Easy Tech Tips

 without techie words


Learn how to enjoy and get more out of your techie devices!


Technology Made Easy 


Many of my students have asked me who created my website and how I stay on top of my technology game. The answer is my techie husband Tom. Unlike YouTube videos, Tom explains things to me using simple words that I can understand and he knows that I don’t care to become an expert. I just want to know what buttons to push.  He developed this approach while owning a business that provided Internet service and computer support to 5,000+ college students.  

 

Several of you have asked if Tom would be willing to provide live Zoom workshops focusing on simple tricks to make using computers, tablets, smartphones, and Alexa less stressful, more enjoyable, more productive, and easier to use.  Tom has agreed to teach you these tips and will keep the number of workshop participants small to provide one-on-one attention as needed. His tips are the same tricks techie people use to move quickly and easily through technological devices. Depending on the nature of the workshop, you can actually follow along on your device, duplicating each of his moves. 

 


Live Open Enrollment Zoom Workshops

in the comfort of your home

(anyone can register)


Computers 101

Don't let your computer be the boss of you

1-hour workshop

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In this workshop you will learn:

  • The name of basic computer parts and what they do
  • How to fix a slow computer
  • How to connect printers, monitors, cameras, speakers, scanners, and battery backups to your computer
  • How to reduce eye strain and prevent sore wrist
  • My recommendations for products
  • And more....

After taking my one-hour workshop, you can look at your computer and say, "You are no longer the boss of me!"

My workshop uses clear examples and non-techie words.

You will be shocked at how simple all this is.

This workshop is for Windows 10 computers only, not Apple computers, sorry. ​​​​​​​

Windows 10

Workshop #101

Two 1-hour days - 10 Students

Easy tips to get more done with less effort and less frustration

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These tips WILL make for a faster, more enjoyable, more productive, and less stressful computer experience.  The tips are simple and easy to learn.  The workshop uses non-techie words and moves at a comfortable pace.  If need be, I provide extra one-on-one help after the workshop. The workshop is not intended to make you a computer professional but will show you the buttons to push to give you the same benefits professionals enjoy. Come join me for a fun enlightening experience!

What's included:

  • Live demonstrations and discussion of tips
  • Hands-on application of tips on your computer
  • Tip reference sheets
  • After class email support until you master these tips
  • Two weeks access to workshop video
  • Easy retrieval of a deleted photo or document
  • Increase the text size on your computer screen
  • Superfast way to find documents, photos, and apps
  • A quick fix for a slow computer
  • Taskbar - The secret tip to simplify the use of a computer
  • Must have a Windows 10 computer

  • Must have a Zoom account

Zoom #101

As easy as 1-2-3

Two 1-hour days - 10 Students

If you can turn on a computer, I can teach you to Zoom

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Zoom is a video call, except instead of a phone number, you use the email address of the person you want to call. It is the next best thing to being there. Your friends or family members feel like they are standing in front of you. The only things missing are hugs and kisses.  Zoom also allows participants to engage in hobbies and projects and play games together!

My workshop simplifies Zoom. The workshop objective is to make Zoom as simple as making a phone call. The workshop uses non-techie words and moves at a comfortable pace.  If needed, I provide extra one-on-one help after the workshop

When you complete this workshop you will be able to use Zoom to:

  • Talk to friends and family
  • Take live Zoom workshops with your favorite teachers
  • Teach a grandchild how to cook and sew
  • Play games, do hobbies and projects with friends and family

​​​​​​​Regardless of your computer skills, I promise this workshop will have you doing all these things!

When you sign up for the workshop, you will receive links to three videos showing you:

  • How to set up a Zoom account*
  • How to select the best settings for a perfect Zoom experience*
  • How to install the Zoom app on your computer, smartphone, and tablet*

If you prefer, I will perform these tasks for you.

After Zoom has been installed on your device(s), we will have two 1-hour live Zoom workshops:

  • Learning to use the Zoom features
  • How to initiate a Zoom meeting

Finally, you and I will have a one-on-one 15± minute Zoom meeting initiated by you.

You will receive reference sheets as easy guides for using the Zoom controls and setting up your meetings.

  • Must have a PC or Apple computer with a webcam (laptops have built-in webcams) If you need a webcam, consider a Logitech C920 Pro HD

  • Must have a good Internet connection:

To check the quality of your Internet connection, click on this link - Speed Test by Measurement Lab

- Click on the I agree to the data policy

- Click on the Begin button

The only results that are important are the numbers for Download and Upload. For the best Zoom performance, your speeds should be equal to or greater than:

- Download speed = 10 Mbps
- Upload speed  = 1 Mbps

Contact me should you need any assistance:

Do you know how to avoid a bad online shopping experience?

1-hour workshop

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Far too often an online purchase turns into a nightmare.   Maybe it was not the right gift, perhaps it is defective or missing a piece, the wrong size, the wrong color, or maybe you never received the item. Now you get ready to contact the store and the horror begins. With a little due diligence, most of these nightmares can be avoided.

In this workshop, I will show you:

  • Google search tips for finding the right product, at the right price, from the right store.
  • The 5 tests to determine if you should buy from a store.