San Rafael Public Library

All Things Apple! for Beginners with Beryn Hammil

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November 12, 2020 @ 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 has begun teaching via Zoom video conferencing.

If you are new to All Things Apple! and would like more information about classes being conducted on Zoom, or be put on the waiting list for participation, please contact Librarian, Bonnie Groshong at:

Instructor, Beryn Hammil, will email you a welcome packet and a Zoom meeting link. You must register in advance in Zoom each week for all classes. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

Beginner classes meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm for one hour.
Intermediate classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm for one hour.
You must register for each class in advance.

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” because you will not be able to raise your hand to ask questions but can nonetheless learn something new while viewing from there.

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 on YouTube’s live stream will be able to join the live after-class Q&A to have their
questions answered.

A video of each class will be available for you to review for a limited time on YouTube, but you must participate in that class to access it. Instructions for how to do this are given in each 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.


Beginners: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Part 1 of the topic
Intermediate: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm Part 2 of the same topic
Friday AM – Zoom registration notifications sent out and sign up is available for the next week’s classes


2:00 PM – BASIC Mac Computer
Learn about the following;
• The settings in your computer and what each can do for you,
• Where did those downloads go? Let’s find them together,
• Basic writing functions that span across multiple apps,
• Keyboard shortcuts that make using your computer so much easier.
4:00 PM – BASIC iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
As with the computer, there are basic functions to learn;
• Details about the Settings within your device(s),
• Where to find the various keyboards and how to use them, including foreign language
keyboards and accent marks on letters, and keyboard tricks.

There are a lot of other functions that make things easy and convenient in your Apple devices.
Let’s cover a few of them today.
2:00 PM –- PART 1
• Air Drop – how to send things to another person via the air!
• Hot Spot – what it is and how to use it
• Find My– an invaluable tool to locate people and missing devices
4:00 PM – PART 2
• Disk Utility – when things go a bit wonky on Mac computer, this can help… sometimes,
• Force Quit – when you get the beach ball icon, this function will save your sanity,
• Various maintenance and organizing tips for your mobile devices.

2:00 PM – PART 1
Learn how to use simple editing functions in your Mac computer and mobile devices so your
photos look better;
• Straighten, crop and rotate photos in all your devices
• Correct and enhance the colors
4:00 PM – PART 2
• We’ll delve deeper in how to edit photos on your computer and mobile devices to make
them look better,
• We’ll touch on some 3rd party photo editing apps that you can use to go the next step.

THURSDAY, November 12th – APPLE TV and more
As with many things Apple, we need to better understand the terminology to differentiate the
various functions and capabilities.
2:00 PM – PART 1
In this class we’ll review:
• Apple TV vs Apple TV+ vs… etc.,
• A few 3rd party TV watching apps
4:00 PM – PART 2
Learn about:
• Air Play for watching TV shows and movies and “mirroring” your devices,
• Where applicable, physically connecting your computer to your TV.
• Continue the discussion about 3rd party viewing devices and functionality.

TUESDAY, November 17th – NOTES
2:00 PM – PART 1
Learn how to use some of the most helpful functions within all your Apple devices when you
create and organize your Notes.
4:00 PM – PART 2
Learn how to:
• add photos, web links and scanned documents from any of your devices.
• markup details,
• create charts and more.

THURSDAY, November 19th – MAPS
Learn how to not only get around using Maps, but how to use this app for finding what you need.
4:00 PM – 3RD PARTY MAP APPS, including Google, and others. Your input for the map apps
that you like is encouraged so we can all learn from your experience.

TUESDAY, November 24th

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