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Anoka Hennepin Schools Community Education

Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do – Part 2

March 8, 2021 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Online via Zoom

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Class Description

Many people use their iPhones to make calls, send text messages and take a few photos. However, our Apple iPhones are amazing devices. They offer many useful features that are largely hidden from everyday users. Learn and explore eight useful functions that are found on your iPhones. This is part two of this series and includes nuggets that are different than the Fall 2020 class.

This class will assume you know the basics of handling your iPhone, making calls and sending texts.

In this class, you will learn and explore eight useful functions that are found on your iPhones.  

This class will teach you the following topics:

  1. The Magic of Long Press – It’s everywhere!
  2. Create a Photo Brag Book with Favorites.
  3. Using your iPhone to track steps you take daily
  4. Type Faster with QuickPath typing
  5. Help with the Rule of Thirds when taking photos.
  6. Complete Common Tasks with Siri
  7. Drawing or adding text to a photo
  8. Using Dark Mode
  9. Bonus:  Using Widgets on your Home Screen
Download Class Handouts/Slides

You can download the class handout/slides from the link below.  If you prefer, you can optionally print the slides for your reference during class.

Here is an early version of the slide deck.  This deck will certainly be updated the day before class.

I Didnt Know iPhone – AHS4 03-08-2021

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Video Recording

Additional Information


Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the topics covered in this class:

Getting to Know Siri
Getting to Know Siri

If you use an iPhone or iPad you can get many things done faster and more easily using Siri.  Siri comes with many great functions. You can ask Siri questions, get directions, send text messages and emails, set timers and alarms, get recommendations and more. Best of all is is simple and only takes a little practice to master it.  And for Seniors who find it difficult to type on their device, it expands their capabilities.

This recipe will get you going with Siri.

Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms
Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms

We know that the iPhone is great for creating timers and alarms. And using Siri is makes it easy and convenient when you need that quick alarm or time.

Using your iPhone to Track Step, Exercise and Monitor Walking Steadiness
Using your iPhone to Track Step, Exercise and Monitor Walking Steadiness

There are huge benefits to regular activity like walking and you can use the Health App on your iPhone to track steps taken and stairs climbed and more.

Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition

Nugget defines the Rule of Thirds as a photo composition approach and shows you how to setup your iPhone to help.

Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites

The Photos app has a simple feature that allows you to quickly create a photo album that is similar to the old-fashioned brag books that people used to carry.  It is called the Favorites album.

In 5 to 10 minutes of marking favorite photos, you can have your brag book ready for holiday gatherings. 

Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
Add Text or Drawing to a Photo

Hidden under the edit tools, you can add text or markups to Photos.

iPhone Typing Tips
iPhone Typing Tips

Most typing on the iPad comes naturally. However, there are shortcuts and hidden functions (like caps lock) that will make typing easier. Another key tips is how to position the cursor exactly where you need it. This is essential material.

How to Use Today View and Widgets on your iPhone
How to Use Today View and Widgets on your iPhone

Today View is a screen of information accessed from your Home screen that gives you a glimpse of your day and access to the things you do most often. The daily glimpse might include your schedule, recent messages, weather, news headlines and more. Your Today View is your collection of Widgets that you can customize. This Nugget shows you how.

Using Dark Mode
Using Dark Mode

Dark Mode is a new feature in IOS 13 where the background color is reversed. This Nugget will show you two ways to implement.

Faster typing with QuickPath/Slide to Type
Faster typing with QuickPath/Slide to Type

QuickPath is the new typing method that comes with IOS 13. Use it to transform your typing.

The Magic of Long Press
The Magic of Long Press

Long Press is a magical function. This Nugget provides a list of 10 ways that you can use a long press for shortcuts or quick access to functions on your iPhone.


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