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The Power of Google
with Nicole Blatt
Course Description: Google is more than a search engine. It has free applications that allow you to write documents, use spreadsheets, make presentation slides, collaborate on projects, use a phone, manage your photos, find the cheapest flights, and so much more. Must bring your own laptop (preferred) or iPad/tablet to class. Class will meet 5 weeks.
Notes: Must bring your own laptop (preferred) or iPad/tablet if you do not have a laptop. The class will meet for 5 weeks on January 16, 23, 30, February 20 and 27. (No class on February 6 or 13).
Class Leader Bio(s): Nicole Blatt uses a computer. Eric Swenson also uses a computer and has worked in the IT field for over 20 years.
with Robert Huffman
Course Description: This class will look at some disastrous accidents, incidents, and production failures that have happened over the years in the aviation, maritime fields, and also the automotive industry. We will try to understand what went wrong and why the preventive actions did or did not work, we will look at the circumstances of incidents and what was officially done to prevent possible reoccurrence of the problems. I will provide visual aids and summaries for each class.
Class Leader Bio(s): Robert Huffman retired as an Air Force NCO after 27 years of service. He was a C-130 Crew Chief and Air Force Instructor. He also worked for Boeing. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science.
with Nicole Blatt
Course Description: Which camera takes the best pictures? The one you have with you, of course! In this class, you will learn how to get more out of the iPhone camera. Topics will include becoming a better photographer, adjusting your iPhone camera, editing pictures on your iPhone, photo and video editing, creating and sharing albums, and downloading your iPhone pictures for actual prints to enjoy and share. Sorry, this class is specifically for iPhones/iPads; users of other brands of smartphones may not derive any benefit. This is a 5-week class.
Notes: Bring your iPhone. The class will meet for 5 weeks on January 16, 23, 30, February 20 and 27.
Class Leader Bio(s): Nicole Blatt takes lots of pictures! Her last phone had over 10,000 pics and some were even good. She retired from the USAF in 2011 and now has two awesome 12-year-old sons named Bodie & Ryker.
CLL Computer Club (*CLL Members Only)
with Hal Pruett
Course Description: This endeavor is a revival of the original CLL Computer Club that flourished for many years with Jim Cooper in charge. Unfortunately, COVID came along in 2020 and stopped all in-person meetings. As before, the Club’s focus is strictly on Windows PCs, not Macs.
The purpose of clubs like ours is to provide a friendly and supportive environment where our members can share their experiences, ask questions, learn new skills, and solve computer problems as they are encountered. Our problem-solving approach will be analogous to the old cliché, “To feed a person, don’t give him fish, teach him how to fish.” The “how to” in our case is being able to use AI (Artificial Intelligence). We believe that users can often solve problems themselves by using AI. We suspect members will also find that using AI is more productive than using old-style search methods.
During our initial meeting, please be prepared to tell us about your computer experience level and specific equipment. This will help establish topics of interest for future meetings. Subsequent meetings will begin with a discussion of whatever problems attendees are experiencing and then continue with a presentation about a specific topic.
For our very first meeting, the presentation will be about free AI resources and their capabilities. ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing/CoPilot, and Google’s Bard system are the three programs most readily available. We’ll use one or more of them to demonstrate some features generally available. As you will see, all require well-constructed inputs to get satisfactory outputs.
Notes: The Computer Club will meet monthy on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 10:00 in Rm 357 the UWF Campus. These monthly club meetings will continue throughout the year (unless campus is closed for weather or scheduled breaks).
Class Leader Bio(s): The head honchos for the club will be Hal Pruett and Jim Cooper. Both are Korean War veterans and long-time computer hobbyists. Hal is a retired physicist. Back in 1996, at the request of founder Ed Dennery, he computerized the paper-and-pencil registration process that had been used since the beginning of our organization. He continued to maintain and update the registration process until COVID forced us to quit in-person registration. Over the years he has instructed numerous computer related CLL classes. Jim Cooper has taught computer and other classes for CLL for over 20 years. He retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sargent and then from DOD Civil Service where he was Fire Chief at Eglin Air Force Base.
iLearn, iUnderstand, iPad
with Dolores Noechel
Course Description: Are you ready to learn how to use your iPad effectively? This course will take you from the very basics to making your iPad your own. Individual needs will be addressed to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn. We will explore the most popular iPad tricks and topics, including how to get the most out of your iPad experience. Students must bring their own iPads to class. This is a six-week course meeting on January 18 and 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Notes: This is a six-week course meeting on January 18 and 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Class Leader Bio(s): Dolores Noechel is a former Ruckel math teacher, OCSD Instructional Technology and Media Services Specialist, and Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School.
Drones for Beginners
with Billy Walker
Course Description: If you have just purchased a drone, or are about to do so, this class is for you. Learn the different types of drones that are available and which one to buy for your needs. Learn how to fly a drone safely and stay within FAA regulations. The class will provide tips on how to shoot video with a drone and edit it. Outdoor practice sessions in safe areas, as well as indoor classes, will be included. You do not have to own a drone to take this class, but if you do own one, you must register it with the FAA to fly it legally on the UWF campus.
Class Leader Bio(s): Billy Walker has taught Video Processing and iPad classes at CLL for several years. He owns three drones and has been flying them for over three years. Walt Spodeck, a licensed drone pilot and owner of four drones, will be the co-leader for this course.