Imagine a World in Which People Do Not Type: The Day My Computers iVan & iVanna Quit!

Imagine a World in Which People Do Not TypeThe Day My Computers iVan & iVanna Quit!

by Dr. Katie Canty, Professor Computer Keyboarding 2-Week Training Camp                                  

keyboard-3414911__340Imagine a world where there are no keyboarding/tying input devices. We call this the day my computer keyboards quit! If data entry computers quit, you might want to cover your ears. There is likely to be a lot going on like hollering, yelling, screeching, and maybe cussing, too.  Imagine a conversation like this.

Child to iVana: Type the essay for school for me.

iVanna to Child: I am not programmed to type your school papers. My artificial intelligence does tell me to tell you to think and type for yourself, Child. I quit!

“OK, says, the Child. Go ahead and quit. I will ask iVan.”

iVan to the Child: I quit, too. But, I did tell your parents and teachers about your request before I quit.robot-2676510__340 iVan and iVanna self-drive off to join other AI’s , artificial intelligence computers that think for themselves, on an international, unannounced holiday of technology down time.


Computer Classes with Senior Citizens Bringing Their Own Devices – Are Classes Successful?

Two recommendations for success, if th2Computer Basics 101e students are absolute newbies to using computers:

  1. Have a senior citizen student to teacher ratio of no more than 2 students per teacher, assistant, or computer coach.
  2. 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 Baby Boomer 1st Timers Take Their 1st Course Online?

online courses for beginners
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 
  • attitude
  • online facilitator’s instructional delivery method(s)

Best Suggestion

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. 

Let’s Travel – Virtual Christmas Travel: Ready, Let’s Go!

Christmas, FloridaWe will visit the Christmas History Park. Then, go by the post office to mail friends and Santa post cards from Christmas.

Santa Claus, Indiana: Let’s stop in for a visit to the Santa Claus Museum, then the Santa Christmas Store, and next see what on the menu at Santa’s Lodge.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Three things we will enjoy: Strolling around Christmas City Village, going to the Moravian Museum, seeing how Moravian cookies get made.

Computer Puzzle Answer Key

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ARROW                                  FILE                                        MAXIMIZE

CAPS                                      FLASH DRIVE                       MENU

CLOUD                                   GOOGLE                                MOUSE

CPU                                        ICON                                       PASSWORD

DELETE                                 INBOX                                    PRINT

DESKTOP                               ISP                                          SWIPE

EBAY                                     KEYBOARD                           URL

EMAIL                                    LOGIN