Today at the Ring House, I worked with a lovely lady who had a passion for films. She wasn't very familiar with the computer however, and wanted to find out more about current films and movies playing in theaters. Out search began with Google. where we explored the basic functions of the powerful search engine. I then directed her to popular movie, television, and celebrity website imdb.com, and we were able to identify possible movies for her next visit to the movie theater.
Many residents want to know more about popular and trending websites currently, so I compiled a list of frequently visited websites:
This is a video website where thousands of videos are uploaded everyday. Search anything and everything, and I guarantee you'll find something interesting. Here's a video from the White House about the Connecticut shooting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIA0W69U2_Y
This is the internet's most popular search engine. If you have a question or want to buy a new computer or you simply want to know more about a topic, just type it into the search bar.
This is a social networking site. Facebook allows you to create your own profile, complete with your background, favorite quotes, religion, family etc, and connect with your friends, family, and favorites celebrities through instant messaging, video chat, groups, and wall posts.
This is the biggest shopping site on the internet. If you want something but don't know the specific store it can be found in, start with amazon.
Remember: Technology isn't difficult! It's just a matter of practicing over and over. Good luck! :D
Here are some pictures from our visit today:
Today at the Ring House, I helped one elderly gentlemen increase his knowledge of the computer. I taught him how to use Wikipedia as a source of knowledge because of the vast amount of data and history it carries. He read all about Tchaikovsky's life and influence in America, as well as his legacy. He enjoys reading the history and biographies of composer because he greatly enjoys classical music. Additionally, I taught him how to use YouTube so he can listen to his favorite pieces and performances. After that, I helped one elderly lady to access pictures. She was using an old version of the Internet Explorer and I upgraded it to Google Chrome. She was then able to view her pictures on the newer internet browser. She then happily viewed pictures of her grandchild and printed some pictures out. She was extremely thankful because not only can she view pictures of her grandchild, she could from then on view any picture because Google Chrome enables all types of pictures.
Partners Jerry and Frank share their experiences:
Upon arriving at the Ring House, a woman had asked us to help her figure out how to better use her copier and DVD player. We went to her room and helped her copy multiple pages out of a book at once. Then, we proceeded to try and link up her portable DVD player to her TV, but then found out we lacked the proper equipment to do so. After all that was done, we said our goodbyes and went back to the library to help others with their problems. When we got back, we helped people with a wide arrangement of things, like installing apps on an iPad, using a camera, and the different uses for a regular flip phone. We sat down in chairs when nobody needed help, until someone did, and we were eager to help. They seemed very gracious for our assistance. It is a good feeling when others appreciate something we did for them. Each person seemed rather confused when he or she approached us for help, but left with a more enlightened outlook.