening to Podcasts

Publish Yourself on Amazon Kindle

Artificial Intelligence

Cloud Computing

Introduction to Genealogy

Road Trip

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Introduction to Cary Senior Tech Ed Bill: Welcome to our computer training program designed, authored and taught by seniors. This seminar will introduce you to our classes, workshops, and seminars as well as our volunteer instructors. We will also let you know how to schedule classes that will best fit your needs.

— Apple Classes —

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Getting to Know Your iPhone Get the most out of your Apple iPhone, including basic setup, 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.
Taking, Editing and Sharing Your iPhone/iPad Photos Learn the best ways to take, edit, and share those digital photos on your iPhone/iPad. Either “iOS Basics” or “Getting to Know Your iPhone” class is a prerequisite. Bring your iPad/iPhone.
Introduction to iCloud iCloud is an Apple service for syncing and storing data and documents across multiple devices. You'll learn how to set up an account and make the best use of the service. Must have taken "iOS-Basics" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone." Bring devices to class.
Make a Movie with your iPhone/iPad Make a short movie of yourself reading a bedtime story for your grandchildren or create any type of motion picture using still photography, video, voiceover and background music. Must have taken either "iOS Basics" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone." Must download iMovie app.
Introduction to Mac Apple's Macintosh computers are popular because of their ease of use and enhanced security. You will learn the basics of purchasing hardware, the Macintosh operating system, how to use the included applications, and how to purchase and download apps. Bring your Mac.
iOS: Going Further with Built-In Apps 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 Basics" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone" class is a prerequisite.
iOS Basics: Introduction to iPad and iPhone We will explore the capabilities and concepts of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Learn how to set up Apple phones and tablets with a brief overview of the many applications available. Bring your device and your Apple ID and password.
iOS: Going Further with New Content Millions of apps and digital media items are available for your iPhone/iPad. Learn how to search and download items from the App Store, iTunes and iBooks and more! Must have taken either "iOS-The Basics" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone." Bring your device.
Apple Watch This course will cover basic functions of the latest personal technology from Apple as well as helpful tips and tricks to enhance your knowledge. It will also cover the new medical advances of the latest version which include a one-lead EKG and fall detection.

— Windows Classes ‐

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Beginning Computer Skills [CS1] Learn the basics of computer operations on a Windows computer. Using the WordPad word processing program, you will learn to format text, edit, save, print, and more. Create original illustrations using tools in the Paint application. A flash drive is required.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • The differences in function between the Right/Left/Middle Mouse buttons.
  • Using Windows keyboard shortcuts.
  • How to move, resize, open, close, minimize and maximize Microsoft’s Windows
  • How to cut, copy and paste text and other objects in Windows.
  • How to use Window's built-in programs including WordPad, Paint, that allow you to view, edit and print text files and pictures without installing Microsoft Office.
  • How to add a shortcut to the task bar or your desktop so it’s easy to start frequently used programs.
  • How to properly eject your flash drive so you don’t corrupt the data on it.
Organize/Personalize Your Windows 10 Computer [CS2] Explore the Windows 10 Start Menu and File Explorer. Learn how to organize and manipulate files and folders and how to personalize your computer. We'll change the desktop background, make the text larger, create shortcuts for the desktop and more. A flash drive is required.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • Using File Explorer to find, copy, cut, move and organize your files and pictures.
  • Organizing and customizing your desktop including setting background pictures, creating desktop shortcuts and custom folders.
  • Drives, folders, file extensions, program ribbons and most importantly, File Explorer to navigate through your computer.
Organize/Personalize Your Windows 11 Computer [CS2] Explore the Windows 11 Start Menu and File Explorer. Learn how to organize and manipulate files and folders and how to personalize your computer. We'll change the desktop background, make the text larger, create shortcuts for the desktop and more. A flash drive is required.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • Using File Explorer to find, copy, cut, move and organize your files and pictures.
  • Organizing and customizing your desktop including setting background pictures, creating desktop shortcuts and custom folders.
  • Drives, folders, file extensions, program ribbons and most importantly, File Explorer to navigate through your computer.
Protecting You and Your Computer This hands-on lab class will teach you how to protect your computer from viruses, Ransomware, apply Microsoft updates, update your virus signatures, setup Windows backups for your personal data and mechanically maintain your computer for longevity. Two free utility programs, Malwarebytes & Glary Utilities, will be introduced to help you protect and manage your data and one paid program, Acronis Cyber Protection, to shield you from Ransomware and provide full disk data backup/recovery. Intermediate to advanced skills that everyone should know. Flash Drive required.
Intro to Microsoft Office [CS4a] This class will discuss basic Microsoft Office applications including: Word (word processing), PowerPoint (slide show presentations), and Excel (basic spreadsheets). A flash drive is required.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • Microsoft Word including basic word functions, creating newsletters, family docs, imbedding pictures and creating tables.
  • PowerPoint including creating presentations, imbedding graphics, pictures and slide automation.
  • Excel including spreadsheet layouts, tracking finances, group gatherings, personal inventory tracking etc.
Intro to LibreOffice [CS4b] LibreOffice is a free alternative to other paid software options. This Microsoft Office-compatible suite includes standard office programs for word processing, presentations, creating spreadsheets, and more! Learn how to obtain LibreOffice in this class. A flash drive is required.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • LibreOffice Writer including basic word functions, creating newsletters, family docs, imbedding pictures and creating tables.
  • LibreOffice Impress including creating presentations, imbedding graphics, pictures and slide automation.
  • LibreOffice Calc including spreadsheet layouts, tracking finances, group gatherings, personal inventory tracking etc.
Excel 1 Excel is a comprehensive and popular spreadsheet program that will help you organize, format, and calculate numerical data. You will be provided with in-depth information on how spreadsheets can benefit you. A flash drive is required.
Excel 2 Microsoft Excel is a powerful software program for summarizing and analyzing data. This course will provide information on linking data, creating charts, graphs, pivot tables and more! Excel 1 is a prerequisite for this class. Flash drive is required.
Exploring Windows 10 Explores the features of Windows 10 and how it differs from previous versions. Learn how to customize the Desktop, Start menu, and task bar, and how to tailor the appearance and behavior to suit your needs. Intermediate level course, must have some knowledge of Windows.
Exploring Windows 11 Explores the features of Windows 11 and how it differs from previous versions. Learn how to customize the Desktop, Start menu, and task bar, and how to tailor the appearance and behavior to suit your needs. Intermediate level course, must have some knowledge of Windows.

— Google Classes —

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Gmail: Beyond the Basics Explore the many features of Gmail! Discover how to format an email, organize your messages using folders (labels), generate a mail group, block a sender, add a contact, insert an emoji in your message, add an attachment, and more. Must bring Gmail password to both classes.
Google Searching & Google Apps [CS3] Learn tips and techniques for searching the Internet such as tabbed browsing, creating bookmarks, and searching by category. Google has apps like Calendar, Maps, Google Earth, Google Photos, and more. We will explore many of the features of these and other Google Apps.
This Computer Skills class is for you to gain familiarity with:
  • Web Browsers including using the Address Bar, customizing options, cache clearing, searching by image, and exploring your search history.
  • Google Apps, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc.; note these are mostly light introductions, but several Google Apps have dedicated classes.
Google Docs Learn word processing with Google Docs, a free, powerful alternative to MS Word. Google Docs supports voice typing, online collaboration, editing MS Word documents, and more. For both word processing novices and those considering migrating to Google Docs.
Google Drive Learn how to use Google Drive. It features free online file storage accessible from all your computing devices. Google Drive also includes web apps for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
Google Earth Google Earth allows you to travel to interesting places around the world or investigate the layout of your neighborhood or home. Google Tools and the stand-alone version will be covered in this course.
Introduction to Chromebook Chromebooks offer low cost, ease of use, and minimal setup and maintenance. This class covers purchasing tips, what Chromebooks do well and don't, their competition, getting set up, and add-on software favorites. Bring your Chromebook if you have one.
Using Your Android Phone Android smartphones are available from many manufacturers and work with all major cell phone service providers. Learn how to set up and use these devices and their applications. You must be familiar with the basic operations of your device prior to class. Bring your phone/td>

— Home Technology —

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Buying a Computer There are so many computers to choose from! Learn valuable information about buying a computer before you spend your money. We'll describe the types of choices you have and help you break them down into appropriate categories to select one that meets your needs.
Safe Computing Learn about password managers, browser extensions for safe browsing, two-factor authentication (2FA) methods, and more. Then, you can thwart threats to your privacy and accounts by employing the best software as your personal security assistants.
Managing Medicare on the Internet Save time and money using the Medicare and NC Department of Insurance websites. Insurance companies change their plans and prices for services and medications annually, so stay up to date by learning to navigate your Medicare plan online.
Cutting the Cable 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.
Streaming TV Did you know there are many ways to watch Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, or YouTube on your TV? Do you know all the many streaming services, both subscription and free? This seminar will help you understand the hardware options and the video service choices available.
How Does a Smart Home Work? Smart Home" is commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, audio & video systems that are attached to the Internet.  This class will discuss how you will live in a Smart Home in the future. 
Talking to Your Electronic Devices This class will prove valuable to seniors who are visually impaired or have difficulty using a keyboard and mouse to interface with their hand held and other devices such as smartphones, tablets, Amazon devices, TV's and newer automobiles. New technology is enabling voice driven input that is frequently more convenient to use than mice and keyboards. These devices do take a little effort to understand and to be used effectively. Learn useful voice techniques to help. Some arthritic or visually impaired seniors have found this to be a great help with new technology.
eBooks and eReaders This seminar will talk about the most popular eReaders and eReader apps as well typical customizations for your reader app. It will also discuss where to get eBooks.
Home Surveillance Need to monitor your home, remote property, pets, or elderly relatives? This seminar describes how to set up a Wi-Fi camera surveillance system that can be monitored from your phone, tablet or computer to receive real-time alerts, live video view, past events and more.
Enhancing Your Digital Pictures Want to remove something or someone from a picture, make yourself look thinner, add a frame, make a collage or insert text? Learn how with PhotoScape X, a free download for Windows or Mac. Using hands-on practice exercises, we'll help you improve the quality of your photos and add special effects. Flash drive required.

— General Technology —

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Overview of Social Media The three most popular social media websites used by seniors are Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. These free online sites allow you to share info like photos, text, and videos with other people. Discover how to connect and share with others.
Facebook Facebook allows you to keep up with all the people you care about, as well as see photos and videos of your children, grandchildren, friends, and acquaintances. We'll discuss some of the recent changes as well as how to keep your info private and secure.
Twitter 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.
Controlling Your Online Identity 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 safe.
Media Literacy and Your Responsibility Are you frustrated or confused by the false information and the misleading statements so common on social media? How can you tell whether a statement is true or false? How can you tell the difference between disinformation or misinformation?
Working with Internet Resources IBM has provided us with an excellent presentation on how to use the resources of the Internet. Students who wish to make good use of the Internet to obtain information should find this class very useful.
Listening to Podcasts Listen to your favorite radio shows anytime and anywhere you want, all for free! This seminar will get you started on streaming or downloading podcasts, recorded radio shows, available for free subscription and download.
Publish Yourself on Amazon Kindle Whether you have written (or would like to write) a memoir, children's book, or a novel, it's free and simple to publish it in Kindle format on Amazon. Both Microsoft Windows and Apple operating systems will be covered.
Artificial Intelligence What is artificial intelligence (AI) and how is it influencing your life today? Learn what AI can do today and how it will impact our lives in the future. This is a high-level, non-technical overview of the field of AI, including chatbots and robots.
Cloud Computing What is the "cloud" that computer users talk about and where is it? Join us to explore ways you can use cloud computing to store your photos, documents, music, or videos without taking up space on your own computer.
Introduction to Genealogy This class will demonstrate genealogy programs and software that will enable you to set up a family tree and search for other relatives using a combination of free and paid programs.
Road Tripping Take the stress out of your next road trip by using a smartphone (and perhaps a computer), both before and during your trip. Look at applications for planning all aspects of your drive including booking accommodation and restaurants

— Suspended Classes (e.g., Low Interest, Obsolite or Replaced) —

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Linux Learn to reinvigorate your old desktops and laptops with Linux. Linux runs more efficiently than Windows, runs well on most hardware, it is mostly free, and offers thousands of free apps. We cover Linux distribution choices, trialing, and selecting one. Showcasing Linux Mint, a popular distribution for Windows replacements, we explore its installation, customizing its desktop, settings, finding and installing apps such as LibreOffice, updating your software, and more. If you are tech-savvy but not Linux proficient, this class is your quick start guide for running Linux. And beyond the class, we provide many references to help further your Linux exploration and keep updated. [Lack of Interest]
Talking to Siri Talking to Siri, Apples Digital Assistant, on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is fun, easy and productive. Most of these functions can be used on your Android devices as well using “Hey Google”, Microsoft’s Cortana, and IBM’s Watson. Many more vendor implementations are anticipated and we will discuss a few. [Lack of Interest]
Buying a Smartphone or Tablet Thinking of buying a smartphone or tablet computer? Curious about features, costs and to what extent they can replicate what your PC or Mac does? Come learn some basic information before you buy! [Replaced by Buying a Computer]
Digital Photography 1 Bring your camera and learn how to use the controls and understand the terminology. Learn techniques for taking better pictures, then upload and view them on your computer. [Replaced by Enhance Your Digital Pictures]
Digital Photography 2 Make the best of the pictures you've taken. Learn how to enhance your photos using free software (Photo Scape), and then print them. Understand some of the online photo services and how to use them. Digital Photography 1 is a prerequisite. [Replaced by Enhance Your Digital Pictures]
Advanced Chromebook Explore Google Chromebooks' full range of capabilities in this comprehensive class targeted at existing Chromebook owners. We lightly cover purchasing strategies. In detail, we cover using the desktop including shortcuts and gestures, using the Chrome web browser, Chrome addon software, Google Drive and Google Docs, MS Office documents, recovering fouled Chromebooks, set up including printers, and running Android and Linux apps. Bring questions if you want to do more with your Chromebook but unsure how. [Lack of interest]
Exploring Windows 10 Explores the features of Windows 10 and how it differs from previous versions. Learn how to customize the Desktop, Start menu, and task bar, and how to tailor the appearance and behavior to suit your needs. Intermediate level course, must have some knowledge of Windows. [Replaced by Exploring Windows 11]
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