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Apple’s latest strategy – Today at Apple is centred around teaching us to make the most of our Apple products. A great concept given that if we use our devices to their full potential then we should thereby treasure them even more so than we do already. The Apple Store at Victoria Square in Belfast is no exception – according to Matthew – Apple Creative Pro, (their name for Trainer), there are a grand total of 61 different classes that Apple device owners can take. You simply find them online and log in using your Apple ID to book a session in advance or you could call into the store on the off chance a session isn’t full and register with one of the staff. These free of charge courses offer lessons on photography, music, art, coding and design. The educational sessions also feature “Teacher Tuesdays” – Teachers are encouraged to stop by and learn in order to transfer new knowledge and skills to their students’ back in the classroom. While families can come in on weekends for “Kids Hours”. For a more one to one ‘applied learning’ experience studio hours enable you to work on your own projects but with a Genius or Creative Pro nearby to be called upon as and when you have queries or need help. For the purposes of #LearnuaryNI (the TrainingMatchmaker.com challenge to learn one thing each day and share this new learning on your social media channel – to keep you spurred on to achieving and to inspire others) we have collated a list of the various courses that you can take in Belfast this January, well… in the first half anyway, as they only launch their workshop calendar a few weeks in advance.

How To:

How To: Edit Video on Mac

Quick Start: Tell stories through video with Clips

How To: Shoot Photos with iPhone

Quick Start: Shoot portraits with iPhone

How To: Edit Photos on iPhone

How To: Organise Your Photos

How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad

Business:

How To: Create Spreadsheets on iPad and iPhone

How To: Create Spreadsheets on Mac

How To: Share Your Ideas with Keynote

How To: Write Your Best with Pages

How To: Share Your Ideas with Keynote

Coding:

Quick Start: Learn to code with Swift Playgrounds

Music:

Quick Start: Play notes and chords

Quick Start: Recording Songs with Music Memos

Art:

Quick Start: Sketch in minutes with Apple Pencil

Photography – Photo Walk-Abouts:

Photo Walks: Manipulating Light and Shadow

Photo Walks: Framing Architecture and Details

Kids Hour:

Kids Hour: Making Movies Together

Tuesdays: Teacher Tuesdays at Apple Store, Victoria Square, Belfast

Teacher Tuesdays: Encouraging Creativity with GarageBand

Studio Hours: where you can find one to one help on hand from the Apple in-store team

Studio Hours: All Projects

Studio Hours: Documents, Presentations and Spreadsheets

Studio Hours: Video Projects

Studio Hours: Photo Projects

Product related classes:

Basics: iPhone and iPad Intermediate

Basics: iPad

Basics: Apple ID and iCloud

Basics: iPhone

Basics: Mac

Basics: Mac Intermediate

Basics: Apple Watch

Quick Start: Set goals with Apple Watch

Today, 2 January 2018 TrainingMatchmaker.com founder Christine attended the How to use a Mac beginners and intermediate class and in 2017 completed the How to edit video using a Mac workshop with fellow learners Nicola and Chris who found out about the learning opportunity via TrainingMatchmaker.com. Find out all about the 15 learnings Christine took away from the Mac lessons on the TrainingMatchmaker.com social media channels – just search the hashtag: #LearnuaryNI alongside keyword #TodayAtApple. These free face to face learning opportunities in the Belfast Apple Store have been listed to the best of our ability and some courses do run more than once between now and 12 January and are likely to run repeatedly thereafter. Keep an eye on Today at Apple for future class dates. If you do decide to participate in the inaugural #LearnuaryNI challenge do remember to share your daily learning (or teaching) non your chosen social media channel using the hashtag for the campaign: #LearnuaryNI Happy #LearnuaryNI  
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