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OLLI Computer Classes SPRING 2017

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
April 3 – May 22
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Introduction to Windows PC    (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.
The Windows 10 operating system is used on lab computers.
No Prerequisites.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
April 3 – May 22
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 3 – May 22
1:45 – 3:15 PM

Social Media (6 weeks)
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 3 – May 8 (6 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
April 4 – May 23
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
April 4 – May 23
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Introduction to Microsoft Access II (PC) (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Before diving into Access II, you should be familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel) as well as basic database concepts that were covered in the first term of Microsoft Access.
This class is a continuation of our first Microsoft Access class. Material covered will be importing and protecting data, using table templates and design view, creating other objects with Query Wizard and forms. Additionally, the most important reason for using Access, managing relationships between tables. This is what separates Access from using Excel as a database.
Instructor: John Rogers
April 4 – May 9
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Computer Drawing (Mac and PC)
This class expands our OLLI drawing class into the digital realm. Students will be provided with a stylus pen or mouse, a 9- or 10-inch tablet, and use Corel software Painter X3 on the lab’s PC or Mac computers to learn how to draw, scan and print their color drawings. The class is limited to six students so you will get individual instruction.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Instructor: Patricia Woods
April 4 – May 23
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
April 5 – May 24
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Advanced Windows 10   (PC) (6 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
April 5 – May 10
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Working with Word with a Bonus: Fundamentals of Google Docs (PC)
Get the most out of this popular word processing application by learning its many features, including its improved text formatting and picture editing tools, and how to customize the ribbon. It’s easier than ever to create a variety of documents—letters, fliers, newsletters, reports and more. Learn how to set up, edit and save documents, write and format letters, format text, insert and edit graphics, make lists and tables, use templates and more. Also, take a closer look at Google Docs and discover how to build documents with rich-text formatting, images, and tables.
Prerequisite: Basic PC skills.
Instructor: Gail Meredith
April 5 – May 24
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
April 5 – May 24
1:45 – 3:15 PM

I Took Pictures. Now What? (Mac)
Learn how to get photos from your camera (digital or film) into a computer, order prints from an online service (Costco, PhotoWorks, etc.) and create photo books, slide shows, movies and DVDs. You’ll add photos to documents such as a family newsletter, to your email, cards, labels, T-shirts, and more. Find out how to use photos as a screen saver or desktop background, and organize your photos into albums in iPhoto.
Prerequisite: Basic Mac skills
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
April 5 – May 24
3:15 – 5:15 PM


Basic Photographic Composition (Mac, PC, iOS, Android) (4 Weeks)
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. Text: Handouts provided by the instructor.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills
Instructor: Larry Hicks
April 6 – 27 (First 4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

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
April 6 – 27 (First 4 weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Intermediate Computer
Students will practice essential computer skills: save, print, cut and paste, drag and drop, deleting an item, making a file or folder, and managing program windows on your desktop. Learn how to use Window’s powerful search tools to find items or information on your PC. In addition, increase email skills by learning how to send and receive email messages, attach documents to email, and open documents that have been sent to you. Learn how to search for and find websites, and internet safety tips. You’ll also get a quick look at a word processing program that you can use to create your own documents.
Prerequisite: Intro to Windows class or have the skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Reggie Gates
April 6 – May 25
12:00 – 1:30 PM

Introduction to the iPad (iOS)
Have an iPad and not sure how to use it? This beginners’ class will discuss 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: bring an iPad to class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
April 6 – May 25
1:45 – 3:15 PM

Advanced iPad (iOS)
Now that you know how to use your iPad, you’re ready to learn about more apps for 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 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: Intro to the iPad or knowledge of the material covered in that class.
Instructor: Marilyn Gettys
April 6 – May 25, 2017
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 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.