San Rafael Public Library

All Things Apple! for Beginners with Beryn Hammil

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February 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom video conferencing

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, all face-to-face All Things Apple! classes have been suspended indefinitely, but Beryn is teaching via Zoom video conferencing.

If you are new to All Things Apple! and would like to attend class, please register by contacting Librarian, Bonnie Groshong at:  Instructor, Beryn Hammil, will then email you a welcome packet that include instructions for how to participate in the Zoom meeting. You must register in advance on Zoom each week for each class you want to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to joining the meeting.

You will receive a full set of invitations to register every Saturday morning for the following week’s four (4) classes. Choose whichever ones you’re interested in attending.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Part 1 of the topic
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm Part 2 of the same topic

You must register for each class in advance.

Saturday AM – Zoom Invitation to Register notifications sent out and sign up is available for the next week’s classes

Each topic will cover information for the Mac computer, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Whenever applicable, class topics will be divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Descriptions of each part are shown in the schedule below. You’re welcome to participate in any and all classes, and for some topics you’re encouraged to participate in both parts to maximize the learning experience of that subject.

These class topics were put together based on input from students, and while some of these topics have been taught recently, there’s always something new to learn in each. The content of each topic description will be adhered to, but discussion is not limited to just what’s presented in this schedule as one thing often leads to another.

Doors for each class will open 15 minutes prior to that class starting and we will start on time. When the class capacity of 100 participants is reached, those who get “locked out” will be able to view the class by live streaming it on YouTube. This is called the “Balcony Section.” Those who are registered to participate by half past the hour prior to class starting will receive an email with the link to the live stream. It will be sent out within 15 minutes of the class starting. If you’re viewing the class from the balcony you will not be able to raise your hand to ask questions but can nonetheless learn something new.

At the end of each class participants can stay for up to 15 minutes for a Q&A session about that or any other topic. Because many people leave at the formal end of class, those who are watching the class from the balcony section will be able to join the live after-class Q&A to have their questions answered.

A video of each class will be available so you can review material on YouTube, and you can build your own library of these recap videos, but you must participate in that class to access it. Instructions for how to do this are given in each class.

Pre-registration is a requisite for each class. Invitations to register are sent out each Saturday morning for all of the following week’s classes, and you must register for each class separately.

There is a limited number of participants able to join the Zoom class. If you make a reservation and later find that you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation so there’s space for someone else. The place to cancel is within a link on the confirmation of your reservation that you received when you signed up.

Time shown for all classes is Pacific Time; please adjust accordingly for where you are.


TUESDAY, FEB 2nd – iCLOUD, STORAGE & FILES iCloud is the hub, the backbone, of storage for all the information in all your Apple devices. It’s where your Photos, Notes, Calendar events, Contacts, etc., etc., all get synced from one device to another and a change in one will be a change in them all. It’s also where your mobile devices get backed up and you can use Files to see the what’s on your computer from your mobile devices.
2:00 PM –- PART 1 Let’s review iCloud. Learn how to make sure all your devices are set up properly to sync via your iCloud account, check that you have enough storage space on iCloud to accommodate it all and how get more space if you need it.
4:00 PM – PART 2 Learn how to set up and use Files to store, access and retrieve content that’s on your Mac computer. It’s a function that can be used no matter where you are relative to your computer, whether you’re in another room or half way around the world (when we get to that point again).

2:00 PM – PART 1 Learn how to: create a new contact, add multiple phone numbers and/or addresses to each, keep notes within a person’s contact card, add a photo to a person’s contact card.
4:00 PM – PART 2 Learn how to create groups and add multiple contacts to it, share photos, notes, items from the internet, etc., in the eMail, Safari, Photos, and Messages apps with your new groups.

TUESDAY, FEB 9th – PHOTOS This is such a large topic that it will take more than one day in which to review just some of what it has to offer.
2:00 PM – PART 1 Learn how to import photos from other sources, use Preview and “markup” functions so you can manipulate the photos before you share, edit or use them in a document.
4:00 PM – PART 2 Continue this topic by learning how to do some basic editing; cropping, color enhancing, etc.

THURSDAY, FEB 11th – PHOTOS Continuing this topic…
2:00 PM – PART 3 Learn how to organize your photos so you can do more with them later, add information to each photo for easy retrieval and reference later.
4:00 PM – PART 4 Learn how to make slideshows from your photos, select and add music to your slideshow, adjust the transitions between each of the photos in your slideshow for a better viewing experience, share your slideshow with friends and family.

A clever little app that is easy to use on any of your Apple devices. Learn how to record a memo, edit that memo, use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a portable recording device.
4:00 PM – REMINDERS Another handy app that’s easy to use on any of your Apple devices. Learn how to create a reminder, organize your reminders with lists, share reminders.

There are so many little things that can enhance your experience on each of your devices. We’ll run through a list, so you’ll be more efficient and feel more accomplished.
4:00 PM – 3rd PARTY APPS WE LOVE There are so many 3rd party apps that we’ve come to rely on, know and love. I’ll review a few of my favorites and encourage you to share a few of yours.

2:00 PM until…? This approach was so well-received in December, that we’ll continue this format once a month going forward. There will be only one class, starting at 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), and it will last for however long you want it to last. Content of today’s class will be determined by whatever you want to learn and discuss. You’ll learn how I find answers to some of your tough questions and how I teach myself new things, not just on Apple’s website, but via other sites on the internet as well. If you know that you have a specific question, you are encouraged to email it to me prior to the class so I can prepare the answer. I ask that you do this no later than the day before the class.



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