Class Schedule

Tech Made Simple – Promoting technological confidence and best practices within our San Juan Islands community.

Computer Basics

Friday Harbor – Monday, April 24 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Friday April 28 10:30 – 12:30

 

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

 

Techno Babble

Friday Harbor – Monday, May 1 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Friday, May 5, 10:30 – 12:30

 

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

Friday Harbor – Wednesday, May 10, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, May 11, 10:30 – 12:30

 

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 Backups

Friday Harbor – Monday, May 15, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, May 18, 10:30 – 12:30

 

In this class we discuss how and why it’s important that we have a backup of our computer’s data. We will look at our options using hard drives and or cloud backup services, their limits and advantages.

 

Connecting to the Internet

Friday Harbor – Monday, May 22, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, May 25, 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?

 

Using The Internet

Friday Harbor – Monday, May 29, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, June 02, 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?

 

 

Online Security

Friday Harbor – Monday, June 5, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, June 09, 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?

 

Cloud Computing

Friday Harbor – Monday, June 12, 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, June 16, 10:30 – 12:30

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?

 

Streaming: Cutting the Cord

Friday Harbor – Monday, June 19 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, June 23, 10:30 – 12:30

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?

 

Remote Control Basics

Friday Harbor – Monday, June 26 10am – 12pm
Orcas Island – Every Tuesday in 2017 10am-12pm
Lopez Island – Thursday, June 30, 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?