SDM Foundation offers lessons on a variety of topics. Most lessons are limited to 4 students to ensure personalized attention. You may use your equipment or borrow our equipment during your lesson.

To find a lesson, use the categories below to search by Topic, Equipment type, Experience level, or a combination of these categories. Lessons that fit your criteria will display below. We can also provide you with a one-on-one tutorial on any of the topics listed below. Request an appointment by email at info@sdmfoundation.net or call us at 781-606-2621.

Visit the SDM Foundation YouTube channel to see our growing collection of short video tutorials.

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Chromebook Beginner

Learn the basics about how to use a Chromebook, and a brief overview of some basic apps. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required. Equipment: Chromebook

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What makes a Chromebook unique?
  • How do I use a Chromebook?
  • What can I do on a Chromebook?
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How to search

Finding information online is easier if you know how searching works. These techniques are useful whether you are looking for a website or a particular piece of information. Some prior knowledge of how to use a web browser is helpful. Equipment: Any

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to use Good50.com and Google.com
  • Where to find information on the Web
  • What is Wikipedia and should I rely on it?
  • How to identify good search terms
  • How to evaluate search results
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iPad Beginner

Learn the basics about how to use an iPad. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required. Equipment: iPad

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to turn on and off an iPad
  • What are apps and what kinds are available?
  • How to interact with an iPad and its apps
  • What are gestures and how do you use them?
  • What apps come with an iPad, and how do you use them?
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iPad Intermediate

Delve deeper into the apps available for iPads. This lesson will cover topics such as what are apps, where do you get them and how do you use them. This is an intermediate lesson where some prior knowledge of how to use an iPad is helpful. Equipment: iPad – This lesson can be taken multiple times, and will cover different apps depending on the interest of the attendees.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to use the basic apps that come with an iPad
  • What additional apps would be useful?
  • Common ways of interacting with apps
  • How to manage your apps
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iPad Topics – Additional

This lesson can be taken multiple times, and will cover different apps depending on the interest of the attendees.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to use Siri – ex: “Call Home” , “What is on my calendar today?”
  • How to print from your iPad
  • How to share pictures or files — e.g. AirDrop
  • Troubleshooting steps for iPads
  • Difference between Wi-Fi and cellular
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Internet Safety/Privacy

Learn how to go online safely. Whether you are sending and receiving email, shopping online or just playing games, learn how to avoid phishing, scams and viruses.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to identify and avoid dangerous websites
  • How to evaluate the safety of websites
  • How to use public wifi safely
  • How to report phishing and spam emails
  • How to identify and avoid ads
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Kindle Beginner

Learn the basics about how to use a Kindle and a brief overview of some basic apps. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required. Equipment: Kindle

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What kinds of Kindles are there?
  • Where to find books
  • How to put books on a Kindle
  • How to read on a Kindle
  • How to check out and return library books on a Kindle
  • What makes reading on a Kindle different from reading on things like an iPad or a desktop?
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The Cloud Introduction

Have you always wanted to know more about the cloud and how to safely store your documents and pictures somewhere that’s easy to find? This lesson will show you the basics of iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What is the cloud?
  • How do I store items in the cloud?
  • Why would I store items in the cloud?
  • Is it safe?
  • Which cloud service should I use?
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The Cloud Advanced

Do you want to ensure that you are making the best use of your cloud storage? This lesson will show you additional details of storing documents in iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • Is it safe?
  • What files should I, or should I not, store in the cloud?
  • Which cloud should I use and why?
  • How to make the most of the cloud storage available to you.
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Online Games

Learn about the different types of games on the internet and how to use them. Knowledge of how to use the internet may be helpful.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • The types of games online
  • What information is ok to give away?
  • Where to find games
  • Cost of games
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Photography Beginner

Have you wanted to learn about taking and editing pictures on iPads and phones? This lesson can be taken multiple times and will continue to evolve with technology.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • Take a picture with an iPad or a phone
  • Transfer pictures from a digital camera to an iPad or a computer
  • Basics of editing pictures in MacOS or Windows 10
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Should I buy a computer?

Learn what a computer could do for you to make your life easier, richer and more fun. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What can you do with a computer?
  • What kinds of computers are there – Mac vs PC, tablet vs. desktop – and how are they different?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of computers
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Video Chatting Beginner

This lesson will cover how to use Skype and Facetime to video chat with people you know. Some basic knowledge of how to use the computer is useful for this lesson. Equipment: Any

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to place a video chat call
  • How to answer a video chat call
  • Basics about the different programs that can be used to video chat
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Computer terminology

In this lesson, you will get an overview of the terminology used in the computer world. Many of these words have real world uses, which may or may not make sense when applied to the computer world. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required.

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What is the Web/Internet

A beginning lesson that will guide you through an introduction to the web. No prior knowledge is required. Equipment: Any

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What is the internet and the web?
  • What kinds of things can people do on the web?
  • How to do you get to the web?
  • How to manipulate the Chrome browser
  • How do you find things on the web?
  • What other browsers can be used?
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Which computer should I buy?

Learn why you might want an iPad instead of a Chromebook, or a Mac instead of a Windows computer. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • Why choose a tablet vs a desktop?
  • Why choose Mac OS X vs Windows 10?
  • Where do you go to buy a computer?
  • What choices will you have to make?
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Windows 10 Beginner

Learn the basics about how to use a Windows 10, and a brief overview of some basic apps. This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required. Equipment: Windows

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to turn on, shut down, and put the computer to sleep
  • What is Windows 10?
  • How do I interact with the Computer?
  • What can I do with the apps that come with the Computer?
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Google Ed for Parents

Google Classroom is an educational tool which provides a virtual classroom space for both students and teachers to manage assignments and collaborate digitally. Google Classroom is increasingly being used in the Melrose Public School system as well as many others. This class will give parents a primer on how these Google education tools work and an increased understanding of the virtual classroom their children are taking part in.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How Google Classroom Works, and its benefits
  • What comes with a Google Ed account and how to use it effectively (Google App Suite)
    • Docs
    • Drive
    • Sheets
    • Slides
  • How assignments are handled through Google Ed
  • How shared documents work
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Blogging – Beginner

In this series of beginning lessons, we will learn the basics of blogging and simple web design for business or pleasure. We will use Wix during this lesson, but the information will apply to other web sites such as WordPress.

After taking this lesson, you will know how to:

  • Register for a free Wix site
  • Choose a template
  • Navigate the Wix website
  • Customize the template to personalize it
  • Post a blog entry
  • Explore widgets and other features
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Word Processing Beginner

A lesson for people who would like learn how to type a letter, a resume, or other type of document. This lesson is for beginners to word processing, but for those who have at least a little experience using a computer. This lesson can include instruction on any type of computer.

When you have completed this lesson you will know:

  • How to create a new document
  • Blank or Template
  • How to type text
  • Basic Formatting
  • Basic Page Layout – Horizontal or Vertical
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Spreadsheets Beginner

 

A lesson for people who would like to learn how to create a spreadsheet. This lesson is for beginners to spreadsheets, but for those who have at least a little experience using a computer. This lesson can include instruction on any type of computer.

When you have completed this lesson you will know:

  • Which spreadsheet software you should use
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Apple Numbers
    • Google Sheets
  • How to create a new spreadsheet
    • Blank or using a Template
  • How to type in cells
  • Basic Formatting
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Spreadsheet Intermediate

A lesson for people who would like to find out more about how to create and format spreadsheets. This lesson assumes some knowledge of basic spreadsheet creation. This lesson can include instruction on any type of computer.

When you have completed this lesson you will know:

  • Additional Calculations (Formulas)
    • Absolute cell vs Relative cell References
    • Functions
    • Linking between Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Formatting
  • How to work with Data
  • How to Filter Data
  • How to Create a Chart
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Parent Social Media Safety

Social Media is about connecting and sharing data with others.  This lesson will help you to guide your child to make safe choices when using social media.  This lesson is for those who have a little experience with computers. Equipment: Any.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • Safety/privacy settings and the limitations of these settings
  • Sites to be aware of
  • General safety tips
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Presentation Intermediate

A lesson for people who would like to find out more about how to create slide show presentations. This lesson assumes some knowledge of basic slide show presentation. This lesson can include instruction on any type of computer.

When you have completed this lesson you will know:

  • How to include the following in your presentation –
    • Videos
    • Audio
    • Tables
    • Charts
    • Links
    • Action Buttons
    • Notes
  • How to Review Presentations
  • How to Rehearse your presentation
  • How to present your presentation
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Presentations Beginner

A lesson for people who would like to find out how to create a slideshow presentation. This lesson is for beginners to presentations, but for those who have at least a little experience using a computer. This lesson can include instruction on any type of computer.

When you have completed this lesson you will know:

  • Which presentation software you should use
    • Microsoft Powerpoint
    • Apple Keynote
    • Google Slides
  • How to create a presentation
    • Blank or using a Template
  • How to create a Slide in a presentation
    • Blank or Template
    • Themes
    • Typing Text
    • Adding Pictures
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MAC OS Beginner

Learn the basics about how to use Mac OS (operating system), Mac computers and some of the basic applications.  This is a beginning lesson where no prior knowledge is required.  Equipment: a Mac computer.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • How to turn a Mac on/off and sleep mode
  • The basics of how a Mac works
  • Basic Mac terms and operations
  • Basic Mac functions and applications

 

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Which applications should I use?

Google, Microsoft and Apple all have a similar suite of applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as document storage options. This lesson is for someone who would like to see the differences so that they can choose which set to work with.

After taking this lesson, you will know –

  • Some differences between the suites of applications
    • Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and Apple iWork suites
  • Costs
  • Which Computers they work on
Intermediate Word Processing

Do you want to know how to type a document on a computer? This lesson will show you what the major text editing software can do. Some basic knowledge of word processing is useful for this lesson.

Equipment: Any

After Taking this lesson you will know:

  • The difference between word processors
  • Sharing documents
  • How to create a table
  • How to edit columns
  • How to add headers and footers
  • How to track changes
  • How to insert a picture into a document
    • Inline
    • Behind
  • How to use headings for a layout
  • How to use a template e.g. Newsletter, Letter, Resume
  • Printing tips for more complex documents
Online Banking

Do you want to check your bank balance or make payments online? This lesson will show you how to interact with a bank online. Some basic knowledge of how to use a computer is useful for this lesson.

Equipment: Any

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What you can do online with a bank
    • How to view your account
    • How to set up accounts for payment
    • How to pay an individual bill
    • How to set up automatic payments
  • How to pay at bill at the biller’s website
    • A business
    • The city
    • Utilities
  • Safety issues
Blogging/Website Design – Beginner

More and more people are creating websites online as a way to express themselves and get in touch with others. Businesses cannot afford not to have a website as a way of reaching more potential customers. In this multi part beginner lesson, we’ll take you through the process of creating a website step by step.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What free and paid options you have to create a website or blog
  • How to set up a simple website or blog
  • How to choose a theme
  • How to make simple edits to your theme
  • How to fill the theme with your content
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Coding – Beginner

Whether your aim is to become a computer programmer, to maintain your own website, or just to see what this coding thing is all about, this multi day lesson is for you. We will explain what different coding languages are out there, and give you some hands on experience.

After taking this lesson you will know:

  • What a programming language is
  • The basic building blocks of programming
  • What programming syntax looks like
  • How to continue learning this or another language
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