J. Kevin Chapman didn't mince words Monday afternoon when asked exactly what brought him to a free class on apps and navigating the Internet.
"I'm technologically challenged," the Mount Prospect resident said. "And that's putting it nicely."
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Chapman, who is brushing up his computer skills while between jobs, joined 30 or so premium Daily Herald subscribers, who took advantage of the first in a series of six workshops put on by the Daily Herald and Microsoft.
Monday's sections quickly filled up, so classes also will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays until Aug. 28. Workshops take place at the Microsoft store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
The future lineup includes Outlook email; saving and sharing files and photos; Facebook; online security, privacy and safety (including creating and storing secure passwords); and Skype.
Kari Irwin, marketing projects coordinator for the Daily Herald, said the goal is to help premium seven-day subscribers to become more familiar with tablets, smartphones, computers and the basics of the Internet.
"We want our readers to get the most out of the products available to them, including our e-edition, which has the look and feel of the Daily Herald's printed newspaper," Irwin said.
Although there were slips and fumbles at the onset -- simply learning how to properly tap on the screen of a tablet was a new experience for some -- the class was an eye-opener for many.
"We just want to get some more experience and knowledge," said Wayne resident Bob Barrett, who signed up with his wife, Marge.
"I just got Windows 8 and I'm ready to throw my computer out the window, so hopefully I'll learn a thing or two."
To sign up for one, two or all six classes, visit events.dailyherald.com/Daily_Herald_Events/microsoft.html.