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FALL 2014 Computer Classes

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

Monday Classes

Computer 101 (PC)
It’s never too late to learn to use a computer. Keep in touch with friends
and family, quickly fi nd important information, play all kinds of games and much more. In this beginning class, you’ll learn how to use a computer mouse, get to know the keyboard and, in general, how a computer works. You’ll also learn the basics of email and how to search on the Web. In addition to the instructor, there are coaches to help you as
you learn. When you complete this class, you will be ready to take the
Intermediate Computer class. No Prerequisites. Note: This is a beginning PC class. For beginning Mac, check out It’s Your Mac on Thursday.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
October 6 – December 1
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Int. Photoshop Elements – II (PC)
Move your skills beyond the beginning classes, 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: Intermediate Photoshop Elements I or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
October 6 – December 1
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Intermediate Computer (PC)
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. 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 includes how to find Web sites, as well as Internet safety tips. We take a quick look at word processing, so you will be able to easily create your own documents and even insert photos.
Prerequisite: Computer 101 class or knowledge of skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Dalia Hernandez
October 6 – December 1
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Advanced Intermediate Computer (PC) (4-Week class - Oct)
You’ll get demonstrations, discussions and hands-on practice on a
wide variety of advanced computer skills. Advanced Internet topics,
such as understanding searches, email, links and capturing data from
the Internet and saving to a computer file will be covered. You will learn how to download and install programs from the Internet. You also
will learn how to make changes on your computer settings through the
control panel, and how to use diff erent data transfer methods for backing up your computer files. Prerequisites: Intermediate Computer or
knowledge of skills taught in that class.

Instructor: Dalia Hernandez
October 6 – 27
3:15 - 5:15 PM

 

Tuesday Classes

A Quick Look at iTunes (4 weeks - Oct)
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 playlists. In addition to music, you’ll see videos, movies, audiobooks, podcasts and free Internet radio stations from all over the world. Look through hundreds of free classes offered at iTunes U from more than 1,000 universities. If you have an iPod, iPhone or iPad, see how iTunes keeps track of your apps and syncs the material on your remote device with your computer. If you have music CDs, bring one to class.
Prerequisites: Basic PC or Mac skills.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
October 7 – 28 (4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:30 AM

A Quick Look at the iPhone (4 Weeks - Nov)
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 4 or higher.
Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.

Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
November 4 – December 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
files in a logical retrievable order. We will enhance those pictures
with hands-on use of the many quick fix options available. Learning
about resolution will help you email or prepare pictures for right
size prints. Prerequisite: Computer 101
Instructor: Harold Drab
October 7 – December 9

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
October 7 – December 9
1:00 – 3:00 P M

Exploring the iPad
Here’s your chance to join the exciting iPad revolution and get the most from your iPad. Get acquainted with iPad features and apps. See how to play music, browse the Web, do email, watch videos and movies, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and use the iPad as an e-reader. See how to find and buy the right apps for you, no matter what your interests are. Students must bring their iPads with them to each class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys & Kathy Winkenwerder
October 7 – December 9

3:15 – 5:15 PM

 

Wednesday Classes

Exploring the iPad
Here’s your chance to join the exciting iPad revolution and get the most from your iPad. Get acquainted with iPad features and apps. See how to play music, browse the Web, do email, watch videos and movies, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and use the iPad as an e-reader. See how to find and buy the right apps for you, no matter what your interests are. Students must bring their iPads with them to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
October 8 – December 3

8:30 - 10:30 AM

iPad Apps Only
For those who know already know how to use your IPAD and all its features. The fi rst 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 & Kathy Winkenwerder
October 8 – December 3
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
October 8 – December 3
1:00 – 3:00 PM

It’s Your Mac. Do What You Want to Do, Part II (Mac)
Are you a graduate of It’s Your Mac? Ready to go into more depth? Then
this is the class for you. We will work with the applications that
came with your Mac, learn how to become more organized, back up
your work, troubleshoot, download and install software and more. You will see how to customize your Mac, use the dashboard and widgets and
improve your Internet surfi ng. Bring your questions to get help.
Prerequisites: Previous Mac class or experience using a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
October 8 – December 3
3:15 – 5:15 PM

 

Thursday Classes

Intro to Digital Camera (PC/Mac)
An introduction to the basic functions of the digital camera and scanner. Hands-on learning to download your photos from the memory card (camera) to your computer. You will also learn how to scan photos and documents into the computer. Eventually, you will organize and burn saved images to a CD. You will also improve your photography by learning some simple creative composition tools while viewing sample images. Text: Title available the first class. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of Windows operating system or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Larry Hicks
October 9 – December 4
8:30 - 10:30 AM

Intermediate Computer (PC)
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 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: Computer 101 class or knowledge of basic skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
October 9 – December 4
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Manage and Enhance Your Photos with Picasa (PC/Mac)
Transfer pictures from your camera to your computer and edit them with
Picasa. Learn how to download your pictures to Picasa, and then using
Picasa’s tools, enhance your photos by cropping them, adding text or
removing red eye in your photos. Once you have edited your photos, you can make a slide show or video from selected pictures, or you can organize a set of photos into a collage. Mail your pictures, print them
or have them printed commercially. The fi rst session covers the basics of Picasa. Please bring your camera to class in the second session.
Text: Handouts. Prerequisites: Intermediate computer or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
October 9 – December 4
1:00 - 3:00 P
M

NEW - Intermediate Computer Lab (PC) (4 Weeks - Oct)
Get individualized support to reinforce the skills you learn in your intermediate computer class. Students will get one-to-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 Intermediate Computer Class.
Instructor: Toni Evans
October 9 – 30 (4 weeks)
3:15 - 5:15 PM

Introduction to Windows 8 (4-Week class - Nov)
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
November 6 – December 4

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.