Are you an assistive technology user who has wondered about the accessibility and usability of Android by those with visual impairments? Are you curious about purchasing and learning an Android device, but are intimidated about getting started? Are you an iOS user who has considered checking out Android as either an adjunct to or alternative to iOS, but just aren’t sure about the learning curve involved?
No matter which of these categories you fall into, you’re sure to benefit from Mystic access’s informative five-week event, Acquainting Yourself with Android. Whether you’re completely new to Android,are struggling to conquer your first Android device, or know you want an Android device, but just don’t know if you’re ready, the material in this event series will support you in moving forward capably and confidently, and prepare you to have a lot of fun using an Android phone or tablet successfully.
Who teaches this event?
This event series is co-taught by Chris Grabowski and Kim Loftis, the founder and director of product development with Mystic access, respectively. Both of us have years of experience using Android devices for business and pleasure, and we’re passionate about sharing the skills necessary to help you have a great journey using Android, and to know what to expect on those occasions when you hit a snag. We’re friendly, down to earth, and are always honest in sharing our own challenges and mistakes in order to support and inform you. We’re professionals, but, like you, we’re also daily users of the technology we teach about.
This is a five-week event, taught over consecutive Thursday evenings, with one skipped week. Each session begins at 8:30 PM eastern time. The event is taught on the Zoom platform, which allows you to join using your PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Fire OS, or your touch tone phone. To learn more about using zoom, you may check out our demo at this link. Each session of class will run approximately 75 minutes (one hour and fifteen minutes). All sessions include careful explanation, thorough demonstrations, and lots of time for your questions after the main class presentation. sessions will all be recorded, so you’ll have the opportunity to reference the material whenever you need it. You’ll receive each session’s recording a few days after class.
- Thursday, August 15
- Thursday, August 22
- Thursday, September 5
- Thursday, September 12
- Thursday, September 19
Can’t attend live? No problem
You’ll receive the event recordings promptly within a few days of each session. Also, if you know you’ll be unable to attend one or more sessions live, but have questions, you may email them to the instructors ahead of time, and we’ll be sure to do our best to answer them for you during class.
- Week One, August 15. We’ll begin by discussing important considerations to keep in mind when choosing an Android device. If you already have one, this info will still help you, as it will assist you in knowing whether the device you have may best meet your needs. We’ll then move on to talking about what to expect upon receiving your device, such as what’s in the box, device orientation, turning on accessibility features, and the initial setup experience, which will be demoed. We’ll also discuss touch screen navigation strategies, your device’s home screen’s, and more.
- Week Two, August 22. One of the coolest, and perhaps more intimidating things about Android is the huge amount of customization available. The good news is, you can really configure your device extensively in order to meet your requirements. The other good news is, if you don’t want to do much configuration, you don’t have to! ? IN addition to a few briefer topics, we’ll be devoting this week to taking a deep dive into Settings, and showing you all that you’re able to do to make your Android device totally yours.
- Week Three, September 5. After a break last week, we’re back in class to discuss some of the preinstalled apps you may find on your Android device. While these may differ slightly from device to device, we’ll explore some of the apps you’re most likely to have preinstalled, such as chrome, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Youtube. We’ll also explore using phone features in Android, such as calling, texting, and contacts. We’ll talk about file management in Android, and have some fun taking the google voice assistant through its paces.
- Week Four, September 12. Now that you’re familiar with your preinstalled apps, it’s time to venture into the Play Store to discover other apps you’re sure to find fun and useful. We’ll discuss the layout of the Play Store, browsing for, locating and installing apps, and we’ll tour a few blindness-specific apps that you may find particularly helpful. This week will also include a discussion of Android launchers, and how to change your default apps in android, such as your browser or email client. If you hate Chrome and prefer Firefox, for instance, you can change to that browser, and we’ll demonstrate the process in detail.
- Week Five, September 19. We’ll begin by talking about the use of braille and the use of the BrailleBack app with your Android device. We’ll discuss connecting peripherals, such as braille displays, keyboards and Bluetooth speakers and headphones. Other topics this week include using your Android device as an external drive, and ways to troubleshoot when you experience an issue. As this is our final class of the series, we’ll devote plenty of time to answering your remaining questions.
When you register for the Acquainting Yourself with Android course, you’ll receive:
- Five plus hours of professionally edited audio material to support you in utilizing an Android device. Tons of demonstrations will be included, so you’ll know what to expect when using your own device.
- The ability to have your questions answered live in class. Learn from your instructors experiences, challenges and mistakes.
- The confidence to use an Android device successfully for work, play, or both.
Ready to get started?
Your investment for Acquainting Yourself with Android is only $49. If you have any questions prior to registering, or need assistance in reserving your seat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Thanks so much for your interest, and we look forward to having you in class!