Computers & Technology

Computers & Technology

So You Bought an iPhone?! (139)

Have you recently taken the plunge and bought an iPhone?  In this two-session class, we will go through the capabilities of this powerful tool and help you to become more comfortable using it.  After completing this course, we suggest that you consider the iPad class as both use the same platform.  Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer. The class maximum is 20.

Fridays:   September 19 & 26 • 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room:   C127

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iPad Fundamentals (140)

If you have jumped on the iPad bandwagon but still don’t feel as though you’re using it to its full potential, join us for this class.  We’ll start with the basics and also cover apps, accessories, downloading books and movies, taking pictures, and much more.  Bring your iPad to class, but please, no first-generation iPads!  Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer.  The class maximum is 20.

Fridays: October 3 & 10 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C127

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iPad Level Two (141)

If you have already taken our Fundamentals class, or already know the basics of your iPad (like updating it and installing apps), this class is for you.  We will focus on more advanced applications and how to get your iPad to sync with all your other devices.   Bring your iPad to class, but please, no first-generation iPads!  Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer.  The class maximum is 20

Fridays: November 7 & 14 • 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members   
Room: C127

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Introductory Computer I for Windows PC Users (142)

This class is the first in a series of two designed to acquaint you with the computer and provide an idea of what it can do.  This class is geared toward new users of the computer.  You will learn basic skills for using a Windows computer, including the following: using the mouse, start button, and taskbar; how to open, save and print files; how to move, resize, minimize, and maximize windows; and customizing the desktop.  Please note our computers use Windows 7.  Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer.  The class maximum is 12.

Fridays: September 19, 26 & October 3, 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members    
Room: C141

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Introductory Computer II for Windows PC Users (143)

If you want to learn more advanced features of Windows, this class is for you.  The following is a list of the skills covered in this class: how to create a new folder, copy and paste, create an icon, open files and make changes, WordPad and Calculator programs, create a desktop background slide show, and change Windows settings.  Please note our computers use Windows 7.  Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer.  The class maximum is 12.

Fridays: October 10, 17 & 24 •10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members    
Room: C141

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Computer I for Windows 8.1 Users (144)

Have you purchased a new personal computer and feel frustrated by Windows 8?  This class will explain how Windows 8 varies from earlier platforms.  It will also guide you through the basic skills covered in our regular Computer I class, including: the taskbar; how to open, save and print files; how to move, resize, minimize, and maximize windows; and customizing your desktop.  You must bring your own portable computer to class (laptop, notebook, etc.) as the computers in the University labs still use Windows 7.   If you have Windows 8, you need to update for 8.1 prior to the first session.  (Call the OLLI office if you don’t know how.)  Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer. The class maximum is 12.

Fridays:   October 10, 17 & 24 • 1- 3 p.m.
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members    
Room: C128

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Facebook 101: Getting Started (145)

Are you ready to reconnect with old friends?  This is your chance to hear some of the advantages and shortcomings of this popular tool.  You’ll learn how Facebook is changing the way people communicate and look at what it means to stay connected in this fast-paced social media frontier.  You will set up a Facebook account, and the instructor will be there to answer your questions as you go.  The first session will be an overview and session two will be a hands-on learning lab.  The class will be led by Terry King, CEO of Action Leaders, a consulting, training and coaching organization.  If you do not yet have a Facebook account, please arrive by 1p.m. on the first day, and if you already have an account please arrive by 1:30 p.m.

Fridays: October 10 & 17 • 1 (or 1:30) - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C141

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Facebook 201: Going to the Next Level (146)

If you already have a Facebook account and generally know how it works, this class will help you further expand your network and level of enjoyment.  You will learn how to mine for friends, increase and decrease your level of security, add pictures and video, and explore other common applications.  There will be plenty of time for hands-on learning.  The class will be led by Terry King, CEO of  Action Leaders, a consulting, training and coaching organization.

Fridays: November 14 & 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C141

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Android Tablet Fundamentals (147)

Although iPad is the most popular tablet, there are many other options available which are less expensive and use Google’s open-source Android operating system.  Brands include Samsung, Asus, Google Nexus, and Sony.  If you own one of these devices but don’t feel as though you’re using it to its full potential, join us for this class.  We’ll start with the basics and also cover apps, accessories, downloading books and movies, taking pictures, and much more.  Bring your tablet to class.  Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer.  The class maximum is 20.

Fridays: October 17 & 24 • 1 - 3 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C127

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets (148)

Have you considered using Excel to keep track of your checking account, to track your budget, or to analyze your retirement income?  This class will give you the tools you need to do so.  You will learn how to create a worksheet and manipulate its look, create formulas, format dates, create a chart, move columns and rows, and sort data.  Our lab has the 2010 version of Excel.  Our instructor is Jerry Vance, a retired Dow Chemical computer programmer. The class maximum is 12.

Fridays: September 19, 26 & October 3 • 1- 3 p.m.
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members  
Room: C141

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How to Optimize the Usage of Your Kindle Fire (149)

Do you mainly use your Kindle to just read books?  Would you like to learn more about its capabilities but don’t know where to start?  This class will provide an overview of all Kindle functions and also cover apps, cloud storage, and much more.  Our instructor is Zachary Moreno, who provides computer advice to customers at a major local computer retailer.  The class maximum is 20.

Fridays: October 17 & 24 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members    
Room: C127

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How to Buy and Sell on eBay (150)

In this class you will learn how to establish an eBay account, search to find what you are looking for, and complete your transaction.  We will also discuss this site’s built-in security features.  In the second half of the class, you will learn how to sell something on eBay.  We will cover how to make your item stand out, how to deal with bad checks, postage, and other issues. The session will be held in a computer lab so that you will be able to find specifically what you are looking for.  The class will be led by Gary Holik, who also leads classes for the Bay County Library System.  Sign up quickly; we are limited to 15 participants.  You will have a one-hour break for lunch.

Friday: November 7 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members  
Room: C141

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Viruses & How to Clean Your Computer (151)

Computer viruses can destroy computer data, hard drives and make your computer completely non-usable.  Knowing how to prevent them and what to do if you get one is essential.  In the first half of this class, you will learn about viruses, malware, spyware and adware.  We will discuss various software applications that can help prevent viruses and how to remove viruses once they are on the computer.  In the second half of the class, you will learn how to keep your computer running at top speed by cleaning it up and removing excess files.  Learn how to remove unwanted programs and how to find and delete old files, temp files, or the garbage left over when downloading programs.  The class will be led by Gary Holik, who also leads classes for the Bay County Library System.  You will have a one-hour break for lunch and the class limit is 15.

Friday: December 19 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Price: $37 Members; $67 Non-Members  
Room: C141

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