Two recommendations for success, if the students are absolute newbies to using computers:
- Have a senior citizen student to teacher ratio of no more than 2 students per teacher, assistant, or computer coach.
- Require students to enroll in a short, pre-course device workshop. One of the most important, often overlooked details is to make sure that each student can see and comfortably read information on their device screen. Make sure that each student’s device can access the Internet from your class location. Help students to understand that teachers and coaches do not stop class in order to find device passwords, load required software, or to fix device hardware.
My personal preference is to teach a class of 8 to 10 newbie senior citizens with a couple of computer coach assistants on standalone computers or on bigger screen devices all from the same computer company.
- Should I take this course online?
It depends on:
- the 1st timers comfort level with using new technology
- proficiency level using up-to-date hardware and software
- learning style
- attention span
- access to face-to-face support as needed when needed
- online facilitator’s instructional delivery method(s)
Take a Free Try-Out Class: Enroll in a free, or under $5, online course. Libraries, senior centers, senior organizations, and free courseware sites–these are places to find free or under $5 beginner courses.
If you know someone who wants or needs an “exceed expectations” introductory computer keyboarding class text, there is a special workbook/textbook that is continuously updated to meet the tech needs of hunt & peckers and beginners. The book is on Amazon now:
Computer Keyboarding 2-Week Basic Training Camp for Hunt & Peckers and Beginners
Thanks for reading this. I certainly believe, based on 12 years of experience teaching tech classes at senior centers and colleges, that all students and parents will benefit from this very inexpensive text/work book.
Dr. Katie Canty, Author
Senior Center Computer Professor
Best Advice for 1st Timers – Before Taking Your 1st Computer Workshop/Class
from the High-Tech Senior Center Transportation Blog Series
by Dr. Katie Canty, Ed.D. of Senior Tech Academy
“I bought a smart phone to make me smart, but I ain’t got smart too good, yet? But. I did quit smoking that Smart cigarettes cause I likes the Beets Cigs brand better now.”
In the town of Smartville 2118, smart cars drive and fly themselves around with and without passengers. Smart phones do not exist anymore because they did not make purchasers any smarter as shown by the grammar in paragraph one. People talk via tattoo like skin patches to cars, houses, and petnoids. Petnoids is a new term, I just copyrighted meaning a conversational, thinking, robotic, synthetic pet animal usually accompanied by a human or humanoid. Some humans even chat romantically with a humanoid Mr. or Mrs. Right—the newest trophy digital life partner. A humanoid is part human and part machine.
“Chance, let me see what is going on in the children’s play space.” The name of this Nano-house is Chance. The house can only care for its 2 homeowners and up to 2 children. Children can be human, humanoid, and synthetic. I see that this newest Nano-tech housing development is magnificently teched-out with its own artificial intelligence operating systems for everything needed for activities of daily living. Strangely, there are no pharmacies like there used to be on every corner. There are mega-senior centers that look like Disney magic kingdoms and church buildings still around, though. It is enough to make one wonder how we ever survived the prehistoric, non-Nano-tech digital ages!
Self-Driving & Self-Flying cPods—Ready, Get in & Let’s Fly Away More New Senior Center Transportation
by Dr. Katie Canty, Ed.D. of Senior Tech Academy email@example.com
iPod used to be a thing. Now it is going to be the cPod Canty Mobile hover craft car. The cPod looks like a smaller version of a Smart Car, but it is self-driving, and talks to you and to other cPods on the road or in the air.
The cPod Canty Mobile can ride you along on street level. But, when traffic gets too congested, or if you just want to ride the friendly skies, a hover attachment can be summoned to your location. The cPod attachment locks onto your cPod, lifts you out of traffic, and flys you away to your destination much quicker. The only drawback of the cPod Mobile is the fact that the face picture on your driver’s license is what the cPod’s exterior looks like. Image your driver’s license face rolling down the highway or flying the friendly skies! Yes, you have just been introduced to another Professor Canty under construction invention that joins the iVan and iVanna line up of self-drivers and now self-flyers!
New Clickable, Self- Removing Christmas Trees and Birthday Ornament Trees
By Dr. Katie Canty, Ed.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Click, Click, ON: No electricity required, no set-up or removal required, enjoy the trees anywhere with or without a wall, indoors or outdoors!!! Dr. Canty’s 40 ornaments 5.5-foot tall Christmas trees and birthday trees emit soft night light glows to radiant brightest starburst beams; indoor or outdoor usage; no assembly required—just subscribe. Go click, click, from you cell phone subscription app, and the tree and ornaments come out and turn themselves on.
Click, Click, OFF: Go click, click OFF from you cell-phone subscription app and the tree with its ornaments remove themselves from sight.
Subscription rates: The 12 days of Christmas subscription price is $300 every 12 days for a non-snowing Christmas tree and $500 every 12 days for a tree that snows. Birthday ornament tree app subscriptions are $100 per 24-hour day for a tree with a person’s name and $85 per day without a name.
Yes, Dr. Canty’s New Clickable, Self- Removing Ornaments Christmas Trees and Birthday Ornament Trees will be coming to online and local retail stores pretty soon, maybe as soon as 2020.