15418313_1841405462808357_7555800418340322283_oDear Miss Avon

We bought Granny a new Chrome Book for Christmas last year, but she tossed it in her junk closet.  How can we interest Granny in using technology?

Can Granny attend a very short course at a senior center?   A good professor usually knows how to engage seniors in the joys of learning how to use a new computer device.  Standalone computer screens at centers are usually bigger, which seniors seem to like a lot better.  Granny may enjoy learning in a supportive environment where there are others of her age and ability. 



 Dear Miss Avon15418313_1841405462808357_7555800418340322283_o

What is Digital Wellness and how do I know if I am digitally well?

Digital wellness is your psychological and physical level(s) of comfort in an ever-changing world of technology. To be digitally well, keep your mind and body safe and healthy by using technology that benefits you and yours in a positive way(s).

Digital Tech Knowledge Fitness Score: Do You Know Yours?

TEL percon centered digital literacy

Experienced Tech Device and Computer Users
You can take your test online and get a score at:

Good luck. Hope you PASS.

Absolute Beginners, Newbies, or Hunt & Peckers
Answer 4 questions. Place a check by the truthful answer to each question.

  1. I can type 15 or more accurate words per minute using both hands.


___No, I do not type at all, or I just hunt & peck a little.

___I do not type with both hands, or I do not understand words per minute.

  1. I use the Internet for

__school, work, business, fun, research, social media, information

__I do not use the Internet because I do not know how.


  1. How many software packages do you know how to use?

___Word, Excel, or PowerPoint

___I do not use software, or I do not understand what it is.

___I use software other than Microsoft Office.

  1. Have you ever taken a computer or related technology class and passed?



___ No, but I would like to.

Key: If your truthful answers are “No or Do Not” to questions 2, 3 and 4, your digital tech fitness score could show proficient within 30 days. That is, by taking an appropriate, digital education basic beginner’s technology course.

Future Bots To Hire Right Now!

“May I help you,” says A. I. Robbie, the artificially intelligent robotic bot. If given a choice, will your answer to A. I. Robbie and similar bots like these here below be “Yes”?

  1. Woebot: Monitors mood, and helps people feel better–less depressed
  2. Baldness Bot: Harvests and replants hair faster than most hair doctors can
  3. CoBot: Adds an extra arm or hand(s) while working side by side with a human worker to increase quality and/or quantity of production
  4. Surgical Bot: Maps body or organs systems to reduce the need for invasive types of surgeryth

Typing/Computer Keyboarding – The 3 Worst Styles of Hunt & Pecking

“I was afraid of the Internet… because I couldn’t type.”  Jack Welch

Decades of professional observation, show that the three worst styles of hunt and peck typing, computer keyboarding are:  

Quick 2-finger hunt and pecking – rapid hit on any key followed by lots of backspacing and deleting to correct lots of mistakenly hit keys

60 second gaze hunt and pecking – gaze at everything on the keyboard for about 30 to 60 seconds before very apprehensively pressing the right key

One finger hunt and mash pecking – hovering over the keyboard with one finger then banging down too hard on the right key

People who can key at a rate of 15 accurate words or more a minute with both hands may truly have a more enjoyable Internet usage experience than those who do not key at all or, especially when typing/keying for professional and school needs.hunt_and_peck_animation_by_fowlhunter-d39l6zc

Rise of the Parent Droids: The International Certified Home School Parent Exam

The Parent Droid’s mission is to help parents prepare to pass their certification exam. Droids are for parents, grandparents, and guardians. Droids work in homes or public education designations, and can be rented by the subject or by the curriculum.

Parent certification is extremely valuable both financially, socially, and domestically. But, parents earning certification to date, 2118, are extremely rare.


…..from the future

part of the iVan & Ivanna self-diver’s series by Dr. Katie Canty

image from Pixabay