The problem with most computer trainers is they think that everyone is either a computer expert or an idiot. This is a bad place for a computer class to start for anyone, not alone a senior. What a lot of computer teachers do not understand or take the time to learn is that most seniors have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can be used to make a class that is easy for everyone to understand.
My job is to help you look at computers differently
I like to start my classes getting all the excuses out of the way. Trust me I have been doing this for 20 years and it has been over a decade since anyone has given me an excuse why they can’t learn computers.
- I was not born with it
- you have never tried to teach someone like me
- I’m not tech savvy
- I’m horrible with computers
- I’m going to break it.
- I’m too old to learn computers
- I just don’t understand
- At my age, I forget everything.
As you can see most of the excuses are kind of the same. There is nothing really stopping them from learning but themselves. but there is a catch. I have to change how they look at computers.
Many tech classes try to get their students to memorize all the content of the classes. This works fine for high school kids who are obsessed with computers but not so great for those folks who have other things they would rather be doing. So our classes are set up to show you how to find the information again after you forget (I forget all the time…. I just remember how to research answers)
It’s true that memorization can be an effective way to learn certain things, but when it comes to technology classes, memorization alone may not be enough. In today’s fast-paced world of constantly evolving technology, it’s more important than ever to be able to adapt and learn quickly.
That’s why it’s so important to develop strong research skills when it comes to technology. By learning how to find the information you need quickly and efficiently, you can stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in your field. And when you inevitably forget something you learned in class, you’ll know exactly where to go to find the answer.
Some key research skills to develop include:
- Knowing which sources to trust: With so much information available online, it can be difficult to know which sources are reliable. Look for reputable websites, industry publications, and academic journals.
- Using search engines effectively: Knowing how to use search engines like Google can help you find the information you need quickly. Try using specific keywords or phrases to narrow your search results.
- Keeping up-to-date: Make a habit of regularly checking industry news websites and blogs to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in your field.
By focusing on developing research skills in technology classes, students can become more independent learners and better equipped to navigate the constantly changing landscape of technology.
Computer classes can sometimes feel disconnected from the real world, with students learning abstract theories and processes without any practical application. This can be frustrating for students who want to apply their newfound knowledge in a meaningful way.
That’s why it’s so important for computer classes to focus on real-world examples and practical applications. By showing students how the concepts they’re learning apply in the real world, they can better understand the relevance of what they’re learning and develop a deeper appreciation for the subject.
One way to accomplish this is to incorporate case studies or real-world examples into the curriculum. This can help students see how the concepts they’re learning are used in industry and can provide valuable insights into how technology is shaping the world around us.
Another approach is to focus on problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Instead of just teaching students how to complete a specific task, instructors can encourage students to think creatively and develop their own solutions to real-world problems. This approach can help students develop a deeper understanding of the underlying principles behind the tasks they’re learning and can prepare them for the challenges they’ll face in the workforce.
By emphasizing practical applications and problem-solving skills in computer classes, students can develop the skills they need to succeed in the real world and make a meaningful impact in their chosen field.
English, not Geek
technical jargon can be a major barrier to learning for students who are not familiar with the terminology used in the field. When computer instructors use complex technical terms without explaining them first, it can be confusing and frustrating for students.
That’s why it’s so important for computer classes to avoid technical jargon or explain it in simple terms that everyone can understand. By using plain language and avoiding unnecessary technical terms, instructors can help ensure that all students feel included and empowered to learn.
In addition to avoiding technical jargon, instructors can also provide clear explanations of technical terms when they do use them. This can help students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts they’re learning, and can also help them feel more confident in their ability to learn.
Another approach is to use analogies or real-world examples to explain technical concepts. By using comparisons that students are already familiar with, instructors can make complex technical concepts more accessible and relatable.
By avoiding technical jargon and using clear, plain language, computer instructors can help ensure that all students feel comfortable and included in the learning process. This can lead to a more positive and effective learning experience for everyone involved