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Old 07-02-2020, 11:23 AM
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Iíve decided to make my FB page and website more interactive.

Iíd like to do a weekly tech tip and call it Weekly Tech Tips from the Techy Tutor.

Iím trying to come up with ideas for short segments. Things that are common problems.

Example: powering off and on the computer, closing tabs and storing passwords.

So, what are some other ideas I can do? Things maybe your parents call you for or youíve needed help with? Thanks.


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Old 07-02-2020, 11:38 AM
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You could do many segments on using Google Chrome and some of its secrets. Adding extensions (finding them to use them both in the store and on you tool bar). Saving/organizing bookmarks, using bookmark bar, pinning tabs and why that would help them. Signing into chrome. How to find downloads, move to save them, emptying trash.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:41 AM
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My 60 year old mother decided she wants to finally go to college. She bought herself a new laptop and has started taking remote placement tests. Apparently, that was quite a task for her and the remote proctor! She didn't know how to indent to create a paragraph. I realized she doesn't know what all of the keys on the keyboard do and really needs a lesson on them.
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Old 07-02-2020, 12:10 PM
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Quack-the keyboard in Docs? In Word? Both?

I was thinking of showing basic shortcuts in Docs like copy, paste, save.

Kahlua- great ideas. I was going to do something on downloads. Iíve already had 3 calls from my parents because they lost the download on their new computer. I think extensions might be too advanced. They can pay me for that.
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Old 07-02-2020, 12:19 PM
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What to do if your devices freeze up
Undo/backspace bar


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Old 07-02-2020, 12:22 PM
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It took my Mom a while to get the hang of Face Time.

Password management and safety would be good.

Using grocery and restaurant delivery apps.

Here locally all the hospitals and doctor groups were going to apps and online portals before the virus and it has really ramped up lately. Things like tele visits at prompt care, reserving an appointment time online or via app, where to look for records and test results.

Maybe a basic overview of bill pay or online banking?

Oh, and perhaps a kind lecture on how your child is not a mind reader, they do not know what your passwords and user names are. Maybe that is just my Mom.
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Old 07-02-2020, 12:56 PM
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How about cleaning the device? What to use / not to use, fans etc.
Phishing awareness
Social media safety
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:19 PM
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I love those last 2. I just told my mom (again) that I'm sure the FBI is going to knock down their door because she clicks on the most ridiculous links on FB. And her friend fell for a $49 Cuisinart scam on FB and then had a ton of charges to her credit card. Read the comments people, look in other places first to make sure it's real. Check the website.
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:35 PM
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How to download and view an attachment from emails

How to upload pics from your phone to your computer for viewing/printing

How to back up photos regularly using various cloud options (apple, google drive, prime, etc)
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:40 PM
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Quack-the keyboard in Docs? In Word? Both?
She was using the Accuplacer program, so I'm not certain what platform they were using.

In general, she needs a computer class that teaches her the basics. Think something along the lines of a boot camp for beginners.


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Old 07-02-2020, 02:01 PM
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I really like KatieViolet's ideas; getting pictures from your phone to your computer and then backing them up.
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Explain ads and explain strong safe passwords
Old 07-02-2020, 02:15 PM
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I'm sure the FBI is going to knock down their door because she clicks on the most ridiculous links on FB.
I can't even begin to count how many times I've had to remind people NOT to click on the ad banners if that's not their intention. (I always just told my 4th graders NEVER to click on the banners.) I've realized many (non-tech friendly) adults don't know how to recognize an ad on a page. Just the other day a friend was trying to download something (which I can't remember) and he clicked on some ad box which downloaded some sort of program he didn't want. Since I couldn't go over to check it out myself, I had to talk him through all sorts of things to try to figure out what he had done. Long story short, he was finally able to get what he actually needed after starting the whole process over. So... Maybe you can write up some short tips for how to avoid accidentally clicking on an advertisement or even malware.

Devote a segment for creating effective passwords. I've often had to teach (or explain) how to create a safe, strong password. These days we've also needed to create 'a gazillion' passwords , maybe you can also recommend safe 'password storage' sites.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:33 PM
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Things I have helped my mom with:
How to determine if a website is secure
Changing passwords
Face time
Moving pictures to Google Photos or other storage sites
Silence and vibrate modes
Deleting photos, texts, email
I am sure you have already thought of these. I think it is great you are offering this service.
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Old 07-02-2020, 06:21 PM
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People had great ideas! I do think internet safety is a huge one. I would do a series on that- every time you share an internet safety tip you can use the same header or alert.
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:33 PM
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Some basics about Facebook--such as how privacy settings work
Not accepting friend requests from strangers
How to "like" a post
How to post something (might be too complicated for some)

How to open email
How to delete unwanted emails
Not to keep everything!
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:38 PM
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How important it is to clear your history once in awhile, specifically cookies and stored passwords, and how to do it.

How to choose "unsubscribe" option on emails.

How to get ebooks from the local library. Or just provide the local library's hours, etc. so they it's an option.
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:48 PM
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every time you share an internet safety tip you can use the same header or alert.
I like this suggestion. People who are interested in a given topic will know to look for a given header or icon. I started thinking that maybe some of your topics, depending on what you choose to include, might be:

New to computers, laptops, tablets

Email tips

Keyboard tips and shortcuts

Working within popular programs (Facebook, etc)

Social media

Download tips

Smartphone tips

Chromebook tips

Know your computer

Internet safety tips

Using images

Advanced Users

Formatting tips-Make your page look the way you want it look. (I expanded on this because an older person I was helping said they didn't know what 'formatting' meant when I said something like, "So did you say you want formatting help?")

I'm sure you'll think of lots more. Of course, you'll decide how you want to group your tips and the final categories you'll use if you decide to go with this suggestion.
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