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OLLI Computer Classes FALL 2015

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The Lab features Mac computers that also run Windows 7 OS.

Monday

Intermediate Windows (PC)
In this second part of the Windows 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. We’ll take a quick look at word processing, so you will be able to create your own documents and insert graphics and photos.
Prerequisite: Beginning Windows PC or the skills taught in that class.
Instructor: Dalia Hernandez
Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Digital Scrapbooking (PC)
Learn to create digital picture books using Photoshop Elements. You will start in the Create section of Elements software with its ready-made templates and then progress into the Expert mode, where you make your own pages, learning a scrapbook design process limited only by your own imagination. When your picture book is finished, you can view it as a slide show, print a book for your coffee tables and email it to friends and relatives.
Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements-II or equivalent with instructor’s permission.
Instructor: Harold Drab
Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

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
Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Beginning Windows (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 Windows 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
Oct. 5 – Nov. 30
3:15 — 5:00 PM

Tuesday

Getting to Know Your iPhone (iOS)
Have an iPhone and aren’t sure how to get the most out of it? This newly expanded class for beginners will cover the apps that come with your iPhone, as well as how to get new ones; how to look at and send email; how to enter text; how to take pictures and videos, as well as organize and share them; how to personalize your iPhone using Settings; how to surf the Web; how to listen to music; and how to manage your calendar and contacts.
Prerequisites: Have an iPhone 4 or higher. Bring your activated and charged phone to each class.
Instructor: Kathy Winkenwerder
Oct. 6 – Dec. 1
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: Beginning Windows PC
Instructor: Craig Lowe
Oct. 6– Dec. 1
10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Computer Drawing (Mac and PC)
Take your art to a different dimension by learning to use a stylus to draw on a tablet connected to a computer and ending up with a digital image on that computer. You will begin by practicing with pictures provided by the instructor. Later you will draw your own pictures, using Corel software. Working with different brushes, effects, patterns, and colors, you will learn to scan and print your artwork, which you can share with family and friends by email, or insert into cards, pictures, and calendars.
The class is limited to six students.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Instructor: Patricia Woods
Oct. 6 – Dec. 1
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: have a Samsung smartphone.
Instructor: Richard Sherwood
Oct. 6 – Dec. 1
3:15—5:15 PM

Wednesday

Exploring the iPad (iOS)
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
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2
8:30 – 10:30 AM

Working with Word 2013 (PC)
Get the most out of this latest version of Word by learning its many features, including 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, insert and edit graphics, make lists and tables, use templates and more.
Prerequisite: Basic PC skills.
Instructor: Gail Meredith
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2
10:45 AM – 12:45 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, 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.
Prerequisites: You own a Mac; you’d like to own a Mac.
Text: The Little Mac Book, Lion Edition by Robin Williams

Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2
1:00 – 3:00 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.
Prerequisite: Previous Mac class or experience using a Mac.
Instructor: Bonnie Elsten
Oct. 7 – Dec. 2
3:15 – 5:15 PM

 

Thursday


Introduction to Digital Camera (PC and Mac)
An introduction to the basic functions of the digital camera and scanner. Hands-on learning on how to download your photos from the memory card (camera) to your computer. You will also learn how to scan photos and documents into your computer. Eventually, you will organize and burn saved images to a CD. You will also improve your
photography by learning some simple creative composition tools while viewing sample images.
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of the Windows operating system or instructor’s permission.
Text: Title available the first day of class.

Instructor: Larry Hicks
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3
8:30 – 10:30 AM

The Best of Google (PC and 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
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3
10:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Manage and Enhance Your Photos with Picasa (PC and Mac)
Transfer pictures from your camera to your computer and edit them with Picasa. Learn how to download your pictures to Picasa, and then using Picasa’s editing tools, crop them, add text or remove red eye in your photos. Once you have edited your photos, make a slide show or video from selected pictures, or organize a set of photos into a collage. The first session covers the basics of Picasa. There also will be an introduction to the new Google Photos, an application that stores photos from your smartphone and tablet. Please bring your camera to class in the second session.
Prerequisites: Intermediate computer or instructor’s permission.

Instructor: Reggie Gates
Oct. 8 – Dec. 3
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Introduction to Windows 8 (PC) (4-Week class)
Learn how to navigate and control Microsoft’s 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. 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.
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills
Text: Any Windows 8 book

Instructor: Wesley Peck
Oct. 8 – 29
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.