Short Course Descriptions

The short courses described below are two- to four-hour courses generally designed to offer an introduction to a topic or to explore a single topic in more depth. Check the course schedule (click here) for the date and time each is offered. Some may not be offered this session; check with us about when they may be offered.

An Overview of Windows 10

Windows 10 is here. Find out what has changed from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Is Windows 10 enough of an improvement to justify the upgrade, even if it's free? Find out in this two-hour overview of the new Windows operating system. It's going to be good!

Build Your Own Website the Easy Way

You've always wanted a web page for your golf league, church group, book club, reunion or that on-line business you've wanted to start. This two week, four-hour course will show you how to do it without learning any new computer languages or downloading any software, and there's no cost for either the application or for publishing your page to the Web. The website was created using the materials from this course. Go there to see what you will be doing after two weeks!

Getting to Know and Use your Android-based Tablet or Smartphone

Do you have a new Android based tablet or smart phone, for example Galaxy, Nexus, Kindle Fire, and want to learn more about it? This workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of your tablet or smartphone. Learn the screen gestures, customize your Android by adjusting the settings, understand the world of applications and surf the web. Get the best out of your new mobile device to meet your needs. And you can ask questions.

Getting to Know and Use the iPad or iPhone

This is a workshop for the new iPad user. Students will get a basic understanding of how the tablet or smartphone works. You will learn to use screen gestures, to customize the iPhone or iPad by adjusting the settings, select and download apps and surf the web.

Overview of Microsoft Word and Excel

This two hour short course will show you the basics of the Microsoft Word program and how much more you can do with Word than with the simpler WordPad program that is part of Windows 8.1. This session will also demonstrate how you can use the spreadsheet program Excel to do more than crunch numbers.

Organizing Your Life with the iPad

This workshop will include the various aspects of the calendar such as creating and repeating events. You will learn how to create, search and edit contacts. Learn how to use the clock app to make your life easier. If you keep losing track of what you need to do, use the Notes feature to help you stay on track!

Use the Photo App to Edit Your Photos

The Photo App in Windows 8.1 is where you go to view the photos on your computer. Did you know that you can also do some pretty neat photo editing with this program? This two hour short course will show you how to use the powerful photo editing tools that are included with the Windows 8.1 Photo App.

Backing Up Your Computer

Computers fail and files can be accidentally erased. Malware can corrupt your computer's memory. Or your machine may simply get old and quit working. Whatever the cause of a problem, backing up the data on your computer is easier and less painful than trying to find it and re-enter it from many different locations. In this workshop, you will learn how to protect your files and data by simple techniques for backing up your data and cloning your computer.

File Management

In this workshop you will learn how to find, save, copy, move, and delete files and folders using File Explorer and the updated Windows 8.1 operating system. Every program in your computer and every document you write is contained in a “file.” Managing files is one of the most important things to learn in order to use your computer effectively.

Exploring Facebook

This two-session, four-hour class will explore the options provided by a Facebook account. In the first lesson we will cover navigating the Facebook menu bar, several features (Wall, Profile, Newsfeed), and handling photos and videos. The second lesson will focus on protecting privacy and controlling what you share by updating your Account and Privacy Settings and by updating your Profile and Wall. To enroll in this course you must already have a Facebook account and be able to sign into your account in class.

Digital Library

Are you familiar with the Digital Branch of the Aiken Library? Did you know that there are thousands of books you can borrow electronically from the library and read on your tablet device? Did you know that it’s free? This workshop will show you how to install the App that makes it all possible, and how to select and download books (and even audio books) from the library. You’ll need your library card and a four digit PIN number for your library account (ask at the library if you don’t know your PIN).

Making a Creative Movie from your Photos with Movie Maker

Learn how to tell your story in style, how to create a polished movie from photos and videos using the free Microsoft Movie Maker software. You will learn how to add transitions, animations, special effects, captions, titles and music. Your completed movie can then be saved in many formats for sharing.

Basic Video Editing Using Movie Maker

You'd like to make a sharp, smart presentation with the videos in your camera. In this workshop, you will learn how to “trim” your video to select new start and stop points; how to “split” your video into frames or portions for individual editing; how to change the “speed” to create slow motion or fast motion; how to add captions to a video frame; and how to add music to your video. Note: This workshop uses the same free software as the Making a Creative Movie from your Photos with Movie Maker workshop.

Outlook E-mail

This basic examination of Microsoft's Outlook Mail will teach you to manage lists of e-mail addresses, send and receive messages, reply to messages and forward messages to third parties. The course will cover sending and receiving photos and other attachments and will discuss e-mail safety and courtesy. If you are an e-mail beginner you should take this course. If you are a basic user, you'll still find a lot of new material.

Computer Security

You've read about rogues hacking into commercial, governmental and financial computers. Why do you think your computer is any safer? It is a lot easier and a lot cheaper to prevent an intrusion than it is to clean up after your computer has been compromised. Learn about protecting your identity and computer from viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and malware. Free security tools will be covered.

Computer Maintenance

Learn to keep your hard drive clean and fast, use a USB drive to back up your data, install memory, replace CD/DVD drives and video cards, and more.

The World of Windows 8.1

In this workshop, you will learn the features of Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8.1 Update. The features to be covered include the status bar, toolbars, window management, and how to find and use the features that you liked in XP, Vista and Windows 7.

PowerPoint Presentations

Power Point is Microsoft's software for preparing a custom slide presentation to guide a talk or presentation. In this workshop you will learn how to put together your first Power Point presentation. Learn to structure your presentation, make your slides attractive and interesting, add effects such as photos and sound to your slides, and basically blow your audience away.

Online Banking – Easy, Safe & Secure!

In this workshop, you will learn how to use online banking. Experience viewing and managing your accounts including; making transfers, paying bills, downloading and printing your account information. This basic training can be used with any financial institution that offers online banking. Sample accounts used in this workshop are provided by our Aiken friends at Security Federal Bank.

Ace Money Lite

Ace Money Lite is a free program that you can use to keep track of your finances. Ace Money is a checkbook manager, budgeting tool, and investment tracker. With it you can track expenses, check your portfolio and do your financial math in over 100 currencies.

Introduction to the iPad

This workshop will cover the iPad buttons and switches. Learn how to use the screen gestures to make your life easier especially by enlarging the screen. Customize the way your iPad works by adjusting the settings. Find those missing apps by using the Search feature. Enjoy more battery life by closing those apps.

Chromebook – a New Look Laptop Computer

Learn about the new Chromebook. It is a new, faster, and easier-to-learn laptop. It starts in seconds, offers thousands of apps, and has built-in virus protection.

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