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OLLI Computer Classes SPRING 2018

The Lab features Mac computers that also run Windows 10 OS.


Explore iOS 11  + backup and storage options for your iPhone (iOS)
This last iPhone update was a big one, and was packed with new and useful features. Learn about the expanded Control Center, the new Do Not Disturb While Driving and Emergency SOS, how Siri can now translate for you, the new Files app, plus storage options for your iPhone’s documents.
Prerequisite: Have an iPhone 5s and higher. Please bring your charged phone to class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
April 2 – 16 (3 Weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Elements Organizer (PC)
This is the first Photoshop Elements class. Learn how to import media into catalogs. Also, tag your photos, put them into albums and arrange for rapid retrieval, then arrange them by dates, locations and events. You’ll see how the software can automatically locate and recognize faces, how you can download pictures from cameras, telephones and other locations, and how to find those precious moments captured and stored in on your computer.  Prerequisite: Beginning Windows
Instructor: Craig Lowe
April 2 – May 21
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Introduction to Windows 10 (PC)
Whether you’re new to a Windows PC or just need a refresher, learn skills to help you keep in touch with family and friends, find important information, and more. Beginning skills include how to use a mouse and a keyboard, how to play simple games, and in general how your computer works. Then move to the intermediate skills of using email, searching the Web. Make folders and create simple documents. Pick the skill you need and the instructor and experienced coaches will be ready to help. The Windows 10 operating system is on lab computers.
No Prerequisites.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
April 2 – May 21
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Samsung Smartphone Basics (Android)
Explore how a Samsung smartphone works. 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 you can do with your Samsung smartphone besides making and answering phone calls or texts. You’ll learn how to check mail, use the camera, browse the Web, play games, listen to music, and get directions from a map.
Prerequisite: bring a Samsung smartphone charged to each class.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
April 2 – May 21
1:45 – 3:15 PM


Beginning iPhone (iOS)
Just get your phone or haven’t had time to learn how to use it? This beginners’ class will concentrate on some of the most frequently used iPhone apps. You’ll see how to make phone calls, read, send and receive email, manage content, search the web, enter text, use maps to get around, organize your apps and get familiar with some of the settings. You’ll also get a preview of what’s covered in the Intermediate iPhone class.
Prerequisites: have an iPhone 5 or higher. Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
April 3 – May 22
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Elements-It’s Tool Time! (PC)
Take an in-depth look at the powerful tools in Photoshop Elements.
If you have taken an Elements class or two, but want to refresh your skills, want learn the new tools, or if you are new to Photoshop
Elements, this is the class for you. If time permits, we will cover some of the filters and artistic effects. This will be eight weeks of fun and hard work, so come and join us.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Windows operating system.
Text: Information available the first day of class.
Instructor: Harold Drab
April 3 – May 22
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Microsoft Excel 2013
If you want to learn how to use Excel or brush up on the latest version so you can keep track of your finances, this is the class for you. You will start by learning Excel tools, familiarize yourself with the worksheets and workbooks, and get to know where the various controls and commands are. You’ll also learn how to add worksheet contents, formatting and make calculations. Learn basic formulas such as sums and percentages.
Instructor: John Rogers
April 3 – May 22
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Beautiful Photo Books (PC, Mac) (Six weeks)
Discover how to create a photo book on websites using your digital photos. You will be guided through each step, first with creating an account, then choosing the photos to use and what size photo book to make, along with the kind of page backgrounds and paper to use for the pages and cover. You will load your photos into a photo book layout template. After the photos are in the template, you will also be able to add captions and stickers. You will have time in class to complete at least one photo book.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Instructor: Elizabeth Walker
April 3 – May 8
1:45 – 3:15 PM


Smartphone Video Basics (Android, iOS)
There are lots of good reasons to take videos of the lives of your family and friends. You can document a birthday, your grandson’s first bike ride, or a special trip. Learn how you can take amazing videos of occasions like these with your smartphone. This class will cover filming techniques, smartphone video apps, making a script, music and voice recording, editing techniques, and how to post your finished product on Facebook or YouTube. Classes will also include exercises on each topic. Please bring your charged smartphone to each class.
Prerequisite: Comfortable using your Android phone or iPhone.
Instructor: Perla Gutierrez
April 4 – May 23
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Introduction to the iPad (iOS)
Have an iPad and not sure how to use it? This beginners’ class will discuss and demonstrate all the basic features of the iPad. Learn how to use the touch screen and gestures, how to download apps and organize them, how to get and send email, how to personalize apps in Settings, how to talk to and get answers from Siri, take Notes, keep a Calendar and address book, search the web with Safari, and take, edit and store Photos. Bring your iPad with you to each class.
Prerequisite: You have an iPad.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
April 4 – May 23
10:15 – 11:45 AM

iPad Apps Only (iOS)
For those who know already know how to use an iPad and all its features. We review the apps that come on your iPad first. Then we cover additional apps available, download them and review all the functions of the apps. The most popular apps will be covered first and students will decide what apps are covered in the remainder of the classes.
Prerequisite: Bring an iPad every week.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
April 4 – May 23
12:00 – 1:30 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, finder windows, menus and shortcuts. We will use the Apple email program, set up Contacts, use Safari to browse the Web, write and save documents.Discover how to personalize your computer the way you want to use it. There will be plenty of opportunities to get your questions answered. Text: The Little Mac Book: Lion Edition, by Robin Williams.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
April 4 – May 23
1:45 – 3:15 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? We will work with applications that came with your Mac, learn how to become more organized, back up your work, troubleshoot, download and install software. Learn to customize your Mac, use the dashboard and widgets, and improve your Internet surfing. Bring your questions to get help. Text: Mac OS Sierra: The Missing Manual. Prerequisites: Previous Mac class or experience using a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
April 4 – May 23
3:30 – 5:00 PM


Basic Photographic Composition (Mac, PC, iOS, Android)
Starting with composition basics, students will learn how to create more pleasing and compelling images by using the elements of color, shape, angles and contrast. Whether you’re using smartphone, tablet or camera, students will be able to improve their photographic technique while viewing many sample images. Students also will learn how to transfer their photos to a computer.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills
Instructor: Larry Hicks
April 5 – 26 (4 Weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Windows PC Skills Review (PC)
Reinforce skills you’ve learned in our Windows PC classes while getting acquainted with the Windows 10 operating system. You will get one-on-one help with how to use email, search the Web, make folders, copy and paste, use a simple word processing program, and where to store documents you create.
Prerequisite: Current or past enrollment in Windows PC classes.
Instructor: Toni Evans
May 3 - 24 (4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Managing Your Digital Photos 
Learn two free ways to store, edit, and arrange your digital photos, as well as how to share them with family and friends. Store photos on your computer, using Picasa, and also online, using Google Photos. You also will learn editing, cropping, straightening, adjusting the color and removing red-eye problems in a photo, and how to arrange your photos into albums. We’ll use lab computers for Picasa work; students may bring smartphones or  tablets to class for use with Google photos.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
April 5 – May 24
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Social Media
You’ll be introduced to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, three of the most popular social media sites in the Internet. You’ll be shown how to open an account, create a profile, and activate privacy settings to keep you safe. Use these popular sites to go online to keep in touch with family and friends. You’ll also see how to send messages, post photos and videos, and how to add and follow friends and groups.
Instructor: Perla Gutierrez
April 5 – May 24
1:45 – 3:15 PM



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.