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OLLI Computer Classes SUMMER 2015

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The Lab features Mac 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
June 29 —August 17
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Beginning Photoshop Elements Part II (PC)
This continuation of the Beginning Photoshop Elements class emphasizes basic editing concepts using the tools in the full editor. You will practice modifying images, using all the selection tools and some of the filters. Lighting and color improvement will be covered. You’ll also get an introduction to layers and styles, plus retouching and restoring old photos. Prerequisite: Beginning Photoshop Elements I or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
June 29 —August 17
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 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: Dalia Hernandez
June 29 —August 17
1:00 – 3:00 PM

PowerPoint 2013 (PC)
Get acquainted with the powerful Microsoft presentation software that will help you create and edit slideshows. You’ll be introduced to the icons on the ribbon, the many templates, and how to take advantage of improved graphics capability. Learn to build and save a simple presentation, use rulers and guides, apply themes, insert transitions, place text, insert clip art or other images from your computer, apply backgrounds, print speaker notes and handouts, and run a slide show.
Prerequisite: Basic PC skills.
Instructor: Harold Drab
June 29 —August 17
3:15 — 5:00 PM

Tuesday

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 4 or higher. Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
June 30—July 21
8:30 – 10:30 AM

An additional session offered:
A Quick Look at the iPhone (4-Week class)
July 28—August 18
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Beginning Photoshop Elements Part 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: It’s Your PC I (Beg.Computer)
Instructor: Craig Lowe
June 30—August 18
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

iPad Apps Only (iOS)
Do you already know how to use your iPad and all its features, but want to learn what more about this popular device can do for you? 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 remaining sessions.
Prerequisite: You must have an iPad and bring it to class every week.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
June 30-August 18
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Samsung Phones (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.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
June 30-August 18
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 find, 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
July 1—August 19
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Exploring the iPad
See the class description above.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
July 1—August 19
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

It’s Your Mac I - 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 the Contacts, 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
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
July 1—August 19
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Click Start Your Genealogy Research (Mac)
Do you want to know more about your family history? Have you already gathered information, but need to organize it? Learn what can be done using Internet resources. We will look at popular genealogy programs for the Mac to help you organize and document your research. We’ll also explore ways to locate others researching your family lines, and find Web sites to further your research. If possible, bring a list of family last names and localities to your first class.
Text: A Beginner’s Guide to Online Genealogy by Michael Dunn
Prerequisites: The ability to use a Mac for Internet access.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
July 1 – Aug 19
3:15 – 5:15 PM

 

Thursday


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
July 2 — July 23
8:30 – 10:30 AM

The Best of Google (PC/Mac)
See how to make the most of being online by using these free features and services from Google. You’ll investigate Google’s Chrome browser and its useful extensions; ways to use Google maps and Google Earth more effectively, and learn some little-known Gmail tips and techniques. And even if you’re familiar with the Google search engine, you’ll be shown additional ways of finding exactly what you want. The class also will explore the Google Art Project and Google Play.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
July 2 — August 20
10:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Manage and Enhance Your Photos with Picasa (PC/Mac)
Get your pictures from your camera or smartphone 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. You can mail your pictures, print them, or have them printed commercially. The first session covers the basics of Picasa. Please bring your camera to class in the second session.
Prerequisites: Intermediate computer or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
July 2 — August 20
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Introduction to Windows 8 (4-Week class)
Learn how to navigate and control Microsoft’s latest 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
July 2 — July 23
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.