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Technology 4 Life Fall Classes

Summer finally arrived!   Time to organize your life, plan that great vacation, visit with friends and family, be creative, cook new recipes, garden and use your iPad or iPhone to help with all of these things!   Renew your energy and get back into your life passions by getting connected through your mobile device.  Let Technology 4 Life help you!

We offer a variety of classes to help you learn how to use your iPad, iPhone, smart phone, digital camera, or computer. We have workshops to help you find travel deals online and learn about new and helpful applications.  We have a few exciting classes coming up in the next few months including:

1) Social Media for Seniors
Think Social Media isn't for you?  Think again!  If you aren't looking at Facebook or Twitter, you are missing out on connecting with interesting articles, business discounts, and especially your friends and grandchildren.  We will show you how to protect your privacy and use Facebook to help you save money and see what your friends and family are up to.  2 weeks.

  • June 17 & 24, Wednesdays, 10-12noon, Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato.  Call (415)899-8290 to enroll.


2)  iPad & iPhone Basics 2:  Essential Applications
Need a refresher for using your iPhone or iPad? Have you forgotten a few things or have new questions? Are you using the latest iOS 8? This course will review some of the basics of using your device. We will show you how to get the most out of your built-in apps including Siri, E-mail, Texting, Facetime, Photo editing, iCloud, Calendar, Maps/GPS, and more! We'll also introduce the steps to find and install new apps, and show you how to update, delete and organize your apps for easy access.  A perfect sequel to the basics level 1 class: 'Getting To Know Your Device' class. 

  • July 9 & 16, Thursdays, 10am-12noon at Whistlestop, San Rafael. Call (415) 456-9062
  • July 10 & 17, Fridays, 10am-12noon at Mill Valley Rec Center, Call (415) 383-1370
  • July 13 & 10, Mondays, 6pm-8pm at Drake High School. Call (415) 945-3730
  • Aug 12 & 19, Wednesdays, 10am-12noon at Alfred J Boro Recreation Center, San Rafael. Call (415) 485-3077


3) Smart Phone & Tablet Basics: ANDROID Devices
You finally got your very own smart phone or tablet! There is only one problem, you have no idea how to use it! This course is the equivalent of the ʺHow to Use Your iPad/iPhoneʺ class but specifically designed for Android products. In this personalized, two week course, you'll be guided through how to make calls, send emails, take pictures, download music and add applications. A course for those new to the smart phone/wireless device world, each session provides one-on-one help and comes with instructional handouts so you can practice at home. Don't let that amazing technology sit in its box any longer! (For Android devices only, including Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and LG)

  • June 23 & 30th, Tuesdays10:00-12:00noon at Mill Valley Recreation Center, Mill Valley.  Call (415) 383-1370 to enroll!   

 
4) Managing Your Photos
Your photos are important because they are preserving your memories and experiences. Despite how much we love taking them, many of us leave them sitting in cameras or phones for years. If you have been meaning to organize you photos and get them in one place for a long time, this is the class for you. In this two week course you will learn all about different ways to preserve your photos, organize them into folders, edit them, back them up and print them. Bring your digital cameras, flash drives or whatever device your photos are saved on to class and we'll show you how to take them out, save them in one place, use software to make the process easy and fun, and start getting them in order. The longer you wait to download your photos and organize them the greater the risk of losing them or forgetting where they are so don't wait any longer!

  • July 7 & 14th, Tuesdays,10am - 12noon, Terra Linda Rec Center, Terra Linda. Call (415) 485-3344 to enroll!
  • July 8 & 15, Wednesdays, 10am-12noon, The Ranch @ Dairy Knoll, Tiburon. Call (415) 435-4355.

Need Help Now with your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone?   

Having trouble getting them to work together? We can help you get the most of your technology in your home. We offer one on one in-home tutoring and consultations. Or, round up a few friends, and we can set up a private class just for your group! Multi-session tutoring packages also available.

Call us at (415) 325-5970 to schedule!

Upcoming Classes

 Starting  Date Time Course Location
Wed.
June 17 & 24
10am-12noon   Social Media for Adults Margaret Todd Rec Center,Novato
(415) 899-8290
Wed.
June 17 & 24
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 1:
Getting to Know Your Device 
The Ranch @ DairyKnoll, Tiburon
(415) 435-4355
Thurs
June 18 & 25
6pm-8pm iPad/iPhone Basics 1:
Getting to Know Your Device 
Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley
(415) 945-3730
Fri
June 19 & 26
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 1:
Getting to Know Your Device 
Alfred J Boro Center, San Rafael
(415) 485-3077
Tues.
June 23 & 30
10am- 12noon Smart Phone & Tablet Basics: Android Mill Valley Rec Center, Mill Valley
 415) 383-1370
Tues.
July 7 & 14
11am-1pm Managing Your Photos Terra Linda Rec Center, Terra Linda 
(415) 485-3344
Weds
July 8 & 15
10am-12noon Managing Your Photos The Ranch @ Dairy Knoll, Tiburon
(415) 435-4355
Thurs.
July 9 & 16
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 2:
Essential Applications
Whistlestop, San Rafael
(415)
456-9062
Fri
July 10 & 17
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 2:
Essential Applications
Mill Valley Rec Center, Mill Valley
 415) 383-1370
Mon
July 13 & 20
6pm-8pm iPad/iPhone Basics 2:
Essential Applications
Drake High School, San Anselmo
(415) 945-3730
Tue
Aug 4 & 11
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 1:
Getting to Know Your Device 
Whistlestop, San Rafael
(415) 383-1370
Wed
Aug 5 & 12
10am-12noon Blogging Basics The Ranch@DairyKnoll, Tiburon
(415) 456-9062
Wed
Aug 12 & 19
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 2:
Essential Applications
Alfred J Boro Center, San Rafael
(415) 485-3077
Thu
Aug 13 & 20
10am-12noon iPad/iPhone Basics 1:
Getting to Know Your Device 
Margaret Todd Rec Center,Novato
(415) 899-8290
Fri
Aug 21 & 28
11am-1pm iPad/iPhone Basics 3:
World of Applications: Photos, Maps, Books & More!
Terra Linda Rec Center, Terra Linda 
(415) 485-3344

Click here for full class schedule. Workshops are one day. Classes meet for 2 weeks.
 
New Apple Watch!
So what exactly is the Apple Watch? The short answer is that it is an interactive watch that works similar to a smartphone. With it, you can keep up to the minute on your email, messages, news, and more. What makes it different? Still not sure what it does? Here are a few highlights:

1) Digital Crown-- On a regular watch, the crown is the tool used to set the time and date and to wind the mainspring. Apple reimagined the crown feature of a watch to make it a digital tool that organizes and magnifies various content on a small display.

Apple Watch, which hit the stores a few months ago,  is the first ever smart watch!

2) Force Touch-- Through tiny electrodes around the watch face, the Apple watch can distinguish between a light tap and a deep press. With Force Touch, pressing firmly on the screen brings up additional controls in apps like Messages, Music, and Calendar. It also lets you select different watch faces, pause or end a workout, search an address in Maps, and more.
3) Glances —In an instant, you can glimpse the weather forecast, check out what’s next on your calendar, or find your current location on a map. You’ll also receive real-time notifications for incoming mail, messages, and calls. 
4) Taptic Engine--Because it rests on your skin, the Apple watch is designed to give you small vibrations or taps that alert you to a variety of information. A gentle tap lets you know the time and place of your next meeting, when you should leave, and the best route to take. Once you’re on your way, a tap on the wrist lets you know when to turn left, or right. It taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification, or press down on the display. The watch can also respond to subtle audio cues.
5) Health Sensor-- The watch will gather data on your health throughout the day. On the back of the case, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protects a specially designed sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate during workouts and when using the Heart Rate Glance. Then the Accelerometer measures total body movement, counts your steps, and calculates your calories burned throughout the day. It can provide motivation and encouragement, as well as monitor your health indicators alert you to take medications.

The best part? You won't lose it, drop it or forget it somewhere. And its super tough diamond-like surface means you won't scratch it as easily as your phone. For more information on the Apple watch click here. And read about new health apps. The Apple Watch could be an interesting alternative to the traditional personal safety wearables.  As with most new technology, it usually is a good idea to wait for the second generation. But this is one device to "watch", particularly for the independent older adult!
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