This initial session will explain and answer all questions related to texting, owning and using a smartphone, iPod, data plans including prepaid calling plans. It will also include a review of iTunes, obtaining an Apple ID and useful apps for your smartphone. As curious as it may seem to many of us, some are lacking basic understanding of how the phone they already own, or are told they need can contribute to their everyday lives.
In this highly interactive class, attendees will learn what makes social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube, Google, Twitter, Groupon, digital coupons, PayPal, blogs and omnipresence of WiFi, so popular. They will slowly learn how to use these sites and any social site that makes sense for them. Our classes go from knowing the name only, to learning how these sites allow them to do things they want, like staying connected to children & grand children. They don’t just learn what these sites do… they learn why they do what they do so they can better understand all the benefits.
PCs, Macintosh, Apple, Desktops, Laptops, Router, Mouse, iPad, Skype, Wii, Kinect, Google Earth, Flickr, Netflix, cloud computing, blah blah and more blah. These maybe terms you understand with great ease but those people who weren’t there at the starting line only hear words. They attach very little meaning to this overwhelming list of options. This class removes the fear and confusion and explains what these words mean in their world. Or more to the point, their new world.
This course for seniors will introduce the fascinating world of GPS & using various elements of available & free technology like Mapquest.com & Google Maps. Other resources to be covered will be AroundMe, WolframAlpha (a geek in your pocket), weather website resources, Earth Cam, OpenTable.com, Zagat.com, CheckPlease and much more. This is an area that our classes find very captivating because of the more tangible link between their past use of maps & mapping and these wonderful new tools putting a revolutionary spin on their own experience.
Everyone is different with different needs. That is why companies like Apple, Sony & Amazon created a long list of gadgets like the Kindle, Nook, Digital Cameras, iPads, iPods, Smartphones, Routers, WiFis, and a laundry list more. This class will teach our attendees about free eBooks, diabetic testers that connect with your iPhone & doctor, smart tvs, remote controls, flash drives, digital cameras, HDTV, satellite radio, free Internet radio and much, much more. What were each of these devices designed to do? What problems do these gadgets solve, and what are the expected benefits this modern technology will realistically bring to the user?
As with each & every online course we offer, our goal is to connect each student with the benefits of each of these resources. What is the best way to use email, email etiquette, fun things to share with your grand kids, a computer maintenance checklist, a review of anti virus protection options to increase your every day quality of life. Email may be the best solution for better communication between a family. Couple this with other courses (smartphones) and you can see how the right approach and lessons will change a life.
There are now more than 250 million websites available from an online search. We have defined and isolated those (travel, news, medical, recipe & others) websites that will bring the most use to our classes of seniors, baby boomers and others learning in our online courses. Material to be covered: stay healthy apps, websites especially for adults and seniors, websites that make us smarter, best travel websites, Super Cook, meet up websites, medical resources, RSS feeds, recipe organizers and news resources.
Confused about all the technology that society is using? Want to learn how to use cell phones, computers, social media, digital cameras, GPS and other devices more effectively?
Want to explore these questions in a user friendly environment with others looking to support one another while learning? If so, then this course could be just for you! Here are more details about what will be presented:
Here are some student responses:
“Andy presents a clear summary of each technical subject
and cogently handles specific questions”
“I enjoyed this course and learned a lot”
“Great laughing with my 9 year old grand daughter
in Florida on Face time, giggle, giggle !!
My penpal in Ireland told me my house
in Vienna was small on Google Earth
“Mr. Livingston is a good instructor, has patience and
always answers all the questions in a
clear way, pleasant personality”
“Good Feedback throughout the course,
Andy helped put things in perspective”
found the course to be stimulating & Andy’s gracious &
encouraging manner helped me to keep moving forward. Thank you for a great learning experience” – Joan K., Alexandria, VA.
“Andy is a great instructor who gives us baby boomers practical advice” – Ann M., Reston, VA
“The course was very valuable, the handbook material, the presentations/demonstrations and individual pointers
were quite valuable” - Carol, Reston, VA
Newspaper Article Published January 17th, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
WHAT IMPRESSED Hankins the most about Livingston’s baby boomer technology course was his ability to individualize his class to each student. With each gadget Livingston brought into the classroom, students handled the pieces and were invited to ask questions.
Livingston’s in-home support was a “real benefit” to Hankins. He helped her increase the speed of her computer by removing a spyware program from it, and taught her to take photos from her digital camera using settings she had never used before and to print photos directly from her laptop.
Hankins said she feels as if she has a friend who can help her with the next form of technology she becomes interested in learning about.
“We’re the sandwich generation,” Hankins said. “Our parents aren’t interested in the new technology, our kids grew up with it. We’re trying to catch the train that’s speeding up ahead of us.”
To learn more about Andy Livingston’s programs and services, e-mail Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is: http://mastermygadget.com/. Livingston charges $45 per hour with a 2-hour minimum for in-home services.