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".
You will need to sign up for an account if you don't have one already.
NOTE: Please register by the Thursday before a class starts. Registration will be closed on Friday.
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Sponsored by Town of Cary, North Carolina: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources


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
Joe Defenderfer, Tuesday April 13 and Thursday April 15 1:30 – 4:00

Description: 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.

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.

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, Tuesday April 27 and Thursday April 29 1:30- - 4:00

Description: Those wishing to reinvigorate an old desktop or laptop will find the Linux way in this class. Linux runs more efficiently than Windows, and Linux and most of its apps are free. We cover how to pick a Linux distribution. We demo Linux Mint, a distribution often picked to replace Windows. We cover installing Linux Mint, customizing its desktop, settings, finding and installing apps such as LibreOffice, updating its software, and more. For the tech-savvy but not Linux proficient, this class is your Linux quick start guide. And we provide many Linux resources for your continuing education.

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.

How to Use WebEx
Bob Moncsko, Monday May 3, 1:30 to 4:00

Description: Discover the many features of Webex! Learn how to conference with your family and friends, and attend a remote class or seminar. Used a remote learning tool or a way to connect with others, Webex offers many solutions to the challenges of being apart.

Understanding Your Android Smartphone
Ivan Browning, Tuesday May 4 and Thursday May 6 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, LG OnePlus -- Android smartphones are available from multiple manufacturers and work with all major cell phone service providers. Discover the many features of these phones, including applications available, and learn how to set up and use your device. Participants should already be familiar with the basic operations.

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

Description: True or false? Confused by the vast amount of (mis)information and potentially misleading statements found online? How can you tell whether something is true or false? Learn the techniques needed to find out 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: Gain insight into the most popular eReaders and eReader apps. Learn how to purchase eBooks, how to check out eBooks from the library, and learn the best places to get free and low-cost eBooks. Have your eBook or eReader handy for this class.

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

Description: Learn the basic functions of the Apple watch, as helpful tips and tricks! Discover new medical advances of the latest version which include a one-lead EKG and fall detection. Stay connected, stay safe!

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. Discover how firewalls and other measures can keep your computer system safe, while also protecting your personal information.

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

Description: What is iCloud? Discover Apple's service for securely syncing and storing data and documents among multiple devices such as your iPad, iPhone, iPod and PCs running Mac OS or Windows. Learn 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.

Using Technology for Your Road Trip
Amitava Sen, Tuesday May 18, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Road tripping? Take the stress out of your next road trip by using a smartphone or computer before and during your trip. Learn about applications you can use to plan all aspects of your drive including routes, traffic conditions, and highway exit facilities. Discover how to use technology for booking accommodations, reserving tables at restaurants, planning your sightseeing, and arranging local public transportation. You should be comfortable using a web browser and your smartphone to benefit from this class.

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

Description: Personalize your computer! Discover how to create shortcuts on your desktop, customize your 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: First came smart phones, then came smart tablets. The Google Android operating system, found on smart devices, has made the cost of tablets more affordable and easier to use than some computers. Discover the many uses of an Android tablet, and why it might be a 'smart' purchase for you!

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

Google Drive
Jerry Lech, Thursday June 3, 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.

Cutting the Cable
Bob Moncsko – Tuesday, June 8, 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.

Internet Searching Tips and Tricks
Leila Moog – Thursday,, June 10, 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.

Navigating Social Media
Fill Bowen – Monday, June 14, 1:30-4:00

Description: This seminar provides an overview of the three most popular Social Media websites that are used by seniors. Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are free online sites that allow you to share info--photos, text, videos--with other people. You can tell the whole world what you want to say, or just communicate with one person. All have easy help and support available.

Getting to Know Your iPhone
Duane Reaugh - Tuesday, June 15, 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
Joe Defenderfer – Thursday, June 17, 1:30 - 4:00

Description: Why Chromebook? Chromebooks are popular laptop choices because of their low cost, ease of use, and minimal setup and maintenance. This introductory class covers purchasing tips, what Chromebooks do well and don't, their competition, getting set up, and Chromebook add on software favorites. This class targets those considering a new or replacement laptop that are uncertain about what Chromebooks can do and what Chromebook hardware suffices for their needs.

iOS Basic: An Introduction to iPad and iPhone
Duane Reaugh – Tuesday, June 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.

Listening to Podcasts
Ivan Browning – Thursday, June 24, 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.

Linux…a free, safe, secure computer operating system alternative to Windows and Apple systems
Joe Defenderfer – Tuesday June 29 and Thursday July 1, 1:30 - 4:00

Description: Those wishing to reinvigorate an old desktop or laptop will find the Linux way in this class. Linux runs more efficiently than Windows, and Linux and most of its apps are free. We cover how to pick a Linux distribution. We demo Linux Mint, a distribution often picked to replace Windows. We cover installing Linux Mint, customizing its desktop, settings, finding and installing apps such as LibreOffice, updating its software, and more. For the tech-savvy but not Linux proficient, this class is your Linux quick start guide. And we provide many Linux resources for your continuing education.

Safe Computing
Joe Gelm – Tuesday, July 6, 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.

Introduction to Libre Office
Jerry Lech – Friday, July 9, 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.

Gmail: The Basics and Beyond
Leila Moog – Tuesday, July 13, 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 emoji 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 Genealogy
Bonnie Nilsen – Thursday,, July 15, 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.

Talking to your Electronic Devices
Joe Gelm – Monday, July 19, 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.

Apple Watch
Duane Reaugh – Tuesday, July 20, 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.

How Does a Smart Home work? The Internet of Things
Fill Bowen – Thursday, July 22, 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.

Using Your Android Smartphone
Ivan Browning - NOTE 2 Sessions, Tuesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 29, 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.

Introduction to iCloud
Duane Reaugh – Tuesday, August 3, 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.

Google Earth
Jerry Lech – Friday, August 6, 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!

Controlling Your Online Identity
Fillmore Bowen - Tuesday, August 10, 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!

Personalize your Windows 10 Computer
Leila Moog – Thursday, August 12, 1:30 – 4:00

Description: Learn to personalize your preferences on your computer. 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!

E-Books and E-Readers
Cindy Moncsko - Thursday, August 19, 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.

Deep Dive Chromebook: A more advanced look at the Google Chromebook Computer
Joe Defenderfer - Tuesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 26 1:30 - 4:00

Description: 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.

Introduction to your Android Tablet
Joe Gelm – Monday, August 30, 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 than 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.