Computer classes

Our computer classes are designed to support technology skills development for all ages and abilities. Our digital essentials classes below are designed to help you get started on a wide range of devices, software, and other skills. We also offer a variety of other technology programs at The Collaboratory.

The best place to check for a full listing of all our technology classes, workshops, and events is on our Events Calendar. This Fall we are offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes.


Can't make the class? Learn at your own pace! All of our handouts and additional learning resources from each classes are posted below, and our self-paced learning portal offers additional learning opportunities you can do on your own schedule.

 

Digital Essentials Classes


Computer Basics

Format: Hands-on
Next class: weekly - register for our Technology Learning Circles via our online calendar

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. Bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Keyboard and Mouse

Format: Hands-on
Next class: weekly - register for our Technology Learning Circles via our online calendar

This is a computer class for the absolute beginner. Effective use of the mouse, and finding your way around the keyboard will be the focus of this class.  Bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Google and the Internet

Format: Demo
Next class: September 7 & 16, 2021

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.

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Intro to Gmail

Format: Demo
Next class: October 21, 2021

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.

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Intro to Online Privacy

Format: Demo
Next class: October 7 and 12, 2021

Do you feel insecure about the information you are putting online? This introductory class will look at some of the basics regarding your online privacy and keeping personal data personal. Topics covered include smart-phone use, social media, cookies, and more. Join to learn some strategies for protecting yourself.

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Intro to Online Security

Format: Demo
Next class: October 14 and 19, 2021

Do you feel insecure about keeping yourself safe online? This introductory class will look at some of the basics regarding your online security and keeping yourself and your information safe. Topics covered include password management, malware protection, and online scams and fraud prevention. Come learn some strategies for protecting yourself.

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Fact or Fake: Online Fact Checking

Format: Demo
Next class: October 26, 2021

In the age of mass information, information overload, and viral fake news, how can you know what you are looking at is real, true, and accurate? Join this class to learn about the “web of information”, and how you can untangle that web to become a confident fact checker, and trusted digital citizen. In this class, we will discuss the gut check and how fake news targets our emotions; lateral reading, and how fact checking works in the digital and online environment.

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Intro Cloud Computing

Format: Demo
Next class: October 28 and November 16 (Storage and Sharing); November 18 (Google Workspace)

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.

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Intro to Facebook

Format: Demo
Next class: December 9, 2021

Learn the basics of the continually popular social media platform: Facebook. What are the different ways Facebook can be used? How do I keep myself, my information, and my data safe while using Facebook? And when and how to remove yourself from Facebook? This class is for those seeking a basic introduction to Facebook.

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Intro to Instagram

Format: Demo
Next class: December 16, 2021

Learn the basics of the popular visual based social media platform: Instagram. What are the different ways Instagram can be used? How do I keep myself, my information, and my data safe while using Instagram? And when and how to remove yourself from Instagram? This class is for those seeking a basic introduction to Instagram.


Intro to iPad

Format: Demo
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.

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Phone Photography

Format: Demo
Next class: November 25, 2021 (iPhone); December 2, 2021 (Android)

Cameras, and the software to work with the images they capture have seen large changes and improvements in the last few years – have you stayed up to date? Come to this class to learn some tips and tricks to staging and capturing great shots with your iPhone, how to upload and organize pictures on your desktop, the basics of digital photo editing, and how to save and share your photos.


Intro to Windows

Format: Demo
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.

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Intro to Mac

Format: Demo
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.

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Intro to MS Word

Format: Hands-on
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. Bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Intermediate MS Word

Format: Hands-on
Next class: TBA

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. Bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Intro to MS Word in Farsi

Format: Hands-on
Next class: TBA

This class is in Farsi. 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. Bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Intro to MS Excel

Format: Hands-on
Next class: TBA

Spreadsheets are a powerful tool for managing data 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.

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Intermediate MS Excel, Part 1

Format: Hands-on
Next class: TBA

This class goes beyond the basics of Microsoft Excel. What is “Freeze Panes“? How can I effectively sort information? We’ll create some formulas and try out some Excel functions. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours .

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Intermediate MS Excel, Part 2

Format: Hands-on
Next class: TBA

This class builds on the previous two Microsoft Excel classes. We’ll look at conditional formatting as well as other options for graphically displaying information. Drop in to this hands-on workshop; bring your own computer or use one of ours.

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Introduction to Data Analysis

Format: Demo
Next class: September 23, 2021

This introductory workshop will cover what data analysis is, including issues with data analysis, data mining, and data visualization. We will explore unstructured data using MS Excel to visualize the information and see what interpretations can be drawn as well as exploring the limitations of our data.



Intro to Self-Publishing

Format: Lecture/Demo
Next class: TBA

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.

 


Have a suggestion for a new class?

Technology programming offered by North Vancouver City Library speaks to our strategic priorities of inspiring learning, discovery and creation, as well as our focus on enhancing access and inclusion. Our computer classes are intended to help build essential digital literacy skills, so we focus on topics such as getting started on devices, operating systems, basic software, and popular online tools. For more specialized and advanced topics, we suggest using some of the Library's subscription digital collections - which are available for free to Library members - such as LinkedIn Learning and O'Reilly Books Online.

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1-on-1 Tech Coaching

If you would like assistance with any of the topics you see above, please contact us for a private coaching appointment in one of the following ways:

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