These basic course offerings are free classes.
I put together this list of free courses because I feel they represent the basic computer knowledge that we should all have. There are a limited number of spaces for each class and enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  You will be trusted to attend any of the free classes you register for.  Should you fail to show up for a free registered class without first calling us, you will automatically be dropped from any remaining free classes you might have registered for.  In addition, you may be asked for a non-refundable failure to show deposit before you can register for any future classes.

There is no charge for enrolling in any of the basic courses however donations will be kindly accepted. Donations will be put to good use in the following areas among others:
  • 501(c)(3) Application Fees
  • Facilities Costs
  • Equipment Costs
  • Laptop(s)  for use by students whom do not have one to use.
  • Software
  • Class advertising
  • Reference materials and books.
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The following classes cover the basic elements of each of the various topics. 

Each of the classes will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The last 15 minutes of class will generally be reserved as an open question period while we set up for the next class. Use the “Class Registration” tab at the top of the page to register for classes.  Prior class registration is required prior to attending classes.  If you cannot register successfully for your chosen classes using the “Class Registration” section of this website, please feel free to call Tom at (719) 371-0354 for assistance.

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings at Howard Hall in Howard CO.
We need to have a minimum of 5 people registered for any one of the classes, else the class may be canceled.
The summer sessions of classes which were scheduled were canceled due to lack of enrollment. The next set of classes will be scheduled for sometime in the early fall. Check back to keep posted or visit the Facebook page: TEKnical Learning on Facebook.

PC-100 - Computer Basics

This class will cover the very… very….did I say “very”… basics of computers – back to square one.  We’ll be discussing the various computer components and how they fit and work together.  Of course, we’ll also be introducing you to some of the basic terminology such as Gigabytes, Megabytes, RAM, ROM, HDD and so on.  By the end of class you should feel comfortable going to the store and speaking to the tech person at a level sufficient to reasonably assist in making an intelligent computer purchase.

As this is a very basic course covering general PC information, a computer is not necessary. You should have some means of taking notes. Digital recorders are allowed.
Having a laptop to follow along and/or take notes on would be helpful
Because this is an entry level course, no prior PC knowledge is required.

PC-101 - Windows 10 basics

Windows 10 Desktop ImageAlthough Windows is not the only game in town, it is the most widely used so we’ll discuss the basics of getting around Windows to include how to run programs, how to switch from one program to another, basic Windows settings and how to start customizing Windows to better suit your needs. We will touch upon other operating system options. You’ll learn about the various types of computer files, what your options are for saving them and where it’s best to place them to keep them safe and to keep them organized.

 

You should have a laptop or tablet with the current, updated, version of Windows 10 installed. The current version is 1607.
Completion of PC-100 or the permission of the instructor
 

PC-102 - Computer Security

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It’s become sad that you must play “defensively” when using your own computer – but it’s a fact of life.  This is one of most important – if not THE most important module.  We’ll discuss not only the various software options available for protecting your computer but just as important – if not more so – we’ll be covering the “best practices” of computer use that can greatly help keeping you out of trouble in the first place.  We’ll be covering anti-virus and firewall software options, proper password use, computer encryption, email management and so on.

Laptop or tablet with the current, updated, version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed
You should have completed PC-100 & PC-101 or have the permission of the instructor.

PC-103 - The Internet & Social Networking

Accessing the Internet is the most popular use of the PC.  Whether researching homework, finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe or even monitoring your home security system, almost everything done on the PC involves the internet to some degree or another.  We’ll not only explore our local options for obtaining Internet access but discuss the most common types of web sites, how to safely access and use them all the while being as safe as possible. In addition, we’ll also be discussing some of the more popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Linked-in, Foursquare, Tumbler… and the list goes on and on and on.  The number of ways to connect with people around the world increases almost daily.  We’ll discuss some of the more popular social networking sites, how to join them and how to be wary of the pitfalls if you don’t use them wisely.

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Laptop or Tablet with the updated version of Windows 10 installed (release 1607)
You should have completed PC-100 & PC-101 or have the prior approval of the instructor.

PC-104 - Microsoft Word & OneNote Basics

word 2016 logoMicrosoft Word has become the defacto standard business word processor. For this class we’ll discuss the basics of using this powerful program. Topics covered will include creating a reusable letterhead, pagination, formatting, inserting pictures and graphs, even adding footers and references. We’ll also cover the basics of the little-known OneNote program.

Laptop or tablet or another means of taking notes
Laptop or tablet with the current version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed.
You should have completed PC-101 or have prior approval of the instructor.

PC-105 - Microsoft Excel Basics

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Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool used primarily for financial analysis. From complex data analysis to financial planning to budgets and P&L statements, Microsoft Excel can make the task at hand relatively easy. This class will cover a broad overview of how Excel works, how it can be used and the basics of setting up and using a Workbook and worksheets. You’ll learn basic worksheet setup and manipulation along with incorporating the basics of formulas and formatting.

Laptop or tablet or another means of taking notes
Laptop or tablet with the current version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed.
You should have completed PC-101 or have prior approval of the instructor.

 

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