Computer classes

Computer classes

Thanks to generous grants from The Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation of Rochester and The Jones Family Foundation of Red Wing, the library is able to offer a variety of technology classes. All classes require registration and unless otherwise noted, please call 651-385-3645 to register. Here’s a list of what’s coming up (unless otherwise noted, all classes are at the library):

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30-7:30pm: Introduction to Windows 8.1
Learn about the Windows 8 interface, how to use and customize the Start screen, how to add, organize, and optimize apps, how to return to and use the familiar desktop and how to access and adjust common settings. Feel free to bring your own device.
Tuesday, March 17 (part 1) & Friday, March 20 (part 2), 1:00-3:00pm: iPad for Beginners
In this class designed for people new to the iPad, you’ll learn the physical layout of buttons and features, how to navigate Home screens and apps using finger gestures, how to connect to the Internet, how to charge and care for your iPad and how to use some of the basic apps that come with the iPad We’ll also explore the App Store and take a look at important settings you need to know. Don’t have an iPad? No problem! We have 10 iPad Airs that you can use for the class.
Wednesday, March 18 (part 1), Monday, March 23 (part 2), Wednesday, March 25 (part 3) and Wednesday, April 1 (part 4) 5:30-7:30pm: Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010/2013
In this free 4 part class, you’ll learn the basics of using Microsoft Word, including using menus and toolbars, formatting text and numbers, creating charts and graphs and creating formulas. We will have Windows 7 computers for students to use, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00-3:00pm: Exploring Google
Learn how to:  store, manage, and access documents in Google’s cloud storage solution – Google Drive; create, share, and use Google Calendar to keep track of your personal and professional schedule; and get the most out of Google Search using a variety of tips and tricks.
Tuesday, April 14, 10:00am-1:00pm: iPhone Essentials
Got a new iPhone and are wondering how to use it? Come to our free class, in which we’ll cover the physical features of the iPhone, how to care for it, using Wi-Fi, email, and contacts as well as some of the most popular features of the phone (camera, maps, iCloud and Photos)
Wednesday, April 15 (part 1), Monday, April 20 (part 2), Wednesday, April 22 (part 3) and Monday, April  27 (part 4) 5:30-7:00pm: Intro to Excel 2010/2013
In this free 4 part class, you’ll learn the basics of using Excel 2010/2013, including using menus and toolbars, formatting text and numbers, creating charts and graphs and creating formulas. We will have Windows 7 computers for students to use, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Tuesday, April 21 (part 1) & Friday, April 24 (part 2), 1:00-3:00pm: iPad for Beginners
In this class designed for people new to the iPad, you’ll learn the physical layout of buttons and features, how to navigate Home screens and apps using finger gestures, how to connect to the Internet, how to charge and care for your iPad and how to use some of the basic apps that come with the iPad We’ll also explore the App Store and take a look at important settings you need to know. Don’t have an iPad? No problem! We have 10 iPad Airs that you can use for the class.
Wednesday, May 6 (part 1), Monday, May  11 (part 2), Wednesday, May 13 (part 3) and Monday, May 18 (part 4) 5:30-7:00pm: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
In this course you will learn the basics of working with PowerPoint, build a PowerPoint slideshow presentation, learn how to insert text, video, sound, and images, and discuss tips and tools for delivering PowerPoint presentations.
Tuesday, May 12, 1:00-3:00pm: Introduction to Word Online
Word Online is part of Microsoft’s free online suite of productivity apps, Office Online. It does not require any software downloads because all the apps work within a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) Office Online features many of the same applications as the traditional Microsoft Office Suite, but Office Online versions have fewer capabilities. in this class, you will learn how to create a Microsoft Account, the layout of the Word window, basic editing functions and how to save your work to OneDrive.
Tuesday, May 19 (part 1) & Friday, May 22 (part 2), 1:00-3:00pm: iPad for Beginners
In this class designed for people new to the iPad, you’ll learn the physical layout of buttons and features, how to navigate Home screens and apps using finger gestures, how to connect to the Internet, how to charge and care for your iPad and how to use some of the basic apps that come with the iPad We’ll also explore the App Store and take a look at important settings you need to know. Don’t have an iPad? No problem! We have 10 iPad Airs that you can use for the class.