Our Courses

Classes are conducted on various week days between 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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iPads & iPhones - Stage 1

This will be a nice and easy course for those new to iPads and iPhones.

We will explore their basic features

If you know how to “point” you know how to use an iPad/iPhone.

Despite their obvious friendliness, they’re still remarkably complex pieces of hardware and you’ll need to know a little about what makes them tick.

We will endeavour to show you all this during the course, helping you feel comfortable with the devices so you can feel confident in no time at all.

iPads & iPhones - Stage 2

Have you already got your iPad/iPhone up and running and want to get more out of it?

This course will introduce you to –

  • Settings
  • iCloud
  • iTunes
  • Maps
  • iView
  • Skype and Facebook
  • eBay and online shopping.

We will explore these features.

Make sure you know your Apple ID as we will be connecting to the Internet and visiting the Apps Store.

iPads & iPhones - Stage 3

Move on to the next level of how to get the most from your iPad and/or iPhone with this advanced course.

  • Photography Week one
  • Photography Week two
  • Photography Week three
  • Moldiv, etc.
  • Advanced apps
  • Introduction to Pages and Numbers
  • Introduction to the Mac and Apple TV

This course is designed to be enjoyable and informative without being too technical or difficult.

Handouts are provided for all lessons.

Students need to have completed the Introduction to iPad/iPhone course.

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Genealogy

This is a Workshop and will include help for those just starting out.

Researching or checking out old records.

Bring your own Laptop if you choose.

We will have access to:

  • Ancestry.com.au – Australian Subscription
  • Find my past – World Subscription
  • Also, a Private Collection of CD/DVD’s & Information

These include Early Births Deaths & marriage Records of

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia

Early Australian Convict Records

Rookwood & Castle Hill Cemeteries & many other cemetery records

Also Records from New Zealand

  • N Z Electoral Rolls for various years
  • N Z Marriages, WW1 war census, Soc. of Gen Volume 2

Many CD’s covering various areas in United Kingdom

And check out the Great War Magazine Volume 1 to 10

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Using Windows 10

Bring your Laptop if you choose.

A few of the topics we will discuss in this lesson.

  • Reviewing the Start Menu
  • Arranging & Moving Tiles
  • Using Cortana/Search
  • Backing up your files
  • A look at the Apps
  • Setting up a Microsoft account
  • Exploring the windows store
  • Microsoft Games
  • Check out the new settings
  • Looking at Microsoft Edge
  • New features on this Operating System

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Organising & Maintaining your Computer

We will cover any subject that will interest our members regarding the topic.

This workshop will help maintain & keep your computer tidy & running to its best.

Some subjects that can be covered

  • Icons on the desktop & taskbar
  • Lay out of File explorer – Arrange Folders & Groups
  • Arranging Photos, Music & other folders
  • Storing Passwords with Security – via word or excel
  • Backing up your files automatic or manually
  • Removing unwanted files, Programmes, & obtain space on the hard Drive
  • Installing CCleaner & using it – Removing Cookies & unwanted temporary files

 

If you are using a Laptop bring it along so we can help. (With battery fully charged)

Those students with a Desktop can bring along Screen shots for discussion

The course will be directed at helping students, so your input is vital

This is a Workshop so don’t forget the Pen & Notebook

Demonstrations will be with Windows 10, but most will also work with Windows 7 & 8.1

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Microsoft Store

If you are Using Windows 10 – Then you have free access to the Microsoft Store

Thousands of Apps (Programs) to choose from and a lot are free.

Bring your own Laptop if you choose.

 

Some of the Apps we could check out

  • Weather
  • Webcam
  • Maps
  • Finance
  • Photos
  • Travel
  • Solitaire Games
  • Sport
  • Food & Drink
  • Mail
  • Jigsaw
  • Mah-jong
  • Themes
  • Films
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Music

And many more

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Introduction to Spread Sheets

This is a short 2-week course to introduce students to the use of Excel Spread Sheets which are part of the Microsoft Office 2010 program installed on the computers at the club.

  • Spreadsheet uses include lists of:
  • Personal and business contacts
  • Christmas cards and shopping
  • Trip details and costs
  • Books, music and shares
  • Insurances and budgets of all types

Participants will insert text and numerical information into a spreadsheet.

It is advisable to have knowledge of a word processing program.

Some basic manipulation of data will also be carried out.

Brief working details will be offered about formulas and calculations, including working with multiple sheets and printing.

Please bring a memory stick to save your own work

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Greeting Cards

Digital Image Pro 9 – Stages 1-2-3 & Advanced

This course is based on Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9 This version has a very comprehensive greeting card program which allows access to the other Microsoft programs on your computer for clipart, WordArt, photos and other greeting card templates.  It allows input from scanners, digital cameras, CD’s & DVD’s and removable drives.

It is the full version of Picture It, incorporating Microsoft’s photo editing and imaging software.  It has its own WordArt program which encourages you to do great things with fonts and styles.

The finished products can be printed or e-mailed.

The object of this course is to encourage you by repetition to be able to produce first class cards and projects of all descriptions quickly, and of a quality you will be proud to put your name to, give and/or send to your friends and family.

 

Prerequisites: Students should have completed the Introduction to Computing and Basic Courses.  

It would also be an advantage to have completed a word processing course.

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Back to Basics - Microsoft Word

In this course we will deal with the basic function of Microsoft Word. 

We will try and cover using Word 2007, Word 2010 and introduce the Latest Word 2019 via Office 365

You are welcome use your own Laptop if you have Word installed or the club Computers are all set up

 

Some of Subjects we will be covering

  • Setting up to suit your needs
  • Page Layout including Fonts, Bold Italic underline Spacing
  • Inserting Shapes Pictures
  • The Keyboard – Caps Lock Shift Backspace
  • Checking out Word Art
  • Have a look at Spellcheck and other tools to help
  • Undo
  • Copy and Paste
  • Drag and Drop
  • If time permits checking out Tables
  • Saving your work to a Document or PDF
  • And Lots more

Remember this will all be Basic Training so please come and Join us

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Exploring Word: 1

Word Documents and Text

Are you always typing messages/letters to friends/organisations?  Do you have problems getting your documents correct or looking OK?  A greater knowledge of Microsoft Word could be helpful for you.

This five-week course gives students an overall understanding of how Word 2010 operates, as well as teaching specific skills in using it.  (It’s a good grounding for other computing activities also.)

SEGMENT 1: WORD DOCUMENTS

We first look at general stuff like:

  • Finding your way around the Word Screen
  • Handling Word documents: creating, opening, saving, printing, closing, deleting, and retrieving them
  • Setting up your page; moving around your document

SEGMENT 2: TEXT IN WORD

Then we focus on text…

  • Typing test, selecting text
  • Manipulating text: formatting, moving, cutting, copying, pasting, deleting and retrieving text
  • Checking spelling and grammar
  • Checking the appearance of your document

Note A follow-on course (Exploring Word: 2), dealing with graphics in Word, will be offered in a later term.

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Albums & Calendars

The course is based on Canon ZoomBrowser EX 4.6 and incorporates PhotoRecord and PhotoStitch

The object of the course is to arrange your digital photos and produce an attractive Photo Album, with decorative pages, laminated, collated, comb punched and bound as a permanent record of your photos

The syllabus will include:

The creation of a personal Album by selecting from several different types of albums with multiple layouts

  • Selecting photos and positioning them where and how you like
  • Decorate your album by applying a theme, adding Photo Frames and clipart, and/or change colours
  • Enhance artwork using special Decorative Effect based on your own images or clipart
  • Add professionally designed artwork to your album
  • Add captions and titles to photos and pages
  • Add notes and comments to your album
  • Editing Images – Crop – Adjust colour density, brightness and contrast
  • Print, laminate, collate, comb punch and bind your Album Create and print Contact Sheets with any number of columns x any number of rows
  • Print 1 photo per page
  • Print Fixed Size Photos per page – 3R (12.7cm x8.9cm)   4” x 6”(10.17cm x 15.25cm), 8” x 10” (20.3cm x   25.4cm) , Wallet (8.6cm x 5.4cm), 5” x 7” (12.7cm x   17.78cm), Post Card (9.7cm x 14.5cm), Custom   (9.7cm x 14.5cm)
  • Print Mosaic – default settings for photos per page – from 2 photos (1 row) to 16 photos (4 rows)

 ZoomBrowser EX gives you additional power when you use it together with PhotoRecord and PhotoStitch.  Both programs are started from within Zoom Browser EX

PhotoStitch joins together multiple images, which were split or shot individually, to form a single, large size, panoramic picture. Images can be stitched horizontally or vertically.

Prerequisites: Students should have satisfactorily completed the Introduction to Computing or Basic Course

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Computer Basics

Have you done various courses but sometimes feel you would like to repeat the basics?

Here is your opportunity to revisit…

  • Overview of Word
  • Create a Folder
  • Save As & Save
  • Insert a picture from file
  • Editing
  • WordArt
  • Business card & Clipart
  • World Wide Web
  • Poster
  • Using ClipArt

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Writing Workshop

The very hardest part of writing a story is making a start!

Remember what it was like at school.  You opened your exercise book with the slope card properly inserted, dipped your pen in the inkwell…and by then all your thoughts had flown through the window.

I have a great respect for Albert Facey, the author of “A Fortunate Life, who taught me more about writing than any of my schoolteachers, or any of the great authors.  He   taught me the great impact of writing in a simple easy to read style.

He had told tales to his family for sixty years or more, so this, and his background of poverty and illiteracy, resulted in the simple, beautiful storytelling style of his writing, where he wrote by hand in a series of many exercise books.

How lucky we are to have a computer, iPad or Tablet to make it so much easier to tell the stories of our own “Fortunate Life”, with the luxury of being able to go back and forth as the memories pop into our minds.

I am continually amazed at the details that come flooding in as I begin to type, so that my fingers can’t keep up with my mind.  I look forward to sharing some tips and getting you started on the fun and satisfaction of writing.

Joan Craymer

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Photo Correction - Digital Imaging

Stages 1 & 2

Understanding Digital Image

Microsoft Digital Image puts you in control of your pictures through a combination of powerful digital-imaging tools with helpful wizards and professional-quality picture projects. Digital Image offers tools to help you make your digital pictures look their absolute best.

You will learn how to Correct what’s wrong with your picture:

  • Lighting Problems, Too Light, Too Dark, Details hard to see, Dark Background, Dark Foreground
  • Colour Problems: Colour Cast, Faded Colour
  • Composition Problems: Poor composition, Finger over Lens, Crooked picture, Distracting Elements
  • Touchup Problems: Fix Red Eye, Fix Focus, Smart Erase, use Sharpening and Blurring tools, Remove Spots and Blemishes, Remove Dust, Remove Scratches, Folds and Creases

You will learn how to:

  • Clone: Restore old Photographs
  • Air brush: Transpose objects from one photo to another
  • Crop, Rotate, Flip, & straighten:
  • Work with Objects & Selection
  • Adjust Lighting: Work with Colour
  • Use Filters: Use Paint Effects
  • Use Lines and Shapes: Work with Text
  • Work with Edges and Borders: Use Clipart from the Gallery
  • Edit Groups and Pictures: Print Pictures

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1 Day Courses

Buying & Selling on eBay

“eBay” is often the first-place people look when buying or selling new or used items.  In this course you will learn tips on how to make the most of the experience.

 

Shopping Online  

Learn how to shop online from the comfort of your home.

 

Facebook

This will be an introduction to Facebook and how to set it up. You will be given comprehensive notes which can be downloaded to a USB stick, so don’t forget to bring one with you.

 

PowerPoint Photo Album

PowerPoint can instantly make a slideshow from a collection of photos or pictures.  You will need to bring along a flash drive with a selection of at least 20 photos to be able to make your presentation.

 

Dropbox

Dropbox simplifies the way you create, share and collaborate. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.

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Term Timetables

Note: Not all Courses are available each term. Click on the timetable below for next term to find out which courses are running.

TERM 1 (2020)

Monday 3rd February
to
Friday 3rd April

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TERM 2 (2020)

Dates:
TBC

Coming Soon

TERM 3 (2020)

Dates:
TBC

Coming Soon

TERM 4 (2019)

Monday 14th October
to
Friday 13th December

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How To Enrol?

Note: You must first be a registered member to enrol in any of our courses. If you haven’t yet applied to become a member click here to start your application.

When should I enrol for a class?

The first enrolment day for Term 4 will be about 1st September 2019. The enrolment booklet will be left outside the computer training room during class times for further enrolments each day until the end of term 3.

After that date you may enrol or enquire about availability of classes by sending an email to cps.epping@gmail.com.

How do I enrol in a course?

You PRINT your name on the Enrolment Sheet allotted to the class you wish to take. Once ten people have taken the ten positions for any class, that class is full. After this, applicants may place their names in the Waiting List section (in case one of the first ten applicants pulls out before the start of the new term).  If there are insufficient people wanting a class it may need to be cancelled. Therefore it is wise to indicate your second choice.

How do I know a course is right for me?

Please read the Course Description flyer and check that you have the prerequisites before applying for a class.

How are available spots in each class allocated?

Classes will be filled in the order requests are received, however priority may still be given where a member has genuinely applied before, but been unsuccessful in gaining a place in class.

What happens if there's too many people applying for a course?

If there are overflows sufficient to create a second class for a course, we may do so if a day and trainer is available.  There will be a decided benefit if members endeavour to enrol early, as a need would be quickly noted.

Is there a minimum number of enrolments for each course?

Classes with less than 5 enrolments may be cancelled.

How much does a course cost?

The cost of courses vary and range from between $5-$25 per course.

To find out the specific course of the course youre interested in check the Term Timetables where the prices for running courses are listed.

If you have any further question or your circumstances change and you are unable to go ahead with your chosen class, please notify us A.S.A.P. by sending an email to cps.epping@gmail.com 

Also please use this email address for any late enrolments. These will be accepted through this email address up to the first week of the Term.

Becoming a Member

All seniors are invited to join us.

How much does it cost to be a member of the club?

Joining Fee $15 per person – Annual Subscription $30 per person

Class Costs vary depending on the length of the course (between $5 & $25)

Membership – Application

Please complete and submit the below online form or or send information to our PO Box 1558, Macquarie Centre, NSW 2113 to begin the membership application.

In accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 I accept that the information in this Application Form may be used by Computer Pals for Seniors, Epping Inc. for Computer Pals use only.

COMPUTER PALS FOR SENIORS – EPPING INC.

The Club meets at the:

Epping Creative Centre,
Dence Park,
26 Stanley Road,
Epping, NSW. 2121

Postal address:

PO Box 1558,
Macquarie Centre, NSW. 2113

For membership or general inquires email: cps.epping@gmail.com