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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Computers, Technology, Math and Science - Fall 2017  

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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File Sharing: Data in the Cloud A                                         

Friday                               CO173098         

9:30-11:00                       

Sept 8, 15

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. You learned to share when you were a child. Now you can learn sharing as an adult. This course will explore multiple ways to share pictures, documents, music, and just about any computer data with your friends and family. The class will cover the numerous cloud storage providers available (most free) and how you can leverage that to your advantage. The course is casual with lots of times for questions.

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Backup and Restore A                               

Thursday                                       CO173100         

10:00-11:30                     

Sept 14, 21

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course is designed for those computer users who have lost something (pictures, music, videos, etc.) when their computer crashed, and they have never instituted a backup solution. Multiple options will be explored to provide students with the knowledge to make educated choices on backup method, scheme and scheduling. The course is casual with lots of time for questions.

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Introduction to Google Docs A                              

Tuesday                                         CO173105         

11:00-12:00                     

Sept 19

Instructor(s): Linda Lyles

If you use Gmail, you may want to know about Google Docs. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. If you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you will understand Google Docs. This will be an instructional class only, so students do not need to bring their laptops.

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Introduction to Research: Fundamentals in Brief                                        

Tuesday                                         CO173102         

10:00-11:00                     

Sept 26

Instructor(s): Dr. Priyadarshini Pattath

In this class, we will look at basic research terms and designs, official and unofficial, though it will not be exhaustive. Every day we come across conflicting studies. So, how do we know which one to believe? Learn to consider the bigger picture, be a skeptic, and be aware.

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Useful Wild Plants of Virginia                                

Tuesday                                         CO173104         

11:30-1:00                       

Sept 26

Instructor(s): John Clatterbaugh

Discover how wild plants have been used for food, medicine, shelter, and many other uses in Virginia for hundreds, even thousands of years. See actual examples of how leaves, roots and other parts of wild plants can be prepared for food, medicine, and fiber. See a display of ancient stone tools that were used by native Virginians for preparing wild plants for various uses. Discover how wild plants have played an important part in the early establishment of settlements in the eastern United States. Discover how the foraging of wild plants has sustained people through times of scarce food, i.e. settlement of Jamestown, the Great Depression, World War II, and down to modern times. Learn about modern foraging and survival in emergencies, depending on available wild plants.

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Exploring the Internet                               

Thursday                                       CO173057         

10:00-11:30                     

Sept 28, Oct 5

Instructor(s): Lewis Levi

This class aims to answer the following questions: “What is the Internet and how does it work?”, “How can I better use my web browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome) to surf or explore the Internet?”, “What are the benefits of using the Internet in my everyday life?”, and “How can I do this safely?”. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other internet-capable device; however, all students will benefit from the information presented in this class.

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Is Anybody Out There?                             

Friday                               CO173103         

11:30-1:00                       

Sept 29

Instructor(s): James Calpin

Ever since the hit movie "ET" was released over 15 years ago, interest in the existence of other intelligent life in the universe has continued to intrigue us. This talk will delve into the science and state of the art of looking for life of any form, from our exploration of Mars and other planets and moons to listening for radio signals from groups like SETI. We will touch on religious aspects of possibly finding other intelligent life forms as well as our finding many, many planets and exoplanets that have conditions amenable to having water and temperatures that could sustain life as we know it.

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Microsoft Word: The Basics                                   

Monday                                         CO173001         

9:30-11:00                       

Oct 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6

Instructor(s): Joanna Lurie

Have fun creating your own documents. Learn to edit and format paragraphs, insert tabs and bullets, copy, cut and paste text. Create your own headers and footers, change fonts, build tables and columns and set print parameters. Find out how to save your work where you can find it again! This is a hands-on class, so please bring your laptop. A limited number of laptops will be available for students without laptops. The class is informal and there is always time for questions.

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iPad Basics A                                 

Friday                               CO173046         

10:30-12:00                     

Oct 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for those who consider themselves beginners in the use of their iPads. In a friendly, patient, interactive learning environment, you will build your confidence in the skills you already know. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic functions of the iPad. This class is not intended for intermediate or advanced users. Students should own an iPad 2 or newer to take this course.

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iPhone Basics A                            

Friday                               CO173058         

1:00-2:30                         

Oct 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? This class is for you. Join us for interactive using of the basic features of your iPhone. This class is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should sign up for the iPhone Intermediate class. For this class, you will need an iPhone, your Apple ID, and Apple Password. We have a very patient atmosphere. Hope to see you!

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Introduction to Google Docs B                              

Tuesday                                         CO173106         

12:00-1:00                       

Oct 10

Instructor(s): Linda Lyles

If you use Gmail, you may want to know about Google Docs. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. If you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you will understand Google Docs. This will be an instructional class only, so students do not need to bring their laptops.

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Ice Flowers: Beauty in Late Fall                              

Wednesday                                   CO173097         

12:30-1:30                       

Oct 11, 18

Instructor(s): Jim Carter

In December 2003, the instructor discovered attractive formations of ice on some plant stems. He had never seen anything like this! Since then, he has learned much about such ice formations from observation, emails and web pages. Such formations are known as Ice Flowers and Frost Flowers. This type of ice forms in nature when the air temperature falls below freezing but water in the stems and soil is still liquid; thus, this is most likely to occur in November and December. This course will start with many photos and will evolve based on the interest and experience of attendees. Not all plants produce Ice Flowers, but some plants that do may be in your own garden. In 2005, the instructor found the juxtaposition of three types of ice formations at nearby Amelia Wildlife Management Area which helped him understand the process in which they form. Students will also learn about Needle Ice in the soil and ribbons of ice which may be extruded from pipes. Hopefully, this fall you will be able to find similar ice formations in this area. Note: do not pull your plants or empty your bird bath until the class is over. See this website for a sneak preview: http://my.ilstu.edu/~jrcarter/ice/radio/.

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Intermediate iPhone A                             

Friday                               CO173092         

10:30-12:00                     

Nov 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want to further your knowledge and use of your iPhone? Join us for our interactive learning and practice. Each of the three classes covers different material; and, as a result, you will get a lot more out of your iPhone. This class is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone and want to learn more. This is for those who want to advance to the more complicated use of their iPhone. This class is not for beginners. For this class, you need your iPhone, your Apple ID, and your Apple Password.

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iPad Basics B                                 

Friday                               CO173047         

1:00-2:30                         

Nov 3, 10, 17

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class is for those who consider themselves beginners in the use of their iPads. In a friendly, patient, interactive learning environment, you will build your confidence in the skills you already know. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic functions of the iPad. This class is not intended for intermediate or advanced users. Students should own an iPad 2 or newer to take this course.

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Backup and Restore B                               

Monday                                         CO173101         

9:30-11:00                       

Nov 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This course is designed for those computer users who have lost something (pictures, music, videos, etc.) when their computer crashed, and they have never instituted a backup solution. Multiple options will be explored to provide students with the knowledge to make educated choices on backup method, scheme and scheduling. The course is casual with lots of time for questions.

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File Sharing: Data in the Cloud B                                         

Thursday                                       CO173099         

10:00-11:30                     

Nov 30, Dec 7

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. You learned to share when you were a child. Now you can learn sharing as an adult. This course will explore multiple ways to share pictures, documents, music, and just about any computer data with your friends and family. The class will cover the numerous cloud storage providers available (most free) and how you can leverage that to your advantage. The course is casual with lots of times for questions.

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iPhone Basics B                            

Friday                               CO173059         

10:30-12:00                     

Dec 1, 8, 15

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want feel more comfortable and confident with your iPhone? This class is for you. Join us for interactive using of the basic features of your iPhone. This class is for people who consider themselves to be true beginners in using their iPhone. More advanced users should sign up for the iPhone Intermediate class. For this class, you will need an iPhone, your Apple ID, and Apple Password. We have a very patient atmosphere. Hope to see you!

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Intermediate iPhone B                              

Friday                               CO173093         

1:00-2:30                         

Dec 1, 8, 15

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Want to further your knowledge and use of your iPhone? Join us for our interactive learning and practice. Each of the three classes covers different material; and, as a result, you will get a lot more out of your iPhone. This class is for those who have confidence in their current use of their iPhone and want to learn more. This is for those who want to advance to the more complicated use of their iPhone. This class is not for beginners. For this class, you need your iPhone, your Apple ID, and your Apple Password.

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