Informative, interactive and a socially pleasant event.
Only three years have passed by, since tablet computers became a globally known product category, thanks to the Apple release of iPad. These days, almost everyone I know regardless of age has a tablet. No doubt these devices are the ultimate in electronic simplicity but are they rally so easy to use? And which one is better? The second question is easy to answer. Usually the choice of a tablet is a matter of the user’s preference. Apple stands alone against countless manufacturers of Android tablets and the only significant difference is in the operating system. But does it really bother the users to even know what these systems are? Not really…
Young people have got it right; they do not hesitate to try every button out of curiosity or ask each other what button to press in order to have what they want. The majority of the older generation is catching up, gradually embracing the Internet and the use of tablet computers but sometimes, they find it not easy to use. The questions are the same: “What this button means and which button to press in order to download an App, tune or eBook?” They want to know everything about operating a tablet computer: how to send emails, how to take a video or photograph, how to connect to the Internet, how to use the tablet as a phone, how to watch a video or listen to a podcast. They have a need for someone to show what, how and where to begin. So, where they can go to find the answers?
One of the best places that I have recently found are the free workshops, organised by the local Gold Coast Libraries. By visiting their link Events & Activities you can find the category Confident Computing which includes more than 20 workshops over the next three months, from September to November. For example, today I went to the Upper Coomera Branch Library for the workshop called ‘Laptops & Tablets Demystified’.
There were only four people which made this two hour workshop highly productive. A young lady, Lisa Gold, who works at the Upper Coomera Branch Library, comprehensively explained and demonstrated many operations that can be performed on iPad and Android tablets. We also had time to share our own knowledge about our favourite Applications with each other. Some of us liked Apps that others were already using and we downloaded these right on the spot.
‘Laptops & Tablets Demystified’ – was informative, interactive and a socially pleasant event. Everything was explained thoroughly and without rush. It was interesting to hear the opinions of users of different devices, their views on internet security and the benefits of using tablet computers.
So, do not sit still. Go to the local libraries. Explore new technologies with other users, learn and improve.
My warmest regards,
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