October 14, 2005

From 6 year olds to 60 year olds

I’ve agreed to teach a basic computer introduction class to largely seniors at one of our schools. I’ve taught technology to six year olds with a fair bit of ease. Sure, they’ll run around a bit, maybe push something the shouldn’t but for the most part learn pretty quickly and easily.

I’ve never taught seniors. I have shown my dad a few things but that’s it. I have taught many reluctant adults but usually with a very specific purpose. Now I have carte blanche and want to give them the best bang for their six hour investment (3 nights/2 hours each).

So I’m asking for your help. I’m sure I’ll cover file management, email, internet and searches but I’m not sure of the depth or focus of these topics.

If you had this time to teach seniors about using computers. What do you think are the critical skills they should have?