My parent wants to home school. But, honestly beyond hunting and pecking to send an occasional text, the parent is basically digitally illiterate. How can I help?
One of the best things a home school parent/grandparent can do is to demonstrate digital literacy skills and knowledge that benefit the family. One of the best ways to begin to acquire digital skills is to learn to type well with all 10 fingers on a digital keyboard in an easy short less than 10 lesson course.
You know, Miss Avon, us kids aren’t the only ones who need good digital education skills. Is there an approved, good digital education class going on out there for older grownups like my neighbors and grandparents? They will probably attend if it meets in a physical location most of the time rather than just online.
Answer: Digital citizenship for grownups like grandparents and elderly neighbors may not yet be the title of a course that meets mostly on site. It is a good idea, though.
There are adult technology classes that incorporate digital citizenship skill building lessons. And, yes, the class(es) may have onsite, online, or a hybrid mix of online and onsite availability. Classes are usually available at your local community college, senior center, public library, or university OLLI program.
Joke/Riddle: How to you make friends with a computer?
Answer: a little bit at a time
The part that is not a joke is this: There is a non-profit computer academy for beginner digital literacy seekers called, 1 Byte Computer Literacy, Inc. One group of beginners learned so much in about 6 weeks that they became published authors.
Dear Miss Avon: School students in homes without Internet access, what can be done to help when schools are totally online?
For students without Internet access, these are the 7 things that may help for right now while schools are in the “sudden upheaval but struggling to survive mode.”
designating each student a special telephone school tutor like a phone pal to help each student on an as needed basis (used to be called a Computer Help Desk when schools first started using computers)
mailing offline printed instructional packets and students returning homework back by postal mail or school homework drop box
making school iPads available for students to use at home free of charge with Internet connectivity available by new designated Wi-Fi spots
making a school bus a Wifi hotspot that offers free broadband
getting school bus drivers to continue their regular route but to deliver meals, instruction packets, and to pick up homework
creating new designated parking lot areas as school Wifi hotspots
Dear Miss Avon: What is the good, the bad, the ugly of IoT for seniors (Internet of Things)? TEM Talks Tech Education Moment Blog #54
The Good: IoT is terrific for seniors during the current season of social distancing communications and such. IoT can help seniors to stay healthier and self-sufficient longer. That is, for seniors who have access, know how, and will use IoT technology.
The Bad: There are still major Digital Divide issues in many homes where seniors do not have Wi-Fi connectivity, up-to-date Internet devices, or someone competent and patient enough to show them how to install and/or use IoT gadgetry.
The Ugly: There are still significant numbers of seniors with trust issues when it comes to using IoT technology, especially for banking and bill paying.
The internet of things is collecting and sharing data over the Internet by adding sensors and intelligence to ordinary, everyday objects to make the objects smart. This could include water bottles that tell you how much water you drank today, toothbrushes that measure mouth cleanliness, refrigerators that order restock supplies for you; telemedicine monitoring shoes, socks, and watches; self-driving and conversational lawnmowers, trucks, and cars.
At the new 2-week typing camps, campers age 13 to 98 will be using Typing.com, an online typing tutor, to learn about proper touch-typing techniques and improve computer keyboarding skills. Learning to touch type helps learners to be more productive and better prepared for success in our digital world. Course completers can earn a typing certificate.
There is opportunity to practice and master the keyboard one lesson at a time. Typists can pick up where they left off in the course which displays a keyboard and hand diagram to reinforce proper finger placement.
Self-enroll with your own individual email account. Access typing.com from any personal computer (with an internet connection and modern web browser). From the teacher account, Dr. Kate, your typing teacher can monitor and review your progress and track important statistics like typing speed, accuracy, and time spent typing.
Welcome to camp. Select the desired camp based on your current typing ability and enroll today.