Monday, March 21, 2011

A Tech 'Care Package'

The most recent AARP Bulletin (American Association of Retired People) had a brief story titled
“A Tech ‘Care Package’ for Mom and Dad.” A man who worked for Google found that whenever he visited his parents they had a “to do” list for him. Not the usual type of list, but a “tech to do” list. He found that others received similar lists. His solution was to create a website TeachParentsTech.org which is part of Google. There are more than 50 short videos that address many computer, word processing, and online issues. You may even email the videos to someone you think needs the advice.

FGS member societies may want to let their own members know about this helpful site. A sampling of the short instructional videos:
  • Take a screenshot
  • Change Your Screensaver (for both PCs and Macs)
  • Shorten a Long URL
  • Create a Mailing List
  • Resize a Picture
  • Transfer Files Between Computers
  • Use Google as a Calculator
Submitted by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, member of the FGS Board of Directors and Co-chair of the Federation of Genealogical Societies/Illinois State Genealogical Society 2011 Conference.

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