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 "senior".
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Sponsored by Town of Cary, North Carolina: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources


Navigating Social Media
Fill Bowen, Thursday January 14, 1:30 – 4:00

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

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

Description: In this seminar, we will present an overview of Google Drive, a free service included with a Google account, and its many features and functions. It 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.

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

Description: Learn how to protect your computer and your data from: 1) hardware threats, like electrical problems, 2) software threats, such as viruses and malicious programs, and 3) user threats. We will discuss data backup methods, firewalls, and antiviruses.

E-Books and E-Readers
Cindy Moncsko, Wednesday January 20, at 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.

Cutting the Cable
Bob Moncsko, Thursday January 21, 1:30 – 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 still getting the programs you want to watch? This seminar will give you some ideas on alternatives to cable TV, including over-the-air broadcast with antennas, smart TVs, and streaming.

Introduction to Chromebook: an Affordable Computer
Joe Defenderfer, Monday January 25, 1:30 - 4:00

Description: Google, the creator of the Chrome web browser, developed the Chromebook computer. Learn about this less expensive option, why it's simpler to use, and its many functions. The Chromebook computer requires an internet connection for almost all its uses. You will see a Chromebook demo in the class.

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

Description: Learn 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, learn how to use the Find My iPhone app. Bring your iPhone along as well as your Apple ID and password.

Refinancing Considerations for Home Mortgages
Mike Kolesar, Tuesday February 2 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.

Listening to Podcasts
Ivan Browning, Thursday February 11, 1:30 - 4:00

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

Apple Watch
Duane Reaugh, Tuesday February 16 1:30 - 4:00

Description: Learn the basic functions of the latest personal technology from Apple as well as helpful tips and tricks! The course will also cover the new medical advances of the latest version which include a one-lead EKG and fall detection. Stay connected, stay safe!

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 devices, learn about how they work and what questions you should ask before using them. We will discuss the "internet of things", how companies use it, and its impact on our lives going forward. The future is bright (and smart)!

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

Description: Learn about the many features available to you in Gmail. You’ll discover how to change the formatting in an email, better 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.

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!

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!

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

Internet Searching Tips and Tricks
Leila Moog, Thursday March 4 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.

Introduction to Chromebook: the very affordable computer
Joe Defenderfer, Tuesday March 9 1:30- - 4:00

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.

Google Drive
Jerry Lech, Thursday March 11, 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 or Bob Moncsko, Tuesday March 16 1:30 – 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.

iOS Basic: Introduction to iPad and iPhone
Todd and Suzie Weber, Monday March 22 1:30 – 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.

Personalize your Windows 10 Computer
Leila Moog, Thursday March 25 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.

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