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April 2014

IS ONLINE LEARNING FOR YOU??

Online learning is booming! It's a movement that many, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, predict is the future of education. Someday, there will be more online students than classroom students. Baby Boomers were the first generation to fully exploit higher education's benefits. They see online learning as an inexpensive, convenient and user-friendly way to keep their minds and careers sharp.
 
Can it work for you?  You may find that one-on-one tutoring, classroom training at a local community college, senior center or library is the best answer for you.  We can help you get the answer.

Online learning is not for everyone. It requires some basic skills, a computer (obviously), a "mouse," reliable access to the Internet through a browser like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, a working email account and the ability to find and navigate a website.
 
To assure yourself that you have the basic skills required for online learning, simply CLICK HERE to go to our free Online Learning Lesson Plan where you will practice navigating a website. When you are successful, then online learning IS for you. Now, as a MyPCSchool.com student, your confidence in your ability to benefit from our more than 700 online lesson plans will be assured!

Online learning with MyPCSchool.com

MyPCSchool.com has initiated a vigorous campaign to help Boomers and Seniors learn new or improve existing computer skills. Here you will use our SEE-READ-DO™ system to:

• Study your lesson plans at anytime convenient for you in the comfort and privacy of your own home. There are no time limits, no tests, no deadlines.

• Learn at your own pace. No pressure.

• Get help from MyPCSchool.com by email or by phone.

Thanks to the many advances in technology, online learning is becoming the method of choice for many eager-to-learn students. MyPCSchool.com is all about helping you improve your computer skills and building your confidence.
No need to feel like "those kids out there" know more than we do about computers! You may be smarter than you think!

WHAT'S NEW ON CAMPUS?

We've all got them - those old family photos in the box in the closet or the attic. There they sit, fading and discoloring or even disappearing. And with them go the memories; the images of ancestors and cherished past events. The good news is that today, with simple user-friendly software and basic computer skills this doesn't have to happen! You can restore these precious memories and images and store them digitally - to cherish and share with family and friends.
 
Ever wondered how this is done? Does it look like magic? Well, it IS magic, but easy magic. And MyPCSchool.com students can do it! CLICK HERE to see a free slide show that illustrates the many things you can do to restore and enhance old, damaged or just plain bad photos that you now will be proud to display. After you click, just scroll down to the words "Before and After" and click again.

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Learn how to take a 100-year-old family photo and transform it into a portrait to cherish and preserve for your children and grandchildren. Save that cute Christmas photo of your grandchild that was ruined by the evil "red eye." Blur the background and sharpen the image in the foreground. Add color to black and white photos - or the reverse! These now "fixed" photos make wonderful family gifts, either framed or collected in scrapbooks.

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Before and After

In the past, if you wanted to restore an old photo, a professional photographer or artist would have to do it. Even then, as the photo continued to age, the paper could deteriorate and become brittle and the "retouched" photo could fade away. Today, digital technology has completely changed the process - to the extent that anyone with basic computer skills and image restoration and enhancement software can do it. Even the most extremely difficult and damaged images can be dramatically improved. Of course there are experts and professionals who still do this. But it is often expensive.
 
Photoshop Elements is one of the most user-friendly and effective software programs for restoring and enhancing images. It has a number of tools that require less user interaction than its "big sister" Photoshop. Elements includes an automatic red-eye reduction tool, an automatic skin tone filter, and an automatic lighting adjustment tool. These are "press of the button, wave of the mouse" tools that make image adjustment easy.

Once you see all the things you'll be able to do with this software and your MyPCSchool lesson plans for Photoshop Elements, you'll be more anxious than ever to get your ancestors down off the shelf!

SMALL BYTES

"Expect more big software makers to offer popular programs free online, just as Microsoft has recently done with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Most of Microsoft's sales are to corporate users who will pay for versions with extra features. Other big software outfits, such as Adobe, are likely to find they're pushed by cloud-based rivals to follow suit, offering some free versions." - The Kiplinger Letter, March 7, 2014 (Editor's Note: Photoshop Elements is an Adobe product).

"Despite some unique challenges facing the older adult population when it comes to technology, most seniors who become internet users make visiting the digital world a regular occurrence. Among older adults who use the internet, 71% go online every day or almost every day, and an additional 11% go online three to five times per week.

"These older internet users also have strongly positive attitudes about the benefits of online information in their personal lives. Fully 79% of older adults who use the internet agree with the statement that "people without internet access are at a real disadvantage because of all the information they might be missing," while 94% agree with the statement that 'the internet makes it much easier to find information today than in the past.' - Senior Journal.com

"According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 72% of those in the 65-plus age bracket use the Internet daily for home businesses, general research and exploring their own histories, including past love affairs. The figure compares to 77% of those in the 50-64 age group.

"As the number grows, older Americans are increasingly turning to classes in schools and private homes to learn how to use computers, utilizing a machine that features a large-letter keyboard and a mouse with a 200% zoom capability." - Posted on the AARP Blog by Al Martinez, 2013

Click here to go to MyPCSchool.com...and open a whole new world!