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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Computers, Technology, Math and Science - Spring 2020

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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Android Basics A                                          

Friday                                 CO201060          

9:30-11:00                        

Jan 10, 24

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Are you the proud owner of an Android smart phone? Smart Phones are useful tools for making phone calls, sending text messages and so much more! You may be asking yourself where to begin. This course will help bring smiles instead of stress when you’re using your Android smart phone. There's a lot to learn as technology is constantly changing and advancing, but this class will provide helpful tips and tricks that you'll likely need to know in the early days of having an Android smart phone.  The course will cover setup, Using the Built-in Apps, Getting and Using Other Apps, Enjoying Music At Home and On the Go, Troubleshooting and Help, and even more Tips and Tricks.  Students should own an Android smart phone or tablet to take this course.

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iPad Basics                                       

Friday                                 CO201046          

1:30-3:00                           

Jan 10, 24, 31

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for students who have recently started using an iPad but don’t know much about it and want to learn to do more with it. This interactive course will help students learn the basics about their physical iPad, the Cloud, iCloud, and basic features in iPad texting, calling, FaceTime and Email. Learning how to search for and download apps, how to use Safari to surf the Web, and more will also be covered as time allows. All students are encouraged to ask questions anytime. To be ready for each class, students will need a fully charged iPad running iOS 12.0.0 or higher (not iPad 2), an Apple ID password, and a cellular data plan. These will all be fully explained in the first class.

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Social Media: Too Much, Too Little Time, Help Me!                                      

Tuesday                                           CO201124          

2:00-3:30                           

Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

Some love it, some hate it, but everyone has an opinion on social media's value and impact. Join this course to learn about the background of social media in general as well as some of the more popular apps out there today, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Messenger, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumbler and more. Discuss the benefits and dangers of social media information sharing. Understand techniques for determining reality vs. false truths. Learn about specific apps in use by your family and friends and suggestions for personal use.

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Geology of Our National Parks                                

Wednesday                                     CO201128          

1:00-2:30                           

Jan 29, Feb 5, 12

Instructor(s): Bob Ferguson

This is the third session of this course. This course will continue to utilize the Great Courses and National Geographic videos along with other materials to make armchair visits to some famous National Parks. In Summer 2019, parks with volcanoes and igneous rock were featured. In Fall 2019, parks on the Colorado Plateau and eroded sedimentary rocks were featured. Previous students voted for their favorite parks, and the top six winners will be studied as follows: Jan 29 - Shenandoah and Great Smokies; Feb 5 - Montana's Glacier and Canadian Rockies and Yosemite; Feb 12 - Acadia and Alaska's Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords. New students are welcome to join in the fun exploration of our nation’s parks!

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iPhone Basics                                  

Friday                                 CO201058          

1:30-3:00                           

Feb 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for students who have started using an iPhone but don’t know much about it and want to learn to do more with it. This interactive course will help students learn the basics about their physical iPhone, the Cloud, iCloud, and basic features in iPhone texting, calling, FaceTime, Email and Apple Pay Cash. Learning how to search for and download apps, how to use Safari to surf the Web, and more will also be covered as time allows. All students are encouraged to ask questions anytime. To be ready for each class, students will need a fully charged iPhone 6s or newer, an Apple ID password, and a cellular data plan. These will all be fully explained in the first class.

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Introduction to the Internet                                     

Wednesday                                     CO201057          

1:30-3:00                           

Feb 19, 26

Instructor(s): Lewis Levi

This course aims to answer the following questions: “What is the Internet and how does it work?”, “How can I better use my web browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome) to surf or explore the Internet?”, “What are the benefits of using the Internet in my everyday life?”, and “How can I do this safely?” Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other internet-capable device; however, all students will benefit from the information presented.

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Android Basics B                                           

Thursday                                          CO201061          

9:30-11:00                        

Feb 27, March 5

Instructor(s): Mel Kauffman

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Are you the proud owner of an Android smart phone? Smart Phones are useful tools for making phone calls, sending text messages and so much more! You may be asking yourself where to begin. This course will help bring smiles instead of stress when you’re using your Android smart phone. There's a lot to learn as technology is constantly changing and advancing, but this class will provide helpful tips and tricks that you'll likely need to know in the early days of having an Android smart phone.  The course will cover setup, Using the Built-in Apps, Getting and Using Other Apps, Enjoying Music At Home and On the Go, Troubleshooting and Help, and even more Tips and Tricks.  Students should own an Android smart phone or tablet to take this course.

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The ABCs of Flight: It Goes Up and then Down                                 

Monday                                           CO201125          

2:00-3:30                           

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

Of Leonardo da Vinci's many areas of study, perhaps this Renaissance man's favorite was aviation. Da Vinci seemed truly excited by the possibility of people soaring through the skies like birds. Come and enjoy a lay person's understanding of what makes flight, types of general aviation aircraft, becoming a pilot, and the freedom you feel from above. Come enjoy the adventure possibilities, ask questions, and learn what is already obvious when you think about it. This course will be a fun introduction to something that is breathtaking to imagine. There will be an opportunity after the last class for students to go see it in real life (on the ground of course).

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Extraterrestrial Life Existence                                  

Tuesday                                           CO201103          

9:00-10:30                        

March 3

Instructor(s): James Calpin

Recent advances in astronomy have discovered the existence and abundance of exoplanets and have once again brought up the question of whether any or all of them have some sort of life forms present. The Nobel prize this year was awarded to two scientists responsible for their discovery. This course will explore the conditions for life as we know it that will be required for life of any form to exist from one cell bacteria to intelligent and super intelligent lifeforms.

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Intermediate iPhone and iPad                                

Friday                                 CO201092          

1:30-3:00                           

March 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for students who have used their iPhone or iPad for a while and are comfortable with it, want to learn more about its features, and prefer a faster pace than the Basics course offers. This interactive course will help students learn about the Cloud, extensive and exhaustive use of iCloud, texting, FaceTime, Email and setting up Apple Wallet. Other secondary Apple apps such as Books, iTunes University, and Photos will also be covered. In the third class, students determine the class content with their questions. All students are encouraged to ask questions anytime. To be ready for each class, students will need a fully charged iPad running iOS 12.0.0 or higher (not iPad 2), or your iPhone 6s or newer. An Apple ID and password and a cellular data plan are also required.

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Pruning Shrubs and Vines                                         

Tuesday                                           CO201109          

9:30-11:00                        

March 10

Instructor(s): Sandy Fry

This course will provide a description of why, when, and how to prune with an emphasis on how. Handouts from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office on the methods and timing of pruning will be available. Students will hear examples of good and bad pruning methods and cuts.

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DNA Tests for Genealogy: Now What?                                

Wednesday                                     CO201133          

2:00-3:30                           

March 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Steve Kunnmann

Maybe you’ve gone ahead, bought and submitted a DNA Test or maybe you are thinking of doing so. Maybe you’ve got the results and wonder what to do now. DNA testing is a major step in the study of your family roots. This course will cover DNA testing for genealogy. What is DNA? What type of tests are available? Why test? Who offers tests. Are they all the same? Which test should I take? What do the results mean and how do I understand them? Ethnicity? Third cousin, twice removed? This course will provide answers to these questions and others. After covering other tests available, students will focus on AncestryDNA autosomal tests and results. Students do not need to bring their own DNA results, but it would be helpful in applying and understanding the discussions. The same is true for some amount of knowledge about your Family Tree.

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Phone and Tablet Shortcuts                                     

Thursday                                          CO201136          

2:00-3:30                           

March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Danny Arkin

Have you ever been stymied with technology questions but felt like you had nowhere to go to get answers? You know, simple questions where answers sound like magic and provide unlimited "aha" moments. This is a practical course driven in part by student questions. Answers will focus on iPhone and iPad technology with side trips addressing Android phones and tablets. Learning is guaranteed for all!

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Advanced iPhone                                         

Friday                                 CO201129          

1:30-3:00                           

April 3, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course is for students who have completed and are able to do what is written in the course descriptions for the iPhone Basics and iPhone Intermediate courses. This is a fast-paced, highly interactive course that will stretch into the less common features of the iPhone. Students will need to bring an iPhone 6 or newer, an Apple ID password and have a cellular data plan for each class.

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