Friday, July 26, 2019

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Summer Classes

NOTICE: the Computer Training Center for Seniors does not schedule classes in the Summertime (July / August) due to historically low enrollments, the June class will be the last one before the Fall classes start in September.

NOTE: due to the Summer lull in scheduled classes, the September class(es) usually fill up quickly during the Summer, don't get caught short if you're planning on attending an early Fall to see the September schedule.

Your Volunteer Staff

September Class - Computer Basic Skills

Here's our September schedule, this basic class starts:

Monday, September 9th at 1:30 PM

Computer Skills for Seniors

Mon / Wed  :: 9/9, 9/11, 9/16, 9/18 :: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Windows 10 Start Menu
We use Windows 10 in our classroom

Enrolling students should have some experience using a Windows computer (mouse and keyboard). The class focuses on the new (or struggling) Windows computer user willing to learn the basics of Microsoft's current operating system, Windows 10. From turning on the computer, logging in to the classic Desktop, learning about the mouse buttons and how to use them both, managing Icons, programs and shortcuts to learning about the Internet, security and backing up important files. 

The class runs 2 days a week for 2 weeks - 10 hours. We need a minimum of 6 students enrolled per class so please share this information with your family, friends and neighbors; each class is limited to 10 students.

We typically alternate a Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu schedule each month and alternate a morning (9:30 - 12:00) or afternoon (1:30 - 4:00) class.

The cost for the 4-day Computer Skills for Seniors course is $30.

REMINDER: We're open every Friday morning year-round from  9:00 - 11:00 (when the Senior Center is open) for class enrollments and to support all our current and former students with any questions or problems they have with their computing technology.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Senior Center 2019 Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule 2019:

  • Jan 1 (Tuesday) - New Year's Day
  • Jan 21 (Monday) - Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Apr 19 (Friday) - Good Friday
  • May 27 (Monday) - Memorial Day
  • Jul 4 (Thursday) - Independence Day
  • Sep 2 (Monday) - Labor Day
  • Nov 11 (Monday) - Veteran's Day 
  • Nov 28, 29 (Thursday, Friday) - Thanksgiving
  • Dec 24, 25, 26 (Tue, Wed, Thu) - Christmas

Saturday, September 30, 2017

What Does My Computer Have?

Sometimes you need to know what Windows Operating System you have on your computer or whether it 's a 32- or 64-bit computer. You can use the Windows utility program 'msinfo32' to show you this information.

The following steps should work on all supported Windows computers:

First, locate the Windows Logo key on the bottom row of your keyboard:

Then, press and release it once, the Start menu should open and the keyboard cursor should be in a search field.

Just start typing msinfo32 and watch for a list to show you msinfo32.exe  (or System Information Desktop app in Windows 10)

Click on msinfo32.exe (or System Information in Windows 10) to open that Utility program.

At the very top of the System Summary in the right-hand column is the name of your Operating System (OS Name), Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium e.g..

Down the list about 8 lines is the System Type entry that will display either 32 or 64.

You're done.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Our Classroom

Our Windows 10 Classroom

(Click on photos for a larger view)

Our classroom is located in the Wilmington Senior Resource Center, 2222 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403, view map here

We're using recently purchased models of Dell Inspiron computers with Windows 10 installed and Dell 22" Monitors; all the student furniture has been recently replaced.

The 10-student classroom is divided in half, 6 computer stations on the left and 4 on the right; the Instructor station sits in the middle with a ceiling-mounted projector.

As you can see, 2 students share a computer table with a 3rd chair between, this is where our coaches sit. The coaches are an integral part of the class, you can imagine the difficulty of keeping 10 students in sync over 4 days (10 hours) with the material and directions if there was only an Instructor. 

Our coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many are former students who maintained an ongoing interest in the use of computers and wished to share their time, others are local seniors who are interested in giving their time by volunteering at the Senior Center with an interest in computers. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in the Senior Center is a very active and integral part of all the services and activities offered there (updated 9/24/2018).

Our Computer Center is open every Friday morning year-round from 9:00 - 11:00 AM for class registrations and for interviewing those interested in being an Instructor or Coach, all are welcome.

Stop in and see us sometime.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Microsoft License Scam via Phone Call

Please be aware, a new telephone scam advising you that your Microsoft License is expired and you need to renew your License Key by calling 800-956-41xx is a SCAM, your Microsoft Windows license never expires. Please, do not be victimized by this scam, do not call that number!

If you have been victimized, please call your Credit Card company asap and notify them of the circumstances and request they stop any payments and issue a new Credit Card.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Computer Classroom Coaches

The Computer Training Center for Seniors staff is comprised of volunteers from the Senior Center RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) group. These dedicated Seniors give their time and expertise to assist the Senior Community with their technology questions and needs.

We're looking for additional Coaches and Instructors whether or not you've been to our classes; if you have the basic Windows skills you qualify for coaching.

Our classroom is setup with 10 student computers, all with Windows 10; 2 computers are setup on a computer desk and a Coaching position is setup between the two. As directions are given to students to perform tasks by the Instructor, our volunteer Coaches give guidance when necessary.

Many of our Coaches are former students who have enhanced their computer skills over time and then come back to volunteer their time to help others. They find Coaching is not only a no-stress social gathering but a great way to continue enhancing their knowledge and skills.

If you would like to volunteer, stop by the Computer Center any Friday morning between 9 AM - 11 AM and introduce yourself.

It's a rewarding experience!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Computer Class Schedules

We try to cycle our classes monthly so that over a period of 4 months each of our regularly scheduled classes will be on our Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday sequence, in the morning or afternoon. So, if you have commitments that prevent your enrollment this month, next month's or a following month's schedule may fit you better.

Note our class schedule varies during the Summer and Holiday seasons. You may also want to register your email address to receive our monthly announcement for upcoming classes.

Our current regularly scheduled class:
  • Computer Skills for Seniors includes computer basics, email basics, Internet basics, Backup and Security basics. This class runs for 4 days on a Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu schedule, in the AM (9:30 - 12:00) or afternoon (1:30 - 4:00). visit the Blog for current schedule.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Computer Training Center Hours

The Computer Training Center is open year-round on Fridays from 9-11 AM if the Senior Center is open.

It is open for registrations for upcoming classes or tutoring.

It's also open for registered or former students to come in for assistance.

We have volunteers present on Friday to answer questions our registered or former students may have.

Former students may also get some hands-on with our Windows 10 computers, especially if they're planning on upgrading their computers from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Which Windows Operating System do I have?

If you don't know which Windows Operating System you have, follow the procedure below to find out:
  1. Locate the Windows Logo key along the bottom row of your keyboard
  2. Press and HOLD the Logo key and then press the letter R, then release both keys
    1. The Run popup window will open
  3. Enter winver
    1. Press the Enter key
  4. The About Windows popup window will open and display the name of your Operating System
  5. Close the window by pressing the X in the upper-right corner.

1 - Locate the Windows logo key on your keyboard

3 - Enter winver in the Run dialogue field

4 - View the Windows operating system version