Windows 8 – Out On The Tiles

I have been using Windows 8 for a number of months now on a desktop and laptop.  During the course of time of  I have started to regard the tile arrangement as a pretty little gimmick.  They have more purpose and usability on a Windows phone.  There is nothing wrong with a bit of gimmickry, Read More …

Getting Digital Goes On

Three years ago, I was fortunate to be involved in a programme called Get Digital.   A Government scheme jointly administered by NIACE and Digital Unite.  The purpose was to help people in sheltered housing and residential homes, obtain equipment and tutorial support to get online through Government funding.  The homes applied for a limited sum of money.   The equipment Read More …

The value of being a Digital Champion

This is plea to all of you who surf the Internet and can use technology reasonably well.  Especially if you like the idea of  demonstrating your technical knowledge and have the willingness to help others.  As government bodies and other service providers choose only to let people access their facilities via the Internet, there is at present a Read More …

iPad Beginners – How to mange editing text.

In the final week of the course, I decided to get the learners to have a look at the iNotes app and how they use could copy, cut and paste text.  I covered some of this topic before the previous week, where we were looking at what you can do in iBooks.  For some iPad Read More …

Your pad as an e-reader – Beginners week 8

With the class this week  the theme was books.  Looking at how you could read books in comfort, and also be aware at of different apps available to do this. A large part of the session was discovering what the iBook app could do, and how to set it up.  For example, on some versions Read More …

Not everyone will get a piece of the Android pie

Well it’s been some time since the last post, but that’s been due to a bit of seasonal Flu.  It’s a pity, we can deal with viruses in the virtual world , but not in the real world.  I could have done with a good antivirus programme. I am just coming towards the end of Read More …

iPad Week 6 – Apps. Where to start?

We could have spent the whole lesson, just looking at the different kind of apps available.  However, it’s not just about how to get around the apps store, it is also knowing how to move and organise your apps on the iPad screens. If you tap on the App Store app, you are faced with Read More …

Out on Safari – iPad Week 5

You may recall this week the class were going to have  a session with the App Store app.   however in the process of starting to introduce this topic, pointing out that they ought to read reviews independent from the Apple  reviews for apps, before they buy.  The theme of the session turned in to Read More …

iPad Week 4 – Mail Practice and Apps

Following on from last week, I recapped on the topic Mail and Contacts, demonstrating to the class how to use some of the icons within Mail.  Such as the dustbin for sending mail to trash or deleted. And with regard to attachments, where there wasn’t a share button, I also got them used to the Read More …

iPad Mail and Contact Apps – Week 3

As my iPad sessions are two hours long, I  am able to run through a couple of topics, and this week I grouped together instructing the class on the ‘Mail’ and ‘Contact’ apps. First of all I started with an explanation about e-mail in general, but in hindsight perhaps I shouldn’t have,  because some found Read More …