Cool Toys Pic of the day – Teach Parents Tech

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Teach Parents Tech is an online tutorial designed by Google for the
“older generation” such as, um, me. đŸ˜‰ Personally, I plan to send it
to my daughter.

Teach Parents Tech:
http://www.teachparentstech.org/

In the meantime, however, I thought for one, some of us might find it
a useful reference to share with others, and second, we might find it
interesting to take a look at how Google, with all their resources,
designed the tutorials and what skills they selected as foundational.

Things Google did right were to keep design simple, videos short and
provide captions. Things I wish they had done would be to include text
or printed instructions with screenshots, not just videos, and to
include links to sources of more information. Most if not all of the
actors in the videos are young adults, and with the tone and
presentation of the content, I am getting the distinct impression that
this is actually targeting that audience, NOT the older group it
claims to be targeting. At the very least, the true target audience is
unclear.

I noted that some of the Google “skills” they push are actually things
that cause trouble on my computer (adding a background to Google
pages, or the Chrome browser). There are also a lot of things I
consider foundational that Google did not include, such as
accessibility tips & tricks, troubleshooting outdated computers, and
even just search basics! For their official target audience of parents
and older adults, I expected some topics to meet their needs, such as
health and finance tools, at least as much as travel and pizza.

Here are the topics Google included. What do you think are core tech
competencies?

* Basics
COPY & PASTE
ADJUST THE TIME ON YOUR CLOCK
CHANGE YOUR DESKTOP BACKGROUND (MAC)
CHANGE YOUR WALLPAPER (PC)
MAKE TEXT BIGGER (OR SMALLER)
TAKE A SCREENSHOT
CHANGE YOUR SCREENSAVER (MAC)
CHANGE YOUR SCREENSAVER (PC)

* World Wide Web
CREATE A STRONG PASSWORD
UPGRADE YOUR BROWSER
MAKE BOOKMARKS
MAKE A BLOG
SHORTEN A LONG URL
CHANGE YOUR DEFAULT HOMEPAGE
CHANGE YOUR GOOGLE.COM BACKGROUND
BROWSE THE WEB WITH TABS

* Communication
SET UP AN EMAIL AUTO-RESPONDER
TRANSLATE TEXT
MAKE CALLS FROM YOUR COMPUTER
CHECK YOUR SPELLING
STOP GETTING A NEWSLETTER
CHAT
VIDEO CHAT
GET A NEW PHONE NUMBER
CREATE AN EMAIL SIGNATURE
KNOW IF AN EMAIL IS REAL
CHECK EMAIL ON YOUR PHONE

* Media
RESIZE A PICTURE
SHARE A BIG FILE
ATTACH A FILE TO AN EMAIL
SHARE PHOTOS
CROP PHOTOS
SHARE VIDEOS
TRANSFER FILES BETWEEN COMPUTERS
KEEP TRACK OF FREQUENT FLIER NUMBERS
CREATE A FAT32 HARD DRIVE PARTITION

* Finding Information
CHECK THE WEATHER
FIND A PIZZA RESTAURANT NEAR YOU
GET MOVIE SHOWTIMES
FIND THE DEFINITION OF A WORD
GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS
TRACK A FLIGHT’S STATUS
CONVERT CURRENCY
USE GOOGLE AS A CALCULATOR
GET PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DIRECTIONS
FIND A BUSINESS’S PHONE NUMBER
GET STOCK QUOTES
FIND RESTAURANT REVIEWS
VIEW LIVE TRAFFIC

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