Build Your Own PC
Learn how to build your own computer from all of the individual hardware components, such as the motherboard, processor, memory, hard drive, CD Rom and floppy drives, etc. You receive step-by-step instructons on how to assemble the computer, review the Bios settings, install the Windows XP Home operating system, and obtain the necessary Windows updates over the internet. After you build your computer and Windows, you get to take it home! (Monitor not included.)
Upgrade Your Own PC
Learn how to upgrade your computer’s hardware components, operating system and software applications. Determine whether or not it is cost effective to upgrade individual components, upgrade with a barebones system, or simply upgrade to a brand new computer. Receive valuable insight on where to purchase parts and software at substantial savings. You have the option to bring your own computer and you will upgrade it yourself in class!
How To Buy A New PC
Learn what to consider before buying your next computer, such as what are the various technological specifications and acronyms that describe a computer. In addition, you will learn what type of memory, hard drive, or processor you should look for based on your specific application. You will also learn about the various types of warranties that are available today, and which one is best for your needs.
Basic Small Office Networking
Learn how to network multiple PCs in your home or small office to share files and printers, as well as share your high-speed internet connection. We will discuss Network Interface Cards (NIC), Network protocols such as TCP/IP, routers, firewalls, hubs and CAT 5 cabling. In addition, we will also discuss wireless networks, such as 802.11. Learn the basics about internet security, and how to protect yourself against hackers.
Troubleshoot Your Own PC
Learn the basic components of a computer, and how they operate and interact. We will discuss what components typically cause problems, how to diagnose those problems, and what solutions are effective. You will learn the basics about why you must have an Antivirus program and a Firewall installed on your computer, if you are connecting to the internet. In addition, you will learn some easy preventative maintenance steps that will help prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
Install & Configure Antivirus
Learn what Antivirus programs are available, and which one is best for your application. Learn how to install the Antivirus program, configure it for automatic updates, and also how to ensure your system always has the latest anti-virus DAT files. In addition, we will discuss how destructive certain types of viruses can be, and why you should not connect to the internet without an Antivirus program that is totally up-to-date.
Got kids on the internet? Did you know that 1 in 5 children online have received sexual soliticitian? Do you know where they go, how long they’re on, and who they’re talking to? This class will address the risks kids are facing on the internet, and why you should be concerned about where your kids are surfing to. We will discuss various methods of how you can protect your kids from going to inappropriate sites, talking with strangers, or accessing the Internet after hours. Receive an internet usage contract that you and your kids can agree upon and sign together for their protection.
Learn To Use Email
Everyone is using email to communicate these days, and so can you! This course will teach you how to obtain a free email account on the web, or how to utilize an email account you may already have from your ISP. We will also discuss how to utilize web-based tools to read your email while traveling on the road.
Digital Photography Basics
Learn the basics about digital cameras and images, as well as the similarities and differences between digital and film photography. You will learn the various terms and acronyms, which will help you decipher the information necessary to purchase a digital camera. In addition, you will learn about digital media, which batteries are better for digital cameras, and some simple suggestions on how to take good photographs.
Digital Photography Intermediate
This class will go beyond the basics about digital cameras and images, and will focus more on how to edit or manipulate digital photos. You will learn about compression, image file formats, and which programs you can use to edit or manipulate digital photos. In addition, we will discuss archiving digital images, creating unique multi-media presentations, such as slideshows for family and friends or for web sites.
Build Your Own Website
Learn the basics about HTML, and how to build simple web pages with free tools available on the internet. Learn about various websites that allow you to host a free personal website of your own. You will learn how to upload or FTP the files up to your site, as well as how to test it to make sure its working properly. In addition, we will discuss HTML editing programs such as Dreamweaver, Frontpage and more.
Build A Web Site For Your Business
Learn the basics about HTML, and how to build a basic web web site for your business. Learn how to create a domain name that will attract customer to your web site, as well as learn how to register a domain name online. You will also learn how to create web pages, upload the files up to your site, as well as how to test it to make sure its working properly. In addition, we will discuss how to create standard email accounts for your business, such as Sales, Support, Info, etc.