Class Schedule

Promoting technological confidence and best practices within our San Juan Islands community.

Streaming: Cutting the Cord

Friday Harbor – Monday, Feb. 6, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island- Wednesday, Feb 8, 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

What does streaming content over the internet mean and how do I get started? In this seminar, we will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What does it mean to stream internet content?
  • How is streaming different from TV and cable services?
  • What kind of internet connection do I need?
  • What are some of the services currently available?
  • What is needed to stream content?
  • What are the potential costs and savings involved?

 

Technobabble

Friday Harbor – Monday, Feb. 13, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island- Friday Feb. 17, 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

In this interactive seminar, we will work together with the participants to define and break down the confusing terminology that arises in our every day lives. We will also demonstrate and provide resources for participants to find out information on their own. Our goal is for the participants to feel more confident when seeking assistance and not to be afraid to require those helping them to speak in a language they can understand.

 

Connections

Orcas Island – Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10am – 12pm
Friday Harbor – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Lopez Island- Thursday Feb. 23, 10:30am -12:30pm

 

There are so many cables and connectors in use today, that connecting devices can be a nightmare. In this seminar we will endeavor to de-mystify a few of the most common past and current cables, connectors and ports they are likely to show up in our day-to-day lives. This includes cables and ports related to:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Televisions
  • Mobile devices
  • Other peripheral devices the participants may present

 

Computer Basics

Friday Harbor – Monday, Feb. 27, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10am – 12p
Lopez Island – Friday Mar. 3, 11:00am -1:00pm

 

Computers are becoming more and more part of our day to day lives, and the technology seems to change on a daily basis. So how does one even get started? In this seminar we will very briefly look at the modern history of the personal computer, where we have been and where we are now. The purpose of the course is to provide a clear, foundational place from which to confidently start. We will demonstrate resources participants can use to become more confident in the technology they currently possess and how to make wise decisions in their future purchases. Topics may include:

  • Computer and technical terms
  • Storage vs. Memory
  • Files and folders
  • Understanding the desktop
  • Using a mouse or trackpad
  • Helpful tutorials and resources
  • Why is a backup important? Online vs external drive?

 

Remote Control Basics

Friday Harbor – Monday, Mar. 6 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Mar. 7 10am -12pm
Lopez Island – Mar. 9 10:30 – 12:30

 

Every device we purchase these days seems to come with a remote control, and each of them seems to do things in a different way. In this seminar we will look at a brief history of the remote control, how they work and how to manage them. Topics may include:

  • What do all the buttons mean?
  • Best practices when using remote controls
  • How to set up a remote control
  • Universal remotes: benefits and challenges
  • The differences between Infrared, bluetooth and wifi remotes
  • Where to look for help?

 

The Online Life, Part 1: Connecting to the Internet

Friday Harbor – Monday, Mar. 13 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Mar. 14 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island – Friday, Mar. 17 10:30 – 12:30 

In just a few years the internet went from being a novelty, to a useful tool, to a necessity of everyday life. Everything from our information, to the way our refrigerator works can (and is slowly evolving to “must”) be controlled using the internet. This seminar will provide a very brief history of the internet, demystify some of the terminology, and provide insights into connecting to the internet. Topics may include:

  • Where did it come from and where is it leading?
  • What is DSL, Fiber and LTE?
  • What is Wifi?
  • What is Bluetooth?
  • What is a “network”?
  • How smart are our “Smart” devices?
  • What is a “Smart Home” and what are the requirements?

 

The Online Life, Part 2: Using the Internet

Friday Harbor – Monday, Mar. 20 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Mar. 21 10am -12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, Mar. 23 10:30 – 12:30 

As a follow-up to the previous seminar, this seminar will provide an understanding of how the internet works, how to make the best use of it, and how to be as safe as possible while using it.

Topics may include:

  • Wading through the terminology? What does it all mean?
  • Understanding websites
  • Understanding links and popups
  • Streaming content vs broadcast television
  • Online shopping and financial security
  • My life is controlled by passwords (Part 1): Understanding why we got so trapped and how to untangle the web?

 

The Online Life, Part 3: Computer and Online Security

Friday Harbor – Monday, Mar. 27 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, Mar. 28 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Friday, Mar. 31 10:30 – 12:30

 

In seminar 3 of the series, The Online Life, we will take a look at what internet security means. We will revisit the concept of personal security and attempt to separate the truth from the hype. Topics may include:

  • What are Viruses?
  • What is Malware?
  • What is “Scareware”?
  • What is actually bad and what is hype?
  • How to protect myself, my family and my business?
  • My life is controlled by passwords (Part 2): Password management and helpful solutions?

 

The Online Life, Part 4: Cloud Computing

Friday Harbor – Monday, April 3 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, April 4 Noon-2pm
Lopez Island – Friday, April 7 11:00 – 1:00     

 

In the final seminar of the four-part series, The Online Life, we will take a look at “The Cloud”. We hear about it every day, but what does it really mean and is the information I’m storing really secure? Furthermore, as we add more features, the costs can become more and more prohibitive. So, we will look at ways to identify what our needs really are, in the hopes of making effective and efficient use of our resources.

  • What is the “Cloud”
  • What are the requirements?
  • Is it secure?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the drawbacks?
  • Free or paid services?
  • What do I really need?

 

Smart Phones and Tablets

Friday Harbor – Monday, April 10 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, April 11 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island – Friday, April 14 10:30 – 12:30 

 

With the release of the first iPhone just under ten years ago, a revolution took place in how we communicate with each other, how we receive and process information and how we entertain ourselves. In this seminar we will take a look at some of the various devices on the market, the pros and cons to the different operating systems and a quick look at the ways, benefits and costs involved in syncing our photos and content.

  • Apple, Android and everything in between
  • Smart phones
  • Tablets
  • Mobile device vs a laptop
  • Basic concepts in syncing your photos, videos, music and contacts
  • Managing limited space

 

Smart Televisions

Friday Harbor – Monday, April 17 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Tuesday, April 18 10am – 12pm
Lopez Island – Friday April 21 10:30 – 12:30

 

“Smart” televisions are all the rage these days, but with all the choices out there, which one do I choose? The prices range from ridiculously cheap to incredibly expensive. In this seminar we will look at the what all the lingo means, how to assess our needs, make wise choices when purchasing and what to do when I get the monstrosity home.

  • Why do Smart TVs make me feel so dumb
  • Deciphering and using TV remote controls
  • Changing inputs on the TV
  • Connecting devices to the TV
  • Obscure settings and what to ignore
  • 4K, 5K, 1080p … what does it all mean?