Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

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How-To: the Apple Teacher Program

 

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Last month we featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, and Apple Sales Web, three incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a fourth great resource, the Apple Teacher program. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, and each educational activity is paired with a badge you can earn and display. Earn eight badges for either iPad or Mac, and you achieve Apple Teacher status, including access to Swift Playgrounds, a free app for first-time coders featuring Learn to Code and lessons that make getting started fun and interactive. Provided resources include Apple Teacher Starter Guide books, online help and Apple Store workshops.

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Special Offer – AgileBits 1Password 6: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 6 for Mac is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 6 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

How-To: Apple Resources for User Group Meetings

by Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible.  It is fortunate for user groups that Apple has made resources available that could benefit user groups. From Apple podcasts, to Today at Apple, to Apple Sales Web there are resources to create great meeting presentations. (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Today at Apple

On April 25 Apple introduced Today at Apple: new hands-on educational sessions for all 495 Apple Stores. Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a session together. Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. Whether your group has an interest in photo and video, music, coding, art and design, or other areas, there are dynamic sessions taught by highly-trained team members that can make learning fun. 

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

How To: Apple’s Clips App Review

Written by Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Lonestarrider.com

Apples new clips app is like a mixture of Photo Booth, Snapchat, and a very light version of iMovie. The free stand-alone app is only available in the United States and you will need IOS 10.3 on your iPhone. You can download the app from the normal places using iTunes on your Mac or the Apple’s App Store on your iPhone. You can produce a video up to 60 minutes and each individual clip that you add to your video can be no longer than 30 minutes.  (more…)

GarageBand Introduction: Macworld 2004

On January 6, 2004, the Macintosh was a few days over 20 years old and Steve Jobs had exciting news: Apple had a new type of software, called GarageBand, and a new format for the iPod, an iPod Mini with a huge 4GB of storage. How would we ever fill all that space? With this month’s release of the newest version of GarageBand, it seems like a great time to remember its introduction, with John Mayer performing and Steve Jobs explaining the ways that it would open a world of possibilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2jq4iRyULg

Interested in seeing the whole Macworld 2004 Keynote?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpD3FlHZeM

Interested in stats and information for every Apple Keynote, from 1997 through 2016? Read more below.

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How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

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