Hands-On with iOS 7 Presentation

ios7-ipadThe new iOS 7 platform simply makes what you do now easier, faster and more enjoyable. While many apps may look different, the way you do things feels perfectly familiar.   We will explore about a dozen new features including changes to the Photos app, new camera features, the new AirDrop photo and file sharing feature and iTunes Radio as well as quick access to the Control Center and new ways to handle multitasking and to search.

This CLC program is a free public service to help Apple mobile device owners become familiar with the new operating system. The devices it supports include the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini, the iPhone 4 and later, and the latest iPod touch.

Those attending are invited to bring their Apple mobile devices with them.  If you have already done a backup and then updated your mobile device to the iOS 7 platform, which you can do for free, you will be ready to tap and swipe along with us.  However, if you’d prefer just to see what iOS 7 is all about, simply come and listen.

The one-hour presentation, which is free, will begin at 1 p.m. at the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, and will include a question and answer session.  No prior registration is required.

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New Class: Switch to Mac – the Basics

macYou’ve made the leap from PC to Mac. Now that you’re here, it’s not surprising that you may be feeling a little lost. This class will help you get comfortable in your new environment.

Learn the essentials of translating PC actions to their Mac equivalent. Discover how easy it is to switch from the PC’s Start Menu and task bar features, to the Mac’s Apple menu in the corner and the dock along the bottom of the screen. We’ll look at some of the commonly used apps including Safari (the web browser to get you on the internet), Mail, iPhoto, and iTunes. Explore the gestures available on the trackpad and learn how to enable the ones you want, and have the System Preferences app demonstrate all of them for you. Spotlight and the Finder app let you search for, browse, and view all the files on your Mac. What apps would you like to use? We’ll give you an introduction to them!

Prerequisites: A MacBook running Mountain Lion (10.8) or later. If this is a problem, or if you have an iMac, contact MaryKay@Podlecki.com

If you are interested in taking a course with available seats, phone HelenMarie Dolton at 609-882-5086.  If you’d like to take one of the classes at a future date, fill out the CLC Course Request Form.

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October 2013 Classes

  • iPad Apps and Books
  • Switch to Mac – the Basics
  • Downloading Pictures and Free Programs
  • Trace Your Family Tree
  • Hands-On iOS7 Workshop

iPad Apps and Books (3 Sessions) Course Fee $15

Now that you have taken the iPad Basics class, the fun continues as you learn how to find, install, and update those apps that will make the iPad your personalized device. Besides the apps of your choice, we will specifically look at ebook reader apps including iBooks, Kindle, and Nook. Then we’ll explore using both ebooks and audiobooks from your local library. Prerequisites: iPad Basics course, iPad with iOS software version 5.0 or later, your Apple id and password (for “purchasing” apps in the App Store), your Adobe id and password, if you have one (for library books), and (optionally) your library card. If you have a question about any of these requirements, send an email to marykay@podlecki.com.

Switch to Mac – the Basics. (2 sessions) Course Fee $10

You’ve made the leap from PC to Mac. Now that you’re here, it’s not surprising that you may be feeling a little lost. This class will help you get comfortable in your new environment.

Learn the essentials of translating PC actions to their Mac equivalent. Discover how easy it is to switch from the PC’s Start Menu and task bar features, to the Mac’s Apple menu in the corner and the dock along the bottom of the screen. We’ll look at some of the commonly used apps including Safari (the web browser to get you on the internet), Mail, iPhoto, and iTunes. Explore the gestures available on the trackpad and learn how to enable the ones you want, and have the System Preferences app demonstrate all of them for you. Spotlight and the Finder app let you search for, browse, and view all the files on your Mac. What apps would you like to use? We’ll give you an introduction to them!

Prerequisite: A MacBook running Mountain Lion (10.8) or later. If this is a problem, or if you have an iMac, contact MaryKay@Podlecki.com

Downloading Pictures and Free Programs (2 Sessions) Course Fee $10

The Internet is full of fun photos, videos and programs available to be downloaded and used on your own computer. This course will show some of the places to find free programs and will give hands-on instruction of the methods and techniques of safe downloading. Enrollees must have previously taken the Introduction to Windows course. There will be no exceptions to the required prerequisite except by specific permission of the instructor or a designated proxy.

Trace your Family Tree (2 Sessions) Course Fee $10

This course consists of class instruction and lab time showing you how to organize and display basic and detailed genealogy information, including how to search archives and print family trees. A lab period provides time for application and practice. The application used to demonstrate the various concepts is Legacy Family Tree. This course is for people who are seriously interested in genealogical research. Recommended prerequisite: Some computer experience.

Hands-On iOS 7 Workshop (1 Hour Session) No Fee

images-1The new iOS 7 platform simply makes what you do now easier, faster and more enjoyable. While many apps may look different, the way you do things feels perfectly familiar.   We will explore about a dozen new features including changes to the Photos app, new camera features, the new AirDrop photo and file sharing feature and iTunes Radio as well as quick access to the Control Center and new ways to handle multitasking and to search.
This CLC program is a public service to help Apple mobile device owners become familiar with the new operating system. The devices it supports include the iPad 2 and newer, the iPad Mini, the iPhone 4 or newer, and the latest iPod touch.  Those attending are invited to bring their Apple mobile devices with them.  If you have already done a backup and then updated your mobile device to the iOS 7 platform, which you can do for free, you will be ready to tap and swipe along with us.  However, if you’d prefer just to see what iOS 7 is all about, simply come and listen.

For dates and times, see the CLC’s calendar.

If you are interested in taking a course with available seats, phone HelenMarie Dolton at 609-882-5086.  If you’d like to take one of the classes at a future date, fill out the CLC Course Request Form.

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Tips and Tricks: October 1, 2013

   “The Future of Personal Computing”

future-signIn today’s world of seemingly ever-changing technology, the average computer user has to ask, “Where is it all going?”

On Tuesday, October 1, Computer Learning Center instructor and course creator Victor Laurie will address that question when he presents “The Future of Personal Computing,” the latest in the CLC’s “Computer Tips and Tricks” series.  The program, which is presented free of charge as a public service, will be held in the Ewing Senior and Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road beginning at 2 p.m.  It will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by “Q’s and A’s with the CLC Faculty” during which the audience can address specific computer questions to the faculty.  No prior registration is required.

“Personal computing is undergoing a great transformation,” says Laurie.  “How ordinary people use computers and the kind of hardware that they use are both changing rapidly.  Even the ‘PC’ is being redefined.”

Laurie, who has gained a unique perspective on computers over a span of some 57 years, will take a look at the present state of personal computing and present his perspectives on what he believes the future holds in store for computer users.

A long-time volunteer instructor and course advisor with the CLC, Laurie earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University before joining the Chemistry Faculty at Stanford University and subsequently at Princeton University.  His use of computers, which he began as a research tool in 1956, continued for a variety of purposes throughout his career.  Now retired, he lectures frequently on computer topics and is particularly interested in encouraging older adults to develop their computer skills.  In addition to his work with the CLC, Laurie maintains several websites with helpful articles and tutorials about Windows and computers, including: “Windows for Beginners;” “How to Use Windows Better;” Learn all about Windows 7”; and “The PC Informant.”   They can be accessed respectively through   winbeginners.com;   vlaurie.com;   windows7tips.com/; and  tips.vlaurie.com.

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the October 1 program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at www.clcewing.org.

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Tips and Tricks: September 3, 2013

    “Making Sense of the Google Chromebook”

google-reveals-details-of-chromebook-leasing-plans-548946092b“Why would I want a laptop that only runs a browser?”

This is the critical question New Jersey technology consultant and graphic designer John LeMasney will explore when he presents The Computer Learning Center’s newest, free Computer Tips and Tricks program on Tuesday, September 3.   “Making Sense of the Google Chromebook” will begin at 2 p.m. in the Ewing Senior and Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road.  It will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by a question and answer session during which the audience can direct computer questions to the CLC’s all-volunteer faculty.  No prior registration is required.

“Come learn why I stopped carrying around my MacBook Pro and exchanged it for a Chromebook, Google’s low-cost laptop that runs just one application. Chrome begins to make a lot of sense when you look at several converging factors, namely, the increasing availability of high-speed connectivity, the emergence of applications and cloud-based services for real-world functionality, and the ability to stay connected in rather light ways.  I plan to look at both why the Chromebook works for me and the incredible power of this platform, but also why keeping a MacBook around still makes sense for some things.”

John LeMasney describes himself as an artist, designer, technologist, and consultant whose passion is to help people use technology in sensible ways to enhance their work and life.   His career most recently included work as Manager of Technology Training at Rider University where he assisted faculty, staff and students in integrating technology into their work, classroom, and extracurricular activities.  A Fine Arts graduate of the University of Arts in Philadelphia, he holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with distinction from Rider University, as well as LPI Level One Certification in Linux Administration.

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the June 4 program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at www.clcewing.org.

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Tips and Tricks: August 6, 2013

          “Learn The Tools To Keep Your Computer Safe”

antivirusshield“How can you keep your computer and yourself safe on the Internet?”

This and other key questions about computers will be the focus as Robin Kessler of R&D Internet Associates presents The Computer Learning Center’s free Computer Tips and Tricks program scheduled for Tuesday, August 6.  “Learn The Tools To Keep Your Computer Safe” will begin at 2 p.m. in the Ewing Senior and Community Center at 999 Lower Ferry Road.  It will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by a question and answer session during which the audience can direct computer questions to the CLC’s all-volunteer faculty.  These programs, which will conclude about 3:30 p.m., are free and open to the public.  No prior registration is required.

A teacher, lecturer, and course developer, Kessler plans to address such other important questions as what are the best antivirus/antispyware programs, how to use Facebook safely, and how to surf the Internet without getting into trouble.

“We’ll look at why it is so important to back up your documents and the best way to do this. I’ll also suggest how to make Windows 8 more user friendly, and for those thinking about getting a Windows tablet, we’ll look at what Windows tablets are all about.” [Kessler]

Additionally, Kessler will discuss what Office program she recommends and will include in her program a raffle for a copy of Microsoft Office 2013.  She will also raffle off a copy of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade, a free, full version of Malwarebytes and Superantispyware Pro software, and the Second Copy backup program among those people in attendance.

Kessler says she is dedicated to helping her community enter the 21st century and understand how computers affect their lives. “As a teacher and frequent lecturer on how to use a computer, particularly among people 48 and older, I try to eliminate my students’ fear of the unknown.”  Through her association with R&D Internet Associates, a company which repairs computers and advises clients on computer purchases, she frequently works with developers to test software and operating systems prior to their public release. “I teach beginner classes and lead seminars on how to use Windows 7 and now Windows 8 to various central New Jersey area organizations,” she says. “I also give seminars such as this one at libraries, adult community centers, and non-profit organizations on how to protect your computer.”

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the June 4 program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at www.clcewing.org.

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New Apple Store at Quaker Bridge Mall

jersey-130701For those of you in central New Jersey who use Apple products, we have great news — no more driving for an hour to get to the nearest Apple store at Bridgewater or Freehold or Cherry Hill or … wherever.  Last Saturday Apple opened their latest store in Lawrenceville at the Quaker Bridge Mall on Route 1. It’s located on the first floor, near the Penney’s store. For more photos taken at the grand opening, check out this blog entry on AppleInsider.

They seem to be offering a workshop each morning.  This week they include hour long sessions on the iPhone, iCloud, Mountain Lion (the latest operating system for the Mac desktop and laptop computers), iTunes, and discovering your Mac. You can make reservations for these workshops, find out their store hours, and see what else they have to offer by visiting their store’s web site. Let’s all stop by the store, welcome them, and see what they have to offer! Do they live up to all the hype about Apple stores?

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