Jim and Chris Guld are professional technology trainers. As ‘Geeks on Tour’, we present computer seminars all over the country at computer clubs, RV Rallies, senior centers, and even people’s homes. The following list shows the topics we present. We are updating and developing new topics all the time. The current, popular, topics are at the top of the list, numbered in order of importance. Each seminar is accompanied by a handout. Handouts can be downloaded for free, see the link after each seminar. Contact us about booking a presentation at your club or event. Read these in-depth reviews of 2 seminars we presented to the Quad-Cities Computer Club.
|#1 Photo Memories with Google Photos||Google Photos will store, organize, and share your lifetime of memories, for free||You’ve taken pictures with your smartphone – iPhone or Android – now what?! Google gives you free, unlimited, online storage where it will gather all your pictures from smartphones, tablets, computers, and external hard drives. Your entire lifetime of photos, automatically sorted by date and searchable, all in one place – with no effort on your part!
Running out of room on your phone? Recover that space with Google Photos, all of your pictures and videos are securely stored in your private cloud so you can delete them from your phone. Create albums to easily share the best ones with friends and family.You take some wonderful pictures, but they can always be improved: Straighten a crooked horizon, crop a picture closer to the subject, brighten the color, lighten the shadows.
Google Photos can do all of this and more. Get creative with collages, animations, and even movies complete with music! All this is free on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.Chris and Jim from GeeksOnTour.com will show you how! Google recognizes Chris Guld as a Google Photos product expert.
|#2 What Does This Button Do?||A Primer on today’s iPhones and Android devices||Whether you’ve had a smartphone or tablet for years, or you’re just thinking about getting one, you will learn something in this lively seminar. We will start with some essentials like sleep/wake and reboot. Then we’ll go on to discuss how your cloud accounts affect everything. We will demonstrate how to install a QR code scanner and use it to find the information stored behind those funny looking square codes.
Jim and Chris Guld of GeeksOnTour.com will present a sampling of Beginner’s Lessons and Tips from their free weekly class of the same name: What Does This Button Do? See TheButtonShow.com
|#3 Technology to Tell your Stories||Using Photos, Maps, Blogs and Videos for a Multimedia Journal||Most travelers keep some kind of journal. If you use the free online tools we’ll show you, you can keep it for yourself, or easily share your photos, maps, and stories. You can even add one last click and end up with a beautiful coffee table book that will keep your memories alive for generations to come. Google Photos, Google Maps, and Google’s Blogger are the perfect combination to preserve your memories. Even if you’re not a traveler, if you have a story to tell you can use pictures, maps, videos, and blogs to make it come to life. See Jim and Chris’ blog at www.geeksontour.blogspot.com – then you can click the menu options for Photos, Videos, and Maps.|
|#4 Technology for Travelers||Internet connections, Smartphone Apps, Trip Planning & Navigation||Jim and Chris of Geeks on Tour use lots of tech gadgets as they travel in their RV. Smartphones, Tablets, Computers, Cameras, GPS devices, a Drone, an Amazon Echo, and more. Just one of these, a smartphone, may be all you need to keep you safe, get you where you want to go, solve all your communication needs, and record your journey. Whether you’re on the road for the first time or are a seasoned RVer, you will learn something in this constantly updated seminar.|
|#5 Map Making with Google My Maps||Google My Maps to Plan, Preserve, and Share your Travels||You’ve probably been to the Google Maps website to search for a destination. But did you know that you can use Google’s My Maps to create and save custom maps to record your travels and share them with friends and family. Your custom maps can even include your photos, links, and descriptions.You can also use My Maps to create maps for Family Genealogy, or locations of favorite things like Hot Springs, or Presidential museums. This seminar will show you how!
Read the Seminar Handout
|#6 Video Making||Short Videos: A Fun and Easy way to Share your Travels||You may have heard that Video is where it’s at! What you may not know is how easy it can be for you to make your own, using free tools like Google Photos, MovieMaker, YouTube, and more. The first step is to take some video – just tap the video button on your phone – you’d be surprised how valuable even 30 seconds of video can be! Combine your video with still photos, other video clips, and music. In this seminar you will learn everything you need to know. Read the Seminar Handout|
|#7 Every Traveler Needs a Blog||Blogger: Make a Free Website and Online Photo Album||
Making your own free website and online photo album using Blogger and Google Photos.
Imagine taking that trip of a lifetime. Blogger gives you a free and easy-to-maintain website for the stories, photos, maps and videos of that trip. You can then print a coffee table book to remember the trip for years to come. Or … if you have a hobby, club, or small business to share with the world, a website is the way to do it!
This seminar will introduce you to Google’s free website and photo tools, Blogger.com and Google Photos Albums. Learn how to start a Blog/Website and add stories, photos, maps, and videos with Geeks on Tour’s easy to understand, step-by-step instructions. Read the Seminar Handout
|Smartphone Photography and more Workshop||Pre-Registration and Fee required||
For people with iPhones/iPads or Android phones and tablets – from beginners to advanced, everyone learns something in this class. If you’ve never taken a selfie, or figured out how turn your flash on or off – not to worry, that’s where we’ll start. The class is hands on. You need to bring your phone or tablet as we will have you exploring and experimenting with all its camera-related features. Like learning to swim by jumping into the deep end, you will have assignments and you will need to discover the way your device works to accomplish them. The workshop will be held over 2 mornings or 2 afternoons and you will have homework assignments in between!In your pocket you have one of the most sophisticated cameras ever developed, it can do things that Ansel Adams never even dreamed of! Just a tap on the HDR button produces results that took hours of preparation in Ansel’s day. Don’t know what HDR is? We’ll teach you!. Want to show that masterpiece to friends and family around the world? It’s a simple click on the Share button. Automatically backup all your pictures for safekeeping by using the free Google Photos app. Never worry about losing your phone again.
The camera in your phone also does more than take photographs – it can file receipts and save them for Tax day, it can scan QR codes, and deposit checks. That’s why we call the class “and More” rather than just photography – we will show you some of these other uses.
This is a 6 hour workshop, limited to 16 participants. The fee is $75/person. We can also offer a 3 hour version for $45. Geeks on Tour members get a discount: $50 for the 6 hr class and $30 for the 3/hr.
Other Topics available by special request only:
|Ok honey, tell me where to go!||Lessons Learned on using GPS systems||Using GPS, Smartphones Apps, Google maps, paper maps, and more, all from the passenger seat. Jim and Chris have been traveling the highways of these United States fulltime for 13 years now. They will share with you how they use a combination of all the tools available to to make the journey as free from shouting, and crying, as possible!|
|Apps for Travelers||Using material from our weekly “What Does This Button Do?” online show, we will show you as many Apps as we can fit in the time allotted!
Every traveler needs to know how to navigate with their mapping app, we will demonstrate with both Google Maps and Apple Maps. For foreign travel, Google Translate is a must. For RVers, we love Where Am I?, Gas Buddy, and Field Trip. We use several campground searching apps, Social Networking apps, Personal Safety apps, and many more.
Read the Seminar Handout
|Picasa Collages||Make Collages with your Photos and Text||Picasa is older software, but it still works great – especially for getting creative with Collages.|
|Internet||What is Cloud Computing?||The ‘Cloud’ is simply The Internet – but it is taking on special meaning as Google, Microsoft, and others are offering accounts where you can have your own slice of the sky. If you start a document with your computer, finish it on a tablet, and view it on your smartphone, you’re using Cloud Computing. This seminar will explain the concept and demonstrate how you would use it with examples from Google+ Photos, DropBox, and Onedrive. You will learn how to share pictures using the Cloud and specifically how to get photos from your smartphone to your computer automatically, using Dropbox.|
|Facebook for Travelers||Facebook is the perfect tool for keeping in touch with new friends you meet on the road. This seminar will help you understand exactly what it is, how to get started, and tips for using Facebook successfully. Facebook is a great way to share your pictures, with just one person, your group of friends, or the whole world. Worried about privacy? You actually have complete control over who can see your stuff. We’ll show you how. Do you have a travel club, or a small business? Making a facebook page for your organization is easy, and it lets you communicate with your members, or customers.
Visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/geeksontour
|Google Earth for Travelers||Overview of Google Maps, Earth, and StreetView: A complete interface to our planet.||Google Earth is now accessible from Google Maps, all web-based, probably the coolest program ever conceived! Zoom in to detailed satellite imagery of any location, or even 360 degree photography. Find out about locations from links, photos and reviews. Last but not least, make your own interactive map of your travels to share with others. Virtual travel at it’s best. You GOTTA see this!|
|GPS: Streets and Trips||GPS Navigation and Trip Planning||This was our favorite trip planning tool and it still works if you already have it. Microsoft discontinued Streeets and Trips with version 2013.
How to plan your trips and follow your plan. Featuring Microsoft Streets and Trips 2013. Understand the different devices available, dashboard, hand-held, and USB devices for your computer. Even GPS enabled cell phones like the Droid and iPhone.
|Internet on the Road||Internet Connections on the Road: WiFi, Satellite, Cellular||Come learn more about how to “Get Away, and Stay Connected!” Should you get a data card from your cell phone company? How does Wi-Fi work? How much does an Internet Satellite system cost? Do I need an amplifier or antenna? How the Geeks Stay Connected? With their Android smartphone as a Hot Spot. These questions and more are answered in this seminar.|
|Photo Story 3||Photo Story 3 makes Free and Easy Narrated Slideshows||Take your digital still photos and let Photostory 3 make them look like a video movie with Zoom and Pan effects. Add custom-created music and narration all with this free, and Oh-So-Easy download from Microsoft.|
|Picasa and Web Albums||The best way to organize, edit and share your travel pictures||Find your pictures, Organize, Edit, Caption, and Share. It’s fast, it’s easy, and its FREE from Google. Picasa can: transfer photos from camera to computer, delete and organize photos, rename and caption, browse/view all photos on your computer, improve photo quality in many ways without touching your original, print, email and post to web, create slideshows, find faces and geotags, and backup to CD or DVD. It can even work with your video files. The best part is the fast and easy way to make all your photos look better. This you gotta see!|
|Safe Computing||Regular Maintenance Techniques to keep your Computer Running Smooth and Virus-Free||Practice Safe Computing: We call it BUCS, as in Backup, Update, Cleanup and Scan. Like a car tuneup, if you do it regularly using free tools, your computer will run much better. Combine that with a good password system and learning what to click on and what not to click on and you can do a good job of remaining virus-free as well.|
|Photo Sharing on the Web||Sharing Photos on the Web with Picasa, Facebook and Google+||Picasa has always given us Picasa Web Albums for sharing photos, but now Facebook is where most people send photos for Friends and Family to see. Google + is enticing new users to share photos there by offering lots of special features. Learn the differences and how to upload your photos to each service from Picasa on your computer or from your smartphone.|
|On the Road||On the Road with Geeks on Tour||A short (20 min) slideshow and talk about our full-time RVing lifestyle.|
|Blogs-2||Blogging; Every Group Needs a Blog||For people who already have a blog, or those who just want to see what can be included beyond the simple journal type of website. The seminar will use Blogger.com and Windows Live Writer to demonstrate how to include Youtube videos, Picasa Slideshows and map images in your blog posts or sidebars. You will also learn how to integrate the Facebook and Twitter micro-blogging environments with your main blog. Perfect for clubs.|
|Picasa-Organizing||Picasa: 5 Steps to Organizing your Pictures||Many of us have had our digital cameras for several years now. As our collection of pictures grows, so does the need for organizing. In this session you will learn how to manage a simple folder structure, then use Tags and Albums for categorizing your photos. This is a somewhat more advanced seminar, you will learn best if you are already familiar with using Picasa.|
|Computer Boot Camp||2-day, hands-on class on Computer Essential Skills||
Unlike kids today, we weren’t born knowing this stuff! What are windows and how to manage them? Reboot, cut, copy, paste, browse the web, saving files and finding them again! Editing documents and lots more.Using your own PC laptop, we present 6 sessions over 2 days complete with hands-on exercises. using Windows 7, Know your Laptop, Word Processing and Filing, Maintenance and Safe Computing, Wi-Fi and Web browsing.
|Picasa||Photo Editing Workshop With Picasa||In this class, students work with their own computer (Windows or Mac) and the Picasa software on their computer. The course uses sample pictures for editing exercises. The pictures have been specifically selected to demonstrate the editing features of Picasa. Following a demonstration, students have time to do hands-on editing themselves on their own computers. Class fee includes a detailed workbook and CD containing several tutorial videos and the sample pictures. Please come to class with your laptop charged and the Picasa software installed.Class duration: 3 hrs|
|Internet Love Story||Geeks on Tour: Relationship and Business made possible by the Internet||Jim and Chris Guld were 50 years old when they sold their home and cut all their ties in order to follow their dream of living on the road. No retirement and no income; yet they were convinced they could make a living on the road as long as they had the Internet. Follow their journey over 13 years of criss-crossing this country and teaching everything from setting up Internet Satellite dishes to taking cellphone selfies.|
|Websites||Creating a Website with Free WordPress||This seminar will give you step-by-step instructions to create a complete website with static pages as well as a blog and photo album. It can be a personal website, small business, or a club. You will learn to set up an account on the FREE WordPress.com hosting site and build a website using all free tools. Presented by Jim and Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour who have two WordPress-based sites: www.picasatutorials.com and www.wifisavvy.com .|
|Windows 10||Windows: Tips and Tricks||Understanding the start menu, great searching, dictation and OneDrive. Set your Internet connection to metered data to avoid unwanted downloads. Bring your questions! Read Seminar Handout|