Don’t forget the big screen!

When there is a discussion about helping to get people online, so they can access some really useful  and entertaining services on the Internet.  It tends to revolve around providing them with the knowledge to use  desktops and laptops, or smartphones and tablets.   Smart TVs  or a SmartTV services tends not to be talked Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Time to exit from Windows XP

I used Windows XP for a number of years, but moved over to Windows 7 three years ago, and also now use Windows 8.  There are still a considerable number of  people using the XP operating system within the home.  It has been supported by Microsoft for 12 years, but on April 8th 2014, this Read More …

Web Workout for the Older Person

I am not stating that getting to grips with technology, and learning to be active on the Internet  is the cure all for the mental and social issues that people can be faced with in old age.  However, I do believe that embracing technology and trying to gain computing skills can go a long way Read More …