Offered by popular demand, this class introduces you to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which are a simple way to add style (including fonts, color, and formatting) to websites. Good CSS skills help ensure your website will be well-designed, user friendly, and appealing to visitors. This hands-on class will show you useful free software for proficient use of CSS. It will also use DCN SimpleSites as a concrete example.
"District Dollars" is a web-based, interactive program to help you understand the DJUSD budget situation. You will learn about how we pay for California schools, how much money the District gets and how it is spent, what are the different options for balancing the budget, and the timeline for budget decisions. This is a collaborative project of DJUSD, DCN and community volunteers.
Davis Community Network frequently schedules free public classes and workshops as part of its commitment to educate the public about the Internet, DCN's community applications, and DCN's services. These classes are useful for organizations and individuals. Fabulous classes ranging from Internet safety to online collaboration tools to video creation and cloud computing have been added to our core offerings. Some of the classes are offered once only while others are ongoing. Admission is free. However, space is limited. Register now!
We will take you through the process of creating a web video for your organization. Elements include: defining your audience, soliciting ideas, drafting a script, selecting visuals and music, and choosing a style (formal? informal? testimonial?). This is not a technical class, although we will give you useful information about tools, software and editing.
Do you know what to do if you get a computer virus, or how to turn off geolocation on your smartphone? These are two of the topics we will address in this class on Internet security. Other topics include malware, phishing, scams, identity theft, antivirus and firewall software, passwords, social media privacy concerns, router settings, smartphones, and much more. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required!
Want to enjoy the convenience of Wi-Fi and its many uses in your organization or at home? This class covers basic concepts of routing, and safe operation and usage of the router. Come and learn how to set up a wireless router, secure it, and do port forwarding. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.
What is the "cloud"? Do you still need a PC? This class will define cloud computing, describe the benefits and challenges, help you understand how the different aspects fit together (software applications, virtual servers, web-based applications such as Google Docs) and discuss security issues.
Very glad to see many of you there! Thanks to DCN volunteers for staffing our booth -- Bill Buchnan, Tsui Chang, Sheila Evans, Jim Frame, Teri Greenfield and Russ Hobby.
DCN will have a booth at Celebrate Davis on Thursday, May 17, 4:30-9:00 p.m. Our theme this year will be "What's New at DCN". Come visit us and tell us what's new with you!
Look Before You Leap: Choosing the Best Communication Tools for Your Nonprofit. Does your nonprofit organization want to make a greater impact, involve more people or raise more money? You can if you get better at reaching out, telling your story and getting people to notice you. This is what strategic communication is all about. There are a lot of tools out there designed to help you communicate with your various target audiences. Some are traditional (like press releases and direct mail), some are new like social media (Facebook, Twitter). What tools are best for you? Tuesday, 5/1/2012, 6:30 PM at 526 B St. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.
Thanks to the new and larger classroom, we were able to accommodate all who had registered for this free class.
Davis parcel taxes explained.
We have recently released short step-by-step video tutorials for DCN's Nonprofit Internet Toolkit. The toolkit includes tools for SimpleSites, email list management and web calendars. Topics range from adding a Facebook box to your SimpleSite, changing your website's visual theme, embedding a video, to changing Mailman's administrative password.
What a fabulous class on digital image basics! Instructor Nick Cheng effectively put complex concepts into readily digestible language and balanced the demonstration with fun filled hands-on. Here's the handout (slides in PDF) which includes a list of resources for digital image editing - online or offline, free or commercial. A great start to get participants ready for more exploration.
When you leave the class, you'll have a conceptual understanding of how a digital image is stored, what factors affect image size and appearance, tips for managing images and tools you can utilize to ensure your images are ready for printing and/or posting on the web. Tuesday, 4/24/2012, 6:30 PM, at 526 B Street. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required.
Listen to the podcast on the topic of "Cutting the Cable" broadcast on March 28th.
Over 100 attended the presentation on March 22 organized by UC Davis's Worklife and Wellness program.
Video streaming of the March 20, 2012 meeting is available online.
Whether you work for UC Davis or not, the advice from their campus-wide smartphone security campaign is sound for all.
We're starting to develop our Spring class schedule, and we need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete a very short survey. Let us know what Internet topics you are interested in learning about, what times are best for you, and any other suggestions you have. Our classes are free and taught by knowledgeable volunteers, and we will be in a new, larger location this Spring. We would appreciate your response by Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 5 p.m.