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OLLI Computer Classes FALL 2016

fall win 10

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


Beginning iPhone (iOS)
Just got your phone or haven’t had time to learn how to use it? This beginner 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 will be covered in the Intermediate iPhone class.
Prerequisites: have an iPhone 4s or higher. Bring your charged phone to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
Sept. 26 – Nov. 14
8:30 – 10:00 AM

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
Sept. 26 – Nov. 14
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
Sept. 26 – Nov. 14
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
Sept. 26 – Nov. 14
1:45 – 3:15 PM

Introduction to Facebook (2 Weeks)
Do you have a Facebook account, but don’t know what to do next? Learn the basics of navigating this popular social network! We’ll cover how to connect with friends and family, how to make sure your information is secure and private, how to share photos and videos, as well as join groups that interest you. Please have your Facebook user name and password with you so you can get the most out of your class.
Prerequisite: have a Facebook account
Instructor: Emily Sopo
Oct. 10 and 17 (2 weeks)
3:30 – 5:00 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.
Prerequisites: have an iPhone 4s or higher. Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.
Note: If you don’t feel ready for this class yet, try Monday’s Beginning iPhone class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
Sept. 27 – Nov. 15
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Intermediate Photoshop Elements I (PC)
Take your skills to the next level and turn those snapshots into photographs. You’ll learn how to take off ten pounds the easy way or remove those bloodshot eyes. Topics will include tips, shortcuts, layers and masks, followed by people and portraits. Then you will move onto working with color and some very special effects. Create pictures you can take real pride in sharing with others.
Prerequisite: Beginning Photoshop Elements parts 1 and 2 or instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
Sept. 27 – Nov. 15
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Computer Drawing (Mac and PC)
Coloring books for grownups can be found just about everywhere these days. Learn how to make a design
just like the ones in those books by drawing it on a tablet connected to a computer. You’ll begin by practicing with pictures provided by the instructor, then start to draw your own pictures, working with different brushes, effects, patterns, and colors, using Corel software. Learn to scan and print your artwork, so you can share it with family and friends.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills. Class is limited to 6 students.
Instructor: Patricia Woods
Sept. 27 – Nov. 15
1:45 – 3:15 pm

Explore Windows 10 (4 Week classes)
Learn how to navigate and control Microsoft’s new operating system. Become familiar with and learn how to personalize the new Start Menu. Discover where your old familiar programs are hiding. Explore the new world of Live Tiles and Apps. Learn to use the Microsoft Store to get 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.
Text: Any Windows 10 book.
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills
Instructor: Wesley Peck
1 - Sept. 27 – Oct. 18
2 - Oct. 25 – Nov. 15
3:30 – 5:00 PM


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
Sept. 28 – Nov. 16
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
Sept. 28 – Nov. 16
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
Sept. 28 – Nov. 16
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
Sept. 28 – Nov. 16
3:15 – 5:15 PM



Basic Photographic Composition (Mac, PC, iOS, Android) (4 Weeks)
Starting with composition basics, 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. Learn how to transfer photos to a computer.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills
Instructor: Larry Hicks
Sept. 29 – Oct. 20 (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
Oct. 27 – Nov. 17 (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
Sept. 29 – Nov. 17
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.