Computers & You

Computers & You

Computers for Absolute Beginners

This program will cover the basics of your computer and is for people who are either new to computers, or those who have some basic skills in one or two areas and wish to expand their understanding of computers. We will start with very basic instructions and skills and add content as we go through this 3 week program. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to use your email, browse the web for things that interest you, and how to get the most out of some common computer programs. You will also learn how to download and store information and photos so that you can easily retrieve them. 

Mondays 
February 1, 8 and 15, 2021 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
$40.00 
Led by Parkside member Peter Marshall

Facebook 

Facebook is everywhere and many people use this free social networking service. However there are ways to control who sees your information and who can share it. Peter Marshall will show you how to access all of the settings available in Facebook so that you can be comfortable using it and he will also show you a few tips on how to evaluate whether the information that you see on Facebook is accurate. This is a 2-hour class. 

Thursday 
January 11 or March 15, 2021 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Free! 

Microsoft Word 

Whether you are writing personal letters, your memoirs or articles for a newsletter, sometimes you want to change the way the document looks but don’t know how. Let Parkside member Pete Marshall show you some of the ways you can dress up what you are working on, or even create things that you didn’t think were possible such as Calendars, Brochures, Certificates of Achievement or Tri-Fold Brochures. 

Thursday 
January 28, 2021 
1:00 pm 
$20.00 members

Tablets 

Did you just get a tablet for Christmas and want to learn how to manage downloads and apps and how to personalize your device? We will run separate classes for Apple iPads and Android Tablets like Samsung and all the others. Bring your charging cable with you as well as any information that you might need in order to sign in to your email and app store accounts. 

Apple iPad 
Thursday 
February 11, 2021 
1:00 pm 
FREE! 

Android Tablets (Samsung, Acer, Nexus, Lenovo, etc.) 
Thursday 
February 18 or February 25, 2021 
1:00 - 4:00 pm 
FREE!

Twitter 

Twitter is a social media platform that is used by many people to communicate, share stories and pictures, and to keep up with the latest news. It is very popular with people of all ages, however, many seniors and those north of age 50 don’t understand why Twitter is so popular. Join us at the ParkSide Centre to learn all about Twitter. You’ll be tweeting before you leave here that day! 

Thursday 
February 25, 2021 
1:00 - 4:00 pm 
$20.00 members       $40.00 non-members 

Internet Safety 

The internet can provide hours of entertainment as well as the ability to connect with friends and family who may not live near you. Are you using the internet safely? Do you know how to set up your device for increased privacy and security? Have you noticed links, emails and ‘Special Offers’ that look too good to be true? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then this class may be for you. 

Monday 
March 1, 2021 
1:00 PM 
FREE! 

Everything Google 

Almost all computer users know how to Google. But Google is owned by a company named ‘Alphabet”, which also owns a myriad of other businesses. Learn about these other companies and how to access them from your Google home page. Read a map, find a flower, search by colour and even look for technical documents and papers from peer-reviewed journals. 

Monday 
March 8, 2021 
1:00 PM 
FREE! 

Digital Seniors Connection 

The pandemic has forced our programs and events to move to online presentations, in our Parkside Centre without Walls format. What if you are uncomfortable with your technology skills: does that mean that you have to miss out on these programs? 

The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario is launching a training program that will teach you how to use technology safely through educational workshops and provide a way to connect seniors with their families by lending devices to use. To register or for more information, please call 705-674-8315.