Group classes: Schedule

Announcing my Group classes online. (For Mac, iPhone, iPad)

Now's a great time to refresh or gain new digital knowledge with Group classes online! Similar to a classroom experience, but no traveling. Learn with other classmates thirsting for knowledge while basking in the cozy glow of your device's screen. We will be using Zoom. Easy-Peasy.

Each group session is 90-minutes and only $60.

See schedule below, but first - Please read important pre-class details here.

To register, go here.

* NOTE: I will donate 15% of session fees to a NY, CT, or other food bank from my One-On-One sessions and my Group online classes.

GROUP Class Schedule:

Siri: Learn It & Love It. Get Results, Not Frustrated!

Siri is a breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence, providing information and answering questions for Apple's iDevices. Learn the optimal settings and other usage tips to command Siri to search the Web, the weather, sports scores, your iDevice's contacts, calendars, messages, calls, reminders, music, apps including Maps for directions, reviews, and more information. "If you're not using Siri, you are not using your iPhone!" For users of iPhone 4S or later; iPad 2, iPad mini or later, or Apple Watch.

    Tue., Dec. 1, 2020 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM​. Fee: $60.  Register me

Smart Surfing With Safari

Be smart, be savvy, be successful with time-saving tips & best practices for your searching techniques such as multiple searches at once, many tabs vs. windows; Find On Page; Shortcuts, Favorite bar, customizing your Tool Bar and searches, adjust Preferences & Settings. Use Ad-Blockers, Auto-filling passwords and Keychain, iCloud Tabs and more.

    Tue., Dec. 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM​. Fee: $60.  Register me

So Many Courses! Did You Miss One? Join The Waitlists:

Settings For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch: Don't Be Afraid!

Confused about your iDevice's Settings? Wonder what's the difference between Notifications, Control Center, Do Not Disturb, Hotspots, iCloud, and various Apps' settings? Not sure which switch should be on or off -- and why? Concerned about battery life, privacy, ad tracking, GPS and more? Explore and learn about all the Settings and customize them to serve your digital lifestyle.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $120.   Waitlist me

So U Think U Can Text? Using Apple’s iMessage & Features: Free Texting And Much More

Texting with iMessage is so much more than FREE texting. It includes sending group texts, photos, videos, web links, money (via Apple Pay), GIFs, Emojis, Animoji's, Memojis, your own voice as sound, your handwriting, scribbling, and app-specific items. Send your message with loud, soft, confetti or balloon FX and more. Don’t want to type?… Use dictation! Learn the ins & outs of group texts, block people, or leave a Group conversation. See how to receive messages on all your Apple devices so you’ll never miss a text. This is your chance to learn how iMessage is an indispensable, important multi-communication tool.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Stop Making Mistakes With iPhone/iPad Keyboard

All thumbs? Learn touch & tapping tips. Text too small? Enlarge it, zoom in, or use the Magnifier. Typing frustrates you? Learn swiping tips and typing alternatives. Tired of typing? Talk, don't type! Use dictation to let your voice do the typing! Lazy typist? Create custom keyboard shortcuts. Speak another language? Add international keyboards. Use auto-correct, swipe-to-type, add emojis!

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Intro to Pages: Apple’s Word Processing & Page-Layout

You say you don’t use, don't have, don't know, or don't like MS Word? Apple's FREE word-processing and page-layout program to your rescue!

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Music In Your Life: Options During The Pandemic

With all the additional stress injected into our lives during these past months, music is one way to relax and de-stress yourself. Learn about the free (and paid) options at your fingertips to sooth, energize, or entertain you. From free radio to apps, to Podcasts, to streaming radio stations on the web — to creating & playing your own music — there really is a lot to listen to!

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Who’s Got Email? Using Apple's Mail Program. 

Apple Mail app is the electronic communications workhorse of our digital age! But are you really using it to its fullest? Most people are not. Go beyond the basics and learn best practices. Search and find any mailbox for content, subject, or person - immediately. Understand email threads. Make use of Menu items that you have been ignoring or wondering about. View, save, forward, or copy attachments, photos, video, and other emails. Create & edit Group or Smart mailboxes. Tame that Junk! Email via blind carbon copies (bcc:), reply-to, or flag it different colors. And why not dictate instead of typing your email messages?

    Date, Time TBA. (2 sessions) Fee: $120.  Waitlist me.

Can You See Me Now? Using FaceTime.

If you haven’t been using FaceTime during this uncertain time then you’re missing out on being closer together, while social distancing! See how to group FaceTime time with up to 32 people on your Apple devices. Easily start or add people to the conversation, via your Contacts –– or add new Apple device Users who aren’t in your Contacts. Mute yourself, use rear-facing camera to show & tell your surroundings. Feeling video-shy or can’t call because you there’s no cellular connection? Then do a FaceTime audio call via wifi and bypass the cell towers.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Food Delivery To Your Door And More: Web & App Shopping

Staying inside because you can’t get out — or don’t want to go out?  With apps on your device, stores on the web, and your favorite local stores scrambling to start deliveries, you have many options. Thanks to our essential workers and delivery people, you can order almost anything and have it delivered to your door. But what are the tips & tricks you need to know? Which app, store, or service is better for your particular needs? How to use them? How to keep track? How to combine them to cover all your needs?  Amazon is a start, but there are many alternatives to get what you want delivered, and to support those businesses you care about.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Apple Maps & Google Maps: Get Directions To Get Where You’re Going, Search Places, Virtually Travel With City Fly-Overs

Going somewhere?… Get directions to your destination by car, transit, walking or cycling. Search, view, fly-over cities, or virtually visit anyplace on Earth. See what's new and useful such as giving someone your E.T.A. when traveling. See Apple's new Quick Look view (smoother than Google's Street View) or keep Favorites of places that you commute to or travel to often. Search businesses, restaurants, stores, and more. In this time of staying-at-home, become an armchair traveler, or hone your skills for when you do finally get out and about. Wow! Don't leave home without it.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.   Waitlist me.

Finally! Organize Your Busy Life With Apple Calendar

Ready to give up your paper calendar? Want to see your (and/or family members') schedule(s) on all your Apple devices? Good for planning. Great for sanity! For Mac, iPhone, iPad.

    Date, Time TBA. (2 sessions) Fee: $120.  Waitlist me.

Your Printer Is Your Camera! 

Say what?… Oh, you mean using that multi-purpose printer/scanner/fax (or your flatbed scanner that’s gathering dust) to capture 2D & 3D objects and create art and images! Think: flower arrangements, shadowbox items, memorabilia, 3D collage, art projects. Tweak the image (lighting, filters, crop/rotate, saturate, make grayscale or B&W) before printing or sharing your imagery. The free Image Capture software that comes with every Macintosh is used to get the image into your Mac. Great for greeting cards, scrapbooking. Oh, and for scanning flat art & documents, too. Your printer is not just a printer!

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

Finally! Organize Your Photos

C'mon, work your photos! Create, edit, organize, find, share: photos, albums, shared albums with the free Photos app/program that comes with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You've got time — and plenty of photos — so let's clean them up. For Mac, iPhone, iPad.

    Date, Time TBA. (2 sessions) Fee: $120.  Waitlist me.

Reminders, Timers, Alarms, Events, Notes: When & Why To Use Them

You’re busy so wouldn't you love to have a personal assistant? Wait… you already do! If you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Watch, they can remind you so you don't miss important events, or that creative idea, or to take the pot off the stove, the laundry from the washer, or to call your Mom today or a friend’s birthday in two days. Great for business and everyday use, from the mundane to the crucial.

    Date, Time TBA. Fee: $60.  Waitlist me.

 

iPad: Creative & Marketing Tool for Botanical Artists, Designers, Enthusiasts

iPad is your creative tool to create, connect, market & manage your business, art, designs, and communications. 

• Floral Designers: show your creations, make presentations, email photos to clients, make a PhotoBook portfolio via Shared Albums.

• Botanical Illustrators & Enthusiasts: sketch, draw, paint; take flower photos, enhance, edit them; upload images online for your upcoming show or to FaceBook, Twitter, Flickr; include sketches as PDFs, send a brochure to a client. 

• Writers & Photographers: research, write, edit, collaborate, send texts, photos, create journal-books. 

• Garden Designers: submit a bid with your photos, spreadsheets, charts, graphs. Video chat with a client in FaceTime or Skype to seal the deal. Digitally sign contracts and email them back.

• Landscape Designers: send scans or photos of the property or files; digitally take area measurements; schedule meetings with iCal; check the weather before you go; text or call them (yes, call them too!).

• Botanical Enthusiasts: See above; plus listen to & create music; view movies, videos, TV shows, email; use FaceTime or surf the web. Get things done. All with an iPad. Amazing!

    Date, Time TBA. (2 sessions) Fee: $120.  Waitlist me.

Finally! Clean Up Your Contacts/AddressBook

Enough already!… Make your Contacts work for you. Create, edit, organize, delete duplicates, add birthdays, call, email, see a map from their address, or text to your contacts, more. No duplicates need apply.

    Date, Time TBA. (2 sessions) Fee: $120.   Waitlist me.

iPhoneography Online: Take Great iPhone Photos, Edit, Share, And Organize! (Now expanded to 5 sessions!)

Transform your iPhone photos from good to great! In this multi-session and extremely popular course, learn the technical aspects and the artistic qualities used in taking great photos with your beloved iPhone.

The Technical: dive into the iPhone’s Camera and Photos app and Settings. Learn to edit your photos: crop, aspect ratios, lighting, filter effects, aperture, Live Photos and even Markup. (And let’s not forget videos). Then organize and share using Albums, Shared Albums, email, iMessage texting, and more!

The Artistic: learn to include elements of form, light, color, contrast, repetition, shape, movement, perspective, composition, and more in your imagery. Fun weekly homework assignments will challenge you to play and experiment. Basic familiarity with iPhone is required.  Each session includes time for critiques of student’s weekly homework assignments.

    Date, Time TBA.  Fee: $300.   Waitlist me

No I Said,"All About Dictation": Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Look who’s talking… YOU! Why type when you can talk? Great for your train of thought or for when you are tired from typing, or when your fingers won’t do the walking! See how to enable and use dictation on your Apple Devices to enhance creativity, speed up your correspondence via email and text replies, and be more productive. Learn best how to invoke Siri on those devices to get the info you need - fast! (Be sure to ask for PDF of Punctuation commands sheet in class)

    Date, Time TBA.  Fee: $60.  Waitlist me

iOS 14 - What's New: The Look. The Features. The Functionality. Oh, My!

Another year. Another iOS update. Yay! Learn about the new features that are jam-packed into this release for your iPhone, or iPad. See what’s new with the look & feel in Messages, Memojis, Maps, Translate (web pages, conversations, voice, text), Siri (smarter, faster, language translation, cycling directions, ETA, expanded knowledge), Safari (performance, privacy report, password monitoring), Car Keys, Car Play, and AirPods, App Clips, Privacy (now even better), Accessibility, AR/VR, Camera, FaceTime, Health, Photos and many other improved app features. And MUCH more. Whew — we will need two sessions for this overview course!

    Date, Time TBA.  Fee: $120.  Waitlist me

 

COMING SOON: 🌟 

You Are Their Tech Help: Remotely Help Your Family & Friends Use Screen Sharing On Your Mac — To Their Mac.

Descriptions, Date & Time TBA… ​    I'm interested.

 

Apple Watch: Intro Level & Tips

Descriptions, Date & Time TBA… ​    I'm interested.

Apple Watch: Intermediate Level & Tips

Descriptions, Date & Time TBA… ​    I'm interested.

 

Apple Watch: Advanced Level & Tips

Descriptions, Date & Time TBA… ​    I'm interested.

 

And of course, the topics that YOU want to learn.

Note: Any group class topic can be taught On-On-One online as well.

 

Just let me know what you are interested in and I will email you information.

HOLD ON!…

What if these new Group online classes don’t fit your schedule? What if you didn't see your topic? Remember, you can take a One-On-One session with me. Or email me and tell me the topic you want to learn.

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