Windows 10

If you are in the work place the more tech savvy you are, the better. If you are retired, the more "tech-savvy" you are, the better. And if you are buying a new computer you will need to become more "tech-savvy" because it will come with Windows 10.

We offer 47 Lesson Plans on Windows 10! As Microsoft says, "Windows 10 combines new things with the familiar." Here is what the new Start Menu looks like!


Like Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 is created for use on the smartphone and tablet as well as your PC at home or work.

I like Windows 10.  Not having to go back and forth between the Desktop and Start Screen is definitely better. And the new Task View and Virtual Desktops are great! We have new Lesson Plans available to learn how to use these useful new features.

Photoshop Collage

I love to tell stories in photo collages. Lots of creative ideas for you to try in these new Lesson Plans.

Collaging is great fun and very useful. You can learn to create an image using multiple pictures, text, shapes, and even scanned objects. A collage can tell a story using several pictures in one image. This is especially fun if you travel with a group because you can send them your collage as a memento of your travels.

We have 16 Lesson Plans available creating different types of collages. For example:

Combine treasured images from the past with today's pictures. These two images represent six generations of women in one family:


 Combine your travel photos in interesting and artful collages to make showing them to friends and family less painful:


You can get a lot of mileage out of your images by having fun with them. Add a pet to a cell phone and email it to the pet's owner:


We now have ten new Lesson Plans for:

Microsoft Outlook 2013

There are also Lesson Plans available for Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2007.

Microsoft Outlook, which is included in Office 2013, is a personal information manager.outlooklogo

This program is more powerful than you may realize! You can use it for the following:

• It is a way to send and receive email
• It includes a calendar and
• A task manager and
• A contact manager
• It will allow you to make notes or journal
• And it allows for web browsing.

The following is some good infromation from The Rackspace Blog and Newsroom that covers the new features in Microsoft Outlook nicely:

1) The sleek new design allows you to view snapshots of your calendar, schedule or contacts within the inbox minimizing the need to switch tabs.

2) The new People Hub automatically consolidates contact information from numerous sources and displays their latest social activity from Facebook and LinkedIn. You can quickly see contact information and reach out to contacts directly from the Inbox and anywhere in Outlook 2013.

3) The attachment reminder detects if you mentioned an attachment and forgot to include it in the email – no need to send a second email and say “oops, forgot the attachment.”

4) The Message Preview feature allows the first line of each email to be seen in the inbox without clicking on the email.

5) The weather bar addition allows you to check the weather without leaving your inbox.”

Online Encyclopedias

Times have changed and encyclopedias are not what they used to be...they are much, much more! We have added information on seven interesting encyclopedia websites for you to visit, such as the Encyclopedia Smithsonian:



New for the Winter of 2014

Two new sections are now available...

Microsoft Publisher 2013

New Lesson Plans are now available in Publisher 2013. Learn how to use this handy software by creating greeting cards, calendars, flyers and postcards. Tutorials are available for Publisher 2010 and 2007 as well.

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Also available this winter...

Facebook Updates

Our Facebook Lesson Plans have gotten a "face lift". We have also added new information on how to post and how to use privacy settings. The holiday season is a great time to catch up with friends and family and Facebook makes that easy for you to do once you know how to use it!

New for the Fall of 2014

Let's talke about animation in PowerPoint!

I enjoy using animated gifs to create my own images...and it is much easier than you might think!

Create an animated card in PowerPoint

Use a PowerPoint Lesson Plan to learn to create an animated invitation to your Harvest Party, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas gathering or New Year's party.



happy-new-year-colorful-animationDownload fun Animated Gifs like this one to put in PowerPoint presentations or send to friends as email attachments using our Lesson Plan called Internet Gifs & Clip Art.

FreeAnimated Gifs. They are in the public domain so there are no strings attached to using them!









 What's New for the Summer of 2014

Good Ways to Write

Whether you’re writing a thank-you note or your memoir, or you just want easy-to-understandLynette tips to avoid common grammar pitfalls, our new Exploring the World department, Good Ways to Write, can help.

For starters, long-time professional freelance copyeditor Lynette M. Smith offers solid grammar tips—in plain English—on spelling, punctuation, word placement, word usage, clear, concise writing, and formatting in Word or in HTML. She also provides good ways to write a “bad news” letter or email to elicit the best results without ruining relationships.

Then, as gratitude expert and author of the award-winning comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special, Lynette shows you how easy it is to use your computer to express your appreciation in a treasured letter of appreciation or in creative, frame-worthy word art, when the magnitude of your gratitude is bigger than a thank-you note. Curious as to the far-reaching impact these important letters and projects have? Visit the Heartfelt Stories page to LynettesBookread others’ stories.

And as someone sympathetic to your challenge when your adult child asks you to write your memoir (gulp!), she provides an easy, fun approach.

Or perhaps you’re thinking about self-publishing a book and wondering how that process works. Check out Lynette’s 12 Steps to a Self-Published Book for get-to-the-point guidance!

Find all this, plus resources and more about Lynette’s book, at Good Ways to Write,  MyPCSchool’s new Explore the World department. Write on!



Photoshop Elements Restoration and Repair

Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” For me learning about Photoshop Elements was all about this quotation. And it just keeps getting better.

This month I added 14 Lesson Plans and 3 Special Links in our Photoshop Elements 12 Restoration and Repair section.


If you don't already have Photoshop Elements software on your computer, I'll bet you would enjoy making this your "What's New" project on your journey to improve your computer skills.

Photoshop Elements is an inexpensive program available for under $100. You can find it at, Best Buy, etc. I have seen specials making it available for only $69. With the Elements 12 software and our Lesson Plans you can start doing your own photo restoration and repairs.

I have prepared a PowerPoint Presentation to show you what's possible.

Click here: 
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What's New in Winter 2014

Here's a Great New Year's Resolution...
Get Your Files and Folders Organized!

Keeping your files and folders under control is the same kind of gift to give yourself as getting your house cleaned! Being able to find what you want when you want it will save you time and frustration.

Using the file management tools in Windows File Explorer, you can save files in folders with appropriate names for easy identification, quickly and easily create new folders so you can reorganize information and delete files and folders that you no longer need. You can also search for a file when you cannot remember where you stored it, create shortcuts to files and folders for quick and easy access, and even compress files and folders to save space.

We have 10 Lesson Plans for Windows 7 available to get you going.We also have 10 Lesson Plans available for Windows File Explorer 8 and 8.1. Windows File Explorer in Windows 8 & 8.1 has received a facelift. There is now a Ribbon for you to use. All you need to do is understand how the filing system works and you can keep yourself pulled together!




Our first newsletter is available!


We are very pleased that we have been getting many nice compliments on our Campus Bytes Newsletter that was emailed this month. Our Newsletter Editor, Jane Booras, did a super job of sharing news about our Online Learning Lesson and our Photo Restoration PowerPoint Presentation.


If you didn't receive your copy, take a look by going to:

Also please "Contact Us" so we can add your name to our email list for the May edition of Campus Bytes.


What's New for the 2013 Holidays

Windows 8.1 has arrived and so have new Lesson Plans addressing the changes. The Windows 8.1 Start Screen has all the same basic components as Windows 8, plus some interesting new features and tweaks.

The new Search Everything feature is very helpful, and there is a new Start Button--sort of--on the Desktop. It is well worth learning about!


Photoshop Elements 12 has also arrived on the scene this Fall. The Toolbox has been rearranged and the interface has changed (especially since Photoshop Elements 10). It just keeps getting better and better, and more fun...once you know how to us it!


Some new features include:

The Content-aware Move Tool
Auto Smart Tone
Enhanced Quick edit mode (frames, textures, and effects)
Greeting card printing
New Guided Edits
Content-aware fill for edges of straightened photos
Pet eye effect removal

New in October 2013

Join us as we explore Google Earth, a truly remarkable program. To quote from their website, "Google Earth allows you to travel the world through a virtual globe and view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more.

With Google Earth's rich, geographical content, you are able to experience a more realistic view of the world. You can fly to your favorite place, search for businesses and even navigate through directions." 

You can explore anywhere on earth, explore the sky, dive in the ocean, walk on the moon or visit Mars!



New in September 2013

We're proud to announce that is now on YouTube. We produced a two minute video that previews our new "SEE-READ-DO" Learning System that we are currently in the process of implementing on our campus.

Just click here to take a look... mypcyoutube.

You will also find the YouTube icon on our Home Page. We will be adding more videos in the future.

Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
  • Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute


New in August 2013

New Lesson Plans on Windows 8! 

If you bought a new computer recently I am sure you are experiencing the same culture shock I did when I first opened it and discovered Windows 8. It is really different from Windows 7. It is interesting. It is a challenge but after a while I also found it to be fun. Learning something new is good for us. 

Throughout our campus, we stress the importance of LifeLong Learning. We all know that we need to continue using our minds to make them strong. Unlike working puzzles or playing games, learning new things on the computer is not only a  great way to strengthen our mental capabilities, it has added benefits. To quote Nancy Nordstrom, our LifeLong Learning Faculty member...

"Keeping up with technology is one sure way to keep your brain challenged and alert. In this ever-evolving 'techie' world there’s something new to learn every single day!" 



New in July 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 has made new changes, rearranged some things and left a lot is still the same. I love the new Read Mode which works great with those PDF files you can now open in Word. Take a look at the Lesson Plans to get an idea of what's new and what's the same in Microsoft Word!


 New in June 2013

Microsoft Excel 2013 has a number of smaller changes. It uses only 24 colors in the Ribbon and the Excel window presentation. The reason fewer colors are used is to help to set off your data. Take a look at the Lesson Plans to get an idea of what's new and what's the same in Microsoft Excel!


New in May 2013

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 is similar in many ways to previous versions, with some added bells and whistles such as improved presenter views, new design tools, motion path improvements and merging common shapes to name a few. Take a look at the Lesson Plans to get an idea of what's new and what's the same in Microsoft PowerPoint!



New in April 2013

All over the USA, Boomers and Seniors are using their years of experience, creativity and knowledge to make special things happen.

We've started a new Campus Blog on our website where we will be sharing the stories, photography and inspirational thoughts of these "make it happen" students and faculty members.bloghomepageHere is just a sample of what you have to look forward to on our new Blog:

Nancy Mertz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater, will share her inspiring story along with excellent information about Life Long Learning.

Jane Booras, the Editor of numerous newsletters, will be sharing her knowledge about how you can find whatever you need - photos, clipart, information, maps, phone numbers - on the Internet.

Dave Berry, whose marvelous photos appear throughout our website, will be sharing photo tips and his favorite photography websites. Dave's photo safari has taken him all over the world including to the sidelines of the USC football games from 1976 to 1990 as one of the team photographers.

Patti Berry remembers baking with her Mom way before she could reach the counter top. Her sweet mother always had a stepping stool for her to stand on so they could help mix and roll and cut and prepare yummy goodies together. After a start like that, it's no wonder she is such a great cook! She'll be sharing some of that yummy baking information with us.

So check back often--we hope to post four times a week. Click this button to take a look:



New in March 2013


Two new search engines reviewed with a Lesson Plan on one. A computational Search Engine and a timesaving metasearch engine.




 New in February 2013

Managing and organizing the files and folders on your computer is a wonderful gift to give yourself! Like a clean house. We now have ten updated Lesson Plans on Windows Explorer for Windows 7.



 New in January 2013

New in January we have an Introduction and five Lesson Plans on Pinterest.

From an article on Social Media called Pinterest Definition by Leslie Walker:

"Here's a simple definition: is a photo-sharing website with social networking features. Its main innovation is a grid-style layout that arranges images into what it calls 'virtual pinboards.'

The pinboards work like online photo albums and can be browsed, shared, re-shared, liked and, of course, commented on."




New in December 2012

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Create Your Own Christmas Gift Tags 

I don't know about you, but in our house we often run out of Gift Tags at the most inconvenient time, especially on Christmas Eve when we are wrapping the last of our presents. This quandary is easily addressed using Microsoft Word's Gift Tags Template. Write them out or type the up!



Use Microsoft Publisher 2010 or 2007 to create bookmarks for table favors or Christmas gifts. It is simple, easy and a lot of fun.

Choose from four different categories:bookmark7

  • Arctic and Antarctic Animals
  • Tropical Animals
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Pets

We have also added an interesting new link in The Travel Center.


Learn to create Gift Tags using a template or your own text and pictures. It's fun, handy and unique.

New for the Fall of 2012

flyerexamplesmallFour new Lesson Plans used to create a Fundraising Flyer in Microsoft WordPad for Windows 7.

Practice with:

  • Formatting text
  • Adding a photo
  • Adding Bullets
  • Using interesting Fonts
  • Setting up your flyer

The result is and eyecatching, fun exercise where you can be creative with simple skills.

The Evergreen Club

If you enjoy people-to-people contacts when you travel, you'll be amazed at the Evergreen Club's network of bed & breakfast home-stays - friendly, economical and downright fun.

In the Explore the World Department we have added five new links to the Health and Fitness Section leading to websites on nutrition, women's health, exercise and The Senior Games.

What's New Summer 2012

It’s been a busy summer at Computer School for Boomers and Seniors. Our Faculty has been adding a lot of new Lesson Plans for you.  Our school is evergreen. We already have the largest selection of online computer Lesson Plans created specifically for Boomers and Seniors, but we just keep growing. More Lesson Plans or upgrades are added weekly. Here are some of our newest Lesson Plans:


Photoshop Elements 10


Forty Photoshop Elements Lessons upgraded for Version 10. These Lesson Plans include a tool by tool explanation of what is in the Toolbox, along with Projects to practice with.

Two new Lessons added on The Histogram and Clipping.


Internet Explorer


Learn how to browse the web in style with the help of seven Lessons on Internet Explorer.

This section includes Browser Overview, Using Tools, Using Favorites, Setting Up a Home Page, Internet Addresses and Tab Browsing

Windows Explorer

windowsexplorer2Managing and organizing the files and folders on your computer is a wonderful gift to give yourself! Like a clean house. We now have ten updated Lesson Plans on Windows Explorer for Windows 7.

Managing and organizing the files and folders on your computer is a wonderful gift to give yourself! Like a clean house. We now have ten updated Lesson Plans on Windows Explorer for Windows 7.


The Get Connected Department


 The following Lesson Plans in the Get Connected department have been updated:

  • Search Engines
  • Maps and Directions
  • Online Greeting Cards
  • Using Email
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Creating a blog

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