Monday, July 23, 2012
Trident Technical College IT Training Manager Cindy McGuckin.
How much do you know about iPads and other tablet devices?
With experts predicting that smartphones, tablets, and e-readers will outnumber the human population in less than six months, educators say that it’s becoming more imperative that people learn how to use these devices.
Trident Technical College (TTC) is addressing this issue by offering two courses to help people understand the devices’ full potential: iPad Basics and Mobile App Programming.
Cindy McGuckin, who manages computer courses for TTC’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development, and iPad Basics Course Instructor Jonathan Cheek believe that the iPad is quickly becoming an indispensable tool in every field.
According to TTC, whether you are a student and just need access to your class files, or a business owner needing to check email and stay on top of what’s going on in the business world, the iPad is an essential part of daily life.
iPad Basics and other courses are designed for the new user.
Trident Tech Marketing Coordinator Jason Darby described the course as an introductory lesson for those just getting into tablet technology.
“The target audience is someone who has just bought an iPad is looking to figure out what they can do and the limits are,” he said.
In addition to teaching the basics of navigation and of customization, instructors will demonstrate syncing an iPad with a computer, surfing the Internet safely, and working with iPhoto.
Since, however, many people understand these basic features, TTC will offer more advanced courses.
“Most people can intuitively figure out the basics – how to surf the web, check email, read a book, play a game, but what about the other 90 percent of the features that come standard with the iPad?” asked McGuckin. “Also, what about all those apps that are available?”
TTC’s Mobile App Programming course will address the importance of apps.
“In the new ‘Mobile App Programming’ course, you will learn to use … programming skills to create awesome apps for your smartphone and tablet computer,” a TTC news released stated. “You will download and install the tools that are needed to create your first simple application, and learn how to incorporate GPS, cameras and other features into your application.”
McGuckin and Cheek stated that those who take the course could see great practical and economic benefits.
iPad Basics began July 21. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $139. Mobile App Programming will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays between Aug. 6 and 15 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and costs $299.
For course registration and to learn more about other TTC continuing education offerings, call (843) 574-6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm.