When our family first moved to Austin 15 years age, it was for retirement. Both my husband and I had quit “work” and decided after many corporate moves that this was going to be our new home – a little BIG city. Opera, symphony, first class universities, and tech opportunities were abundant. It didn’t take long for me to decide that maybe playing all day wasn’t what would fuel my soul and turn our retirement years into something fulfilling.
Then I found a totally volunteer driven non-profit, Austin Groups for the Elderly that had a mission of teaching computer software applications to seniors or mature folks who were going kicking and screaming into the tech years. Teaching clients and students your own age a curriculum that would help them stay relevant and connected as they aged was a fantastic idea. I have taught for the past 14 years and loved every minute of the experience. So many talented students have crossed our doorway.
Liz, our director of social media has put together a blog to help us with everyday computer problems, highlight a few of our 120 students a month that take digital photography classes, and keep us up on the tech news .
I have two tips for today. When typing and the cap lock gets hit by accident EVERYTHING STARTS TO LOOK LIKE THIS. Don’t’ panic and retype it. Hit the “shift” key and f3 key together. It will change all caps to all lower case, or some caps and some lower.
In Microsoft word Shift+ F3 will remove all CAPS from a word. It will also add a Capital letter to your highlighted word or if pressed twice, will change the words to all CAPS.
Second tip for fun only – go to explore.org and see some animals and birds in real time on their web cams.
Until next time- Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
Director AGE Computer Lab