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Free Computer Classes in February

Posted: February 10, 2014
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Free Geek proudly offers a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our February class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Isn’t it time you fell in love with computers again?

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend!

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

Bookworm penguin

Don’t Lose your Data – How to Backup

Saturday 2/15 3:30-5:00

Hard drives fail, water gets into your house, fires happen. Learn the many options you can employ to back up and save your data so losing a computer doesn’t mean the loss of all your work. Topics covered in this class include backing up individual files or directories, cloning entire systems, local and offsite storage solutions.

 

Better off with Less Technology

Tuesday 2/25 4:30-5:30

This is a class about sharing tips for using less technology or turning it off, inspired by the book called “Better Off”. What’s the role of technology in our lives and search for social justice? Are we really better off with technology? This class is a discussion and book potluck, so bring a book that you’ve read regarding the paradoxes of technology. Don’t have a book? Print an article. Going offline can be fun! There will be at least one copy of “Better off” to swap.

 

Intro to Project Management

Thursday 2/27 10:30-12:00

Learn the art of getting things done with the help of computer-based tools. Students will be introduced to techniques and applications that have worked from Wall Street to Occupy, and how to put them to use in day-to-day life.

 

December classes and evening workshop online

Posted: November 26, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Free Geek proudly offers a wide range of free classes and workshops. Our December class schedule is now available online and via printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration and are free and open to the public. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. You do not need to be a volunteer or donor to attend!

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

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*CANCELLED* Humane Holidays: Exploring The True Price of Electronics and Other Gifts

Wednesday 12/11 6:30-7:30pm

Enjoy an interactive, hands-on activity and short film that will help you make sustainable, peaceful and just choices for the holidays. You’ll also learn about H.E.A.R.T.’s role in creating “Solutionaries” – young people who are solving community and world problems – and find out how you can become one! No signup required.

Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers’ (H.E.A.R.T.’s) services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Our direct services to educators and students, as well as our city and state level advocacy efforts, enable us to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world.

 

Learn About Programming Careers

Thursday 12/12 12:00-1:00

Interested in working as a professional programmer? It’s not as hard as you might think. Learn about available jobs, skills you’ll need, areas where various programming languages often are used, some options to start your education, and get your questions answered.

 

Everyone’s invited to our free classes in November

Posted: October 28, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Free Geek proudly offers a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our November class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend!

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

Bookworm penguin

Linux Playground & Compile Time

Saturday 11/9, 1-2:30 & 3:00-4:00

Join us on Saturday for either one or both of these excellent classes that will help you better understand the world of Linux operating systems and the programs that run on them. Open Source is everywhere, but what is it, really? How do I use it, and make it work for me? Linux Playground will give students an opportunity to answer the question, “what is Linux?” and play around with numerous different versions of Linux. In Compile Time you will learn the basics of compiling software, taking open source code and installing it on your computer, even if the programmer didn’t create a nice package for you.

 

Lego Robotics: Beginning Basics to Build and Program

Saturday 11/23 1:00-3:00

This is a hands-on, interactive class where students will learn the basics of building and programming with Lego Mindstorms. Groups will work together to engineer and build robots with Legos, servo motors and sensors. They will then learn basic programming in NXT-G to perform tasks and bring the robots to life! All ages are welcome. Presented by FIRST Robotics Competition team #2093 ~ The Bowtie Brigade, a student-lead community team composed of students from six different middle and high schools.

 

Special discussion 10/1 6:30-8pm: NSA and You

Posted: September 30, 2013
Filed under: Classes, Events, New Class, News

Join us tomorrow evening for NSA and You, a discussion about the history of domestic spying in America. This special presentation and discussion will be led by one of our volunteers, Chad Sprangel. See you this Tuesday, 10/1 6:30-8:00 in the Free Geek classroom.

 

While most Americans have recently become familiar with communications scanning by the NSA and other government agencies, they may not have the greater historical context. Join us for a volunteer-led evening presentation and discussion around these issues of domestic spying and privacy. No signup required.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how to protect your online identity, consider taking our Leave No Trace in a Digital World and Anatomy of a Hack classes this Saturday, October 5th. More details on our classes page.

 

FIRST Robotics Competition presentation & more free classes

Posted: September 29, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Free Geek proudly offers a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our October class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend!

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

racingrobotCompetitive robotics for middle and high school students

Saturday 10/19 12:30-2:00

The Bowtie Brigade is a student-lead community team composed of students from six different middle and high schools. They meet in a central location in SE Portland where they learn about STEM, leadership, communication, and how a business runs. We’re excited that they’re coming to Free Geek to show off their robot, explain the process of building, programming and competing with robots. This demonstration is open to participants of all-ages and those in middle and high school who might be interested in robots are invited to come out and learn more. They’re always looking for new team members!

 

The Bowtie Brigade will also be competing in the pre-season Rookie Rumble the following day, Sunday 10/20. This competition starts at 10am at Catlin Gabel school. Please come out to support a local community team (some members are also Free Geek volunteers) and learn more about robot competitions.

 

Javascript level 2 (3-week workshop)

Tuesdays 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 11:30-1:30

Javascript is a versatile programming language embedded in web browsers, used to make web pages dynamic and interactive. Join us for this follow-up to our Javascript level 1 workshops, originally offered in September. You don’t have to have participated in the prior classes to join this workshop, but basic Javascript, HTML and CSS knowledge are required. Learn to combine the core Javascript language with your browser’s Document Object Model and CSS to build simple client-side web applications.

Prerequisites: basic Javascript, HTML, and CSS

 

Free Geek Free Computer Classes Expand in September

Posted: August 24, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computerFree Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our September class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend!

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

Intro to Javascript 3-week workshop

Tuesdays 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 11:30-1:30

Javascript is a versatile programming language embedded in web browsers, used to make web pages dynamic and interactive. Weeks 1 & 2 introduce the fundamentals of the Javascript language and its data structures. Week 3 focuses on integrating Javascript with the browser’s Document Object Model (DOM), to control every element of a web page and write simple browser-based applications.
Prerequisites: Basic programming, HTML & CSS experience

 

NSA and you, a discussion about the history of domestic spying in America

Tuesday 10/1 6:30-8:00

While most Americans have recently become familiar with communications scanning by the NSA and other government agencies, they may not have the greater historical context. Join us for a volunteer-led evening presentation and discussion around these issues of domestic spying and privacy. No signup required.

 

Amazing Free Learning Abounds in August

Posted: July 31, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computerFree Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our August class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

Intro to the Internet of Things

Thursday 8/22 12:30-2:30

Expanding the Internet to include physical devices, or the Internet of Things, is set to be one of the most important developments since the beginning of the Information Age. In this 2-hour workshop, through discussion and hands-on activities, learn about the Internet of Things and explore its applications and implications.

 

Intro to Android App Development

Thursday 8/15 1:30-3:00
Tuesday 8/20 6:00-7:30 (no signup required)

Smart phones and tablets are portable and powerful computers inside. Android is the premier open source operating system behind a growing number of these devices. Come learn what it takes to create software to run on Android devices. This class will present basic information about Android and provide the resources that will get you started creating your own apps. Prior programming knowledge, including participation in our Intro to Programming Concepts class, is highly recommended.

 

A beginning course on the C++ programming language

1-5pm, most Sundays, September 15 to December 15

RSVP: education (at) fatcatstudios (dot) net
Contact John Wilkes at education (at) fatcatstudios (dot) net for more information and to RSVP. Class size is limited. Attendance, signups and requests for information are not handled by Free Geek.
Sponsored by Portland Games for Change, The Portland Indie Game Squad and Free Geek

 

Free July Classes and Workshops Now Available

Posted: June 26, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computerFree Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes and workshops to the public. Our July class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

Featured classes & workshops this month:

 

Introduction to PERL (workshop)

Tuesdays 7/16, 7/23, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 10:30-12:00

A general introduction to Perl programming where where students will learn basic task-oriented programming skills and knowledge on how to find online support. You won’t get hired as a programmer after this course, but it should be a good foundation for ongoing learning. Students should be familiar with the command line and willing to commit to coming to every class of this 6 week workshop.

 

Technology. Salvation/Sedation?

Tuesday 7/9 5:30-7:00

What’s the role of technology in the goals of social justice? Are we really better off? Is technology a tool to widen or shrink the gap between rich and poor? There are inconclusive results about the benefits, and we don’t really know much about the negative impacts of our choices to put computers into our lives and schools. This is a book potluck, so bring a book that you’ve read regarding the paradoxes of technology. Don’t have a book? Print an article. Going offline can be fun! No signup required.

 

Bitcoins, experimental new digital currency

Thursday 7/18 4:00-5:00

Bitcoins are an interesting experiment in a new, international currency. This introductory workshop will cover the basics of how bitcoin works including how to start a wallet and use coins to buy things, how to earn coins with a mining pool, and some general Q&A. An excellent introduction for those who have never heard about bitcoins and those who want to learn a little bit more. Come prepared to ask questions! No signup required.

 

Introduction to Computer Networking

Saturday 7/20 10:30-12:30

Curious about how the Internet works? Heard about networking (or Cisco certification) and would like to know more? Come learn the basics of networking in a hands-on class that provides your first introduction into how computers talk to one another. This class will also serve as an introduction to our Networking Study Group, offered later this year.

 

En Free Geek también ofrecemos clases en español

Posted: June 8, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computerFree Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public. Our June class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

En Free Geek todos/as son bienvenidos/as para compartir el conocimiento. Si usted esta interesado/a en ofrecer clases de computación a la comunidad latina por favor comuníquese con Omar Vargas al 503.232.9350 Ext 113.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

Featured classes this month

Descubra Xubuntu Linux

sábados 6/15, 6/29 10:30-12:00

¿Compró su computadora en nuestra tienda de artículos usados o se la ganó en algunos de nuestros programas? ¿Quiere aprender sobre Linux Xubuntu 12.04? No dude en traer su propia computadora portátil o usar una de las nuestras, en Free Geek le enseñaremos a usar el escritorio de Xubuntu; además, como agregar programas, cambiar el diseño visual y crear documentos compatibles con la suite de Microsoft Office.

 

Clase de Primeros pasos con su computadora de Free Geek

sábados 6/29 12:30-3:30

Estas clases ayudan a los voluntarios a configurar y usar sus equipos basados en Ubuntu. Estan invitados a inscribirse los beneficiarios del programa de becas y el público en general.


Computer Basics/Fundamentals

Tuesday 6/25 11:30-1:30

Has it been a long time since you used a computer, or are you just starting to use computers for the first time? This interactive class covers the basics of using a computer including the mouse and keyboard. Terms like “GUI”, “window” and “desktop” won’t be scary anymore!


Getting the Best Customer Service

Saturday 6/15 4:00-5:00

Ever had trouble getting phone or in-person customer service to handle your issue well? Learn the ins and outs of working with customer support to try to get the best possible outcome.

 

Amazing Free Classes on Offer in May

Posted: May 2, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computer

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public. Our May class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Many classes focus on the basics and more advanced skills involved with using computers and the Internet effectively and safely. We also offer courses in job search skills, creating digital art, beginning programming and so much more. Our volunteers currently teach over 25 free unique classes every month (algunas en español), so there’s likely something for you!

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

Featured classes this month

Getting the Best Customer Service

Saturday 6/1 4:00-5:00

Ever had trouble getting phone or in-person customer service to handle your issue well? Learn the ins and outs of working with customer support to try to get the best possible outcome.

 

Using LibreOffice Writer

Thursday 5/23 2:30-4:30

Students will focus on creating their own resume and cover letter to learn all the aspects of word processing programs like LibreOffice Writer (and Microsoft Word).


Using Git & Github with Linux

Wednesday 5/22 4:30-5:30

Git is the way many developers to keep track of collaboratively-developed (& often open source) software. Students will create a Github account, get a high level overview of the basic kinds of Git workflows, and learn how to use Git from the command-line to interact with Github. Command Line 1 experience required for signup.


Job Search 101

Saturday 5/11 4:00-5:30

Don’t know how to find job openings online or organize your job hunt? Learn important job searching etiquette, computer tools and how to follow up so you stand out from other applicants.


Use any Computer with Ease

Tuesday 5/7 10:30-1:30
Thursday 5/30 12:30-3:30

Does the fear that you might break something keep you from doing what you want with computers? Once you start to realize that many computer programs are based on the same basic design ideas, you can feel comfortable in front of any computer screen.

 

Take a Free Class at Free Geek in April

Posted: April 1, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Penguin working on a computer

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public. Our April class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Many classes focus on the basics and more advanced skills involved with using computers and the Internet effectively and safely. We also offer courses in job search skills, creating digital art, beginning programming and so much more. Our volunteers currently teach over 25 free unique classes every month (algunas en español), so there’s likely something for you!

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

Featured classes this month

Starting out in Online Sales

Saturday 4/27 4:00-5:30

Learn the basics of selling your items online through services like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for an Online Sales internship at Free Geek to gain more experience with selling online.

 

Websites 101

Tuesday 4/9 3:00-5:00

Almost all websites are created using the same languages including HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Learn how to look behind the scenes at how websites are created and sent out online. Recommended before taking HTML or CSS courses.


HTML 1&2

HTML 1 Thursday 4/18 2:30-4:30

HTML 2 Friday 4/19 2:30-4:30

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language used to create the content of webpages. Students will create basic webpages by hand. Please take HTML 1 before HTML 2.


CSS 1&2

CSS 1 Tuesday 4/23 2:30-4:30

CSS 2 Wednesday 4/24 2:30-4:30

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) describe how the content (HTML) of websites should look. Students will learn how to style basic webpages by hand. Please take CSS 1 before CSS 2.

 

Free March Classes Now Available for Signup

Posted: February 27, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Happy person holding paper

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public. Our March class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Classes focus on computers and technology, but cover a wide range of skills. You can learn how to publish online and make sure you’re primed to get the traffic you want. We also offer courses in job search skills, creating digital art, being safe online and so much more. Our volunteers currently teach over 25 free unique classes every month (algunas en español), so there’s likely something for you!

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

New this month and upcoming

Bitcoins, experimental new digital currency

Wednesday 3/13 2:00-3:30

Bitcoins are an interesting experiment in a new, international currency. This introductory workshop will cover the basics of how bitcoin works including how to start a wallet and use coins to buy things, how to earn coins with a mining pool, and some general Q&A. An excellent introduction for those who have never heard about bitcoins and those who want to learn a little bit more. Come prepared to ask questions!

 

CiviCRM daylong workshop ($60)

Monday 4/8 9:00-5:30

This daylong workshop for companies exploring CiviCRM or those who are already using it will go through the process of tracking contributors, events, member lists, cases, grants, campaigns, petitions, bulk mailings and reports. Email or call Darren at Free Geek for more information.

 

Sign up Now for Free Classes in February

Posted: February 4, 2013
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Happy person holding paper

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public.  Our February class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.  Along with various other offerings, we have added new classes to help our students become comfortable working with any computer.  Other classes focus on using free tools to organize your job search while maximizing your chance to land work, creating digital artwork with introductory GIMP and Inkscape classes, Internet publishing/best practices and many other excellent options.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

New this month

Troubleshooting Your Computer

Wednesday 2/20 2:00-3:00

What should you do when you try to accomplish something using your computer and it just doesn’t work? This class will teach you skills you can use on Linux systems and other computers to fix issues as they arise. Not only will you learn skills to fix your own computer, you will also learn about how to get others to help you by submitting bug reports.

 

Use any Computer with Ease

Tuesday 2/19 10:30-12:30

Thursday 2/28 12:30-2:30

Does the fear that you might break something keep you from doing what you want with computers? Once you start to realize that many computer programs are based on the same basic design ideas, you can feel comfortable in front of any computer screen. This new class is debuting as a collaborative exploration, so we can better understand our students’ needs in this regard. Please come with questions and concerns about using computers.

 

Anatomy of a Webpage

Friday 2/22 10:30-12:00

Although webpages tend to be very visual they are all written out in computer-readable text. Almost all websites are created using the same languages including HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Learn how to look at and parse the text-based code behind websites. You won’t learn how to code your own webpages by hand, but this is an excellent introduction to the basic languages of web design.


 

Sign up now for Free January Classes

Posted: January 2, 2013
Filed under: Classes

Student working on computer

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free computer and workplace readiness classes to the public.  Our January class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.

 

Community members are strongly encouraged to sign up for our Introduction to Computer Networking class on Saturday 1/5 from 10:30-12:30. In this class students will learn the basics concepts behind computer networking and will be introduced to the computer networking study group, scheduled to start 2/2/13 and run every other week for approximately ten sessions.  Other classes focus on using free tools to organize your job search while maximizing your chance to land work, creating digital artwork with introductory GIMP and Inkscape classes, Internet publishing/best practices and many other excellent options.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

December Free Classes Now Available for Signup

Posted: December 4, 2012
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Happy person holding paper

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public.  Our December class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.  Along with various other offerings, we have added a new class introducing students to do it yourself computer-controlled wood mill creation using parts harvested (reused) from recycled electronics.  Other classes focus on using free tools to organize your job search while maximizing your chance to land work, creating digital artwork with introductory GIMP and Inkscape classes, Internet publishing/best practices and many other excellent options.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.


New this month

DIY CNC Mill

Wednesday 12/26 2:30-4:30

Learn how to create a computer controlled wood mill using parts harvested from recycled electronics. Students will have a hands-on chance to work with the materials and understand the underlying concepts behind creating and using a computer-controlled machine.

This is a trial run of the class, so student comments on content and teaching methods are appreciated.

 

November Class Schedule Online

Posted: November 1, 2012
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Happy person holding paper

Free Geek is proud to offer a wide range of free classes to the public.  Our November class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF.  Along with various other offerings, we have added a new class introducing students to the core basics of computer programming.  Other classes focus on using free programs to create digital artwork, using technology to increase your chances of finding employment, Internet publishing and many other excellent options.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

Intro to Programming Concepts

Wednesday 11/28 3:30-5:30

Have you ever wanted to learn programming but found that just picking up a book never really worked for you. In this class we will discuss how to think like a computer. How to ask a commuter to do work for you. Come learn some basic concepts that apply to all computer languages.

 

October Classes Now Online!

Posted: September 28, 2012
Filed under: Classes, New Class

The new October class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Notable new additions include Introduction to CiviCRM, Joomla 1, and Inkscape 1.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350. Classes are free and open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

Introduction to CiviCRM

Wednesday 10/17 3:30-5:00

CiviCRM is the dominant open source customer relationship management software for non-profits and other organizations. CiviCRM easily integrates with websites built using WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. This short introduction will help explain how this tool can help organizations track contributors, events, member lists, cases, grants, campaigns, petitions, bulk mailings and reports.

 

Joomla 1

Friday 10/26 12:00-1:30

Students who have taken our Introduction to CMS class and want to learn more about using Joomla to build their websites will have an opportunity to dive into the various options available through this software.

 

Inkscape 1

Wednesday 10/3 4:00-5:30

Learn the basics of Inkscape, a vector-based drawing program and the open source equivalent to Adobe Illustrator. This class explains the difference between raster-based graphics and vector graphics and when you would want to use one over the other.


New August Classes Free and Open to the Community

Posted: July 31, 2012
Filed under: Classes, New Class

1907 Classroom pictureThe new August class schedule is now available online and via a printable PDF. Notable new additions include Spanish Command Line and Computer Adoption classes as well as an introduction to CMS.

 

All classes, excluding Linux Open Questions, require pre-registration. You can do so by stopping by or calling the Free Geek Volunteer Desk at 503-232-9350.  Classes are free an open to the public; you do not need to be a volunteer to attend.

 

Introduction to CMS
Thursday 8/23 2:00-3:30
A content management system (CMS) is a computer program that makes it easy to create, edit, and display HTML/Internet content. Some popular CMS include WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Learn the basics of how CMS can make your website creation easier and better.

 

Clase de Primeros pasos con su nueva computadora de Free geek
Saturday 8/11 12:30-3:30
Estas clases ayudan a los voluntarios a configurar y usar sus equipos basados en Ubuntu. También están invitados a inscribirse los beneficiarios del programa de becas, los compradores de nuestra tienda y miembros de la comunidad.

 

Línea de comando
Saturday 8/25 10:30-12:00
Los estudiantes aprenderán las partes de un comando, el listado, la vinculación, la implementación del tabulador, la estructura del sistema de archivos y mucho más. Obligatorio para los voluntarios de Free Geek que quieren pasar a otras áreas en Free geek. Usted debe sentirse cómodo con las computadoras para tomar esta clase.

 

Take Free Classes in May at Free Geek

Posted: May 5, 2012
Filed under: Classes, New Class

Were you aware that we have a robust and far-reaching free education program at Free Geek?  You don’t have to be a volunteer or Thrift Store shopper to take our classes; all community members are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required for classes, unless otherwise indicated. You can sign-up at the volunteer desk or by calling us at 503-232-9350 x101.

 

Here are some interesting May classes, but you  can find the full schedule online at http://www.freegeek.org/about/classes/!

 

Establishing Yourself Online

Thursday 5/10 3:00-5:30

Do have a small business or hobby that you would like to bring online? Learn the basics of how to create functioning websites using simple tools and other considerations of online publishing. You must have an email address which you can access during the class to attend.

 

Using Ubuntu Linux

Saturday 5/12, 5/26 10:30-12:00

Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Lucid Lynx? Feel free to bring in your own laptop or use one of ours as we teach you the basic Ubuntu desktop environment including things like how to add programs, change the visual design and make your office documents compatible with the Microsoft Office suite. Volunteers taking systems home should sign up for our Getting Started with Your New Free Geek Computer classes.

 

Introduction to Internet Use & Security

Thursday 5/17 3:30-5:30

Learn how to use the Internet safely. This class covers how to generate and use secure but easy-to-remember passwords. Students will also learn how to know if they can trust a website as well as tips and techniques to use websites like Craigslist and shopping sites.

 

Introductory session: Networking Study Group

Friday 5/18 4:30-5:30

No sign-up required. Come learn about and discuss the networking study group that will occur over a ten week period starting May 25th. Participants in the study group will be able to come in on an informal basis to examine together various networking lessons and questions.

 

Bring Traffic to Your Website

Wednesday 5/23 4:00-5:30

Have you started publishing online, but don’t have many people coming to your website? Learn tools and techniques to advertise your website to the rest of the world. Topics include search engine optimization (SEO), using social media, advertising in the “real world” and more.


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