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NCF Workshops for 2016 and 2017


Upcoming NCF Workshops

We received federal funding from Employment and Social Development Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to help fund these workshops.

The program is designed to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

NOTE: Some of the workshops are limited to NCF members aged 55-years old and above, some are open to all NCF members.

Register early, maximum 20 members per session. Email workshops@ncf.ca to confirm your spot.

Photography and your computer:

Thursday, May 4th from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, May 17th from 2:00-3:30pm

Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Services Centre, Lincoln Field Mall

Al Richman, NCF HelpDesk
This workshop will explore the forms of digital photography and images, how to get images off your camera (or phone), and how to send them, store them, retrieve them, share them and print them.

This workshop is offered for NCF members aged 55 years-old and above.

Limit of 20 members per workshop. We are partnering with Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre on the second floor of the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre to offer this workshop.

Basics of computer and Internet Security:

Tuesday, May 9th 7:00-9:00pm
NCF Office 1305 Richmond Rd. Suite 206

Al Richman, NCF HelpDesk
This workshop reviews current malware threats, how to protect your computer, how to create and manage strong passwords, Wi-Fi safety, setting-up secure Wi-Fi, safe browsing and email, and securing mobile devices. It's led by NCF HelpDesk volunteer and retired computer security specialist Al Richman.

This workshop is open to all NCF members.

Limit of 20 members per workshop.

How to buy a PC:

Thursday, May11th 7:00-9:00pm
NCF Office 1305 Richmond Rd. Suite 206

Chris Taylor, OPCUG
When buying a PC, you are faced with a lot of choices: laptop or desktop, dual or quad core processor, AMD or Intel, how big a hard drive, how big a monitor, is it better to buy a faster processor or more memory? Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will help sort out the choices so you can buy the computer that is right for your needs.

This workshop is open to all NCF members.

Limit of 20 members per workshop.

Windows 10 — the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

Monday, May 22nd 7:00-9:00pm
NCF Office 1305 Richmond Rd. Suite 206

Chris Taylor, OPCUG
Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and “under the hood”. If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.

This workshop is open to all NCF members.

Limit of 20 members per workshop.

Communications:

Wednesday, May 24th 7:00-9:00pm
NCF Office 1305 Richmond Rd. Suite 206

Ron Fradet, NCF HelpDesk
This workshop includes an overview of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone services, as well as Skype and similar programs.

This workshop is open to all NCF members.

Limit of 20 members per workshop.

Past NCF Workshops

Computer Basics:

Thursday, October 6th from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, October 19th from 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop includes content on the basics of your computer, from connecting your mouse and keyboard, to types of memory, installing a new program, creating short-cuts, to how to turn on your wi-fi, use a USB port and more!

Office suites/word processing:

Thursday, November 3rd from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, November 16th from 2:00-3:30
This workshop includes the basics on different office suites (MS Office vs. LibreOffice), how to start a document, save it, and retrieve it. As well as different file types, and how to change font size, page alignment, numbering, margins etc.

Basic internet/web browsing:

Thursday, December 1st from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, January 18th from 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop includes an overview of different browsers, bookmarking, how to optimize your search results, and some basics on safe web-surfing.

Basics of computer and internet security:

Thursday, February 2nd from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, February 15th from 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop digs into malware, how to create strong passwords, how to set-up secure wi-fi, and anti-virus programs.

Email:

Thursday, March 2nd from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, March 15th from 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop covers browser-based email vs using a mail client, IMAP vs POP, attaching documents and images, and a detailed exploration of spam/spoofing/phishing and how to avoid them.

Communications:

Thursday, April 6th from 10:30am-noon
Wednesday, April 19th from 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop includes an overview of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone services, as well as Skype and similar programs.