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Geeks’ Lesson Plans for your Computer Club

Lately we’ve had a lot of requests from Computer Clubs and Senior Centers to use our Geeks on Tour materials – videos, show notes, articles, handouts – for learning during their meetings.

YES, YES, YES!

For years we’ve encouraged computer clubs to use our videos during their club meetings and classes. That way, the club leader doesn’t have to do the work of developing a formal presentation, just show our videos and then elaborate on the topic and facilitate Q&A. The members get to know Geeks on Tour, where they can continue to learn whenever they want.

Watch our Shows Together

Now, with our weekly show, we think you have an even better opportunity for presenting valuable topics to your technology club and other group. Watch the video to learn together, pause it often in order to practice, play, and discuss the topic. Print out the Show Notes and follow along.

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I want to tell you how much I enjoy your show. Not only have I learned new things about technology but I’m learning how to better teach my classes to seniors.
Pam Holten of SmartPhonesForSeniors.com

Pick and Choose

There are several choices of how to use our show for your meetings. It can be the entire meeting, or you can just pick a portion of it to enhance your meeting. Each show has 4 parts:

  1. Quick Tip – 2-6 minutes at the beginning on a smartphone or general technology tip we think is useful to everyone
  2. Beginners’ Lesson: about 20-25 minutes explaining and demonstrating a specific topic, trying not to assume any prior knowledge
  3. App of the Week: just a couple minutes to introduce a smartphone app you may not have heard about
  4. Review Questions: a list of questions about the topic covered in the Beginner’s lesson. We answer them during the show.

Each show has written “Show Notes” that include timeline links. This allows you to know exactly when the Beginner’s Lesson starts and you can click the link to go straight there, or the Quick Tip, or the App, or the Review Questions. Use whatever portion of the show that best fits your group. We currently have 108 episodes for you to choose from! You can see them all listed at GeeksOnTour.com then click the menu item for Weekly Show.

Mix and Match

Maybe your group is requesting topics that aren’t part of our weekly shows. We have 460+ prepared videos on topics ranging from Facebook to Windows basics, to Google Maps, Photos, and Movie Maker. We also have several hundred articles on GeeksOnTour.com as well as PicasaGeeks.com and more. If you think we may have helpful materials for what your group wants to learned, but can’t find your needle in our haystack, we can help. Just post your needs on our Forum and we’ll post back with a suggested “lesson plan” of materials.

No Charge

There is no charge for using our materials in a group. All we ask is that at least one person be a premium member of Geeks on Tour – that’s how you get access to the materials. As long as the materials are used in the club setting, there is no extra charge. Just make sure the audience is aware of the option to become a Geeks on Tour  member themselves. We can even give you a club discount coupon code if you’d like.

Lesson Plans

If you need help finding the appropriate materials for the subject you want to present, please post in our Q&A Forum under General Learning Questions. Tell us the topic you want to present and we’ll give you a list of materials.

Learn Lots!

A Working Visit to Hilton Head

We knew we would be passing thru the Hilton Head area on our way back to Florida and we had a few days to spare, so we contacted our friend Catherine with the Sun City Hilton Head Computer Club and asked if they were interested in us presenting a seminar on those dates.

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Their monthly meeting happened to fall on the day after we could arrive so, we scheduled our Cloud Computing Seminar for the full group, and then hands-on classes for our Smartphone/Tablet topics.  We’re continually revising our topics and welcomed the chance to teach their members on both iPhone/iPads as well as Android phones and tablets.  Within a few hours both classes were full, and there was a waiting list for the iPhone/iPad class – so we agreed to open another session. 

Here’s the Sun City Computer Group at our Cloud Computing Seminar.  See the ‘Cloud’ over Jim’s head?!

The club has a fully equipped computer lab where they teach their own classes all the time.  I hope the residents here know just how lucky they are to have all these resources!  An interesting part of teaching Smartphones and Tablets however, is that you don’t need any computer equipment!  In fact, we had to push the keyboards out of the way so they had more desk space to work with their device and take notes in their workbooks.  We did enjoy using all the teacher presentation equipment and we got in some practice using AppleTV to project the iPad.  We could even enlist a helper to display her iPhone on the big screen while she was sitting at her seat in the back of the room.  They also had a document camera we could use to project our phone complete with seeing our hands so they could see the touches involved.

 

We made people pick a buddy and gave them exercises to do.  This worked quite well, but we found that 3 hours just isn’t enough time, even though we’re just teaching basics!

We were quite pleased with our workbooks.  They kept us on track and gave students a reference as well as specific exercises to complete.  We might even figure out a way to provide the books so the club could teach our class themselves.  Cool idea don’t ya think?  Wouldn’t you know that a new version of the iPhone/iPad operating system was released the day before our first class!  The books will have to be modified … again.  That’s why we like producing them ourselves … print on demand!  We change them before every class!

 

Hilton Head Island Computer Club

When the Hilton Head Island Computer Club heard we would be in the area, they asked for a seminar too.  Sure!  When we were finished with the classes at Sun City, we stayed one more day and were able to present the same Cloud Computing seminar to the Island group.

They had new facilities since we were there last.  A nice big room and a Smart TV for display purposes.  And a fast, fiber-optic connection to the Internet!

We still brought our own cloud! Smile

If you look at our calendar and see that we may be coming your way, please contact us to present to your group.  We’ll give you all the details.  You’ll be surprised at how inexpensive we are – sometimes even free!

February 2013 Newsletter: Blogger for Clubs, Protect Your Email, Genealogists

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue # 64 February 28, 2013                           www.geeksontour.com
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February was for Computer User Groups

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As I write this, we are at Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida attending the FACUG 2013 Technology Camp as speakers.  It’s a beautiful property and we’ve had great weather. 

We’re speaking on our topics of Technology for Travelers, Smartphone Overview, and Smartphone Photography.  I will admit that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the delicious food here though.  It’s all included and it’sreally good!

Just in the month of February, we’ve given 14 presentations to different clubs around the state of Florida.  From a Smartphone presentation to the Riverside RV park’s computer club to Safe Computing for the Boca Raton Computer Society and Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story for the Central Florida Genealogical Society.  It’s been a whirlwind of a month.

User Groups are a great way to continue learning about technology.  The Ass’n of PC User Groups can help you find a User Group Near You .

On a personal note, we had the sad task of attending funeral services for Jim’s Dad this month.  He was a wonderful man, leaving the family with lots of great memories.  We expect to be traveling to Arlington sometime in April to attend his military honors funeral.


Calendar: Coming up in March

TechnoGeek Learning Rally

Registration is still open for our third TechnoGeek Learning Rally in Bushnell, Florida March 26-30.  Come learn about lots of technology to enhance your RVing lifestyle!  Geeks on Tour Members get a 20% discount.  Hey!  That’s another reason to Join Today.  The rally is 5 days, including 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners.  There is an optional 2-day pre-rally focusing on smartphones, and an included 2 days post-rally Homework Help.

If it looks like we’re in your area, contact us to come to your RV park!  See our Frequently Asked Question: How Can I Get the Geeks to Come to My RV Park?

For more details, see our website Calendar . 

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Q&A Forum

Some Geeks on Tour members tell us that the Q&A forum is worth the entire cost of membership!  Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month:

  1. PIcasa: Deleted a Folder from Picasa in Error
  2. Android: FoxFi and PDANet+
  3. Streets and Trips: Using S&T map in Blog
  4. Picasa Collage into Blog
  5. Picasa Notification on my Android
  6. Picasa: Drawing a line or arrow
  7. Google+ Unlimited Photo Storage


RV Around Iceland!  Chuck Woodbury’s not kidding. 

Read about it in the current issue of RVTravel.


Use a Blogger Blog for a Club Website

Using a Blogger Blog for a Club WebsiteWe spend a lot of time teaching people how to use Blogger.com to keep a Blog. We define a Blog as a website with dated entries displayed in reverse chronological order. They are usually used as a journal. We keep a log of our travels on our Blog, as do many other RV travelers.

The reason blogs are so easy is because you use a web-based program like Blogger.com to make them. These are completely free.

What I want you to think about now is using the blogging software to create a club website.

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How to Make Your Email Hacker-Proof!

ImageI’ve been hearing a lot of people lately saying, "My email has been hacked."  What does that mean?  If your email has actually been ‘hacked’, it means that bad guys have obtained your username and password, probably thru some sort of phishing or just by hacking away at it with password-guessing tools.

They’ve been able to get into your email account, pretending to be you, read your email, gather any useful information they find in your profile, and copy all the contents of your contact list.  Most often, they use this information to send spam to everyone in your list.  It will look like you are soliciting all your friends for money.  You really don’t want this to happen!  This article will give you some tips and, for Gmail users, I’ll tell you how you can make your Email hacker-proof with 2-tier verification.

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Genealogists Need Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story too!

ImageJim and Chris, of Geeks on Tour, presented a full day of seminars for the Central Florida Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

We taught our standard topics of Picasa, Blogger, and Photo Story but with a focus on old family photos and stories, instead of our normal travel photos and stories.  The day was quite a success with many appreciative genealogists soaking up the information.  We had several offers from the group to teach us about genealogy!  So far we are resisting.  But we did learn a bit about how they want to use their pictures and blogs.

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Happy Computing!

The Geeks on Tour website is an online learning library for Travelers who want to learn to use their computers for managing digital photos, making blogs, using maps and other online resources. Anyone can watch our free videos, read articles on our Computer Tips for Travelers Blog, sign up for our free monthly newsletter, or Picasa weekly tips. A small fee makes you a ‘member‘ and you can then view any of our 200+ video tutorials on these subjects in our Learning LIbrary.

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Sincerely,

Geeks on Tour

jimandchris@geeksontour.com