Online Workshops

Kramden has launched new online workshops to keep you and your family active and learning at home. Check back weekly for the latest!

Image Editing Series in July and August! Learn new skills using a powerful, free editing app. Take one or both of the basic classes to be ready for the two advanced classes.

Basic Image Editing: Intro to Layers

Take your image editing skills a layer deeper! Using the powerful, free GNU Image Manipulation Program, you’ll learn to harness the power of layers to change and combine images. We’ll cover creating and working with layers, blending modes, the eraser tool, adding alpha channels and adjusting layer opacity.
Wednesday, August 5, 2 pm – 3 pm
Ages 11 and up
Free
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Take Charge of Your Google Account Data

What information about you does your Google Account save? How do you set limits on that info, keep it private, or delete it? It’s time for a privacy checkup! We’ll guide you through where to find the key personal data about your browsing and search history, your Google Assistant requests, location tracking, and more.
Thursday, August 6, 2 pm – 3 pm
All Ages
Free
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Advanced Image Editing: Digital Collage and Masking

Create amazing, fun digital images using advanced techniques! If you’ve taken our previous image editing workshops, join us again to dive deeper into the powerful, free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). In this next-level workshop we’ll dig into advanced layer techniques and masking, altering and combining images to create a collage. This is an extended 90 minute session.
Prerequisite: Previous Image Editing online workshop.
Wednesday, August 12, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Ages 11 and up
Free
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PCPartPicker: Plan Your Computer Build

Learn the ins and outs of PCPartPicker, the free site that helps you build a computer by creating a list of compatible parts and prices. Assemble and share your list, compare specs and create automatically updating lists, choose between models and brands, and compare builds for different budgets. Also includes Q&A for major building decisions such as CPU, GPU, and price points.
Wednesday, July 8, 2 pm – 3 pm
All ages
Free
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Build a PC: Live Demos – Now open to all ages!

Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, and troubleshooting. Watch and ask questions as the instructor builds and modifies a gaming PC.
2-hour extended workshop
Thursday, August 13, 2 pm – 4 pm
All ages
$15
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Advanced Image Editing: Bending Reality

Alter the real world in your images or create your own reality! If you’ve taken a previous image editing workshop, dive deeper into the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) in this next-level workshop. We’ll use GIMP’s advanced tools to “doctor” images to your liking. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility! This is an extended 90 minute session.
Prerequisite: Previous Image Editing online workshop.
Wednesday, August 12, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Ages 11 and up
Free
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Make Windows 10 Work for You

Customize your Windows 10 experience to fit your workflow and preferences. Access apps faster, organize and find files more efficiently, navigate advanced features like a pro, and adjust the appearance of the Start menu, Quick Access bar, and status bar to keep what you use most in easy view. Your Windows 10 experience can be unique and personalized.
Thursday, August 20, 2 pm – 3 pm
All Ages
Free
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Online Camps

We’re bringing our STEAM camps to you! Spark your child’s imagination with our creative technology camps. Try game design, Scratch coding, electronics, digital creativity, and music coding. Or check out our live computer-building demos.

Computer Classes Postponed

To help keep our community healthy during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we have postponed our Monday night computer classesWe will contact each participant with updated information. If you have any questions, please contact us at 919-293-1133.

Computer Classes for Beginners

Postponed until further notice
Normally held Monday evenings, 6 – 8 pm (unless noted)
Choose dates below

FREE. Ages 18+

This four-class series helps beginners with little or no computer experience learn basic skills. Free computer offer! Attend all four classes to receive a free refurbished desktop computer system (one per household). Sponsored by MetLife.

  • Computer Basics. Learn how to use Windows, including basic programs; saving, copying, and deleting files; organizing folders, and using USB drives.
  • Office Programs. Learn how to use free LibreOffice programs to create simple documents; use cut, copy, and paste; and get an introduction to creating spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Internet Basics. Learn how to browse websites; find good info using Google searches; filling out forms; keeping accounts secure; and avoiding scams.
  • Social Media Savvy. Learn about social media sites; protecting your privacy; avoiding scams; and enjoying and sharing photos, music, and videos.

TechGirlz Workshop Postponed

The Python programming workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 26, has been postponed until a later date. If you registered, please check your email for updates.

Our digital literacy and technology training program inspires success by teaching critical computer and Internet skills.

Questions? Contact us at classes@kramden.org.

Scholarships: Many Kramden classes are free. Need-based scholarships are available for other camps & classes. Apply for a scholarship here.

Volunteer as an assistant instructor or even lead a class. Email us to find out how you can help.

Kramden’s classes are taught in the Lenovo Learning Lab at our office in Durham. Get directions.