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Thursday, September 18, 2014

5:00 p.m.

InDesign logoIn this class you will learn Adobe InDesign terminology, location of tools and panels, workspace navigation, and how to create multipage layouts for web, print, pdf, and ebook publication.

7:30 p.m.

asdfComputer languages are here at the Digital Commons!

Python is a simple computer language that is fast and easy to learn. Participants will build simple functional Python programs with guided instruction.

Supplies are limited, so please register by calling 202-727-1175 or email to digital.commons@dc.gov

Friday, September 19, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Online Job PortalDo you need assistance filling out an online application or proofing your resume? If so, please sign up at the Digital Commons Desk for a one-on-one half-hour session, email digital.commons@dc.gov, or call 202-727-1175.  

To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Learn basic word-processing features that can help you to create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents that are used to apply for jobs. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: K. Lewis
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in the PC Basics class.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Word window.
  • Execute multiple text-selection techniques.
  • Apply basic formatting features.
  • Perform the Copy/Cut and Paste functions.
  • Execute the "Find and Replace" and "Go To" features.
  • Explore a variety of templates for creating letters, résumés, faxes, reports, stationery and more.
  • Apply themes, page borders, page colors and watermarks.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

11:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of the extensible markup language (XML) encoding language. In this class, you'll learn about the basics of XML, how to create a record declaration and a brief record in the XML standard.

Although not necessary, some experience with encoding languages (i.e. HTML) will be useful.

12:15 p.m.

Self-paced, practice tutorials and custom lessons for improving typing and keyboarding skills to help you create the cover letter and résumé needed to launch your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. Green
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

Class Objectives:

  • Practice home-row key typing in self-paced exercises.
  • Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed.
  • Customize practice lessons to enhance your typing skill abilities.
  • Practice constructing your own résumé using MB's Print Shop Résumé Pro Deluxe program.

Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.

2:30 p.m.

Are you seeking the right strategies to make your marketing efforts as effective as possible? This 2.5 hour workshop, co-sponsored by Constant Contact, Inc., is designed to uncover important and core marketing concepts and show how a little marketing knowledge can go a long way. 

Register Now

Registration is limited to 36 participants and workstations will be assigned to registered participants first. Walk-in participants are welcome and all participants can feel free to bring their tablets or laptops.

Instructor: R. Foster (see brief description of credentials below)
Computer Lab, Rm. 311

During this workshop, you will learn:

  • What marketing really is (and isn't)
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts
  • The 4 Pillars of Marketing Success - a framework that shows how difference marketing activities all fit together
  • That it's OK to start small, to start where you already are

Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge base from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.

PRESENTER:

Romona Foster is a social media trainer and consultant. She trains groups and individuals on how to use LinkedIn, how to market on Facebook, all about Twitter, Email Marketing, Pinterest, Google +, and Microsoft Office. She has conducted workshops for several organizations including “Discover the Power of Twitter Tweet-A-Thon Style” for Social Media Week 2013, Washington, DC and “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn: Personal Branding for Sales Professionals” for the National Sales Network DC-Baltimore chapter. Romona has also served as a guest panelist for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2013 “Reach & Sell to the Hispanic Market” and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Inc. Washington DC Chapter’s 2012 Pre-Conference Career Expo: “Using Social Media Networking to Advance Your Career” and “Branding: What Sets You Apart From Other Job Seekers?”. She has been featured on WEAA 88.9 FM’s Briefcase Workshop Radio program and has recorded five radio promos on Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WASH-FM (97.1) for Constant Contact. Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and an accredited Constant Contact Solution Provider; and a two-time recipient of the Constant Contact ALL STAR Award (2012 & 2013).

Monday, September 22, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Photoshop logoIn Photoshop 201, we will explore image adjustment options, layers and layer masks, and color correcting options utilizing Photoshop CS6.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc.
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate medical websites.
  • Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links.
  • Research personal health issues.
  • Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites.

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Presented by the Project for Intermediate Advocates.

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

8:00 p.m.

Fingers typing on a laptopThis is a drop-in clinic for those wanting to work on and troubleshoot your own WordPress blog or website.

This is an hour-long session for those seeking assistance and guidance for WordPress related questions.  This clinic is informal, collaborative working session, not a class. 

For more information, contact Anne Ledford at anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Learn more features of this spreadsheet software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: H. White
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate and Excel I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Manage the screen view and navigate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
  • Construct 3-D formulas, using the Consolidate feature, and execute the Paste Special function.
  • Engage and perform the Auto Outline, Data Validation and AutoFilter features.
  • Apply the stylized Conditional Formatting feature to spreadsheet data.
  • Protect worksheet/workbook environment.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:15 p.m.

Learn to calculate, research and display table data using Excel formulas. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Excel I Basics and Excel II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Calculate using the following formulas: SUMIF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS.
  • Research table data using the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP formulas.
  • Organize table data using PivotTables and PivotCharts.
  • Trace precedents, show formulas, and apply the Watch Window feature.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

7:30 p.m.

3d print braceletIn this class, you will learn how to design your own bracelet using TinkerCAD. Later, you can submit your  designs to have them printed on our 3-D printer!

















Pictured: Beautiful Chunky Bracelet, by aubenc

Thursday, September 25, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Learn to use the basic features of Web-based email and the significant function of attaching a document, such as your résumé, to your email transmission. The job search process requires that you have an established email account. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic feature and elements of a Web-based email environment
  • Read, send, forward and reply to email messages
  • Apply formatting features to email transmissions
  • Attach documents and graphics to an email transmission
  • Activate email options, e.g. signature, vacation responses and more
  • Create folders and insert email addresses into an address book
  • Create Group / Distribution Lists
  • Use appropriate email etiquette
  • Identify email abuse

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

2:30 p.m.

"Get LinkedIn!: How to Get Connected with LinkedIn" is sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc. and is a workshop that will introduce and connect you to the professional networking tool that provides the perfect opportunity for business owners, nonprofits and job seekers to build professional relationships and establish successful and fulfilling careers.  No social media experience required. (2.5 hours)

Register Now

Registration is limited to 36 participants and workstations will be assigned to registered participants first. Walk-in participants are welcome and all participants can feel free to bring their tablets or laptops.

Instructor: R. Foster (see brief description of credentials below)
Computer Lab, Room 311

We'll start from the beginning and discuss:

  • What LinkedIn is and why you should use it
  • How to create a great personal profile
  • How you can use it to build the relationships that are key to your success
  • Tips and techniques for LinkedIn best practices
  • LinkedIn tools and applications

At the end of this three-hour workshop you will be able to:

  • Update and manage your LinkedIn profile
  • Connect with your colleagues, prospects and recruiters
  • Use LinkedIn tools and applications
  • Add LinkedIn to your social media portfolio

Prerequisites:

  • Basic internet knowledge is required;
  • You must have a working email address, and know the password to get in it
  • Optional: Please bring your head shot on a USB flash drive

PRESENTER:

Romona Foster is a social media trainer and consultant. She trains groups and individuals on how to use LinkedIn, how to market on Facebook, all about Twitter, Email Marketing, Pinterest, Google +, and Microsoft Office. She has conducted workshops for several organizations including “Discover the Power of Twitter Tweet-A-Thon Style” for Social Media Week 2013, Washington, DC and “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn: Personal Branding for Sales Professionals” for the National Sales Network DC-Baltimore chapter. Romona has also served as a guest panelist for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2013 “Reach & Sell to the Hispanic Market” and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Inc. Washington DC Chapter’s 2012 Pre-Conference Career Expo: “Using Social Media Networking to Advance Your Career” and “Branding: What Sets You Apart From Other Job Seekers?”. She has been featured on WEAA 88.9 FM’s Briefcase Workshop Radio program and has recorded five radio promos on Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WASH-FM (97.1) for Constant Contact. Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and an accredited Constant Contact Solution Provider; and a two-time recipient of the Constant Contact ALL STAR Award (2012 & 2013).

6:00 p.m.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 logoIn this workshop, we will take our basic knowledge and apply some tools and tricks in Illustrator CS6 in order to build Infographics and visually represent data.  

 
 



6:15 p.m.

For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: J. Gregory
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

7:00 p.m.

asdfIntroduction to Computer Programming is designed to teach the basic skills needed to understand computer programming languages and to get started on the exciting path towards creating computer based content either for the PC, Tablet or the Web!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Image of keyboardAre you a history buff? Or do you just like to keep up with what's going on in the world every day? Do you regularly get into heated debates with your friends over the latest controversial issue? Well then, Step Into History, Current Events and Social Sciences Online Resources is the class for you! 

Meet us in Room 311 (third floor computer lab) for librarian-led instruction and hands-on practice with these valuable resources!

Contact Sarah Arnold at sarah.arnold@dc.gov with questions.

Required Skills: Basic computer skills and previous experience using a Web browser is preferable.

12:00 p.m.

Online Job PortalDo you need assistance filling out an online application or proofing your resume? If so, please sign up at the Digital Commons Desk for a one-on-one half-hour session, email digital.commons@dc.gov, or call 202-727-1175.  

To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.

4:00 p.m.

The internet is a powerful tool, for good or ill. Learn to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error, and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette, in Basic Internet Safety.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00 a.m.

For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. Green
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

12:15 p.m.

Learn basic word-processing features that can help you to create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents that are used to apply for jobs. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: K. Wahler
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in the PC Basics class.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Word window.
  • Execute multiple text-selection techniques.
  • Apply basic formatting features.
  • Perform the Copy/Cut and Paste functions.
  • Execute the "Find and Replace" and "Go To" features.
  • Explore a variety of templates for creating letters, résumés, faxes, reports, stationery and more.
  • Apply themes, page borders, page colors and watermarks.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

2:00 p.m.

Thinking about marketing your business with social media - or perhaps you are already using social media, but want to take it to the next level? This 3-hour workshop, sponsored in partnership with Constant Contact, Inc., is designed to be a fun, dynamic and informative session full of actionable insights, tips and techniques you can use immediately.

Register Now

Registration is limited to 36 participants and workstations will be assigned to registered participants first. Walk-in participants are welcome and all participants can feel free to bring their tablets or laptops.

Presenter: R. Foster (see brief description of credentials below)
Computer Lab, Room 311

In this workshop, we will:

  • Address your concerns about social media - it is for you and your business...
  • Show how effective social media marketing can drive repeat business, referrals and new business
  • Take a look at the 5 most popular social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest
  • Examine each social media network to determine its benefits
  • Learn how to post on social media and the "dos & don'ts" for each media
  • And much more

Come ready with your questions, your business cards, your creativity and your enthusiasm!

PRESENTER:

Romona Foster is a social media trainer and consultant. She trains groups and individuals on how to use LinkedIn, how to market on Facebook, all about Twitter, Email Marketing, Pinterest, Google +, and Microsoft Office. She has conducted workshops for several organizations including “Discover the Power of Twitter Tweet-A-Thon Style” for Social Media Week 2013, Washington, DC and “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn: Personal Branding for Sales Professionals” for the National Sales Network DC-Baltimore chapter. Romona has also served as a guest panelist for the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2013 “Reach & Sell to the Hispanic Market” and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Inc. Washington DC Chapter’s 2012 Pre-Conference Career Expo: “Using Social Media Networking to Advance Your Career” and “Branding: What Sets You Apart From Other Job Seekers?”. She has been featured on WEAA 88.9 FM’s Briefcase Workshop Radio program and has recorded five radio promos on Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WASH-FM (97.1) for Constant Contact. Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and an accredited Constant Contact Solution Provider; and a two-time recipient of the Constant Contact ALL STAR Award (2012 & 2013).

3:30 p.m.

Logo for Mail ChimpAre you a small business that needs a polished professional way to send important messages to your customers? Are you an artist looking to bring your next project to a wider audience? Or maybe you just want impress guests with your next dinner party invite. Whatever you hope to communicate with your next email, we can help you make it clear, creative and CAPTIVATING.

Attend DCPL's "Better Living Through Email" instructional program to learn the best practices for using Mailchimp, a powerful mass mailing tool that can get your message across the right way.


This class will cover…

  • Concept and purpose behind mass email
  •  Why and when to use Mailchimp… or any other mass email tool
  •  Creating a campaign
  •   Designing an email
  •   Design strategies and content best practices
  •   Creating and accessing mail templates
  •   Adding an email list
  •   Emailing rules opt-in\opt-out
  •   Spamming
  •   Scheduling an email
  •   Strategies and best practices

Monday, September 29, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Learn the basic features for creating a dynamic PowerPoint (slide show) presentation. This software is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: J. Taylor
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Word II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft PowerPoint window.
  • Create a simple slide presentation using the installed themes and design templates.
  • Identify and engage the three working panes of the PowerPoint environment.
  • Edit and customize each slide and insert SmartArt graphics and links.
  • Insert additional slides and delete unwanted slides.
  • Activate the slide show presentation.
  • Save the presentation as a slide show (.ppsx) and as a presentation (.pptx).

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

4:15 p.m.

Enhance your computer software and webpage development skills with self-paced online training that offer video presentations and step-by-step instructions.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and basic mouse and keyboarding skills.

Class Objectives: The following four online training websites will be featured during the Self-Paced Online Training (SPOT) Lab:

NOTE: Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.
6:30 p.m.

Expand on your Microsoft Access skills by learning how to build queries, aggregate data using basic functions, rename fields, and create macros.   

Instructor: P. McFadden
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Excel I Basics, Excel II Intermediate, Excel III Advanced and Access I Basics. Familiarity with the keyboard is also required.

You will learn to:

  • Import Data Methods by~
    • Importing data into a new table
    • Appending data to an existing table
    • Creating a linked data table
    •  Saving import steps
  • Perform Simple Queries by~
    • Identifying different query types (Select, Make Table, Append, Update, Crosstab, Delete)
    • Naming and saving queries
    • Sorting query results
    • Adding constraints (AND, OR, >, <, BETWEEN, Like)
  • Perform Advanced Queries by ~
    • Aggregating data using basic functions (sum, count, average)
    • Creating custom calculations
    • Looking behind the scenes at the SQL

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4:15 p.m.

Explore the many document creation possibilities of this powerful desktop publishing software. Microsoft Publisher is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate and PowerPoint

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Publisher window
  • Explore a variety of templates and their document creation requirements
  • Create a calendar, a greeting card, business cards and letterhead using the installed design templates
  • Format and link text boxes; insert WordArt and other graphics
  • Insert grid and ruler guides; manipulate margin settings
  • Insert additional pages and delete unwanted pages
  • Import a Word document into one of Publisher's stylized formats

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:30 p.m.

Learn the latest HTML standard (HTML 5) and how to engage its enhanced capability to deliver multimedia, graphics and other rich content in the creation of Web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: S. Dodge
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and any previous version of HTML. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Distinguish new elements and attributes in HTML 5
  • Insert and play video and audio using HTML 5
  • Insert 2-D/3-D drawing graphics using HTML 5
  • Insert new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections and articles
  • Insert new form elements, new input types, automatic validation
  • Save your HTML 5 document to your flash drive or send them to your email account.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your established email account.