Gluu Essentials

Classes start September 24! Registration closes October 19th.

The premier online training for seniors who want to figure out their iPhone or iPad. Now 100% free for Canadian seniors*. That’s a $99 value!

Digital skills have never been more important, especially for seniors. Gluu Essentials helps seniors turn any model iPhone or iPad into a must-have tool that makes life happier, healthier, and more connected.

*Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, Gluu Essentials is 100% free for all Canadian seniors. Go, Canada!

If now is the right time to learn how to use your iPhone or iPad, sign up below. It’s 100% free. Classes start September 24th. Registration closes October 19th.

Gluu Essentials for iPhone, Fall 2020

Gluu Essentials for iPad, Fall 2020

Easily the most complete training designed to help seniors learn to use an iPad or iPhone

Our highly acclaimed classes, attended by more than 16,000 seniors, are now a comprehensive online training program. It’s called Gluu Essentials. Using self-paced videos and live Q&A sessions means no scheduling pressure. Repeat lessons as often as you need to master these essential digital skills.

Your host, Gluu founder Linda Fawcus, expertly guides you through five classes that teach the essentials. Each class is organized into easily digestible video lessons with step-by-step instructions covering every major feature of your iPad or iPhone. Join the Gluu Community in our live Q&A sessions and get answers to your questions.

Let’s face it. You could spend a lifetime trying to figure out the best way to use your mobile device. Or, you could learn what you need from Gluu Essentials in just a few hours. By learning the essentials, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to do more with your iPad or iPhone.

Gluu Essentials is only offered a few times a year. Fall 2020 classes start soon. Registration closes October 19th.

Register now!

Android classes are coming in 2021. 
Sorry young things. Gluu is for seniors only. If you were born before 1964, welcome to Gluu!

Lessons on demand anytime, anywhere & from any device with an internet connection

Gluu Essentials is entirely online and taught through self-paced video lessons, hosted by Gluu founder, Linda Fawcus. You will be expertly guided through 5 classes organized into easily digestible video lessons with step-by-step instructions that cover every major feature of your device. Ask questions as you go, and get the answers during our live Q&A sessions. Self-paced online classes mean no pressure. Take all the time you need, and repeat as often as you like. 

Gluu Essentials to iPhone and Gluu Essentials to iPad are taught separately. You can register for both totally free. Lessons are written for different iPhone and iPad models and operating systems. Registered students have access to the materials forever.

Includes instant and forever access to 40+ walk-through video lessons

Gluu Essentials gives you 40+ professionally created video lessons with detailed step-by-step instructions. Online materials make it easy to walk through each class at your own pace and repeat lessons when needed.

Here’s a peek at what you will learn:

Class #1: What's Where?

This class is not just for beginners. Learn where everything is and how to care for your device. We share tips for using public Wi-Fi safely and explain your Apple ID. You’ll get some interesting and relevant info to ensure a solid and safe start to life with your device.

Class #2: Make Your Device Smarter

The Contacts app is the brains of your device. In this class, we show you how to set it up properly. You’ll get to know Siri and use it to give your voice the power to connect with the people and things you love. Siri’s privacy and security are also discussed.

Class #3: So Many Photos!

Figure out the Camera & Photos apps – two of the most used apps. In this class, we show you how to take great pictures and edit the so-so ones. You learn to search for photos and videos the easy way. Then we demystify using albums to finally get your photos organized.

Class #4: What's Happening Today?

Complement your paper calendar and To Do List with this super-charged solution. Learn to use the Contacts, Calendar & Reminders apps together, and then how to connect it all to Siri. This combo makes it easier to keep your life organized, without even touching the keyboard.

Class #5: Untangle the Web

Learn how to use Apple’s Safari browser to organize what you discover online. Follow expert tips on how to manage online accounts securely, and update settings to keep advertisers from tracking you. Then we look under the hood at Search Engines, figure out what Cookies are and why some aren’t so bad, after all.

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Live Q&A Sessions for each Class

Submit your questions as you go through each class. Then join our live Q&A sessions to get your questions answered. Replays of all Q&A sessions will be available to registered students.

Gluu Essentials only offered a few times a year. It’s 100% free. Classes start September 24th. Registration closes October 19th.

Gluu Essentials for iPhone, Fall 2020

Gluu Essentials for iPad, Fall 2020

Gluu Essentials Calendar

Here’s our schedule for Fall 2020

Registration closes October 19th

Each week between September 24 and November 24, we send you an email with a link to your next class or the live Q&A session that goes with that class. Click on that link and work through the content at your own pace. No additional registration is required. This link is all you need.

To learn with the Gluu Community, and get the most out of this incredible program register before September 24.

If you begin after September 24, links to all previous classes and Q&A sessions will be emailed to you.

Class #1: What's Where?

 Thursday, September 24 • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Class #1 link is emailed to you. Go through the video lessons at your own pace throughout the week. Submit your questions by email as they come up.

Class #1 Live Q&A for iPhone

Tuesday, September 29 • 11:00 AM – 11:25AM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #1. Replays will be available.

Class #1 Live Q&A for iPad

Tuesday, September 29 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #1. Replays will be available.

Class #2: Make Your Device Smarter

Tuesday, October 6 • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Class #2 link is emailed to you. Go through the video lessons at your own pace throughout the week. Submit your questions by email as they come up.

Class #2 Live Q&A for iPhone

Tuesday, October 13 • 11:00 AM – 11:25AM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #2. Replays will be available.

Class #2 Live Q&A for iPad

Tuesday, October 13 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #2. Replays will be available.

Class #3: So Many Photos!

Tuesday, October 20 • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Class #3 link is emailed to you. Go through the video lessons at your own pace throughout the week. Submit your questions by email as they come up.

Class #3 Live Q&A for iPhone

Tuesday, October 27 • 11:00 AM – 11:25AM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #3. Replays will be available.

Class #3 Live Q&A for iPad

Tuesday, October 27 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #3. Replays will be available.

Class #4: What's Happening Today?

Tuesday, November 3 • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Class #4 link is emailed to you. Go through the video lessons at your own pace throughout the week. Submit your questions by email as they come up.

Class #4 Live Q&A for iPhone

Tuesday, November 10 • 11:00 AM – 11:25AM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #4. Replays will be available.

Class #4 Live Q&A for iPad

Tuesday, November 10 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #4. Replays will be available.

Class #5: Untangle The Web

Tuesday, November 17 • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Class #5 link is emailed to you. Go through the video lessons at your own pace throughout the week. Submit your questions by email as they come up.

Class #5 Live Q&A for iPhone

Tuesday, November 24 • 11:00 AM – 11:25AM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #5. Replays will be available.

Class #5 Live Q&A for iPad

Tuesday, November 24 • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Join our live Q&A session, where Linda Fawcus will answer the most-asked questions from Class #5. Replays will be available.

We’re Gluu Technology Society

We are a British Columbia based non-profit. Since 2015, we’ve helped older adults get the digital skills they need to fully participate in the modern world and age in the home they love. Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Digital Literacy Exchange Program, we are now offering free digital skills training to Canadian seniors through our exceptional online courses.

What the heck does Gluu mean?
It’s a word that starts a conversation. Gluu is technology education that sticks with you as you learn digital skills. It’s not a fancy acronym, (although we’ve come up with a few). Gluu is a fun, easy-to-remember word that sticks. Plus, it’s a whole lot cooler than “Seniors Learning to Use Technology Club”.

We Make It Stick
Repetition is the key to making these digital skills stick. Gluu Essentials gives seniors on-demand access to learning materials making it easy to repeat lessons when needed.

Learn with your friends. Share with your parents. Let’s get connected.

iPad and iPhone courses start September 24th. Registration closes October 19th. Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, Gluu Essentials is 100% free for all Canadian seniors. That’s a $99 value.

What our students have to say…

There are no mere words that can convey the appreciation we have for your timely and informative classes. If we had it our way, Gluu would be declared an essential service. Not only has it enhanced our communication skills with loved ones during this COVID-19 lockdown, but it has also provided us with a productive diversion from the otherwise dull daily routines. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Linda, and your entire team for your dedication, competence, and empathy. You make our world a much better place to enjoy.

Ed, 86

Linda and her team have turned me, a timid Luddite, into a confident Apple user! They are patient and explain topics using regular English. The atmosphere is very relaxed and unintimidating. I have learned so much. I am so grateful to Linda!

Arlene, 67

Lessons from Linda and the Gluu team are as well presented (and at times even better) online as they were in the traditional classroom. Well organized lessons by knowledgeable Gluu founder. Linda and her team are dedicated to guiding seniors. Repetition, where needed, ensures that no senior is left behind. It’s exactly what is needed now.

Carla, 76

Linda and Gluu have changed my life! My confidence level when handling my iPhone and iPad has soared, and I feel my personal data is much more secure. During these COVID times, anything which reduces anxiety is a godsend!

Susan, 72

I am so glad a friend told me about Gluu. I have acquired so much more knowledge about my iPhone. So much to learn and have signed up for the next session.

Joyce, 71

A class with Linda has been the best spent hour in the past few years. Everyone leaves happy and so glad to have conquered some of the mysteries of technology.

Margaret, 81 

These are by far the best ‘tech’ classes I have taken – I am becoming almost as smart as my smartphone. Linda is an amazing instructor, and the lessons are straightforward, easy to follow, and practical. I love her for creating a supportive learning environment that is not intimidating. She’s ‘human’, laughs when things don’t go according to plan, and adapts. She wants us to learn and use our new skills to make our lives easier.

Christine, 66

My wife and I are both very pleased and impressed with the work Gluu has done. We will continue to register for their excellent classes. We are both newbies when it comes to iPads, and they have helped us so much!!!

Ray, 90

I love all the background information! It really helps put all these new things into an understandable order and gives the new terms a “grounding” instead of ideas and words that just seem to float! The practicality emphasized is just what I need, and Linda explains things so very clearly and in such an organized fashion, being sure to repeat carefully so we can remember. Her class is a priority in my life; I always make the time for it.

Pat, 72

The classes are amazing. Your step by step approach and clear directions are wonderful. You have provided so much information on how to navigate this world we are now in, based on technology. Thank you for all of your efforts and for teaching us how to use our devices. We are so lucky to have you in our lives!!

Doris, 70

Cannot believe there was so much to learn about my iPhone. Excellent information.

Pamela, 76

Hi!

I’m Linda Fawcus. 

Gluu Technology Society founder and your Digital Coach for Gluu Essentials

This all started when I gave my 80-something mother her first iPhone, way back in 2012. When she asked me how to use it, I took it from her, offered instructions as I tapped, and handed it back. A few weeks later, I asked why she hadn’t responded to my texts. She stared at me and said, “You went so darn fast last time, I didn’t learn a thing.” Ouch.

 So, I went in search of an organization I could trust that would take her from newbie to confident user, and commit to helping her every step of the way. It didn’t take much searching for reality to hit – there was no such thing. Sure, there were lots of “pieces” out there, but no cohesive program. Paying a private tutor seemed wrong. Digital skills training should not cost an arm and a leg. Aren’t these skills necessary, especially for older adults? Could I find a way to make digital skills training inspiring to seniors and free? 

 I’ve been a technology entrepreneur for over 27 years and knew how important it was that my mom become a confident user of her mobile device. My siblings and I wanted her to stay connected to her grandchildren and us. She wanted to be part of the changing world around her, and age in the home she loved. Technology was a necessary piece of that puzzle. Giving her an iPhone was not enough. She had to learn to use it and, more importantly, be shown good reasons why it was worth her precious time. So, I decided to solve the problem, and Gluu was born.  

This is not a walk through the User Guide. Gluu Essentials is a thoughtfully designed and classroom-tested program proven to get seniors up and running and even having some fun with their Apple mobile device.

For the past four years, I have helped over 16,000 seniors learn to love their technology. Gluu Essentials is the culmination of what we have learned in those years. It’s a 5 class program that takes seniors on a life-changing journey. We start by figuring out where the buttons are (and take a good selfie), learn the jargon, get digital security figured out, and master mobile device care. Then we move onto using the apps that make these gizmos shine. This is not a walk through the User Guide. Gluu Essentials is a thoughtfully designed, classroom-tested program proven to get seniors up and running. Believe it or not, we even have some fun while we’re at it. 

My goal of making digital skills training free to Canadian seniors was reached when we received funding from the Government of Canada. 

My goal of making digital skills training free to Canadian seniors was reached when Gluu received funding from the Government of Canada. The Digital Literacy Exchange Program enables us to offer all Canadian seniors the Gluu Essentials online courses 100% free. Just in time to help them beat the social isolation of COVID. Love that. 

I hope you can participate in Gluu Essentials and join our inspiring community of older adults. Together you will learn how to use technology to be happier, healthier, and more connected. Only one qualification is needed to join the Gluu Community – to be born before 1964. 

Only one qualification is needed to join the Gluu Community – to be born before 1964. 

 This is the course I wanted my mom to have. She was the inspiration for Gluu, was a founding Board Member, and an active Gluu-ster. Her strong opinions about the work we should be doing made us a better organization. 

 We saw Mom whenever we could, and when we couldn’t, we stayed connected through our devices. The grandkids especially loved her texts peppered with just the right emojis. Her digital skills made our family closer. Well done, Mom. 

 My mom passed away this summer, with her children, her iPhone, and Apple Watch by her side. She never really loved her iPad. Can’t win ’em all. 

See you online,
Linda 🙂 

If now is the right time to learn how to use your iPhone or iPad, sign up below. It’s 100% free. Classes start September 24th. Registration closes October 19th.

Gluu Essentials for iPhone, Fall 2020

Gluu Essentials for iPad, Fall 2020

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Gluu Technology Society

A Canadian nonprofit helping older adults get the digital skills they need to fully participate in the modern world and age in the home they love. ♥️ 

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