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OLLI Computer Classes WINTER 2015

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The Lab features New iMac computers that also run Windows 7 OS.

Monday

It’s Your PC I Getting Started (PC)
Learn to use your PC to help you keep in touch with friends and family, quickly find important information, play all kinds of games and much more. In this first part of the It’s Your PC class, you’ll practice using a computer mouse, get to know the keyboard and, in general, understand how your computer works. You’ll also learn the basics of email and how to search for things on the Web. You’ll have the instructor and experienced coaches ready to help you as you learn.
No Prerequisites.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
January 12 – March 9
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Beginning Photoshop Elements I (PC)
Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the most versatile image enhancement photo programs available today. First you will learn how to use the Adobe Organizer Program. This will get those picture fi les in a logical retrievable order. We will enhance those pictures with hands-on use of the many quick fi x options available. Learning about resolution will help you email or prepare pictures for right size prints.
Prerequisite: It's Your PC 1
Instructor: Harold Drab
January 12 – March 9
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

It’s Your PC II (PC) (formerly Intermediate Computer)
In this second part of the It’s Your PC class, you’ll learn and practice these basic computer skills: save, print, cut and paste, drag and drop, how to delete an item, make a fi le or folder, and how to manage the windows on your desktop. You’ll also learn the basics of email, including how to send and receive messages, how to attach documents, and open documents that have been sent to you. The Internet section will include how to fi nd Web sites, as well as Internet safety tips. You’ll also take a quick look at a word processing program, so you will be able to easily create your own documents, and even insert photos.
Prerequisite: It’s Your PC I class or have the skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Dalia Hernandez
January 12 – March 9
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Tuesday

Smartphone Basics (iPhone and Android) (4-Week Class)
Explore how smartphones work, how useful they can be and how much fun you can have using one. Learn what you can do with yours, what comes with your phone, what apps are and how to download them. Get comfortable with the touch screen and practice using it. See what else you can do with your smartphone besides making and answering phone calls or texts. You’ll learn how to set up voice mail, check your email, use your phone’s camera, browse the Web, play games, listen to music, and get directions from a map. There’ll also be an explanation of what the cloud is and how to store things on it. The class will include demonstrations of the features of an iPhone and a smartphone with the Android operating system.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
January 13 – February 3
8:30 – 10:30 AM

An additional session offered:
Smartphone Basics (iPhone and Android) (4-Week Class)
Febrary 10 – March 3
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Beginning Photoshop Elements II (PC)
Move your skills beyond the beginning class, and turn those snapshots into photographs. Topics covered include: vignettes, collages, extracting and adding objects, frames, creations and text
effects. Create pictures you can take real pride in sharing with others
Prerequisite: Beg. Photoshop Elements I or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
January 13 – February 3
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Computer Copy Cat Coloring (PC/Mac)
Learn to color using a computer mouse instead of a crayon. You’ll
apply colors to a variety of pictures of animals, fl owers, people, places, patterns, and fanciful designs in this activity that’s fun and relaxing and increasingly popular with adults. In this extension of the Copy Cat Drawing class you’ll use the latest version of Corel Painter to transform a plain line drawing into a beautiful, colorful picture. The result will be a digital image that you can print out or send
to friends and family. Students should be familiar with basic
computer functions. Class limit: 6
Instructor: Patricia Woods with Ian Woods
January 13 – February 3
1:00 – 3:00 P M

IPad Apps Only
For those who know already know how to use your iPad and all its features. The first class meeting will be a review of the apps that come on your iPad. This class will then cover additional apps available, we will download them on your iPads, review all the functions of the apps and why you might want to use them. The most popular apps will be covered in the first classes and the students will decide as a class what apps are covered in the remainder of the classes.
Prerequisite: You must have an IPad and bring it to class every week.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
January 13 – February 3
3:15 – 5:15 PM

Wednesday

Exploring the iPad
Learn how to get the most from your iPad. Get acquainted with iPad
features and apps, and see how to play music, browse the Web, read and send email, watch videos and movies, keep a calendar and address book, take and store pictures, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, use the iPad as an e-reader, video chat, talk to Siri, and even more. See how to fi nd, buy and download the right apps for you, no matter what your interests are. Bring your iPad with you to each class.
Prerequisite: You have an iPad.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
January 14 – February 4
8:30 - 10:30 AM

Exploring the iPad
See the class description above.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
January 14 – March 4
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

It’s Your Mac. Do What You Want to Do (Mac)
Are you a beginning Mac user? Join us for a real hands-on class where
you will explore many of the applications that came with your Mac. Learn
how to manage the dock, fi nder windows, menus and shortcuts. We will
use the Apple email program, set up the Address Book, use Safari to
browse the Internet, write and save documents, and more. Discover how
to personalize your computer for the way you want to use it. Change your
desktop, screen saver and views to reflect your interests and needs.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get your questions answered.
Text: The Little Mac Book- Lion Edition by Robin Williams
Prerequisites: You own a Mac; you’d like to own a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
January 14 – March 4
1:00 – 3:00 PM

I Took Pictures. Now What? (Mac)
Learn how to get photos from your camera (digital or film) into a computer, order prints from an online service (Costco, PhotoWorks, etc.)
and create photo books, slide shows, movies and DVDs. You’ll add photos to documents such as a family newsletter, to your email, cards, labels, T-shirts, and more. Find out how to use photos as a screen saver or desktop background, and organize your photos into albums in iPhoto.
Prerequisite: Basic Mac skills
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
January 14 – March 4
3:15 – 5:15 PM

 

Thursday

A Quick Look at iTunes (4-Week class)
As you explore the many features of this popular media player, you’ll learn how to buy music at the iTunes store, create your own music library and music playlists. In addition to music, you’ll see videos, movies, audiobooks, podcasts and free Internet radio stations from all over the world at the store. You also can look through the hundreds of free classes off ered at iTunes U. If you have an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you’ll see how iTunes keeps track of your apps and syncs the material on your remote device with your computer. Students: if you have music CDs, bring one to class. Prerequisites: Basic PC or Mac skills.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
January 15 – February 5
8:30 - 10:30 AM

A Quick Look at the iPhone (4-Week class)
Have an iPhone and aren’t sure how to get the most out of it? This short
class for beginners will include a review of the apps that come with your iPhone, as well as how to get new ones, how to look at and send email, how to take pictures and videos and share them, how to manage your settings, how to surf the Web, how to listen to music, how to manage your calendar and contacts, and how to personalize your iPhone.
Prerequisites: have an iPhone ?? or higher. Bring your activated and
charged phone to each class.

Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
February 12 – March 5
8:30 - 10:30 AM

It’s Your PC II (PC) (formerly Intermediate Computer)
In this second part of the It’s Your PC class, you’ll learn and practice these basic computer skills: save, print, cut and paste, drag and drop, how to delete an item, make a file or folder, and how to manage the windows on your desktop. You’ll also learn the basics of email, including how to send and receive messages, how to attach documents, and open documents that have been sent to you. The Internet section will include how to find Web sites, as well as Internet safety tips. You’ll also take a quick look at a word processing program, so you will be able to easily create your own documents, and even insert photos.
Prerequisite: It’s Your PC I class or have the skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
January 15 – March 5
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Google: Email & Lots More (PC/Mac)
Learn to set up the Gmail program just the way you like it as you exchange mail with fellow students and explore Gmail’s many features. Also learn how to receive and send pictures, and include links in emails and email formatting. Explore other Google programs, including Calendar, an online calendar that can be synched to your smart phone; Maps, including street view; Search features – including UPS or FedEx package tracking, airline fl ight tracking, etc. The basics of Internet security and data backup will also be covered. Text: Handouts.
Prerequisites: Intermediate computer or instructor’s permission. Students must have gmail account and bring username and password to class.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
January 15 – March 5
1:00 - 3:00 P
M

It’s Your PC II - Lab (PC) (4-Week class)
Get individualized support to reinforce the skills you learn in your intermediate computer class. Students will get one-on-one help with anything covered in the class, such as using email, finding things on the Web, making folders, copying and pasting, using a simple word processing program, and where to store the documents you create.
Prerequisite: Current or past enrollment in the It’s Your PC II class.
Instructor: Toni Evans
January 15 – February 5 (4 weeks)

3:15 - 5:15 PM

Introduction to Windows 8 (4-Week class)
Learn how to navigate Microsoft’s new operating system, see how to determine if your computer can use Windows 8 and how to upgrade to
Windows 8. Become familiar with and learn how to personalize the new
Start Screen. Discover where your old familiar programs are hiding. Explore the new world of Live Tiles and Apps. Learn to utilize the Microsoft Store to get new free or paid for Apps. See how to run older programs and learn about free programs that can bring back some of the functions of previous versions of Windows. Because the lab has only 2 computers running Windows 8, students are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Text: Any Windows 8 book
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

Instructor: Wesley Peck
February 12 – March 5
(4-Week class)
3:15 - 5:15 PM

 

Fridays

Friday Open Computer Lab - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - FREE

The lab is open to all OLLI members help you practice what you have learned in class, or to answer your questions and help try to solve your computer problems.


It’s a place to get one-on-one attention from your peers.
Bring your laptop or iPad if you would like help with your personal computer or device.


 

Coaches Wanted!

If you have experience with a Mac or PC Computer program, consider coaching in the computer lab. Any level of experience and teaching practice welcome!
Sign-up in the lab or talk to a
course instructor.

Telephone (562) 985-8237 for further information, if you or someone you know would like to coach a course.

The Computer Lab

You’ll find the OLLI computer classroom, with its small classes and up-to-date software an ideal place to learn. Along with the instructors, there are coaches in each class who are there to help you, too.
That means that any time you have questions, there will be someone to answer them for you. And if you want to spend extra time working on class assignments, you can come to the computer lab. It’s open all day Friday.

* Classes will be filled on first-come, first-served basis.
* Read the class description to get the class that best fits your skills.
* Each computer class has room for 12 students - unless otherwise limited.

Please Note: Textbooks are not supplied in computer lab classes. In many cases you’ll see the book the instructor will use listed just after the class description so you can buy a copy if you wish.

Some computer classes have a minimum enrollment. If enrollment is not met one week before the first week of class, the class may be canceled. If there is a cancellation, students will be notified.