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Advance iPhone for Seniors

Are you proficient in using your expensive iPhone but want to learn all the “bells & whistles” to make your life easier and get the most benefits from your investment? This class will teach you the less commonly-known features available on your iPhone and how to use them.

You will also learn:

  • How to free up storage space without buying extra iCloud storage or a new phone with more memory
  • How to back up your photos so they do not get deleted when you delete them on iCloud or Google Photos • The best apps for photo and video editing (and how to use them)
  • Using alternate text messaging apps (for when you don’t want to share your cell phone number)
  • How to use widgets and shortcuts to streamline the features you use most
  • How to hide unwanted apps
  • How to use the back tap feature on iPhone 13
  • How to make using Siri fun with Harry Potter spell language and other unusual commands

This is an advanced class. Participants must have an iPhone SE or later model and have basic knowledge on using their iPhone for texting and picture taking.

Wednesdays, 9 - 11 a.m.
February 1 - 22
Polk Center, Room 118, $60

Basic Computer Skills

In this hands-on class, learn how to use a computer for email, social media, internet surfing, online shopping and other common tasks. Learn how to fix a slow computer and maintain your computer so it doesn’t get bogged down again. Different antivirus software will be discussed as well as the most useful programs to install and how to use them. You’ll also learn when it’s time to upgrade to a newer computer and what specs to look for when shopping for a computer. Participants may bring their personal laptops to class if they would prefer to use (or have questions concerning) their own computer rather than using the classroom computers.

Wednesdays, 9 - 11 a.m.;
March 1 - 22
Polk Center, Room 118, $70 + $5 technology fee

Avoiding Online Scams and Identity Theft

Online scammers are getting increasingly harder to spot, even to the most tech-savvy. Learn the most common online and phone scams, how to prevent being a victim of online identity theft and what actions to take if you are targeted. Have you received a phone call or text message about an expensive purchase billed on your credit card through your Amazon account? Learn how to determine if this is a valid alert you should be concerned about or if it is an attempt to get access to your Amazon account. Has a “civil processor” called with a case number, advising you the police will be delivering papers to your home/work and you need to call them back? Maybe you received an email from Paypal or an online retailer alerting you to suspicious activity with a link to click so you can review the activity. How do you know if that email is legitimate or not? Learn how to see the original sender of any questionable email so you can confidently respond (or not). Another common scam is facebook hacking. How do the bad guys get your log-in information to steal your profile? The answer will surprise you! Learn the difference between your facebook being actually hacked and your profile being cloned for scamming others, how to avoid this and what to do if you are a victim. Other scams and solutions will be discussed as well. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences with online or phone scams.

Wednesdays, 1 - 3 p.m. 
February 1 & 8
Polk Center, Room 118, $45

Contact for information

Polk Campus
Polk Campus

Office: 828-894-3092
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.