This group aims to assist U3A members with their Technological devices by providing members with “hands-on” help needed to understand, purchase and use Technology in common use both now and in the future. The list of Technology devices is endless, but the group hopes to provide assistance in areas requested by the group members.

Meetings take place on the first Friday of the Month between 10am – 12pm, on Zoom, until further notice.

Meetings, when allowed, at Franche Community Church, Chestnut Grove, Kidderminster, DY11 5QA.  See Map

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Team: Steve Miller, Tim Yates, Sue Langley & Sandra Phillips.

Download a copy of the 2021 programme from here

NOTE Meetings on Zoom until further notice!

Friday

Feb 5th

 Topic: Video Meetings – the options.

 Aim: To explore the different video apps available on Apple & Windows/Android.

Friday

Feb 19th

 Topic: Watching Zoom on TV’s and Improving Zoom Sound Quality

 Aim: To improve the comfort & quality of our video meetings.

Friday

Mar 5th

2 Sessions

 Topic: Introduction to Chromebooks & equivalent Cloudready devices.

 Aim: What are Chromebooks & their uses..

 Topic: What’s new in Apple.

 Aim: New developments in Apple.

Friday

Mar 19th

 Topic: Apple iMovie & free Video Editor.

 Aim: to enable members to produce video clips.

Friday (new)

April 16th 

 Topic: Personal Security, Scam prevention & On-line Security.

 Aim: to provide advice on how to prevent being scammed or having your identity stolen.

Friday 

May 7th

 Topic: System Maintenance, Security, Cookies & settings on devices.

 Aim: to improve performance on devices with in built features that aren’t always easy to find.

Friday

June 4th

 Topic: Home Security with Ring devices.

 Aim: an introduction to Ring security cameras & recordings.

 Note: Other makes will be covered.

Friday

July 2nd

 Topic: Social Media – Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Twitter etc.

 Aim: to give an overview of the most popular social media apps that are in use.

August

 No meeting

 Friday

Sept 3rd

 Topic: Upgrading old devices.

 Aim: to prolong the life of old PC’s by installing free open-source operating systems like Ubuntu &   Cloudready.

 Note: Not available for Apple devices.

 Friday

Oct 1st

 Topic: TV Streaming & Smart Speakers.

 Aim: to investigate on-line TV Streaming apps & devices that give extra viewing choice.

 Also to explore Smart Speakers like Amazon Echo & Google Home max.

Friday

Nov 5th 

 Topic: Members’ Slideshows, Videos & Presentations.

 Aim: to show members’ activities during 2021 in different formats.

Friday

Dec 3rd

 QUIZ

 

Friday

Jan 3rd

Topic: Apple & Windows: The difference.

Aim: To explore the differences between the two most popular Personal Computers.

To Cover: Products, Cost, Integration & Services. Ease of use. Standard Apps when new. Photo/image & Cloud Storage.

Friday

Feb 7th

Topic: Apple & Windows 10 Part 1.

Aim: an in-depth introduction to the basics of devices running Apple & Windows 10.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple & Windows 10 devices.

Friday

Mar 6th

Topic: Apple & Windows 10 Part 2.

Aim: To continue on from last month with more advanced exploration of Apple & Windows 10.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple & Windows 10 devices.

Friday

April 3rd

Topic: Getting to grips with Emails.

Aim: A practical introduction to Apple Mail & Microsoft Windows Mail & Outlook.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple & Microsoft.

Friday

May 1st 

Topic: Apple iWork & Microsoft Office.

Aim: A basic introduction to Apple & Microsoft’s Office Suites of Applications.

Note: there will be separate sessions for Apple iWork & Microsoft Office. 

Friday

June 5th

Topic: Getting to grips with Spreadsheets.

Aim: A practical introduction to Apple Numbers & Microsoft Excel.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple & Microsoft. Bring devices.

Friday

July 3rd

Topic: Getting to grips with Presentations.

Aim: A practical introduction to Apple Keynote & Microsoft PowerPoint.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple & Microsoft. Bring devices. 

Friday

Aug 7th

NO MEETING

Friday

Sept 4th

Topic: Members’ Questions & Answers.

Aim: To try to answer previously emailed questions from members. Members & the GTGWT team to investigate further if required.

Friday

Oct 2nd

Topic: Photos & Video

Aim: To store and present members’ Photos & Videos on Apple devices, Android phones & Windows 10.

Note: there will be separate sessions for members with Apple, Android & Windows. Bring devices.

Friday

Nov 6th

Topic: Members’ Presentations.

Aim: a chance for members to show their new found skills from previous session.

Friday

Dec 4th

Topic: Next Years’ Programme & Quiz.

Followed by drinks & mince-pies

 

Friday Jan 4th

Topic: Windows 10 & Apple IOS.

Aim: An overview of the latest operating systems.

Separate sessions for Microsoft & Apple.

This will be a practical session, so bring your own relevant devices.

 

From the meeting: Windows 10 Basics

Friday Feb 1st

Topic: Problem-solving & clean-up.

Aim: to enable members to problem solve, clean-up & clear cookies on their devices.

Bring your own relevant devices.

Friday Mar 1st

Topic: Smartphones and getting apps.

Aim: to understand & use smartphones. Separate sessions for Android & Apple.

(Hint: Android phones don’t have an Apple symbol on them).

In two separate sessions on

two separate days

 

Friday April 5th only

for Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac

 

Friday April 12th only

for Android phones and PCs

Topic: To create a photo slideshow & short video on DVD or YouTube.

Aim: to enable members to produce a slideshow & short video on disc or YouTube. 

This will be a practical session, so bring your own relevant devices.

Friday May 17th

Change of Date

Topic: Members slideshows & videos.

Aim: to enjoy members’ attempts at producing their slideshows & videos.

Friday June 7th

Topic: Music apps, Podcasts, Blogs & e-books.

Aim: to investigate how to enjoy music apps &  other web-based apps.

Friday July 5th

Topic: eBay, Facebook & Messenger.

Aim: a practical guide to managing these popular websites / apps.

Friday Aug 2nd

No meeting.

Friday Sept 6th

Topic: PowerPoint, Excel & Libre Office.

Aim: to give members a practical introduction to these useful applications.

Friday Oct 4th

Topic: Members presentations.

Aim: a chance for members to show what they learnt from last month’s session.

Friday Nov 1st

Topic: Energy saving & Smart meters. 

Aim: to explore the products available, the jargon & their use in saving energy.

Friday Dec 6th

A Quiz to test your “new found” skills!

Followed by drinks & mince-pies.

 

Friday 6th January 

Photo Editing with Mike Morris

Friday 3rd February

Video Calling using Skype and Facetime including practical demonstrations

Friday 3rd March

Cloud Storage including Microsoft, Apple, Google & Dropbox

Friday 7th April

Computer Maintenance, Anti-virus, Passwords, Cookies & Email Scams. 

 

Friday 15th January

Connecting to the Internet

Introduction & use of Smartphones

Friday 5th February

Apps on Smartphones (continued)

Introduction & use of Android Tablets & Apple iPads

Friday 4th March

Using the Internet to browse, download, search & buying

Popular Web Sites e.g eBay, Youtube, Facebook etc.

Friday 1st April

Digital Photography & Video basics

What to do with Digital Photos & Videos

Friday 6th May

Basics of Windows Laptops & Apple MacBooks

Friday 3rd June

Basic cleanup on Windows & Apple Devices

What is Cloud Storage & how to use it

Friday 1st July

Talk on Cyber Security Awareness given by Blacklight Intelligence sponsored by West Mercia Police.

Friday 2nd September

Introduction to Windows 10 and the how's and why's of upgrading to Windows 10.

Smartphone Apps continued, including Viewranger GPS, Whatsapp, Skype.

Friday 7th October

"All about TV" including Freeview adaptors, TV recorders, SmartTVs, Freeview TV, Satelite & Cable TV ( Sky & Virgin Media).

Also Internet TV boxes like Now TV & Internet TV apps like Netflix.

Friday 4th November

An Introduction to Word Processing using Microsoft Word & Apple Pages.

An open forum on mobile apps.

Friday 2nd December

A refresh of Word Processing with "how to make greetings cards"

An Introduction to Spreadsheets