iPhone Basics 2

In this session, we continue the overview of iPhone Settings.    As we go through the Settings Menu, we will touch on many of the more advanced functions; Wallet & Apple Pay, App Store, and Passwords & Accounts.   Please note, we will only address iPhones capable of running the latest IOS version 13.  All students are required to have latest version of IOS installed on phone prior to class.

Platform:  iPhone SE thru iPhone 11

iPhone Basics 1

This is the first class in a series that will take you through iPhone basics.  In this class, we go through setting up the phone to include Apple ID, Security, Data transfer/restore, and Settings Menu.  As we go through the Settings Menu, we will touch on many of the more advanced functions.  Please note, we will only address iPhones capable of running the latest IOS version 13.  All students are required to have latest version of IOS installed on phone prior to class.

Platform:  iPhone SE thru iPhone 11

Browsers & Extensions (Mac)

Browsers & Extensions (MAC)  We will discuss the different browsers for your computer, (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.; there are over 100) and explore the many capabilities each offers.  Will also look at browser security/speed, and see if one browser is better than the other.  Did you know that you can add “Apps” to your browser to make it more useful to include blocking many of those pesky pop-up ads, using a password manager, or just changing the appearance.  Following the discussion, we are going to run through several exercises on the computer using Safari, a browser for the MAC.  Platform:  MAC

Everything Passwords (Mac)

Are you writing your important passwords on a piece of paper you keep under the keyboard, in a wallet, or just locking them in your head?  Do you ever wonder if there is a better, more secure encrypted way to store all those passwords needed to use a computer, smart phone or tablet on a daily basis?  Did you know that longer, more complex passwords can deter hackers and protect you?  In this session, we will discuss what defines a strong password how to safely track passwords, and make them secure at the same time.  We will conclude with a demonstration using a password manager.

Platform: Mac

Backup & Recovery (PC)

Backup & Recovery (MAC)

We look at strategies for backing up your computer. There are two motivating factors: (1) you could have a catastrophic hardware failure, (2) you may accidentally delete an important file. Topics are: terminology, discussion of backup software and recovery, frequency of backups, imaging a hard drive, and maintenance procedures that make backups easier and more effective. We will also go through the steps required to backup your Mac using Time Machine, the free software bundled with your operating system.
Platform: MAC

Backup & Recovery (PC)

We look at strategies for backing up your computer. There are two motivating factors: (1) you could have a catastrophic hardware failure, (2) you may accidentally delete an important file. Topics are: terminology, discussion of backup software and recovery, frequency of backups, imaging a hard drive, and maintenance procedures that make backups easier and more effective.  There are several commercially available software programs that make this easy to do. We will also discuss Windows File History, what it does and how to use it.
Platform: PC

Backup & Recovery (Mac)

Backup & Recovery (MAC)

We look at strategies for backing up your computer. There are two motivating factors: (1) you could have a catastrophic hardware failure, (2) you may accidentally delete an important file. Topics are: terminology, discussion of backup software and recovery, frequency of backups, imaging a hard drive, and maintenance procedures that make backups easier and more effective. We will also go through the steps required to backup your Mac using Time Machine, the free software bundled with your operating system.
Platform: MAC

Win 10 – OneDrive

Win 10 – OneDrive

We will discuss Microsoft’s cloud app OneDrive and practice using it for online storage, partial backups, sharing and syncing. See how straightforward the “cloud” can be. You should take Win 10A and Win 10B before taking this class.

Platform: Windows 10.

Win 10 – Video Editor

This is a companion to Win 10 Photos and uses the same app. The latest version of Video Maker incorporates much of what was in Microsoft’s older app Windows Movie Maker, which is no longer supported. We will cover the basics of making your own slideshow or movie: insert photos and/or movie clips, edit, add sound (narration or music), pan and zoom, insert titles, and add special effects. Video Editor does not have the powerful tools that professional software has but is straightforward to use because drag and drop is the main tool.

While you won’t be making a Hollywood quality movie with this software, it can produce a nice video for YouTube or your own personal use. You should take Win 10A and Win 10B before attending this class.

Browsers & Extensions (PC)

Browsers & Extensions (PC)  We will discuss the different browsers for your computer, (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc.; there are over 100) and explore the many capabilities each offers.  Will also look at browser security/speed, and see if one browser is better than the other.  Did you know that you can add “Apps” to your browser to make it more useful to include blocking many of those pesky pop-up ads, using a password manager, or just changing the appearance.  Following the discussion, we are going to run through several exercises on the computer using Chrome, a browser for Windows.  Platform:  PC

 

 

Google Earth 1, 2

Google Earth 1

This free software package from Google not only gives you the same features as their online maps do (roads, satellite photos, points of interest, etc.) but can be “tilted” to provide 3-D representations of terrain. You probably know that Google collects satellite images and has vehicles traveling the world taking ground level photos. Google Earth is the app that changes this data into a virtual reality that allows you to wander the world (or at least the parts where it’s allowed to do this). Behind all this you can access an encyclopedia of information as to what you are seeing. We’ll cover how to get the software, set it up, and practice a few basic techniques. The remaining time will be spent experimenting with what it can do and how you can use it on Earth, our Moon, Mars, and in outer space.

Platform: Mac or PC.

 

Google Earth 2

This class is a follow-up to Google Earth 1, which you should take first. We’ll delve more deeply into the features of this free app, such as using placemarks and recording a tour. We’ll practice using more of the many layers; for example, Places, Roads, Ocean, Gallery, and the catch-all “More”. Finally, we’ll see some interesting things you can do with Google Streets that you probably would never think of trying.

Platform: Mac or PC.

MacOS Photo App – Basics

MacOS Photo App – Basics 1

This class is the first in a series of two that will help you organize your photos into albums, edit your photos, and create a photo book and calendar with your photos. The only prerequisite is that you have a Mac computer with macOS Sierra or El Capitan. If you have a laptop, please bring it to class.

Platform: Mac desktop or laptop.

 

MacOS Photo App – Basics 2

This class is the second in a series of two that will help you organize your photos into albums, edit your photos, and create a photo book and calendar with your photos. The only prerequisite is that you have a Mac computer with macOS Sierra or El Capitan. If you have a laptop, please bring it to class.

Platform: Mac desktop or laptop.

Microsoft Word

Word 1

This is a two-hour class for people who want an overview of word processing using the ribbon interface. We will practice how to set up, format, spell-check, save & retrieve, copy and paste, insert and delete, etc. The software used will be a post-2010 version of Microsoft Office that drops the old menu and tool bars of pre-2007 versions.

Platform: PC.

 

Word 2

Learn intermediate level word processing techniques such as more powerful formatting options, how to use the ruler bar and tabs, symbol insert, templates, headers and footers, borders, and more. All will be done with the ribbon interface.

Platform: PC.

 

Word 3

The focus is on tables, how to create, edit and format them. Learn how to sort by columns, do simple column arithmetic operations, and how to achieve better alignment control.

Platform: PC.

 

Word 4

This class will focus on Microsoft Word images – how to insert them into documents, manipulate them, and flow text around them. We’ll be using Pictures, Clip Art Images, AutoShapes, Callouts, and Word Art from the drawing tool.

Platform: PC.

Google Photos 1, 2, Workshop

Google Photos 1

Learn the essential features of Google Photos and its free cloud-based photo storage service. In this course, learn how to set up Google Photos on iOS, Android, and desktop computers and then how to organize, edit, and share photos and videos.  Google Photos app is available on all kinds of computers and smartphones, so no matter which device you have, your photos will be available wherever you have access to the Internet.

This class will use the Google Photos app for mobile devices – iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet – and will assume that students have the app installed prior to class.

Platform: All.

Google Photos 2

This hands-on class is geared toward learning to use all the power of the Google Photos app on mobile devices (iOS and Android). Learn to create albums, stories, and movies. Add music to movies, change the order of photos in a film strip, edit albums and movies, share creations with links, and other activities.

Prerequisite: Google Photos 1. Bring your laptop or mobile device with the Google Photos app installed and some or many of your uploaded photos.
Platforms: All.

Google Photos Workshop

This 1-hour workshop will provide hands-on practice using your Google Photos to create a movie. Start with an album to be used for the movie, add music, save it, then share the movie in email or social media.
Prerequisite: Google Photos 2.
Platform: All.

Scanning Slides and Photos

Do you have boxes of old 35mm slides (or color prints or negatives) that you would like to digitize for use on a computer or more permanent storage? In this workshop we’ll practice scanning 35mm slides and/or photos into images using the Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner. Time permitting, we’ll also briefly cover some of the basic terminology and procedures for digitizing slides and photos, and mention a few of the tools you may want to use to “clean up” the resulting image. This will be a “hands-on” workshop, so you’ll be doing the actual scanning (with instructor supervision). If you have a flash/thumb drive, please bring it to the class; bring a few (2 to 5) slides and/or photos too.

Platform: the scanner is connected to a PC but is usable by everyone.

Windows 10 – Basics

Win 10A – Intro

If you still feel uncomfortable with Windows 10, maybe you need a refresher class to go over all the changes, or maybe your Windows 7 computer is now unsupported by Microsoft. We’ll start with how to perform some fundamental tasks with this new operating system and then focus on what is different from earlier versions of Windows. We will be using the latest version: v2004. The club has enough Windows 10 computers for everyone, but if you have a Windows 10 laptop, feel free to bring it to the class.

Platform: Windows 10.

Win 10B – Customization

Did you know that you can make Windows 10 look a lot like Windows 7? How about making it look a lot like Windows 8? Most users want to be somewhere in between. This class will get you started on the tools and techniques to make your PC look and be the way YOU want it. Topics covered will include: customization and personalization, settings, task bar and start menu, privacy, security, and types of accounts. We will be using the latest version:  v2004. Bring your questions and problems too. If you have a Windows 10 laptop feel free to bring it to use during the class. This class is a follow-up to the Win 10A – Intro class (which you should take first!).

Platform: Windows 10.

Win 10C – Apps

In this class we will cover some of the apps that are included in Windows 10; the focus will be on those that are new. Some will include apps that require a Microsoft account, such as Calendar and Mail; others can be used in a local account. Some of the covered apps are Calendar, Edge, Groove Music, Mail, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, Store and Your Phone. We will be using the latest version of Windows 10: v2004. You should take Win 10A and 10B before taking this one.

Platform: Windows 10.

Win 10D – Files

One of the major causes of computer users’ frustration is a lack of experience and/or understanding of how a computer stores things. This is true for documents, pictures, apps, music, etc. All this can be lumped under the broad heading of “file management.” In this class you’ll learn how and where files are stored, accessed, and manipulated in Windows 10 using File Explorer. We will cover several methods to accomplish the basic tasks of folder creation, copy, move, delete, paste, cut, search, multiple select, etc. There should be ample time for practice. This class will use the “ribbon” interface to File Explorer rather than the classical menu/tool bars. We will also cover the File History app that provides a partial backup. You should take Win 10A and 10B before taking this one.

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