For seniors, learning how to use computers can be a daunting task. But with the right resources and guidance, it's possible to become tech-savvy in just 10 days. To get started, seniors should look for local resources such as libraries, community colleges, and senior centers that offer courses and resources for older people interested in learning more about technology. The definition of a computer is an electronic device that manipulates information or data and has the capacity to store, retrieve and process data.
There are four main types of computers: desktop computers, all-in-one computers, tablets, and smartphones. Desktop computers usually come with separate components such as a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and computer case (also known as the tower). All-in-one computers combine the monitor and computer case into one unit with a separate keyboard. Tablets are lightweight, wireless, portable personal computers with a flat touchscreen surface.
Smartphones are cell phone devices with the capabilities of a personal computer. Once seniors understand the basics of computers, they can start to explore the many ways they can use them. Computers can help seniors stay informed, share information, organize their schedule, carry out banking operations, find and listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, and much more. To become tech-savvy in 10 days, seniors should look for online services that offer technology lessons and instructional videos.
YouTube is also a great resource for finding video teachers who can give an overview of general computer knowledge and specific details such as setting up a Facebook account or making Skype calls. Seniors can also look for local workshops or classes in their own community. There is a high demand for these types of courses so it shouldn't be too hard to find one. Whether it's a beginner's class in basic computer science or a specific series on how to master certain programs or applications, it's a great way to learn with peers.
Organizations like OATS offer free technology courses for seniors at 70 locations around the U. S., including 30 locations in New York City. These courses help eliminate older people's fear and rejection of technology by teaching them basic computer skills and helping them enter the digital world with more confidence.