Technology Classes

Computer classes are taught twice a year.Every spring at our Robert A Pastrick Branch, and in the fall at our Main Library.

Computer Classes for spring of 2024 began on Tuesday, April 2nd at our Robert A Pastrick branch on Chicago Ave, and will run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 for 14 weeks. 
Technology classes are for beginners and be streamed live on our YouTube Channel while class is in session, and will be available for home viewing or for future reference in the Computer Classes Playlist.
Our Spreadsheets class on Tuesday, May 14th and 21st is CURRENLTY FULL. You may still sign up to be put on a waiting list by clicking here, or you may call Larrissia at (219) 397-2453 Ext. 15
Or inquire at our circulation or reference desks at the library.

Upcoming Classes

The spring classes are taught in the evenings and the fall classes in the afternoon. When the classes are scheduled they will be listed here. 
June 2024
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Class Tracks

Classes are part of three class tracks. Classes are meant to be taken in order.

Basic Computers

Our basics courses are designed to guide complete beginners through how to use a computer. We teach everything from how to use a computer mouse to how to save, move, open,
and edit different types of files.

Productivity Tools

Our productivity classes focus on software typically needed for modern jobs. The classes are designed for beginners and include topics like word processing and spreadsheets. 

Internet Technologies

Navigating the Internet is becoming a neccessary part of modern life. Understanding how the Internet works, and how to use it safely, is within everyone’s reach.

Course Detail and outlines

All course reference material is available online. Classes may be taken more than once. 

Basic Computers

Don’t worry about your ignorance when it comes to computers because this class starts right at the beginning. We will help you get used to using a mouse and keyboard, and discuss how the computer works. Understanding how the computer works will give you the confidence to tackle future tasks on your own. This is a hands-on class so you will get a computer to use.

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Part two of our Introduction to Computers will build on part one by teaching you to understand the words people use when talking about computers. We will get used to navigating the computer and understanding the why and the how.

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The final class in our Computer Basics series focuses on Operating Systems, specifically Windows version 10., and how to organize your own computer files. Don’t worry if you do not yet use Windows 10, there will still be valuable lessons about operating systems you can learn in this course. A computer is easily customizable and you will learn how to make it your own and get comfortable in your own space.

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Productivity Tools

Introduction to Word Processing will introduce patrons to using typewriter like word processing software like Microsoft Word and discuss cheaper and free alternatives to Microsoft.

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Advanced Word Processing will discuss the more advanced features of modern word processing software.

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Introduction to Spreadsheets will introduce patrons to spreadsheet software, creating and using spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel and discuss cheaper and free alternatives to Microsoft.

Advanced Spreadsheets will cover some of the more advanced features of spreadsheet software.

Internet Technologies

We will discuss the different types of devices available including the Apple iPad, Microsoft Windows tablets, Android-based Google tablets and smartphones. Students will learn basic skills needed to connect to the Internet as well as how to take pictures and videos, use interactive maps, install applications and games, listen to music, and watch movies.

Introduction to the Internet will introduce patrons to search engines, browsers, and some of the best websites on the Internet.

We learn how to use a modern web browser (Google Chrome) for speed, privacy, and customization. Topics covered:

  • Built In Chrome Features
    • Bookmarks
    • Zooming
    • Side Panel
    • Incognito Mode
    • History
  • Synchronizing Your Browser Settings
    • Work and Personal Accounts
    • Using a Guest Account
    • Password Manager
  • Tabbed Browsing
    • Navigating and Moving Tabs
    • Using a Tab “Session Manager”
      • Session Buddy
      • Toby
    • Adding New Extensions from the Web Store
  • Other Interesting Extensions
    • Distill Web Monitor
    • Add to Google Keep

Safety and Security on the Internet class will discuss safeguarding your privacy and keeping your computer and information secure while using the Internet.

Introduction to Social Networking will introduce patrons to a variety of websites devoted to socializing with others online and ways to protect privacy while enjoying a rich online social life.

Technology moves fast. The Current State of the Future will give patrons a preview of what technology will look like in the near future, and how it will affect society. Topics to be discussed:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Deep Fakes and Disinformation
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • The Coming Singularity