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 My Cary and search for "computer".
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Sponsored by Town of Cary, North Carolina: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

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

Description: Learn about the apps that were included with your iPhone/iPad, including 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. Learn more, go further!

WebEx Video Conferencing for Participants
Bob Moncsko, Monday March 1 1:30 - 4:00

Description: Connect with others! Discover the features of Webex and how you can conference with your family and friends. Webex can also be used for attending remote classes and seminars as a remote learning tool. This class is online, interactive, and free.

Internet Searching Tips and Tricks
Leila Moog, Thursday March 4 1:30 – 4:00

Description:Discover tips and tricks for searching the internet! Learn about tabbed browsing, creating and managing bookmarks, checking your browsing history, reverse image search, and searching by category. We will be using the Google Chrome browser and Google as our search engine. Finally discover what the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is in Google!

Google Drive
Jerry Lech, Thursday March 11, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Discover Google Drive, a free service included with a Google account. Learn about its many features and functions including storage, web-based applications for creating documents, and file sharing.

Safe Computing
Joe Gelm or Bob Moncsko, Tuesday March 16 1:30 – 4:00

Description:Protect your computer and your data! Learn about hardware threats like electrical problems, software threats such as viruses and malicious programs, and user threats (choices you make!). We will discuss data backup methods, firewalls, and antiviruses.

iOS Basic: An Introduction to iPad and iPhone
Duane Reaugh, Monday March 22 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Discover the many functions of mobile devices available from Apple, including the iPhone and iPad. Learn how to set up your Apple device and what applications (apps) are available to you.

Introduction to Chromebook: the very affordable computer
Joe Defenderfer, Tuesday March 23 1:30- - 4:00

Description: Why Chromebook? Learn about Google's laptop-style computer designed to be a more affordable option for many. Discover its many functions and features, including how it is used to perform a variety of everyday tasks.

Personalize your Windows 10 Computer
Leila Moog, Thursday March 25 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Learn to personalize your preferences! Discover how to: create shortcuts on your desktop, taskbar and start menu; change the background of your desktop; modify colors; set a screensaver; change mouse settings; enlarge text; and more! This class is online, interactive, and free.

Refinancing Considerations for Home Mortgages
Mike Kolesar, Friday March 26 1:30- 3:00

Description: Thinking about refinancing? Evaluate all the aspects of refinancing your home mortgage, including new loan costs, how long it takes to recover the costs, the impact of extending the existing term, whether a 15-year term makes sense, and what the "real" APRs are under various assumptions relevant to seniors. The instructor will provide an Excel workbook that attendees could use to perform their own calculations.

iOS: Going Further with Built In Apps
Anu Ahuja, Tuesday March 30 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Go further with your iOS device! Learn about the apps that were included with your iPhone/iPad including the Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Photos, and FaceTime apps. Advanced app settings will also be covered. Either "iOS Basic" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone" class is a prerequisite. This class is online, interactive, and free.

Talking to your Electronic Devices
Joe Gelm, Tuesday April 6 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Emerging artificial intelligence (AI) introduced the use of voice-driven devices to many electronics and even cars. Discover these AI technologies and how to use them to make life simpler. We will discuss Apple’s “SIRI”, Google’s “Hey Google”, Amazon’s “Alexa”, Microsoft’s “Cortana”, and more.

Deep Dive Chromebook: A more advanced look at the Google Chromebook Computer
Joe Defenderfer, NOTE 2 sessions Tuesday April 13 and Thursday April 15 1:30-4:00

Description: Explore Google's Chromebook! Discover why the lower cost computer is an increasingly popular option for many people. Learn about the many functions of Chromebook and why it might be a perfect choice for all your computing needs.

Smart Products and the Internet of Things
Fill Bowen, Friday April 16 1:30 – 4:00

Description: What is IoT? What is a smart product? Learn all about the Internet of Things (IoT), including its impact on our lives now and in the future. We will look at what makes a product "smart" and what you need to know before you use one.

Using Excel to Calculate and Evaluate a Refinance
Mike Kolesar, Monday April 19 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Take Excel to the next level! Learn how to use an Excel workbook to calculate and evaluate various financing proposals associated with refinancing a home mortgage. After performing your calculations, you'll be in a better position to make a well-informed decision.

Listening to Podcasts
Ivan Browning, Tuesday April 20, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Listen to your favorite radio shows anytime and anywhere! Learn how to stream or download podcasts, which are recordings of audio programs. Get step-by-step instructions so you can listen to what you want, when you want.

Gmail: The Basics and Beyond
Leila Moog, Thursday April 22 1:30 – 4:00

Description: 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 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.

Introduction to Libre Office
Jerry Lech, Friday April 23 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Libre Office is a free alternative to other popular paid software options. This Microsoft Office-compatible suite includes your standard office programs for word processing, presentations, creating spreadsheets, and more! This introductory class shows you how to obtain Libre Office, install it, and configure it to look and work the way you want.

Google Earth
Jerry Lech, Monday April 26 1:30 – 4:00

Description: From the comfort of your computer chair, discover the excitement of traveling to interesting places! Using the free Google Earth software included with your Google or Gmail account, you can explore the world. See Mount Rushmore, the Pyramids at Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and more! More locally, find your neighborhood, your home, and your friends' homes. Explore it all with the click of a button!

Introduction to Linux Operating System
Joe Defenderfer, NOTE 2 sessions, Tuesday April 27 and Thursday April 29 1:30- - 4:00

Description: Explore Linux, a computer operating system like Windows, that is becoming increasingly popular among home computer users. Join us for an introduction to Linux offerings, including free applications like Libre Office. This class is interactive and it is structured for computer-savvy students.

Introduction to Genealogy
Bonnie Nilsen, Friday April 30 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Curious about your family history? Want to learn about genealogy programs available online? Join us as we demonstrate programs and software designed to help you set up a family tree and search for relatives. We will explore a combination of free and paid programs.

The following classes are not yet listed on the Town of Cary website, but will be added closer to the date.

WebEx Video Conferencing for Participants
Bob Moncsko, Monday May 3, 1:30 to 4:00

Description: As people spend more time at home, Video conferencing has become very popular. Conferencing with friends, family and business associates around the world helps brings people closer together. WebEx can also be used for attending remote classes and seminars as a remote learning tool. This seminar will explain how WebEx video conferencing works, various portions of a WebEx invitation and how to join meetings as a participant. You will learn how to change your virtual background, share screens and applications with other participants and more.

Using Your Android
Ivan Browning, NOTE 2 Sessions, Tuesday May 4 and Thursday May 6 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Android smartphones are available from multiple manufacturers and work with all major cell phone service providers. This course will show how to set up and use these devices as well as provide a brief overview of the many applications available. Students are advised to be familiar with the basic operations of their device prior to the class. Bring your phone.

True or False: Be a Wise consumer of Internet information
Gerry Young, Friday May 7 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Are you frustrated or confused by the false information and the misleading statements so common on the internet and social media? How can you tell whether a statement is true or false? How can you tell the difference between disinformation or misinformation? Something that could make a huge difference in many areas, particularly understanding the pandemic. Learn the techniques to research what is the real truth and what is likely fake.

E-Books and E Readers
Cindy Moncsko, Monday May 10, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: E-Books and E-Readers are very popular. In this seminar we will talk about the most popular E-Readers and E-Reader apps; how to purchase E-Books; how to check out E-Books from the Wake County Public Library, and the best places to get free and low-cost E-Books. Have your E-Reader/app with you during this class.

Apple Watch
Duane Reaugh, Tuesday May 11, 1:30 – 4:00

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.

Controlling Your Online Identity
Fillmore Bowen, Friday May 14, 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!

Introduction to iCloud
Anu Ahuja, Monday May 17, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: What is iCloud? It is a service from Apple for securely syncing and storing many kinds of data and documents among multiple devices, including your iPad, iPhone, iPod and PCs running Mac OS or Windows. Consider iCloud to be a highly capable personal Internet hard drive. You will be shown how to set up an account and make the best use of the service. Either "iOS Basic" or "Getting to Know Your iPhone" class is a prerequisite. Bring your iPad and/or iPhone along with your Apple ID and password.

Road Tripping? Let Technology Help
Amitava Sen, Tuesday May 18, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Take the stress out of your next road trip by using a smartphone and perhaps a computer, both before and during your trip. This class will look at Applications for planning all aspects of your drive including routes, traffic conditions, and highway exit facilities. It will also look at booking accommodation and restaurants, planning your sightseeing and arranging local public transportation. You should be comfortable using any web-browser and your smartphone to benefit from this class.

Personalize your Windows 10 Computer
Leila Moog, Thursday May 20, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Learn how to personalize preferences specifically to your liking. We will teach you to create shortcuts on your desktop, taskbar and start menu, change the background of your desktop, modify colors, set a screensaver, change mouse settings, enlarge text and more.

Introduction to your Android Tablet
Joe Gelm, Friday May 21 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Following the popularity of "SMART" phones came "SMART" computer tablets. Apple introduced the iPAD and Google introduced "Android for Tablets'' operating system. Many manufacturers have developed electronic tablets using the Android Operating System which have become the "SMART" device choice for millions worldwide. The Google Android operating system has made the cost very affordable and easier to use then computers for many applications. Examples are: Reading Books and Learning, EMAIL and Messaging, Managing a Calendar, Taking Pictures and Managing Photos, Entertainment (music, movies and podcast), Video Conferencing and Video phoning with Family, Friends and Meetings, and many more activities. This seminar will introduce you to how to manage your Android Tablet and use many great application programs.