Computers & You

Computers & You

Drop-In Digital Photography - Troubleshooting

Richard Mende is a retired professor who has had a passionate interest in photography for over 40 years. He worked for SNAPd Sudbury for 4 years, and he currently works for Talent North. In 2015 he published Mornings in Bell Park, a book of Sudbury photographs.

Once a month he will be available to help you with whatever problems you may be having in the world of digital photography - using your camera, transferring pictures to your computer, file management, editing your pictures, etc.

Please bring your digital camera and whatever connecting hardware came with it. Bring your manual if you have one and bring your laptop if you have one. 

Wednesdays
January 15, 22, 2020
February 12, 19, 2020
March 4, 11, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Computers for Absolute Beginners 

This one-day program will cover the basics of your computer. We will discuss how to work with the desktop, downloading, toolbars and how to connect to the internet. This is for people who are either new to computers, or those who have some basic skills in one or two areas and wish to expand their understanding of computers. Bring your laptops, mouse and charging cables with you. Windows 7, or Windows 10 computers are fine, but this session is not for iPads or other Tablets. 

Mondays
January 20, 2020
9:30 am – 11:00 am
This is a two-day session, each day 1.5 hours

Thursday
January 23, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members

Monday
March 30, 2020
9:30 am – 11:00 am
This is a two-day session, each day 1.5 hours

Thursday
April 2, 2020 
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members
Led by ParkSide member Peter Marshall 

Excel Spreadsheets for Beginners

Microsoft Excel is a computer program that allows the user to perform a variety of calculations that can be useful in basic home budgeting or for calculations required if you were the treasurer for a community group, church, or if you were monitoring your own investments. 

The program uses a grid of cells in rows and columns that are each able to hold information that can be used in a variety of ways. Learn how to develop a spreadsheet for your home budget and how to enter formulas that automatically perform various mathematical functions. Then you can turn those numbers into an easily viewed graph. No experience is necessary as we will start off with the basics. This is a two-day session, each day 1.5 hours

Monday
January 27, 2020
9:30 – 11:00 am

Thursday
January 30, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members
Led by Parkside member Peter Marshall

Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest offering from Microsoft and it has been received more favorably than its predecessors Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. There are many new features with this operating system that can make your experience more enjoyable. Participants are required to bring their own laptops. If you don’t already have a mouse, please consider buying one. This is a two day session, each day 1.5 hours. 

Monday
February 3, 2020
9:30 – 11:00 am

Thursday
February 6, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members
Led by Parkside member Peter Marshall

Smart Phones for Absolute Beginners

If you have just updated your mobile phone to a smart phone, you may be a little overwhelmed with all of the new features that are included with your phone. It does not matter if you have an iPhone or some other brand, many details are similar. Let ParkSide member Pete Marshall show you how to get comfortable with your new phone and learn how to download new apps and start using the new features.

Thursday 
February 13, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members

Tablets

Tablets come in various brands. All Apple brand tablets (and smart phones) use a specific operating system called iOS. All other brands of tablets (and smart phones) are excluded from iOS and instead use an operating system called Android (from Google); however, manufacturers can and do make minor changes to the user interface.

Peter Marshall will be back to teach you how to download apps and communicate with others via text, email, etc. As well as manage photos and other files. 

Apple iPad 
Thursday
February 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members

Android Tablets (Samsung, Nexus, Acer, and Lenovo)
Thursday
February 27, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members

Facebook

Facebook is everywhere and many people use this free social networking service. However there are ways to control who sees your information and who can share it. Peter Marshall will show you how to access all of the settings available in Facebook so that you can be comfortable using it and he will also show you a few tips on how to evaluate whether the information that you see on Facebook is accurate. This is a 2-hour class. 

Thursday
March 5, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10.00 members           $15.00 non-members

Instagram

Instagram is a free, online photo sharing application and social network that was purchased by Facebook in 2012. It allows users to upload photos and short videos through a mobile app. This means that you can use virtually any device to access your account. You can ‘Follow’ your friends and family, or follow a group of people that you admire. Their Instagram posts will show up on your feed. Always review what details you are sharing on any Social Media post so we will show you how to be as safe as possible, use appropriate Hashtags, and simply enjoy..

Thursday
March 12, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
$20.00 members                       $40.00 non-members

Starting Your Own Blog

Are you thinking of starting a blog to promote your business or profession, or do you just want to share your thoughts on a subject that you love? Blogging is either free or inexpensive, and you can get started in moments by creating a blog on a site like Blogger or WordPress. Parkside Centre member, Peter Marshall will provide you with an in depth training on how to get your Blog started.

Thursday 
March 19, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members             $40.00 non-members

Twitter

Twitter is a social media platform that is used by many people to communicate, share stories and pictures, and to keep up with the latest news. It is very popular with people of all ages, however, many people don’t understand why Twitter is so popular. Join us at the ParkSide Centre to learn all about Twitter. You’ll be tweeting before you leave here that day!

Thursdays 
March 26, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm
$20.00 members             $40.00 non-members

Personal Computer Help

Peter Marshall is a retired sales and marketing specialist who has been using computers since 1985. He currently teaches the majority of computer classes here at the ParkSide Centre and has been asked many times for specific help on subjects that may not be covered in one of our classes.

Pete will be available to help you with your issues if he can. One hour appointments are available for a cost of $20 which goes directly to the ParkSide Centre. Peter will be available for personal one hour-long appointments from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the following Fridays. Call to set an appointment. 

Friday
January 17, 2020
March 27, 2020
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
$20.00 members           $30.00 non-members

Computer Lab Drop-In

Members are encouraged to use the computer lab to surf the Internet, check e-mails, type up that special project or just practice your skills. Computers are also available in the lounge.