Senior Planet Montgomery Events Calendar
Explore Tech Lecture Series
Join us at various locations around Montgomery County for our Explore Tech Lecture Series! Learn about a variety of topics and have your questions answered. Go to one event — or all of them! All lectures feature a short presentation, followed by Q&A. Pre-registration is not required for Explore Tech lectures, unless otherwise noted in the calendar description.
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In this lecture, you’ll learn the basics of cloud storage — a technology that lets you store documents, images, and other media files remotely while giving you greater accessibility, reliability, and protection for your important data. We’ll discuss what it is, why it’s the future of data storage, and demonstrate a few of the most popular services currently available to consumers.
The internet, or web, is an information source, a way to connect with others, a place to play, learn and explore the world — the internet is a world, and you can access it in many different ways. In this lecture, you’ll find out about devices that let you browse the web, learn how to get connected and browse, and discover some of the places you can go online.
The Internet has changed the way entrepreneurs, small business owners, nonprofits, and charitable organizations raise money. This presentation will explore crowdfunding —fundraising by gathering small amounts of money from large numbers of people— online. You’ll learn the fundamentals of using a crowdfunding campaign to raise money as well as how to search for and contribute to other people’s campaigns. The presentation will also discuss three popular crowdfunding platforms: GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo.
Learn about digital photography: what you need to get started, why it’s so popular, and the basics of sharing, editing, and printing!
You’ve probably heard about drones. This lecture will cover the basics about drones: what they are, who uses them and why. We ’ll also touch on some of the exciting new ways drones are being used–from delivering Kindles and popcorn via Amazon Prime Air to delivering much needed medicine to remote areas of Africa.
This lecture provides an overview to the popular auction website eBay and the pioneer online payment service, PayPal. We’ll discuss basic features like buying and selling on eBay, as well as some important concepts, like seller feedback scores. This lecture will also present a basic overview of some of PayPal’s most popular features. Please note that this lecture does not provide a how-to for signing up for these services.
Visit sites around the world from the comfort of your home, get a bird’s-eye-view of your childhood neighborhood, or simply get directions to your friend’s house! Google Maps is a mapping application that offers satellite imagery, street maps, and street-view perspectives, as well as a route planner for your preferred transportation method, be it foot, car, bicycle or public transportation. During this lecture, you’ll get an introduction to the platform and a demonstration of how to use it.
Curious about Facebook but concerned about privacy? Interested in learning how to set up a profile or a page? Want to learn more about Facebook Live or Town Hall? This lecture offers an overview of Facebook’s evolution, its most popular features, and tips for getting in on the action. It will also cover privacy settings as well as the role of advertising on Facebook.
Looking for a new computer? This informational session addresses some of the most common questions surrounding how to choose a new computer: Where to start? What’s a reliable brand? How much should you budget? What technical specifications? We will also cover operating systems and compare alternatives to the traditional computer, e.g. tablets and Chromebooks.
You’ve heard about Instagram and Pinterest; now come learn about these visually- oriented social media platforms. This lecture offers an overview some of Instagram’s and Pinterest’s more popular features and will give you a taste for what all the fuss is about. Please note that this lecture serves as an introduction–attendees will not be asked to sign up for these services.
If you’re curious about what an iPhone can do and why it’s so popular, come to this lecture. You’ll learn about the latest iPhone, its features and what to consider if you’re thinking of buying one. NB: this lecture will not teach you how to use your iPhone–ask about our Tech Talks if you need assistance with your iPhone.
Interested in getting back into the workforce? Curious about the new “gig” economy? This lecture will provide an overview of how to use social media in your job search, demonstrate digital job searching tools like LinkedIn, and offer tips and advice to job seekers. You’ll also learn about new opportunities for freelance work and how you can supplement your income in innovative ways.
Text messaging has become one of the primary ways we communicate. But did you know that you can send texts over the Internet? Learn about the most popular messaging apps that allow you to send texts for free when connected to WiFi. The lecture will go over the features of three widely-used apps: iMessages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp. You’ll learn about sending texts and pictures, making voice and video calls, and how these apps keep your messages secure.
Learn how you can use the internet to manage your money and even reduce your spending! This lecture will introduce online resources and tools including online banking, online payments, price comparison, free internet calling and entertainment, and much more.
Online shopping lets you buy products on the internet from your computer and have them shipped to your home or anywhere! Online stores often have larger inventories and lower prices, so you can quickly find the best deal. This lecture will provide a general introduction to shopping online using the popular website Amazon.com. You’ll learn how to search for products, make comparisons, and add items to an online shopping cart.
Learn the basics of using online travel sites to find the best fares and rates for just about any destination. We’ll take a look at some of the most common online travel sites and their most popular features.
This presentation will cover the ins and outs of how to protect your personal information online. We’ll cover tips for staying safe in cyberspace, like safe browsing, how to recognize online scams, and when it’s OK — or not — to share your personal information online.
If you’re curious about what smartphones can do and why they’ve grown so popular, come to this lecture. You’ll learn about popular smartphones on the market and some of their pros and cons. We’ll also compare and contrast two of the most popular operating systems: Android and Apple’s iOS.
Social media sites make it easy to share content and connect with other people online. In this presentation you’ll get a general introduction to social media and learn about some of the more popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Every day, more and more people are “cutting the cord” and canceling their cable subscriptions. Instead, they’re using free or low-cost streaming services like Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu to watch their favorite shows and movies online. This presentation will give an introduction to streaming: what it is, how to use it, and the variety of content available. You’ll also learn how to watch live TV without cable and how smart TVs and streaming devices can let you watch videos from the Internet on your television.
Twitter is seemingly unavoidable these days–and for good reason! It’s become one of the most reliable sources for on-the-ground, breaking news coverage. Come learn about Twitter’s important features as well as the social importance the service has gained over the last ten years and how you can access breaking news and important information even without signing up for a Twitter account.
Every day people around the world watch more than 1 billion hours of video, including classic movies, how-to videos, news clips, and more. This presentation will give an overview of the free content available on YouTube and show you how to navigate the site with ease. You’ll also get tips for viewing and sharing others’ videos and learn about uploading your own.