Computer Center

All computer instruction is hands-on and is held in the computer lab in the Senior Center.  Class size is limited to eight.  A coach usually sits next to every student.  For a listing of current classes and descriptions of those classes, see THE CLASSES & TALKS CALENDAR.  Once at the calendar, click on the name of any class to get more detail.   You may also register online for any class through this calendar – just click on “Register to attend” and follow the instructions. You may also register by phone (507-664-3700), or in person at the Center.  Keep in mind that the deadline for registering for all computer classes is noon of the preceding Wednesday. The instructors are senior volunteers with considerable computer and teaching experience.

October/November Offerings

You may register online by clicking below on the title of the class you want to take. In person registration at the Center is also possible.  Registration deadline is the Wednesday preceding the week the class begins.

Word Processing Basics/WINDOWS
Tue/Thu, Oct 3 & 5
9:30 – 11:30am
This course reviews and applies the concepts introduced in the course, Intro to Computers.  Students use WordPad to learn to create, edit, save and open files.  They learn formatting features including alignment, font types, and font styles (bold, italic, underline and color) to improve the appearance of a document.  Other topics introduced include use of the Ribbon and Copy/Cut and Paste text.
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Intro to Computers/Win or equivalent
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor Lee Klimisch

Organize My WINDOWS Computer
Tue/Thu, Oct 10 & 12
9:30 – 11:30am
(An introduction to the Windows Operating Systems)
A typical computer may contain thousands of documents and pictures and it is essential to have a good way to organize these items.  This course will explain how to use a Microsoft Windows operating system to attain this goal.  The course will cover the following Microsoft Windows topics: basic computer organization, how to view stored content, use of USB flash drives, creation of folders, view menu options for content display, copying and moving folders and files, use of the right mouse button, finding files and folders, shortcuts, and backup strategies.  The course will use the Windows 10 operating system, but the content will be useful for people using other Windows operating systems.  Students should bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive).
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Jim Finholt

Intro to Mac iWorks
Mon, Oct 16
9:30 – 11:30am

This introductory course will help you get “up-close and personal” with Apple’s productivity suite for the Mac computer [with references to the complimentary programs for iPhone/iPad].  iWork is Apple’s answer to Word, Excel & PowerPoint.  IWork is available FREE to anyone who has purchased a new Apple device within the past two years!.  We will focus on the Mac computer version for this workshop, and primarily the Pages program. You may bring your personal laptop to the class, or use one of our computers in the Lab which have the latest version installed.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $15/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv

Instructor: John Severson

Intro to the Internet and Email
Tue/Thu, Oct 17 & 19
9:30 – 11:30am
This course deals with the following topics: searching the internet, sending and receiving email, sending and opening email attachments, using Contacts (Address Book), and security.  The course will use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Google Gmail (email). Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Organize My Computer or equivalent
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0 plat equiv
Instructor: Judy Cederberg

Facebook and Privacy
Wed, Oct 18 & 25
9:30 – 11:30am
Learn about the social networking phenomenon called Facebook and how to use it while protecting your privacy and that of your family and friends.  This course will cover creating and deleting a Facebook account, locating past and current friends, managing privacy settings, and much more. Keep up with your friends, family, and favorite organizations with as much or little privacy as can be managed.  Learning about Facebook might help you understand other online social networks.  We will access Facebook using a computer browser; the material covered will be useful when using Facebook apps on mobile devices.
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Intro to Computers (either platform) or equivalent
Cost:  $20/m, $25/nm, $0 plat. equiv.
Instructor  Gloria Krusemeyer

Intermediate Internet and Email
Tue/Thu, Oct 24 & 26
9:30 – 11:30am
This course will discuss internet topics such as using tabs, organizing bookmark sites, backup of bookmark sites, and information searching strategies.  Email topics covered will include creating and using group addresses and attachments.  Cutting, copying, pasting, and printing techniques will be developed for both email and web browsing.  The course will use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Google Gmail (email). Students can choose to work on a computer set to behave like a Macintosh  or a Windows  Students must have an active Gmail Account
(2 Sessions).
Prerequisite: Intro to the Internet and Email or equivalent
Students must have an active Gmail Account
Cost:  $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Holiday Correspondence
Mon, Oct 30
9:30 – 11:30am
This course will show how to enhance letters, invitations, and other documents by incorporating pictures including titles, clip art, and decorative borders using Microsoft Word software. This course will help to embellish your holiday letters.  It will repeat much of the material presented in Insert a Photo into Text.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Jim Finholt

Facebook Security
Wed, Nov 1
9:30 – 11:30am
Learn about possible security problems using Facebook and how to minimize them.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: Intro to Computers (either platform) or equivalent
Cost: $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Gloria Krusemeyer

Distributing Holiday Correspondence
Thu, Nov 2
9:30 – 11:30am
This course will show how to create labels from a simple text file with particular emphasis on holiday correspondence.  The program demonstrated will be Senlab, a free, easy-to-use application that runs on Windows.  If students wish, they can bring their actual address lists and label sheets.  We will also discuss the limitations of this simple program and compare it to databases and mail merging.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite:  None
Cost: $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Carl Henry

Scanning Pictures
Tue, Nov 7
9:30 – 11:30am
Share your pictures of the grandkids with others.  This course shows how to scan photos of any size from small snapshots up to 8×10 inch photographs.  Choosing the size and the cropping of the scanned photo will be demonstrated.  Students can bring a couple of pictures to be scanned and saved to their flash drive. Canon scanners and software will be used.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: Intro to Computers or equivalent
Cost:  $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Jim Finholt

Microsoft Word
Wed/Fri, Nov 8, 10, 14, 17
9:30 – 11:30am
This course builds on basic word processing skills for people ready for an intermediate level of word processing. Students use Microsoft Word for more features to enhance any document. They navigate its many menus, bars and buttons. They manage files, open/close multiple documents simultaneously, and copy and move text between documents. They customize tab and margin settings, use advanced formatting skills, are exposed to print properties, and save files to various locations. They use built-in Help: Auto Correct & Complete, Spelling & Grammar Check, and Thesaurus.  Students may use either a Mac or Windows operating system.
(4 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $45/nm, $40/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Barb Henwood
New Life for Old Slides
Thu, Nov 9
9:30 – 11:30am
This course explains how to scan 35 mm slides to produce electronic slide files.  Electronic files have many uses.  They are readily stored.  They can be easily copied and distributed.  They can be used to insert pictures into documents.  Students will need to bring five or six slides to the class.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: Organize My Computer or equivalent
Cost: $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Instructor:  Jim Finholt

 

Title

Platform

Sessions

Prerequisite (or equivalent skills)

      Introductory Courses

Intro to Computers/Win

Windows

2

None

Intro to Computers/Mac

Macintosh

2

None

Word Processing Basics/Win

Windows

2

Intro to Computers

Word Processing Basics/Mac

Macintosh

2

Intro to Computers

Organize My Windows Computer

Windows

2

Word Processing Basics

Organize My Macintosh Computer

Macintosh

2

Word Processing Basics

Intro to the Internet and Email

Both

2

Organize My Computer

     INTERMEDIATE COURSES

Intermediate Internet and Email

Both

2

Intro to the Internet and Email

Microsoft Word/Win

Windows

4

Word Processing Basics

Microsoft Word/Mac

Macintosh

4

Word Processing Basics

Insert a Photo into Text

Both

1

Word Processing Basics

Holiday Correspondence

Both

1

Word Processing Basics

Mail Merge and Labels

Windows

2

Word Processing Basics

Learn To Type

Both

Arranged

Word Processing Basics

     PHOTO COURSES

Organize My Photos

Both

2

Organize My Computer

Basic Photo Editing & Printing

Both

2

Organize My Photos

Advanced Photo Editing & Printing

Both

2

Basic Photo Editing & Printing

Taking Better Photos

2

None

Scanning Pictures

Both

1

Intro to Computers

New Life for Old Slides

Both

2

Organize My Computer

     OTHER COURSES

Facebook and Privacy

Both

2

Intro to the Internet and Email

Genealogy

Both

1

None

Introduction to iPad/iPhone

iPad iPhone

2

None

Intro to Spreadsheets

Both

4

Word Processing Basics

Presentation Software Like PowerPoint

Both

2

Word Processing Basics

Quicken Basics

Both

2

Intro to Computers

Quicken Topics

Both

Arranged

Quicken Basics