TTJ Announces 2020-21 Free Course Offerings – Our Most Incredible Season Yet!

At our second annual TTJ Tech Summit, which was held on Saturday, July 25, The Tech Juggernaut revealed its plans for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Training Season. This year promises to be our best ever, with something for everyone! All our courses will be completely updated for iOS and iPad OS 14 and all its features. Our Voiceover course will begin earlier this year and will provide the most thorough and in-depth training we’ve offered thus far. Our flagship iPad course, completely redesigned for iPad OS 14, will provide 12 weeks of training, and will cover the most extensive curriculum of any of our courses so far. We will also further enhance the learning experience by providing several mini courses on subjects like cutting the cord, home automation, and keeping your identity private and secure in the digital world. Finally, we are pleased to offer, for the very first time, a separate course on the Mac, as well as mini courses on AppleTV, HomePod, and Apple Watch. We’ll round out this years offerings with a mini course on Apple Pay, electronic payments, and tips for financial success.

The TTJ Instructor Team is already hard at work, testing and learning the new software versions, so we’re fully prepared to offer the same level of training and support you have come to expect. As in past years, classes will be held live, using online conferencing software, and will also feature a digital learning platform, to facilitate the distribution of audio and video tutorials, written documentation, web links. Assignments, discussions, and more. The combined total of live and on-demand instruction will provide hundreds of hours of useful resources, created by certified instructors with the passion for helping others learn about these life-changing and empowering Apple products. Perhaps best of all, is the fact that these courses will remain completely free for all students. There are no entrance fees, no subscriptions, and no purchase necessary. For those who wish to go beyond what is taught in our courses, or for those who need individualized training, other training and support packages are available for a fee.

Classes are set to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 2020, and running through May 26, 2021. Registration opens Monday August 10, 2020, so get ready, and stay tuned for more information.

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Join Our Virtual Tech Summit Live Stream

TTJ is pleased to announce our second annual Tech Summit, to be held virtually, Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 7PM Eastern, 6PM Central, 5PM Mountain, and 4PM Pacific Time.

Join Trainers Lynne, Rita, Kliph, and Matt of the TTJ Instructor Team, as they reflect on last year’s classes, discuss Apple’s future product and software rumors, and much more. We will have fun with TTJ Trivia night, both for instructors and audience members. We will also play the Stump the Instructor Challenge. Finally, the highlight of this event will be the announcement of our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Training Schedule, including course offerings, help sessions, and more.

As stated, this live stream will take place on July 25 at 7PM Eastern, and you can be part of our live audience, asking questions, playing trivia, and more. To join, use Zoom. The meeting ID is:

3116952583

The password is:

331042

Or you may use the following link to join:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3116952583?pwd=SlFQZmVtbFZlNXppcmU4TmZGeDIwZz09

Hope to see you there!:)

Important: Please Read! New Zoom Info For All Help Sessions

As you may know, The Tech Juggernaut hosts weekly virtual help sessions using the Zoom Cloud Meetings platform. TTJ has recently been informed that Zoom will now require higher levels of meeting security. To comply with these new requirements, TTJ will be implementing a meeting passcode for all future help and training sessions.

This means that effective immediately, you will need to use the below passcode, in addition to the typical Meeting ID, in order to join our virtual help sessions. Alternatively if you use a join link, you will need to use a new link, also provided below. Attempting to use the previous join link will result in a failure to join. Only the new join link, provided below, contains the necessary passcode. Please use the below information to join all TTJ virtual help sessions from now on:

Meeting ID:

3116952583

Meeting Passcode:

331042

Or, Tap Here to Join Directly.

How to Join Today’s TTJ Live Events

Reminder: Apple will be holding a special keynote event to day, to kick off its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The Tech Juggernaut will be hosting a pre-game show and viewing party at 12 Noon Eastern, 11AM Central today, Monday, June 22. We will also meet back in our Zoom conference immediately following Apple’s Keynote event. We would love for you to join us. Read on for instructions on how to join each event:

TTJ Events:

Both our Pregame Show, and the Follow-Up Recap and Q and A session, will take place in Zoom. To join, use Meeting ID 3116952583.Or you may join directly by tapping This Link.

Alternatively, you may join our live stream by visiting our YouTube Channel.

Remember, events begin at Noon Eastern, with special guests, fun activities, Keynote projections and expectations, and much more. Then, we reconvene immediately after the Keynote ends, approximately 3:30PM Eastern, so use the same Zoom and YouTube info above.

Apple Keynote:

Apple’s Special Keynote Event itself can be streamed from the Apple TV app on any Apple device, from the TVOS Apple Events app, from the WWDC app for iOS and iPad OS, or by visiting Apple.com.

Don’t miss this awesome event, and be sure to join TTJ as we celebrate and watch together.:)

TTJ Announces Live Stream Viewers Party, Zoom Q and A, and More

On Monday, June 22, 2020, Apple will hold its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote Event. This special keynote is the beginning of a week-long conference, but the keynote in particular, grasps the attention of Apple fans young and old, as new features, new software, and sometimes even new products are announced. This year’s event will be digital only, and Apple says it will be the biggest WWDC ever. To celebrate this awesome event, The Tech Juggernaut will be offering several awesome opportunities for you to join us in watching and discussing the event.

First, at 12 Noon Eastern, 11AM Central, the TTJ Instructor Team will go live, for a sort of pregame show. As we enjoy our pregame snacks, we will discuss last year’s WWDC, our expectations for this year, and much more. Special guests, and even a few surprises, will be part of this live stream (stump the instructors anyone?), so be sure to join us. Stay tuned to the TTJ Blog for details on how to join live and be part of our audience.

The actual Apple Keynote Event kicks off at 1PM Eastern. During that time, we will be active on Twitter and other forms of social media, but you can also tune in live to the keynote to see the announcements for yourself.

Immediately after the keynote ends, we will head to Zoom for a recap and Q and A session. To join any of the above events, look for a separate blog post, coming soon, on how to join each event. Mark your calendar now so you’ll be sure to remember. You won’t want to miss it!

TTJ Announces Summer Schedule of Virtual Help Sessions

Since March, 2020, The Tech Juggernaut has been holding virtual help sessions, where anyone can join, free of charge, to ask questions about Apple products and related accessories, apps, services, and more. We are pleased to announce that these help sessions will continue through the rest of the summer. After Thursday June 18, we will begin operating in our summer training hours. At that point, we will hold virtual help sessions once per week. These sessions will take place every Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 3PM Eastern, 2PM Central. Sessions will continue weekly, with the final summer help session to be held on September 2, 2020. We will announce plans for our Fall and Spring Training Season in early August.

At TTJ Virtual Help Sessions, everyone is welcome. Imagine your own service and support appointment, conducted remotely using the Zoom Cloud Meetings platform, where every person gets approximately ten minutes to ask questions about Apple devices, Apple and third-party apps, accessories, TV streaming, Wi-Fi networking, home automation and home security, cell phone providers, and much more. This is the format of our awesome Virtual help sessions, and we can’t wait for you to experience it.

To join, just use Zoom Meeting ID:

3116952583

Or join directly with This Link.

For more information and all TTJ Events, visit our Schedule Page.

TTJ Virtual Help Sessions to Continue Through At Least June 4, 2020

Due to continued business closures throughout the United States, and uncertainty as to exact reopen dates, TTJ will continue to provide virtual help sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM Eastern, via the Zoom Cloud Meetings platform. This current schedule will continue through at least Thursday, June 4, 2020. Continue to use the Meeting ID 3116952583 to participate. Special help sessions will also be held on Saturday May 9 and Saturday May 23, also at 1PM Eastern. Your TTJ Instructor Team will evaluate current conditions on or before the help session on June 2, and will make subsequent announcements regarding the future of our virtual help sessions. We hope you can join us for our help sessions.

TTJ Contest Now Live! Enter and Submit Your Project to Win a Free iPad!

The Tech Juggernaut is pleased to announce that our Positive Environment contest is now live. If you wish to enter, please read this entire post, then follow all instructions to continue.

To participate, first, tap on the link below to complete the entry form (one entry per-person). Once the form is complete and you receive the message that your response has been recorded, you can create and submit your project. The goal of the project is to tell us how you are using technology to foster learning, entertainment, creativity, and an overall positive environment during these challenging times. You may use Apple Clips, Apple Keynote, or Apple Pages, according to the below guidelines.

After you have completed your project, share it with TTJ according to the below options.

The contest deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020. On May 12, a winner will be selected at random and will receive a free Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi, an iPad Smart Cover in Red, and a $15 iTunes Gift Card.

Participation Requirements:

To participate in this contest, you must be a United States citizen with a physical address in the USA. You must either be at least 18 years old, or have parental consent, or the permission of another legal guardian, to enter. You must also agree to have your project featured on our website, on YouTube, and possibly in other promotional materials. We will accept only one entry per-person.

Creating Your Project:

If you will be using Apple Clips, be sure your project length is between three and ten minutes, and that you own the rights, or have obtained proper permission, to use any and all media in the video project. Feel free to include photos, videos, spoken narration, music, Live Titles, and anything else you desire. When finished, export the project as specified below.

If using Keynote, create your Keynote presentation, including recorded audio, and specify the desired time for each build, and the desired slide duration. Then export the project as a movie, according to the guidelines below. Be sure the Keynote presentation, and the resulting movie, adheres to the same requirements specified above (between three and ten minutes etc).

If using Pages, create an interactive digital book, complete with text, photos or shapes, and other media as you see fit, such as recorded audio, music, image galleries, and more. Export the document to the EPUB format, and again be sure you own all rights to all content. Length of the document can be between one and five typed pages, and no video included in the document may exceed ten minutes. The total time of included videos may also not exceed ten minutes.

Sharing Your Project:

When you share your project, be sure you are sharing a final result file, not a project file. For example, if you used Clips or Keynote, be sure you are sharing an MP4 or similar video format – not the project file that can be edited. As stated, Pages documents should be shared as EPUB files – not Pages documents. You may share your work in one of several ways:

First, you may send us an iCloud link to the final file. Do not send us the file directly. Instead, use the “Add People” option that appears in the Share menu of the Files app. Also, do not share an entire folder with us, just the specific file. Again, do this by locating your video or EPUB file in the Files app, long-pressing the file, choosing Share, then choosing “Add People”.

Your second option is to share your video on YouTube. Upload the video to YouTube, then provide TTJ with the YouTube video link.

Finally, you may also supply us with a Dropbox link to the file you are attempting to share.

Once again, no file should ever be sent directly to TTJ. You should only ever send links. TTJ will delete any files we receive directly for security reasons, so please do not send files. Send all links (iCloud, YouTube, or Dropbox), to thetechjuggernaut@icloud.com, using the Messages app or the Mail app. Be sure to include your first and last name and indicate what you are sending, such as saying, “I have entered your contest, and here is my video”. Links sent without a name matching an entry form and a short description will be ignored for security reasons. For fastest results, use the Messages app, and contact us ahead of time to let us know you are ready to send your project link.

Should you have any questions, please Contact TTJ.

Get Started:

Enter the Contest Now!

TTJ Announces Special Contest – Winner Gets a Free iPad!

The Tech Juggernaut announced today, that it will give away the first of at least five iPads this year to one winner of a special contest. Coinciding with the tenth anniversary celebration of the initial release of the iPad, TTJ is holding a special contest. There is no purchase necessary, and anyone under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to enter.

Everyone wishing to participate must complete a short entry form, and must then submit an Apple Clips video project, a Keynote presentation, or a digital book created with Apple Pages. The topic of these projects is: How technology is helping me to create a positive environment during these trying times.

Project entries will be showcased on our website, and one participant will receive a 32GB Wi-Fi iPad, an Apple iPad Smart Cover, and an iTunes gift card.

Stay tuned to this website for the entry form and complete rules, coming next week. You must be a resident of the United States to enter. For questions, please Contact Us.

Full Audio of TTJ Work From Home Presentation Now Available – Video Available Upon Request

The Tech Juggernaut has now made the complete audio recording of today’s presentation available to stream. During this 90 minute presentation, TTJ discussed and demonstrated numerous ideas, projects, and more that can be used for parents, kids, families, and teachers to facilitate fun, interactive learning and other activities during this unique time.

Although a good portion of the presentation was audio only, an Apple Keynote presentation was also shown, as well as several screen shares during demonstrations. You can listen to the complete presentation in audio format here. If you would like to receive a copy of the video, please Get In Touch With Us. Enjoy.:)

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