Teaching computer skills to grandparents
December 29, 2004 8:27 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to teach basic computer and internet skills to two grandparents with an iMac who have only used WebTV? [More Inside.]
posted by esd to computers & internet (13 answers total)
My grandparents purchased a new G5 iMac, on my recommendation, after using WebTV for the last few years and deciding that they'd like a real computer.
For the most part, my grandparents have expressed interest only in browsing the web and in sending and receiving email. I'm only going to be available to them in person for the next five days, however, so I want to make sure that they have enough knowledge to not get lost if they should, for example, find themselves staring at System Preferences or a Finder window.
They're completely new to not just OS X and the Mac platform but to computers in general, and are having a bit of a rough time learning even basic computer skills like moving the (Apple one-button Bluetooth) mouse without clicking on it and grasping concepts like files, folders, menus, windows, and the Dock.
What books, software, and teaching techniques do you recommend to help them make the most of their new system?