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OLLI Computer Classes SUMMER 2018

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


Explore iOS 11 on Your iPhone (iOS)
This last iPhone update was a big one, and even the small updates that came afterward were 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 translate for you, the new Files app, the compressed photo format that should become the new standard, what maps can now do, graphics options in Message, and what you now can do in Notes, and more.
Prerequisite: Have an iPhone 5s and higher. Bring your charged phone to class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
July 2 - 23 (4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

How to Shoot Great Photos with your iPhone (iOS) (4 Week class)
What’s the best camera? Most professional photographers will tell you the best camera is the one you have with you when you want to take that special picture. In a nutshell, this is why iPhones have become so popular and so powerful in photography. EVERYBODY ALWAYS has their iPhone with them. In class we will briefly discuss basic photography principles and concepts, the history of digital and iPhone photography. Learn how you can use your iPhone to take better pictures, and how to edit those pictures when you want to make them better still.
Prerequisite: Familiarity with basic iPhone operation. Please bring your charged phone to class.
Instructor: Don Kisner
July 30 – August 20 (4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Elements Workshop (PC)
You get to decide what Elements topics will be covered in this workshop. Bring a flash drive with the photos you want to enhance to the first meeting. There you’ll be asked what you want to do that will improve your photos, and then you’ll get step-by-step instruction on how it’s done. Maybe you want tips on how to use the organizer, know more about how to adjust the color on your photos, or how to remove people or other objects from a photo? Maybe you want to know how to add a different background, or print and share your photos, or use image effects? It will be up to workshop students. Prerequisite: Experience using Elements.
Instructors: Harold Drab & Craig Lowe
July 2 – August 20
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
July 2 – August 20
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
July 2 – August 20
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
July 3 – August 21
8:30 – 10:00 AM

PowerPoint 2016 (PC)
Get acquainted with the powerful Microsoft presentation software that will help you create and edit slideshows, now using the Windows 10 operating system. You’ll be introduced to the icons on the ribbon, the many templates, and how to take advantage of the 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
Dates: July 3 – August 21
10:15 – 11:45 AM

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

Security and Privacy  (iOS,Android) (4 weeks)
Digital Privacy and Computer Security: Easily protect your identity, data, and devices from hackers, thieves, scoundrels, and snoops
Every day, it seems, our private data, even our identity, is at greater risk of being skimmed, hacked, stolen, wiped out, or given away without our consent when we use our mobile devices and computers. It can be pretty scary out there! Join this class to learn about—and practice—simple, up-to-date, and easy-to-implement methods for protecting yourself, your accounts, your devices, and your data. We’ll cover all of the basics, including managing passwords, what to do when a device is lost or stolen, and what to do when you wish to sell, give away, or discard a phone, tablet, or computer you no longer need.
Please bring your fully charged Apple or Android phone or tablet to each class.
Instructor: Chris Wisniewski
July 10 – 31 (4 weeks)
3:30 – 5:00 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
July 11 – August 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. Bring your iPad with you to each class.
Prerequisite: You have an iPad.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
July 11 – August 22
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Travel with your iPad or iPhone (iOS)
Explore a variety of travel apps to download to your iPhone or iPad. We’ll cover how to use apps to find places to go, search for hotels and other accommodations; how to book and manage airline travel, car rentals and cruises; how to find free Wi-Fi; how to use maps, both online and offline when no Wi-Fi is available; how to use a translation app when you’re in a foreign country; and when you’re traveling by car, how to use apps like Uber, Gas Buddy and iExit. Bring your charged iPad or iPhone to each class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
July 11 – August 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.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
July 11 – August 22
1:45 – 3:15 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 11 – August 22
3:30– 5:00 PM


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
July 5 – July 26 (4 weeks)
10:00   - 11:45  AM
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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
July 5 – August 23
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
July 5 – August 23
1:45 – 3:15 PM

Computing on a Budget  (Windows, Mac)
Are you tired of the high cost of keeping up with the latest in computing? Learn how you can reduce your costs by matching your hardware and software to your needs. Learn about FOSS (Free Open Source Software), alternative operating systems and how to find inexpensive hardware that matches your needs. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of computers
Instructor: Wesley Peck
July 5 – July 26 (4 weeks)
3:30 – 5:00 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 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.