computer classes

Computer classes at NVCL fall into two broad categories: Computer Basics, and Creating Digital Content. Our goal in offering these classes is to inspire discovery and creativity, and to enhance access and inclusion.

The following is a list of our Autumn computer classes. All classes are 7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Intro to Self-Publishing (A Creating Digital Content class)

Next class: December 13

So you’ve written the great Canadian novel, and can’t find a publisher – or you’ve put together your family history and want to share it in ebook form. Whatever the case, digital publishing has never had fewer barriers. Come find out some of the ins-and-outs of making your work available to the big wide world. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

 


Intro to Mac (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

Become an effective Mac user. Apple's new operating system, OS X Mojave, can be confusing without a bit of guidance. Come learn some tips and tricks as well as way-finding information. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Intro to iPad (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

As tablet computers go, the iPad and iPad mini are market leaders. This presentation reviews the basics of using an iPad tablet computer. Included is an overview of settings, touch navigation options, apps and a couple of cool tools. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Intro to Windows (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

This class is designed to help you get started with Microsoft Windows. Using Windows 10, we’ll go over basic layout and navigation, show you some tips and tricks for personalizing your device, and introduce a few important privacy and security settings. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Intro to Email (Gmail) (A Computer Basics class)

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This class will provide an overview of Google's 'Gmail' service, showing the steps for creating an account, as well as reviewing basic send and receive functions. Managing your email account will also be covered. This class is for those with little exposure to email who are looking to open and make use of their own online email account. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Computer Basics (A Computer Basics class)

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Don't know the difference between a browser and an operating system? Software and hardware? Come to this introductory class where no questions are too basic. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intro to MS Word (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include creating and managing folders, entering and editing text, inserting images, saving files, formatting and setting up for printing. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intro to MS Excel (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

Spreadsheets are a powerful tool for managing data. After Word, Excel is the most popular application in the Microsoft Office suite, and Excel know-how is essential in many employment situations. We’ll look at the various ways spreadsheets are used, and show you how using this program can make you more efficient. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intro to the Google and the Internet (A Computer Basics class)

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This session provides an overview of the Internet, browsers, search engines (featuring Google), and a tour of the Library's website. Search strategies and tips will be a focus along with advice for protecting yourself online. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intermediate MS Word (A Computer Basics class)

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This class goes beyond the basics of finding your way around in Microsoft Word. Learn about using tables to organize text, find and use templates, explore styles and themes, and even try some review options for editing. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intermediate MS Excel (A Computer Basics class)

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This class goes beyond the basics of Microsoft Excel. What is “conditional formatting”? What options are there for graphically displaying information? We’ll create some simple formulas and try out some charting options. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours (limit of 12 computers).

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Intro to Cloud Computing (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

Learn what cloud computing means in practical terms and how it can be really useful. We'll look at some of the cloud services you may already be using and we'll take some of the fog out of your understanding of the cloud. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Intro to Social Media (A Computer Basics class)

Next class: TBA

Confused about why you’d join LinkedIn when you already have a Facebook account? Learn the basics of four popular social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, so you can choose which ones are best for you, and know why you would want to use them! This class is for those seeking a basic introduction to social media. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Intro to Online Privacy and Security (A ComputerBasics class)

Next class: December 6

Do you feel insecure about the information you are putting online? This introductory class will look at some of the basics regarding your privacy – keeping personal data personal, and security – keeping yourself safe. Topics covered include smart-phone use, social media, cookies, and more. Come learn some strategies for protecting yourself. Drop-in demonstration – no registration needed.

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Have a suggestion for a new class?

The computer classes offered by North Vancouver City Library speak to our strategic priorities of inspiring learning, discovery and creation, as well as our focus on enhancing access and inclusion. We offer two main class types: Digital Basics, and Creating Digital Content. The Digital Basics classes are geared toward enabling beginners to get started with participating in the digital world, so they can build on their knowledge base and use computing devices, common software, and online services with confidence. The Creating Digital Content classes are focused on generating digital media using library services like the Digitization and Recording stations. Classes are supplemented by web-based learning tools such as Lynda.com and Safari Books Online, as well as one-on-one coaching which is available by appointment.

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