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):

Thursday, November 13 (part 1), Tuesday, November 18 (part 2), Thursday, November 20 (part 3) and Tuesday, November 25 (part 4) 5:30-7:30pm: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
In this free 4 part class, you’ll learn the basics of using Excel 2010, 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, November 18 (part 1) & Friday, November 21 (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, November 19, 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.
Monday, November 24, 5:30-7:30pm: Introduction to Skype
Learn how to make voice and video calls via Skype. Bring your own device or use one of ours.
Tuesday, December 2 (part 1) & Friday, December 5 (part 2), 1:00-3:00pm: Facebook for Beginners
Learn about Facebook as a social media platform and create a personal Facebook account. Learn how to complete a Facebook profile and how to find people you know and connect with them. Learn how to create posts, including uploading pictures. Discuss Facebook etiquette and online safety.
Tuesday, December 9, 10:30am-12:30pm: Beginners Guide to the Cloud
In this free class, we’ll discuss what the cloud is as well as look at some popular (and free!) cloud services for file storage, backup, entertainment and productivity.
Tuesday, December 16 (part 1) & Friday, December 19 (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.
Tuesday, January 6 (part 1), Friday, January 9 (part 2), Tuesday, January 13 (part 3) and Friday, January 16 (part 4) 1:00-3:00pm: Fantastic Photos with Picasa
In this free 4 part class, you’ll learn the basics of using  Picasa to edit, enhance,  label and organize photos, create photo albums, collages and slideshows, and share photos electronically. We will have Windows 7 computers for students to use, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Thursday, January 8, 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)
Tuesday, January 20 (part 1) & Friday, January 23 (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.