How to Teach Your Grandmother

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Deborah Martin's talk at the June Girl Geek Sydney event

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  • How to Teach Your Grandmother

    1. 1. How to teach yourgrandmother …Deborah Martin
    2. 2. About me• Started as an IT trainer (Wang word processing) in the eighties• Now retired and volunteer as a trainer for a seniors computer club
    3. 3. What she says about you My daughter said I wanted to know how to a while ago she’d do it for myself, but she show me, but she said it would be quicker if she did it for me hasn’t had time - she’s too busy with her job She did show me once, but she goes so quickly I got lost
    4. 4. What you say about her I gave her a laptop She refuses to do for Christmas and online banking – she’s hardly she won’t even use touched it an ATM She struggles with basic skills I showed her, but like using the the next day mouse she’d forgotten
    5. 5. Seniors as learners• Source: ‘Bridging the Divide: Older Learners and New Technologies’, Terry Taylor and Josie Rose, 2005• Older learners prefer: • Slower paced learning • Self paced learning • Clear written instructions • Hands-on practice • Learning that is relevant to personal interests and needs
    6. 6. How to teach yourgrandmother 1• Make sure her computer works!• Let her control the mouse and keyboard• Start with what she knows and build from there• Do short sessions, frequently• Encourage practice
    7. 7. How to teach yourgrandmother 2• Break complex tasks down to simple steps• Demonstrate step by step, then let her practice step by step until she’s confident• Write steps down – numbered, large font• Offer simple strategies for self-help, e.g. switch everything off and restart
    8. 8. How to teach yourgrandmother 3 • Use everyday metaphors to explain jargon and concepts • Show how it relates to her personal interests • Be patient • Be positive
    9. 9. Computer clubs for seniors• Older learners prefer to learn with people of a similar age, in small informal groups• There is a network of computer clubs for seniors across Australia• www.ascca.org.au

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