April 1, 2012
Volume 7 Issue 9
Welcome to the March edition of the Technology and Education Newsletter! Check out the What's New section for details on the newly released Poetry and Technology classes in April. Did you recently get an e-reader or a new tablet? Remember that the library offers e-books and audiobooks that you can download instantly! And don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity to attend an in-person computer class at any of our library locations or virtually from your home or office computer. We've recently added classes online on Saturdays to accommodate your busy schedule!
.: Poetry and Technology
Spring is in the air so why not celebrate with poetry! In April, multiple branch locations will offer computer classes focusing on Poetry in Technology. Attend one of these classes to unleash your inner poet. Bring a flash drive when attending these classes to save your project at the end of class!
Poetry Fun: Bring a Story to Life with Sound Effects
Use audio editing software to add special sound effects and narrate a poem.
Poetry Fun: Create a Photo Collage with Photoshop
Restore, touch-up and add special effects, including poetic verses to photos, using a variety of editing tools.
Poetry Fun: Create a Blog
Learn how to create an easy-to-use website where you can publish your poetry, thoughts, comments or pictures to share with family and friends.
For branch locations, dates and times, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.
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Featured Classes of the Month
.: Microsoft Office 2010
Attend our Microsoft Office 2010 training series on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. We are regularly updating the series, so be sure to check-in for new classes this month. Space is limited, so register today!
.: Mac Computer Classes
Several library locations offer Mac computer classes. Take a class and learn the basics of Mac computers, including the iLife and iWork suites. For a full list of available Mac classes, visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.
.: Live Online/Virtual Classes
Trying to fit a computer class into your busy schedule? Take our Live Online/Virtual Classes from the comfort of your home or office via the Internet. We offer classes in Office 2007, Photoshop, and QuickBooks. Get on board and register today! Note: A computer speaker or a headset is required for audio.
.: Self-Paced Online Classes
Enter your library card information and access our Self-Paced Online Classes to take advantage of computer lessons from our most popular classes. Explore topics like Access, Computer Basics, Email, Excel, Word, and more. Note: These tutorials require Flash Player. If you don't have the Flash Player, download it now for free.
.: Small Business Course Tracks
Select a course track that suits your small business interests and learn the latest computer software programs to help run your business more efficiently. Learn Microsoft Office to create documents and spreadsheets, QuickBooks to manage your finances, HTML to setup a website, Adobe Photoshop to design logos and artwork, and Computer Networking to understand basic networking concepts. Check out the Small Business Course Tracks today!
.: Computer Classes in English, Español, and Kreyòl
The Library offers computer classes in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole at various locations throughout Orange County. For more information, please visit our online calendar or call 407.835.7323.
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Did You Know?
.: Featured Database of the Month
Are you a business owner? Do you want to know who your customers are and where they are located? SimplyMap is a demographic database that can help answer these questions for you and more! Create maps that include demographic, business and marketing data based on the information you want to see. Provide variables such as census data, consumer expenditures or market segments, and enter locations, find information using states, zip codes or even congressional districts! Or use the Standard Report Wizard to walk you through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind map tailored to your business needs. All you need is your library card and you are ready to use this invaluable business tool for free! Visit SimplyMap today!
.: Staff Spotlight! Valerie Dawson
Valerie has worked with the Orange County Library System for over twenty three years. She likes being a Technology Trainer at the Technology and Education Center and is proud of the knowledge she contributes to the community. She feels like she is making "it a better place by teaching our patrons about computers." Valerie enjoys helping her students learn how to use computers so they can improve their technology skills to receive better paying jobs from the knowledge they gain in her classes. Valerie's love for the library can be summed up by her statement: "If there is anything else I could share with our patrons it would be to never be afraid to learn, it keeps you young at heart and on top of technology and world events. The library is the best resource for this knowledge." In addition to teaching classes, Valerie loves quilting, creating art with fabric. She also enjoys reading eBooks on her Nook.
.: Tech Tip of the Month!
Would you like to change the zoom level when viewing websites in Internet Explorer or Firefox? Try using the steps below.
Using the Keyboard:
- Press and hold the Control key and then press Plus (+) to zoom in.
- Press and hold the Control key and then press Minus (-) to zoom out.
Using the Mouse:
- Press and hold the Control key and roll the mouse wheel up or down.
.: System Holiday Closing Schedules
All Orange County Libraries will be closed the following day in observance of the Easter Holiday:
Sunday, April 8, 2011
Visit the Library's website to view the entire closing schedule.
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