Free July Classes and Workshops Now Available
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 wonâ€™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.
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 donâ€™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.