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.

June – August 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.

Open Lab Plus
New Day for Summer!  Wednesday 3 – 5pm
Come to get help with your computer, tablet or smart phone questions.

Mac and PC computers available. No fee.

Intro to iWorks: Pages, Numbers, Keynotes
Mon, June 5
9:30 – 11:30am
This introductory course will help you get “up-close and personal” with Apple’s productivity suite for both the Mac computer and the iPhone/iPad.  iWork is Apple’s answer to Word, Excel & Powerpoint, and these programs are available FREE to anyone who has purchased a new 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
Register by:  Wednesday Noon, May 31
Instructor:  John Severson

 

Insert a Photo into Text
Tue, June 6
9:30 – 11:30am
This course will show how to enhance letters and other documents by incorporating pictures and clip art using Microsoft Word software.  It will repeat much of the material presented in Holiday Correspondence.  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:  $15/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: Wednesday Noon, May 31
Instructor:  Jim Finholt

Facebook
Wed/Fri, June 7 & 9
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 or equivalent
Cost:  $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: Noon Wednesday, May 31
Instructor  Gloria Krusemeyer

New Life for Old Slides
Thu, June 8
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
Register by: noon Wednesday, May 31
Instructor:  Jim Finholt

Presentation Software Like PowerPoint
Wed/Fri, June 14 & 16
9:30 – 11:30am
Learn how to prepare text & pictures for presentations using Open Office Impress, a free software program that is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh or a Windows machine.
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost:  $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: Wednesday Noon, June 7
Instructor: Barb Henwood

Advice on Buying Smart Phones and Tablets
Mon, June 19
9:30 – 11:30am
This class will feature people with experience with various smartphones and tablets, such as the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Series, Apple iPad, or Google Nexus.  Expect a lively discussion including success stories as well as warnings.  This is NOT the class for support on using your current portable device.
(1 Session)
Prerequisite: None
Cost:  $15/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: Noon Wednesday, June 14
Instructor: John Severson – Carl Henry

Intro to iPad/iPhone
Mon/Wed, July 10 & 12
9:30 – 11:30am
This introductory course is for absolute beginners of iPad and iPhones. In this class you will get to know your iPad/iPhone.  You will learn the basic operations necessary to operate the iPad /iPhone. the onscreen keyboard, and the basics of using Siri.  You will also learn to send E-mails as well as surf the internet with your device. Please bring your iPad or iPhone to class, and have it updated to the latest IOS operating system before coming to class.  It is important that you bring your Apple ID and Password to class. 
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by:  Noon Wed, July 5
Instructor: John Severson

Intro to Computers/Win
Tue/Thu, July 11 & 13
9:30 – 11:30am
This introductory course covers general computer concepts and use of the mouse and simple word processing.  It is intended for people with no experience and those who feel they need some preparation for other Computer Center courses.  The course will be taught on computers running the Windows 10 operating system.  The course will use a text book.  Students are asked to pick up a free, loaner copy at the Reception Desk prior to the start of the course.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by Noon Wednesday, July 5
Instructor: Jim Finholt

Intermediate iPad/iPhone
Mon, July 17
9:30 – 11:30am

This class will move us beyond the basics into the expanded use of Siri, iCloud syncing, APPs for travel and specialized projects, health APPs, photo editing/taking, etc.  It will be a time to explore the multiple uses the iPad/iPhone can have to make our lives more productive [and even more fun!].  We will primarily work with the iPhone, but generally most APPs will work the same on both devices.  Please bring your own iPad or iPhone with you to class, and have it updated to the latest IOS operating system before coming to class.  It is important that you bring your Apple ID and Password to class.
(1 Session)
Cost: $15/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv

Register by Noon, Wed. August 2
Teacher: John Severson

Word Processing Basics/WINDOWS
Tue/Thu, July 18 & 20
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
Register by Noon Wednesday, July 12
Instructor Lee Klimisch

Organize My WINDOWS Computer
Tue/Thu, July 25 & 27
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
Register by Noon of Wednesday, July 19
Instructor: Jim Finholt

Intro to the Internet and Email
Tue/Thu, Aug 1 & 3
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
Register by Noon of Wed, July 26
Teacher: Jim Finholt

Intermediate Internet and Email
Tue/Thu, Aug 8 & 10
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
Register by Noon Wed, August 2
Teacher: Judy Cederberg

Microsoft Word
Wed/Fri, Aug 16, 18, 23, 25
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.
(4 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $45/nm, $40/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: noon Wednesday, August 9
Instructor:  Barb Henwood

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