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OLLI Computer Classes WINTER 2017

CLASS ENROLLMENTS as of 12/08/2016

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


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: Beginning Win 10 PC
Instructor: Craig Lowe
January 9 – February 27 (7 Weeks)
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Getting to Know Windows (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, use a keyboard, how to play simple games, and in general how your computer works. Then move on to the intermediate skills of using email, searching the Web, making folders and creating simple documents. Pick the skill you need and you’ll have the instructor and experienced coaches ready to help. Use the Windows 10 operating system now on the lab computers.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
January 9 – February 27 (7 Weeks)
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
January 9 – February 27 (7 Weeks)
1:45 – 3:15 PM

Mobile Security: Tips to Keep Your Smartphones and Tablets Safe (Two Weeks)
Your portable devices are valuable and attractive to all kinds of thieves, not only because they are expensive, but also because of the personal information they contain. Explore how to protect your information and your device in the physical and digital world. Find out why you should be cautious while using free Wi-Fi; how to protect your data with passcodes; what privacy permissions are; how to shop safely online; what to do with spam or protect yourself from viruses in email and while you’re on the web; how to safely use social media; and how to find your lost device.
Instructor: Gail Meredith
January 23 – 30 (2 weeks)
3:30 – 5:00 PM


Beginning iPhone (iOS)
Just get your phone or haven’t had time to learn how to use it? This class will concentrate on the most frequently used iPhone apps. 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 Int. iPhone class.
Prerequisites: have an iPhone 5 or higher.
Bring your activated and charged phone to class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
January 10 – February 28
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Beg. Photoshop Elements-Part II (PC)
This continuation of the Beginning Photoshop Elements emphasizes basic editing concepts using the tools in the full editor. 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: Beg.Photoshop Elements I or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
January 10 – February 28
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Introduction to Microsoft Access (PC) (Four Weeks)
Want to keep track of something? Maybe you have a music collection you want to catalog, or you’ve always wanted to create a home inventory. Creating a personal database is a way to do it. Learn what databases are and how they are managed, then create your own simple database where you can sort, find, analyze and report on your information. You’ll also learn how to add to your database, delete items from it, and see how different parts of it relate to the others. Bring a flash drive so you can store your worksheets.
Prerequisite: Comfortable using the Windows operating system.
Instructor: John Rogers
January 10 – 31 (4 weeks)
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Introduction to Facebook (Two Weeks)
Have a Facebook account, but don’t what to do next? Learn the basics of navigating this popular social network! Connect with friends and family, make sure your information is secure and private, learn how to share photos and videos, as well as join groups that interest you. Please have your Facebook user name and password with you at the first class.
Instructor: Perla Gutierrez
February 7 – 14 (2 weeks)
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Advanced Windows 10 (PC) (Six Weeks)
Learn how to control and customize Windows 10 to make it your own. Become familiar with the Desktop and Tablet modes, when and how to use them and how to use Windows 10 on a touch screen device. Learn how to add users and devices, control the start menu and how to personalize the look and feel of
Windows 10. Discover what changes can be made to the system settings and how they affect your privacy and security. Explore the world of Apps; what they are, and how to get them. Text: Any Windows 10 book.
Prerequisites: Basic and Intermediate Windows 10 classes or a firm knowledge of navigating the Windows OS.
Instructor: Wesley Peck
January 10 – February 14
1:45 – 3:15 PM


Intermediate iPhone (iOS)
Know some iPhone basics, and ready to learn more? The Intermediate iPhone class includes a quick review of the apps covered in the beginning class, then will go on to how to take and edit photos, listen to music and podcasts, keep a calendar, and read the news. We’ll cover how to use Siri, the Health app, and how to back up and store your data, as well as general troubleshooting.
Note: If you don’t feel ready for this class yet, try Monday’s Beginning iPhone class. Prerequisites: have an iPhone 4s or higher. Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
January 4 – February 22
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.
Prerequisite: You have an iPad and you bring your iPad to each class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
January 4 – February 22
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Advanced iPad (iOS)
Now that you know how to use your iPad, you’re ready to learn about more of the apps that come with your device. Learn how to use Maps to help you get where you’re going, how to talk on Facetime, how to buy eBooks online or borrow them from the library, and how to buy music or put your own music on your device. You’ll also see how to use iTunes to back up and store your media, how to watch Video, how to listen or watch Podcasts, and take, store and edit Photos. Bring your iPad with you to each class.
Prerequisite: Introduction to the iPad class or knowledge of the material covered in that class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
January 4 – February 22
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
Prerequisites: You own a Mac or you’d like to own a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
January 4 – February 22
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? 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 surfing. Bring your questions to get help.
Prerequisites: Previous Mac class or experience using a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
January 4 – February 22
3:15 – 5:15 PM



Windows PC Skills Review (PC) (4 Weeks)
Reinforce the skills you’ve learned in Windows PC classes while getting acquainted with the Windows 10 operating system installed on the lab computers. Includes one-on-one help with how to use email, find things on the Web, make folders, copy and paste. Use a simple word processing program, and find where to store the documents you create.
Prerequisite: Current or past enrollment in Windows classes.
Instructor: Toni Evans
February 2 – 23 (4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Enhance Your Photos Using Google Photos and Picasa
Google Photos is a new, free, online photo organizer and editor from Google. (Google retired Picasa, its old desktop photo editor, but you still can use it.) Learn how to organize and enhance photos from your camera and smartphone using Google Photos for the most common edits and Picasa for more advanced changes. Learn to copy photos from Picasa to Google Photos, how to move them from a camera to Picasa, how to back up photos taken with your smartphone or tablet, as well as share pictures with family and friends.
Prerequisites: Intermediate computer or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
January 5 – February 23
12:00 – 1:30 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.