basic course teaches students how to manage files, folders,
disks and drives. Topics covered include terminology, file
types, maintenance, and opening/saving files in various
programs. There is extensive work with Windows Explorer to
copy, b_a_c_k_u_p, move, open, save, and delete files/folders.
My Computer and Recycle Bin are also covered.
Bring a USB flash drive to class. This c_o_u_r_s_e is the
second of the two c_o_u_r_s_e_s that are prereqisites for all of our
Every student MUST take the Basic Computer Literacy and
this files and Folders course before taking any of the advanced
courses listed below. Exceptions are made when prospective
students feel that they are past the "beginners and
intermediate" stage and have discussed this with an advanced
level instructor and obtained a waiver. Additional
prerequisites are noted for specific classes.
WINDOWS 7 (4 SESSIONS, 2 HOURS EACH,
2 PER WEEK)
Current HAL-PC membership, Basic Computer Literacy and Files &
The Windows 7 course is an
introduction to the Windows 7 Operating System and is designed
for experienced computer users who have recently purchased or
are considering the purchase of a new computer with Windows 7 OS
installed. For those using Vista, the transition to
Windows 7 may not be as difficult as for those who are still
using XP. This course will demonstrate various Windows 7
features, with comments on differences between Win 7, XP and
Students must have internet access with an e-mail accou
This course includes lectures and computer laboratory
experience accessing known websites, searching for people and
businesses, general searching, surfing, drilling down, and
shopping. Students are encouraged to bring in examples of
specific problems for class discussions.
An Email Account, Home Internet Access and the Files and Folders
Class or permission of the instructor.
If you have been wondering what happened to Outlook
Express, or how to get the most out of your web mail program,
then this updated and revised Email Class may have the answers.
The class will use Windows Live Mail as an example of a
computer based program and G-Mail as an example of
Web-Based Mail. Both of these programs are are free and the
classroom instruction applies to other email programs.
Windows Live Mail must be downloaded from Microsoft since it is
not a part of the Vista or Windows 7 Operating System. Class
material covers downloading and installing email programs;
understanding the email server; transferring contact lists;
organizing your mail using contacts, groups and folders;
emailing photos; and customizing an email program to fit your
This course includes lectures
and computer laboratory experience.
Students may bring in
problems and concerns for class discussion. This is a
revised class on email.
newer operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows 7 have
presented some new e-mail
Outlook Express has
become part of the past!
Topics will include:
Using Web Mail such as Microsoft Live Mail
Using an email program on your computer such as Windows
Privacy Issues – Staying ahead of the game
Creating files to help keep your topics organized
Address books and importing info
Take care what you write
Students may bring in problems and
concerns for class discussion.
Depending on the student's experience, a prerequisite or a
waiver from the instructor is required.
Word Processing programs
allow users to develop a wide range of documents such as
letters, memos, résumés, and reports. Microsoft Word is a
powerful tool that allows users to create professional looking
documents quickly and easily.
This class is targeted at beginning users and is
intended to provide the basics to creat tasks like invitations,
scheduling family events or tracking a budget and creating
letters, reports, newsletters, brochures and other text
Word 2003 as well as Word 2007
and 2010 will be covered. Topics will include editing and
formatting text, borders and shading, inserting artwork and
photos in documents, using text boxes, formatting columns, and
page layout headers and footers.
Basic Computer Literacy and Files and Folders, or permission of
course teaches students how to create spreadsheets for personal
use using the Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Excel spreadsheet
program. The material will also apply to Office 2003, if
you are using that version of Excel. Although spreadsheets
are primarily useful when dealing with numbers, they are
excellent for organizing many day-to-day activities such as
tracking health issues, making telephone lists, and home
inventories. Example files are used to examine and
evaluate typical uses of spreadsheets which will provide
exercises for practice at home. The course includes
discussion of Works and/or Excel templates and introduces
students to four types of cell entries: Text, Numbers
Formulas, and Functions. Tips on formatting cells as well
as building and printing the spreadsheet are discussed.
The Excel Ribbon will be covered.
This class will help the student
understand features and functions common to most digital cameras
and how to effectively use them. The course is not geared
to any particular camera brand, model or size.
Photography basics such as exposure, color and focus
will be covered as well as suggestions for resolving common
photography problems. Downloading, storing, organizing,
and sharing your digital photos will also be discussed.
Students are asked to bring their own digital camera and manual
out the best in your photos! This course will teach students to
recognize and correct common photo problems using basic photo
editing tools in Microsoft Windows Live Essentials Photo
Gallery, which must be downloaded from the Microsoft website to
get the current version:.
tools and topics presented will transfer
well to a variety of free software as well as popular retail
image editing programs. Topics covered include workflow,
terminology, evaluation, and application.
Class time includes guided practice in the computer lab.
Students must have taken our two prerequisite courses, Basic
Computer Literacy and Files and Folders (or the two predecessors
of these courses, Beginners and File Management) or receive
permission of the instructor. Students should also be familiar
with taking digital photos and viewing them in the computer.
Word Processing Experience. The class will be taught using
Word 2007 with references to other versions.
time for Holiday Newsletters, this Special Topics course will
teach you to use your word processor to create an attractive
photo layout or to insert photos and clip art into your word
processing projects. You will learn the basic tools needed
to combine words and graphics to give your documents an
interesting and attractive appearance. Sometimes pictures
can replace the thousands of words needed to describe important
events in our lives. You will learn to combine several
photos on one page, or to place photos and graphics in documents
with text neatly wrapped around the pictures. This is a
fun way to share photos with friends and family or to
incorporate graphics into your personal projects. There
will be hands on practice in our computer lab.
Participants may bring their own photos on a flash drive.
and display your memorable photos in a creative way. Learn
to arrange your photos on a page and print them for a
high-quality result. You may display them in a simple
format, using captions, borders, frames and a nice background,
or you can embellish your page “scrapbook style” choosing from a
large variety of elements and designs that will help communicate
the message of your page. Either way, your projects will
be much easier using dedicated page design software.
Although there are several choices, for this class we will be
using Serif's Craft Artist Platinum. Download
the Craft Artist Compact starter version at
now and get a head start.
Note: This is a new class,
new topic, and new software. Come and help us “pilot
Basic Computer Literacy and Files and
Folders (or the two predecessors of these courses, Beginners and
File Management) or permission of the instructor.
If you spent
the summer taking photos, and now you aren’t quite sure what to
do with them, we can help!
This Special Topic Course (short but intense!) will
cover memory cards; transferring, organizing, and retrieving
your photos; adding descriptive notes to your photo files; and
hints for emailing and printing photos.
The class material will
work with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
We will also use Microsoft Windows Live
Essentials Photo Gallery , which is FREE and must be downloaded
from the Microsoft website to get the current version. The
format is lecture with some lab practice.
to create a web page using Mozilla's Web Authoring program
called Composer. The course begins with the basics
necessary to create a page with text and a few simple features,
such as text formatting., hyperlinks, and horizontal lines.
Slightly more complex features, such as images, lists, and
tables, are then covered. Finally, students will learn how
to publish their page to their web account. Once
comfortable with the basic idea of web-authoring, students can
freely revise and update their page and add additional features
This will not be a class on HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language);
in fact, it will only be covered briefly. There will
be no instruction on any of the web creation software which is
sold for a fee (such as Microsoft Front Page) or any other of
the free software that is available except a file transfer
package. Subject material will not include scripting, Java
code, Flash, or form templates. A CD will be provided
containing the class software.
Prerequisite: Students must have
taken the File Management Course.
course teaches how to use the scanner as a copier, scan
documents as editable text using OCR (Optical Character
Recognition) software, scan pictures, scan 35 mm slides (5 at a
time) to get pictures, and scan negative strips to get pictures.
Scanned image organization and output will also be discussed.
The class will be taught using the HP scanning software that
came with the scanner, but the knowledge gained should transfer
to other scanners an their respective software.
This class will be lecture and
demo only, but will include some suggested projects
for you to practice at
course will teach you how to make your own movies and slideshows
from your video clips and still pictures using the free Windows
XP-Movie Maker (V2.1) program. We will cover capturing the
content with your camera, editing the content, laying out the
content in the Movie Maker program, enhancing your video and
then, rendering the project into a video or slideshow.
We will make a slideshow
first and then a video.
We will also cover getting
help from the Internet and using your computer for multimedia.
Other topics will also be offered for discussion.
STAGE AND FORUM - We will deal with
questions about cameras, software, how-to's, show-and-tells, web
sites, personal tricks, rip-offs, good magazine articles, great
shopping sites and much more.