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                                        Workshops

Westchester PC Users Group has WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE. Some workshops have a formal classroom-type approach; others are more informal meetings, where ideas and problems are discussed. Below is a list of the various workshops, with contact information for the leaders. Feel free to contact each leader for more information. Annual dues allow all immediate household/family members to attend as many workshops as they wish.

While each Workshop takes on the style and flavor of the Workshop leader and its participants, most follow these guidelines:

Beginner Level Workshops
These are most like the standard classroom/lecture format. All questions, including those of the most basic nature, are welcome here. The sessions are run much like the classic teacher/student model (but no pop quizzes or exams!).

Intermediate Level Workshops
Though much of the material covered will be in the teacher/student format, members are encouraged to participate, or even occasionally lead their own sessions.

Advanced Level Workshops
These are full "round-table" format sessions, with the leader functioning as a moderator, rather than a lecturer.

The Workshop topics vary as the needs of our membership changes. Also, as our Workshop leaders are volunteers, we can offer only those Workshops for which we can find a leader! We have been fortunate to have attracted an outstanding group of talented leaders.

For Workshop schedules & locations see the calendar

For Workshop locations on interactive maps see maps
 

Beginner Level Workshops

WEBSITE DESIGN
Moderator: George Hammer

webmaster@wpcug.org

In this workshop we examine three major areas relating to websites:

- how to build websites using the WordPress platform
- how to use social media as a marketing tool to attract visitors to your site
- how to achieve high search engine rankings via Search Engine Optimization 

More information about this workshop is found at the workshop blog

Details for next scheduled meeting found here

DIGITAL CAMERAS
Allan and Heather Turnbull (914-328-2601)
gaturnbull@hotmail.com

Do you want to know about the symbols and buttons on your camera? Do you want to know how to take a decent picture, download your pictures to your computer, and send them by email? Bring your digital camera and manual. We show you how to use it in a relaxed, informal, and hands-on environment.

EXCEL
Stephen Rapp (914-761-7490)
sjrapp@hotmail.com
 

A series of exciting and insightful workshops about this powerful spreadsheet pakage from Microsoft.  The workshop features many aspects of Excel and may even discuss features of the newly released 2016 version.

Join Steve Rapp as he demonstrates this powerful spreadsheet application.


OPEN SOURCE
Joe Bruno

Open Source discussion workshop. Topics vary.

What is Open Source? A definition is stated by the Open Source Initiative on the www.opensource.org website. Further information is available by searching for Open Source on Google.

WINDOWS, BEGINNER
Mark Lindemann (631-749-2105)

MarkJL0@optonline.net  

Richard Nayman (739-0872)

richienay@verizon.net  
 

For those new to Windows or bought your first computer? This workshop is for you.

All Things Mobile
(Beginner and Intermediate Level)

A roundtable discussion of any and all mobile devices. Share your smartphone and tablet experiences, Apple apps, and favorite Android websites. We’ll learn from each other. You don’t need an Android or iPhone; we’ll share ours with you. Open to all levels and all operating systems.

MICROSOFT WORD - Temporarily suspended
(Beginner and Intermediate Level)

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Intermediate Level Works
EXCEL
Stephen Rapp (914-761-7490)
sjrapp@hotmail.com
 

A series of exciting and insightful workshops about this powerful spreadsheet pakage from Microsoft.  The workshop features many aspects of Excel and may even discuss features of the newly released 2016 version.

Join Steve Rapp as he demonstrates this powerful spreadsheet application.

Technology XP/VISTA/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8/WINDOWS 10
Richard Nayman (739-0872)

richienay@verizon.net 

Joseph Bruno (assistant)

This workshop covers the various versions of Windows and how they allow computers to work with the many technologies we use in our everyday lives. Meetings start with discussions on Windows and continue with any relatedarea of technology attendees feel interested in.

PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
Elliott Topp (914-693-6416)

ell.topp@verizon.net  
 

Celebrate your unforgettable moments with the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software. Powerful editing options make great photos a snap—and you can quickly
share in unique ways in print, on the Web, and on mobile devices.

LINUX
John Moore john@lions-wing.net
Joseph Bruno

This is the hot, superior, stable, and free operating system. Because the Linux community is one of camaraderie in which advanced users help write and maintain this free OS, this workshop will provide encouragement and help for all levels of users, with input from all. See http://www.lions-wing.net for schedule and details.

UPGRADE & REPAIR
Jonathan Hauff (
671-9528)
pcsecurity4sure@gmail.com

We cover hardware and software. The good stuff, fun stuff, and bad stuff. Sessions feature the good stuff: adding to your PC (cameras, phones, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, mass storage, backups) and upgrades; and the bad: error messages, stubborn installations, dreaded ―blue screens of death,‖ conflicts, and buggy programs, virus/spyware/identity issues and how to understand and solve them all!

UTILITIES & TROUBLESHOOTING
Richard Nayman (739-0872)

richienay@verizon.net  
 

Learn to troubleshoot hardware and software problems using field-tested techniques. We demonstrate the lat-est commercial, shareware, and freeware utilities. We start with a Q&A session. Sick computers are always welcome, but by appointment only. Contact Richard for more details.

All Things Mobile
(Beginner and Intermediate Level)

A roundtable discussion of any and all mobile devices. Share your smartphone and tablet experiences, Apple apps, and favorite Android websites. We’ll learn from each other. You don’t need an Android or iPhone; we’ll share ours with you. Open to all levels and all operating systems.

 Advanced Level Workshops

WINDOWS, ADVANCED - Temporarily suspended
Ralph Grauso (337-7479)
ralfromny@hotmail.com
Jonathan Hauff (assistant) (
671-9528)
pcsecurity4sure@gmail.com

Guest leader each month will provide new ideas and in-sight on how to use your computer. Come expecting to learn from the experts and have your toughest questions not only answered but also expanded upon.

Westchester PC-Renew
Open to all levels
Gary Feiman (914) 946-5511; wpcrenew@optonline.net

Learn to rehab computers and help our community at the same time. This is a hands-on workshop that refurbishes computers. If you are uneasy working inside your computer and want to learn how to fix it, this workshop is for you. No experience is necessary; we will teach you. You learn to wipe data from a hard drive. We show you how to check out and install hardware and operating systems. Finally, all refurbished computers are donated to nonprofit organizations in our community. See workshop website.




updated 1/27/17

 

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