How I was Able to Teach Seniors about Computer Technology

As a phenomenon defining the modern age, the internet has been considered the preserve of the younger generations creating a huge obstacle in encouraging and teaching older people to become computer-literate.

Square one

Teaching technology classes to senior’s means we start at square one. I used to think this meant basic mouse and keyboard skills, but, after a couple of years of delivering technology classes to seniors, I’ve realized that I’m making a big assumption.

 

Teaching tech literacy doesn’t negate literacy itself. When I tell them, “Think of all the things you can do really well,” I always assumed that included reading and writing. But a couple of years later, I realize that there are many people who have done quite well in life without having to learn to read and write.

 

I used to make sure I delivered my classes to all the styles of learning with great hand-outs, dynamic presentations, and clear instructions but that was under the assumption that my class knew how to read and write. It took me a while to understand this fundamental barrier to success. I thought a tech class of senior citizens was a class that knew everything except computers.

 

I had overlooked a lot of the clues. The keyboard stymied many students. Unless they had worked with typewriters, the keyboard was brand new. So, a mystified senior who can’t type didn’t clue me in to a literacy problem. I shrugged it off as a tech problem instead.

 

When students weren’t following the easy steps on my hand-outs, I thought that they were frustrated or distracted. I didn’t clue in that they couldn’t read. When we worked in Google and I asked them to search the name of our city, I thought it was just clumsy fingers and arthritis-riddled knuckles that caused them to type in the wrong letters. Half-a-dozen obvious examples of illiterate seniors finally got my attention. Now I have a before-square-one plan!

 

Before square one plan: drop the assumptions

First of all, I use more pictures and fewer words in the hand-outs.

 

When we do step-by-step learning, I make sure I don’t simply refer the class to the hand-out if they are lost. I say the steps out loud and demonstrate on the projected computer for them.

 

When we play around in Google, and I ask them to Google a specific word, I demonstrate by typing that word for them. Most people can copy the letters on the screen.

 

The biggest difference is knowing to expect functionally illiterate people in a computer class targeted to older seniors. Drop the assumption that people who have run companies, raised families, and dedicated their lives to their communities can read and write. It is possible to get by without literacy skills.

 

The conclusion

Luckily, the Internet is very forgiving for people with low literacy levels. Correct spelling has become obsolete. Most computing is icon-based. Many of the most popular apps can be enjoyed without reading or writing, just clicking. We can help enhance and connect seniors, regardless of their ability to read or write, through computers.

 

For me, it just meant dropping assumptions and moving my “square one” back a few spaces.

6 Social Media Hacks That You Might Want To Try

Just when you think you know everything about your favourite social media site, there are always new and exciting changes. And then there are some social media hacks you’ll wish you knew before reading this.

There are so many of them, but here are some of the hacks of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter that I bet you are dying to know:

 

Instagram:

  1. Share Instagram Photos Elsewhere After Uploading

Share the picture to Twitter or Facebook after uploading to Instagram? Yep.

 

We all know you can share the photo at the same time you upload it to Instagram, but you can also go back to any of your pictures and share an Instagram pic.

 

Decide which Instagram photo in your gallery you want to share. Down in the right corner, click on the ellipsis button and you can select “Share”.

 

The photo and caption will appear where you can edit what you originally posted on Instagram, so you can make any change to what’s written before you share it. Choose what social media site you want it to post on, and then hit share.

 

  1. Take Better Photos without Posting Them

With your phone set on “Airplane Mode” any Instagram photos you snap, will be saved to your phone but not posted to Instagram!

 

This is a sweet hack for those power Instagrammers to ensure being able to pick the best image to post on Instagram.

 

  1. Best Time to Post on Instagram

Ever wonder when the best time to be sharing that tricked out Instagram pics? Well wonder no more.

 

Iconosquare (formerly Statigram) analyses your post history and interaction on Instagram and shows you when the times of day are best to post.

 

In addition to that, you can see who are your most-engaged followers, most liked and commented on posts, your new followers, who un-followed you and so much more.

 

Facebook

  1. Customize What You Share With Whom

Don’t want Grandma to see that picture? Or that post that your boss could see? It’s easy with this simple hack:

 

After clicking on the tab to the left of “Post” you’ll pick the “More Options” and Facebook will pop up another page for you. Where you can enter in the name(s) or even entire lists of people you don’t want to share that post with.

 

  1. Download Your Facebook Pictures

With the Pick&Zip app not only can you download all of your photos but you can also grab pictures that people have tagged you in. Not only for Facebook, but you can download pictures from Instagram and your Vine video clips!

 

Twitter

  1. Download Your Tweet History

Didn’t you know you could? Want to see the very first tweet you ever sent?

 

Twitter gives you the ability to request your archive. If you head to the Twitter Account Settings for your profile, you’ll see this nifty little option at the bottom of your page that you can click on and be emailed your tweet history.

 

Want to discover more?

Seriously, there are myriad of social media hacks and tricks for all of these sites. You just have to explore or maybe even search for them online.

 

Do you have any social media hacks you’ve discovered for any of these sites?

Using Smartphones to Earn Money

 

 

Before I started working online, I never really understood why companies would pay individuals to participate in activities like shopping online, reading emails, watching videos, playing games, or using a specified smartphone application.

 

But online competition is fierce to say the least, so companies and brands have become creative with how they reach customers. Instead of spending marketing dollars on traditional advertising methods, brands are reaching out to consumers in unique ways.

 

Another great thing about using your smartphone to make money, is there are tons of real customer reviews for each app, so you can get a better idea of which ones are legit.

 

There are all sorts of exciting opportunities that exist out there on the internet:

 

  1. Easy Shift

This is an innovative application method of keeping tab on various product movements and also gathering data, used by many companies. The task is simple, the user is only required to check if a product is available at certain outlets, check the barcodes of the products and check the price of the product.

 

  1. Gig Walk

This app aims to help you go around town showing you the roads, landmarks, street signs, transportation facilities and more that might be important during your travels and give your walk a cash equivalent. It’s very simple and all the individual needs to do is be active and on the move. This app works with iPhones and a number of android phones, and is very simple and easy to operate.

 

  1. Gym Pact

This is an original software which has been designed to help motivate people to exercise, and get paid while doing so. All a person needs to do is register with the application and he or she will then be able to proceed to make some hard earned money working out.

 

Whenever they work out they need to register how much they have worked out and it will enable them to gather small amounts of money. However, if you do not work out you will also need to pay small fines, which is what those who work out earn.

 

  1. Locket

This is a ground-breaking advertisement method which enables you to earn money by placing an advertisement as the screen saver on your smart phone. Every time you turn your phone on you will need to swipe one way to access the advertisement, and the other way to access the menus of your phone.

 

  1. Receipt Hog

This is really a very novel application which helps gather valuable information based on buying patterns and other marketing information which companies are willing to pay for. The concept is really very simple, all that a person is required to do is take pictures of any bills that they have gathered making purchases anywhere; it could be your convenience store or a restaurant. Once you have submitted a bill receipt hog will award you with virtual coins and this you can redeem for real money.

 

And so

These are the top five of some of the coolest ways to make money of your smart phone, if you have one. Most of these apps are compatible with all the smart phones out there, so check them out.

The Importance of Technology in Our Life

Technology helps make the life of human’s beings easy and fast.

Importance of Technology

Several technological advances have always tried the minds of men. But one thing is for sure, technology has always been there to help us in our everyday situations. Just think of how you could get food to stay fresh without a fridge. In fact, technology has given us the power to support our rapidly growing needs in order to survive.

 

Still not convinced? Here are some specific examples of how technology supports our life every day:

 

Work

In these days, who would not want to see a computer in the office? Other fields, such as in construction, require the use of bulldozers and other equipment to help build those skyscrapers that we see today. Several robots have been designed today to help with rescue missions and military to help us have a safe life. In truth, the wonders of technology will continue to support our business activities.

 

Transport

Technology helps us if we want to go to different places. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see cars on the road. In addition, there are the new trains powered by electricity, which can travel long distances in a short period of time. Airplanes help us get to places that we could get to on foot. Indeed, technology has marked its significance in this field.

 

Communication

There are several ways to communicate with our friends and family today. By phone at our state-of-the-art for video cell phones, the technology is always there to help us be in touch with our loved ones. Even the deaf can hear with headphones. Technology has opened its way through our hearts, allowing us to communicate with people who treasure.

 

And I couldn’t possibly be calm without being able to communicate with my family far away from me. Or live without social media.

 

Medical purposes

Medical science is a field that really benefits from the technology. It’s easier to diagnose internal diseases with the help of some machines, such as CT scans. It is also possible now to help people live with a failing heart pacemaker connecting to the body.

 

At home

Surely, appliances are marvels of technology. You would not want to be wasting time hand washing clothes when you have the machine to do it. Moreover, I would not want to sit in a hot room when there’s no fan or an air conditioner capable of cooling me.

 

Entertainment

Almost every household owns a television or a radio now. They offer us entertainment in our homes while we relax. Also, there are many computer games console out there. Think of the fun and enjoyment you could have with these machines. Not only do we enjoy yourself, but it could also become a time to bond with your friends and families.

 

A Gift to Our Lives

Technology has always been a gift to our lives. It’s just us use it well. If we can do things faster and better, then it must be a gift from the gods, right?

 

But, as always, we must not too dependent on technology, because if ever these gifts we cannot, we must always try to help ourselves to live.