My name is Austin Olney and I teach people of all ages all aspects of digital technology.  As a part of the new “Maker” movement, it is my intention to increase digital literacy and provoke inner creativity. It is important to get patrons to spark their @@@@@@ and let their collective imaginations flow.

Classes

Staff Training

I offer many different types of classes related to digital technology. Whether it is creating a cartoon or 3D printing a phone case, there are countless possibilities of tapping into the potential creativity of today’s youth. Here are some of the classes I offer:

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

  

 

Time: Evenings, Weekends

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Age: Children, Teens, Adults

Fee: $175 per session ($150 in bulks of 4)

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Required Equipment:

Projector, devices

Based on:

iPads

Laptops

Macs

Subject

 

 

KIDS
-History of Technology Video
—3D Printing for Kids
—Coding for Kids
—Minecraft for Kids
—Video Game Design for Kids
—Animation Design for Kids
—3D World Design for Kids
Music Making for Kids
Video Editing for Kids
Web Design for Kids
3D Coloring for Kids
Stop Motion Animation for Kids
TEENS
Darknet, deep web, tor
-History of Technology Video
—Coding Club for Teens
—Music Making for Teens
—Video Editing for Teens
—How to Type (Teens)
—Minecraft for Teens
—App Design for Teens
—Gaming for Teens
—3D Printing for Teens
—How to Build a Computer (Teens)
Web Design for Teens
LAN Gaming for Teens
LAN Party for Teens
3D Print a Chess Set
3D Printing with Minecraft
Drop-in 3D Printing for Teens
Design a Virtual Bridge
Video Game Design for Teens
CGI Design for Teens
Special Effects for Teens
Virtual Reality for Teens
Robotics for Teens
Animation Design for Teens
Everything Drones (for Teens) What are drones, how to register one, rules, how to fly. Maybe parents too?
Hacking 101 for Teens
Photo Editing for Teens
Create a Minecraft Mod
History of Video games

-Funday Sunday: Minecraft for Teens
-Funday Sunday: Virtual Reality for Teens
-Funday Sunday: LAN Gaming for Teens
-Funday Sunday: Music Making for Teens
-CAMP design a video game
-CAMP design an android app

-Programs with androids, VR, and 3D printings

ADULTS
Darknet, deep web, tor
-History of Technology Video
—3D Printing for Adults
—App Design for Adults
—Video Editing for Adults
—Coding 101 for Adults
—Malware Defense for Adults
—How to Build a Computer (Adults)
—Social Media 101
-Wordpress Web Design for Adults
-Animation Design for Adults
-3D Modeling for Adults
-Linux 101 for Adults
-Photo Editing for Adults
-Video Game Design for Adults
-Web Design for Adults
-Audio Editing for Adults
-Robotics for Adults
-Typing 101 for Adults
-Virtual Reality for Adults
-Minecraft for Parents
-AI 101 for Adults
-Social Media 101 for Adults
-360° Video for Adults
-Hacking 101 for Adults
Staff
Virtual Reality for Staff
Overdrive Refresher for Staff
3D Printing for Staff
Coding for Staff
Tutor.com
Databases and Resources

Web Design

 “Web Design for Beginners”
“Every wondered how the internet works? Nowadays, having your own website puts you ahead in the world. Participants will learn how to design a basic website layout and experience being a web developer using free software.”

Video Editing 101

  • “Video Editing 101” – Do you know how a movie is made? Participants of this class will learn how to import, edit, and export video clips into creative projects for viewing. Using free software, Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will show you how to create the movie you’ve always wanted to see.

Audio & Music

  • “Music Making” Want to design your own song?

Animation & Cartoon Design

  • “Make 2D Animations and Cartoons” Want to make a cartoon? Animation is addicting and fun, and it allows the creative process to flow. Learn the basics of a free animation software application and let your imagination guide the way!

3D Animation

  • “Create 3D Animations and CGI” Have you ever wondered how video graphics are created and special effects are made in movies? Learn how to create them and the basics of 3D animation with Blender a free, powerful computer application.”

3D Printing & Design

  • “Intro to 3D Printing” – Learn all about the world of 3D printing and have the chance to print an item of your very own. Using your imagination, you can push and pull surfaces to turn them into forms, and also stretch, rotate, and paint them to your liking. Witness the future!

Scratch

  • “Create Animations and Games with Scratch” – Learn how to use Scratch to create animations and video games. Students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As they create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.” Software: Requires browser capable of displaying https://scratch.mit.edu/ games ; requires patron-creation of Scratch account. Test: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/26650210/#editor

Coding

  • “Coding for Fun” – There are thousands of computer languages out there, behind every single digital device and peripheral today. Discover how apps like Minecraft and websites like Facebook are created and learn how to “speak” languages such as C# and Java.

How to Type

  • “How to Type” –  Want to type faster? In this class, students will learn how to properly type on a computer, an essential literacy skill in today’s modern world. Properly entering input into a computer can lead to future success. See how many words you can type per minute!

Tech help

  • “Drop-in Computer Help” – “Drop-in” sessions are for those with problematic computer issues, such as not being able to access email or the internet on a device, or learning how to speed up a system. It is not a formal presentation. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone, or use one of the library’s computers. No registration required; just “drop in!”
  • “Malware Defense and Optimization”

App Design

“App Design”
Every wanted to make your own app? Come and learn how to create a unique application through coding and design. See what goes behind graphical user interfaces and make your ideas happen!
“App Design”
GUI interface
Google Play Store, App Store
Tablets
Make “apps”
Design Interface
Learn Coding
“App Design” Every wanted to make your own app? Come and learn how to create a unique software program through coding and design. See what goes behind graphical user interfaces and let your ideas happen!

“Create an Android App”
In June, teens at the White Plains Public Library will have the chance to create an Android application using Android Studio, the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Android application development. Teens will learn the basics of code deployment and how to design a program for front-end users. The focus of the “app” they create will be safe driving practices and will ultimately be available for download. See the library calendar for details and registration.

Video Game Design

  • “Video Game Design with Unity” – Video games are fun to play, but even more fun to make! Learn to program characters and worlds of your choosing. Create a 3D video game with Unity, a powerful game engine. Utilize your imagination to create something that has never been done before. Software Required: Unity https://unity3d.com/
  • “Design a Video Game with Roblox” (Video Game Design, Coding) “Find out how to create a game of your own using ROBLOX, a free online application. Designed for teens, users make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. All one needs to do is create a free ROBLOX account and bring his or her vision to life!” http://www.roblox.com/ Software Requirements: Roblox Studio http://www.roblox.com/download Patrons will create a Roblox account
  • Games are fun to play, but even more fun to make! Take your idea from start to finish using various game design applications to create your vision.”
  • Scratch Video Game Design
    “Create Animations and Games with Scratch” Learn how to use Scratch to create animations and video games. Students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As they create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Requires registration of a Scratch account.
    “Video Game Design with Scratch” (Children, Teens) – Learn how to use Scratch to make your own animated video games while learning general programming skills. http://scratch.mit.edu/
    Scratch – With Scratch, students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As they create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
  • 4 Week Game Series ($600)
    • Video Game Design Series – Scratch – With Scratch, students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As they create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
      Week 1 – The first session of the video game design series what meant to introduce students to the world of game design and coding using Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/), a free programming language and online community. Designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch allows students to create interactive stories, games, and animations in a 2D environment. As they create, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
      3D World Design with Alice
      “Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Created by Carnegie Mellon, it allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. Beginners are welcome!”
      http://www.alice.org/index.php
      Alice 3D – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Created by Carnegie Mellon, it allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.
      Video Game Design Series – Alice 3D – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Created by Carnegie Mellon, it allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.
      Week 2 – During the second session of the video game design series, students began working in a 3D environment with an application called Alice 3D (https://www.alice.org/). With Alice, they are able to tell a story, create an interactive game, or make an interesting video. Created by Carnegie Mellon, it allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts, particularly from the Java computer language and other object-oriented coding, in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.
      Roblox Video Game Design
      Video games are fun to play, but even more fun to make! Join and learn to use Roblox, a free online application. Participants will make games through coding and design, in virtual spaces.
      “Design a Video Game with Roblox” (Video Game Design, Coding) “Find out how to create a game of your own using ROBLOX, a free online application. Designed for teens, users make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. All one needs to do is create a free ROBLOX account and bring his or her vision to life!” http://www.roblox.com/ Software Requirements: Roblox Studio http://www.roblox.com/download Patrons will create a Roblox account
      Roblox – Designed for teens, Roblox users can make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. All one needs to do is create a free account and bring his or her vision to life.
      Video Game Design Series – Roblox – Designed for teens, Roblox users can make games by coding and designing in a virtual world. All one needs to do is create a free account and bring his or her vision to life.
      Week 3 – Students in the third week were able to create 3D multiplayer games with the use of Roblox platform (https://www.roblox.com/). Designed for teens, Roblox users can make games by coding and designing in an online virtual world. They are introduced to a standard game engine environment, designing a particular world of their choosing, and also the Lua programming language. When a student creates a game with Roblox, he or she is able to test it immediately and also allow others in the room to join in on the fun with multiplayer.
      Unity Video Game Design
      “Video Game Design with Unity” (Teens, Adults) Video games are fun to play, but even more fun to make! Learn to program characters and worlds of your choosing. Create a 3D video game with Unity, a powerful game engine. Utilize your imagination to create something that has never been done before.
      Unity – Create a 3D video game with Unity, a powerful game engine used by professionals. Students can learn to program characters and worlds of their own choosing, utilizing their imagination to create something that has never been done before.
      Video Game Design Series – Unity – Create a 3D video game with Unity, a powerful game engine used by professionals. Students can learn to program characters and worlds of their own choosing, utilizing their imagination to create something that has never been done before.
      Week 4 For the final week of the video game design series, students learned how to use Unity, a powerful game engine (https://unity3d.com/). Used by professionals, more games are made with Unity than with any other game technology in the industry. The Unity Editor allows students to create any 2D or 3D game they wish, including multiplayer, using either the csharp or javascript programming languages. In addition, Unity’s pipeline makes is easy to take content to the latest platforms, making it a useful resource for any young game developer.

Lectures

  • “Cloud Computing”- Come and learn the risks and rewards of cloud computing and how services such as Google Drive can bring order to your digital files. There are many cloud services available, free of charge, but the initial choice and implementation can be daunting. This free presentation will provide an overview of these services and help decide which is best for you.
  • Cloud Computing (Adults) Come and learn the risks and rewards of cloud computing and how services such as Google Drive can bring order to your digital files. There are many cloud services available, free of charge, but the initial choice and implementation can be daunting. This free presentation will provide an overview of these services and help decide which is best for you.
  • Windows Under the Hood (Adults)
  • Subjects taught: Bits & Bytes, What is java?, How exactly does a computer work? File system, hard drive, RAM, etc., Visible Windows, BIOS, Installing and Upgrading Windows, NTFS, Users, and Groups, Multimedia, Virtualization and more.
  • Linux
  • Linux 101
  • “PC vs. Mac vs. Linux” (4:00-5:00pm) – Be one step ahead of the crowd by familiarizing yourself with Linux, the third major operating system in the computing world. Unlike Windows or Mac, Linux provides a wide range of open-source content and unrestricted possibilities.
  • Virtual Computing – Have you ever seen a computer inside a computer? With VirtualBox, a free virtualization product from Oracle, you can install and use an isolated Operating System (OS) within another. Teens are welcome to join this class on December 3rd and December 10th from 5-6pm to find out how. Students will use library equipment in order to install a virtual Linux OS called “ArtistX” and learn all about it. For teens.

Robotics

How to Build a Computer

  • “How to Build a Computer” – Ever wonder what goes on inside a computer? See what an individually constructed PC looks like and participate in the process of upgrading it. Instruction about microprocessors, RAM, motherboards, power supplies, hard drives, and graphics cards will be taught throughout. If students wish to build a computer on their own, methods of selecting and purchasing compatible computer parts online will be shown as well.
  • “How to Build a Computer” (Hardware, software) Ever wonder what goes on inside a computer? See what an individually constructed PC looks like and participate in the process of upgrading it. Instruction about microprocessors, RAM, motherboards, power supplies, hard drives, and graphics cards will be taught throughout. If students wish to build a computer on their own, methods of selecting and purchasing compatible computer parts online will be shown as well.

Augmented & Virtual Reality

AR Coloring

 

 

Staff Training

  • 3D Printing
  • eBooks and Tablets
    • iPad training
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • “Minecraft in Libraries” Minecraft is a very popular “sandbox” video game that is quickly finding its way into libraries and schools, offering a variety of educational and not-so-educational features. This session will go over what Minecraft is all about and how you can incorporate it within a library. Try playing Minecraft, see how a server can be set up and run, test out free alternatives and more!
  • WLS “Minecraft in Libraries”Minecraft is a very popular “sandbox” video game that is quickly finding its way into libraries and schools, offering a variety of educational and not-so-educational features. This session will go over what Minecraft is all about and how you can incorporate it within a library. Try playing Minecraft, see how a server can be set up and run, test out free alternatives and more!

 

 

 

Learn more about Austin here.