Technology Classes with Aaron Andrus

person holding an android phone against a green foliage backgroundAaron Andrus teaches a wide variety of technology classes, no matter what your device is. Whether you have an Android or Apple device, these classes will help you get started, build skills and master your devices.

Other class options cover photos, cloud storage and even Craigslist!

Classes are open to all levels and can help even the most device-savvy person learn how to use their computer, tablet or phone the way they want to.

Download the Fall 2018 Technology Class List (pdf)

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Meet Aaron Andrus

Aaron Andrus is a technology expert who specializes in tech education, optimization and troubleshooting. He has been working professionally in the tech industry for more than 12 years. Before focusing his career on technology, Aaron was a high school teacher. A few years ago he merged these two professions to help seniors learn about and better understand and utilize their computers, mobile devices and other consumer technologies. Aaron has worked with many senior-focused organizations in the area and continues to offer a great line-up of classes and free lectures at Willamalane. He is unique in his ability to simplify complex technology concepts into lay person terms that are easy even for beginners to understand, making all feel welcome and comfortable to learn.

Aaron is the father of two school-age boys. He is an active outdoors and water enthusiast, and an amateur photographer and writer. Aaron graduated from Springfield High School and earned degrees from both the University of Oregon and Willamette University.

 

Upcoming Technology Classes

Bitcoin: Cryptocurrency and the Future

Ages 50+. Learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, why they matter and how they could be important to our lives. Instructor: Aaron Andrus, Register in advance.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 10/31 Days: W Time: 1PM-3PM Price: Free Class #: 19366 Online Registration: Register

Windows Basics

Windows offers so much more than most users know! Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Basics: Learn about all the basic tools, navigation and other perks you get in Windows.

Building Skills: Learn about all the hidden tools, apps and organizers Windows already has before spending cash on other programs and applications.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center

This class expired on October 10, 2018

Password Management for Apple

Ages 50+. This class for Apple users introduces a little-known feature of Apple devices called ‘Keychain’ that makes password management simple and secure. Learn the risks and potential benefits of using such a service. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/14 Days: W Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19376 Online Registration: Register

Android Smartphones and Tablets

Ages 50+. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Android Smartphones: Getting Started

New to smartphones or considering upgrading to a smartphone? This course if for you! Learn the basics, including what all those buttons and ports are for, how to place and answer phone calls, tips for successful interaction with a touch screen, how to send and respond to a text message, how to take a photo and share it with someone you care about, and more! How do I know if I have an Android phone? If it’s not an iPhone (with an Apple logo on the back), it’s surely an Android phone.

Android Smartphones: Building Skills

Know the basics of your phone but want to know more? In this two-part class, learn the ins and outs of your smartphone. Cover topics that include setting up e-mail, sharing photos and video using the cloud and much more!

Android Tablets

With more than 1 billion active devices and one million apps developed, Google’s Android mobile operating system is the most popular in the world. Learn how to purchase and download apps, manage key settings, use gestures to navigate and more.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
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Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Getting Started: 9/27 Days: Th Time: 1PM-2PM Price: $10.00 IDIn-district / $13.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19328 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Getting Started: 11/28 Days: W Time: 1PM-2PM Price: $10.00 IDIn-district / $13.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19383 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 10/17-10/24 Days: W Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19348 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 12/3-12/10 Days: M Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19386 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Tablets: 9/25 Days: Tu Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19344 Online Registration: Register

Tech Trends Q&A

Ages 50+. What’s new? What’s coming? Technology evolves at a rapid pace; keep yourself in the loop by attending this quarterly review of current tech trends and their implications. We?ll talk about things like new products, social media, upcoming trends and the effects of media on society.Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Although this is a FREE seminar, please register in advance.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/27 Days: Tu Time: 2PM-3PM Price: Free Class #: 19622 Online Registration: Register

Mac Computers

Ages 50+. Please bring your own Mac laptop or desktop to class. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Mac Basics: Learn to Use Your Operating System

Learn the ins and outs of Mac computers, including system icons; menus; learning tools and resources; system maintenance and updates; security features; how it’s different from Windows; and much more.

Mac 2: Apps & More

Apple’s Mac computer apps are a variety of tools for organizing your life, and reaching your goals. Learn how to organize and share your photos and documents between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad via the cloud.

Mac Photos

Love all your new photos? This class will give you all the tools you need to maximize your digital photo collection and share it with the people you care about.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Mac Basics: 10/17-10/24 Days: W Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19358 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Mac 2: 11/13-11/20 Days: Tu Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19377 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Mac Photos: 12/4-12/11 Days: Tu Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19385 Online Registration: Register

IPhone

IPhone: Getting Started

Ages 50+. New to iPhone? Considering switching to iPhone? This course is for you! Learn the basics, including what all those buttons and ports are for, how to place and answer phone calls, little-known tips for successful interaction with the iPhone touch screen, how to send and respond to a text message, how to snap and share a photo and more! Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance. Please note : the Nov 6th  class has been rescheduled for Wednesday Nov, 7.

IPhone: Building Skills

Ages 50+.Perfect if you know the basics but want more! This this two-part class shows you the next steps to mastering your iPhone. Learn how to add and delete apps, access websites, set up email, share photos and more! Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

IPhone: Tips and Tricks

Ages 50+. There’s always more to learn about your iPhone! Continuing education for graduates of the “Getting Started” course and experienced iPhone users who know they are only scratching the surface of what their device can do, this class will help you add advanced skills like copy and paste, using standard apps to organize your thoughts and schedule, and much more. Bring your questions and get expert answers and demonstrations. Attend every month as there are new topics every time. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. No prerequisite. Register in advance.

IPhone/IPad Photos and Camera

Ages 50+.Take command of your Apple device’s powerful camera and editing tools! In this 2 part class, we’ll cover how to take better photos and videos; use the camera flash; learn little-known tips and tricks; easily edit photos; share with friends and family; create photo albums and slideshows; import and delete photos; manage your photo library; and much more. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Getting Started: 9/18 Days: Tu Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM Price: $10.00 IDIn-district / $13.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19330 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Getting Started: 11/7 Days: W Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM Price: $10.00 IDIn-district / $13.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19371 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 10/4-10/11 Days: Th Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19345 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 11/19-11/26 Days: M Time: 10AM-12PM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19379 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Tips & Tricks: 11/1 Days: Th Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19369 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Photos & Camera: 10/30-11/6 Days: Tu Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19363 Online Registration: Register

IPad

IPad: Getting Started- Canceled

Ages 50+. Apple’s iPad is an easier-to-use device that can replace your laptop or desktop computer. This class is for anyone who is new to an iPad or who is considering purchasing their first iPad. Participants will learn about all the hardware, buttons and ports; little-known tips for successful interaction with a touch screen; how to open and close apps; how to check email and more. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

IPad: Building Skills- Canceled

Ages 50+. Know the basics of your iPad but want more? This this two-part class has you covered. Learn how to add and delete apps, access websites, set up email, share photos and more! Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

IPhone/IPad Photos and Camera

Take command of your Apple device’s powerful camera and editing tools! In this 2 part class, we’ll cover how to take better photos and videos; use the camera flash; learn little-known tips and tricks; easily edit photos; share with friends and family; create photo albums and slideshows; import and delete photos; manage your photo library; and much more. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Getting Started: 9/26 Days: W Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM Price: $10.00 IDIn-district / $13.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: canceled Online Registration: N/A
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 10/9-10/16 Days: Tu Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: canceled Online Registration: N/A
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Building Skills: 12/6-12/13 Days: Th Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19384 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Photos & Camera: 10/30-11/6 Days: Tu Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $34.00 IDIn-district / $40.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19363 Online Registration: Register

Icloud

Ages 50+. This class focuses on how Apple’s iCloud service (available on all modern Apple devices) can be used to keep important files, photos, videos, and other content secure and readily available across all your devices. Instructor: Aaron Andrus

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 10/23 Days: Tu Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19387 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 12/19 Days: W Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19359 Online Registration: Register

Google Cloud

Ages 50+. Want to have all your stuff in one place and get to it easily with your phone, tablet AND computer? In this Windows- and Android-friendly class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to simplify your life with Google’s easy-to-use cloud service. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/8 Days: Th Time: 1PM-3PM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19372 Online Registration: Register

Arduino for the Hobbyist

You don’t have to be a master programmer to use this amazing microcontroller! Register in advance. Doug Weiss has taught electronics for the last 20 years and is offering classes for basic to intermediate skill levels. Note: Bring your laptop computer (with a USB port) to this class! You will be required to download and install the Arduino software from the www.arduino.cc web site.

Level 1, 11/20:  In this class you will learn to download the necessary software to program the Arduino, open and modify an application from the device library and connect some simple “real world” hardware to the controller.

Level 2, 11/27: This class will continue exploring software and hardware Arduino applications. A thermistor temperature sensor will be introduced as an analog input device that will control a cooling fan based on the room’s temperature. Prerequisite: Arduino For The Hobbyist Level 1

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/20 Days: Tu Time: 6PM-8PM Price: $26.00 IDIn-district / $31.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19292 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/27 Days: Tu Time: 6PM-8PM Price: $26.00 IDIn-district / $31.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19293 Online Registration: Register

Soldering Skills

Ages 14+. Learn how to do a few simple electronic repairs or begin an exciting new hobby.  Supplies included so please register in advance.

Basic: Learn how to make reliable solder joints. This is a hands on class where each student will have the opportunity to assemble and solder together a premade electronic hobby kit.

Advanced: Learn how to build a customized circuit board. In this class, the student will be given a schematic and they will use their soldering skills to build a working circuit without the use of a hobby kit. By the end of the class, the student will have used a perforated prototyping board (solderable), wires and electrical components to have built a working circuit.

Location: Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Basic: 10/16 Days: Tu Time: 6PM-8PM Price: $26.00 IDIn-district / $31.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19286 Online Registration: Register
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: Advanced: 10/23 Days: Tu Time: 6PM-8PM Price: $26.00 IDIn-district / $31.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19288 Online Registration: Register

Craigslist

Ages 50+. Learn to use this online resource to make money selling things you own and no longer need. Post local ads for free, shop for things you need at a bargain price, and connect with your community. Instructor: Aaron Andrus. Register in advance.

Location: Alder Room at Willamalane Adult Activity Center
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
  Dates Days Time Price Class # Registration
Calendar: + Calendar Dates: 11/15 Days: Th Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM Price: $17.00 IDIn-district / $20.00 ODOut-of-district Class #: 19378 Online Registration: Register

Drop-in Computer Lab

Practice your skills, email friends and use the Internet. Basic computer skills are necessary. Instruction not provided. See staff for lab access.

*Note: The lab closes 30 minutes before the building closes. Building closure schedule varies.

Location: Adult Activity Center

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