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September 11, 2012

THE NETCRACKER: 'Can't' is not an option in these computer classes

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Lastly, Barbara, 82, called me after learning how to use Skype during class.  She wanted to download the program at home and asked me to come over for a private session  to do it for her.  I suggested that we do it together over the telephone so she could have Skype right then and not have to pay for a class.  She reluctantly agreed.  As I took Barbara through the steps, she felt quite accomplished to see that she was able to complete this task on her own.  She was quite happy with herself and now she uses Skype to keep in touch with family.

Remember that when you don’t know how to do something it’s best to try, try again.  I hear from my students all the time that they feel “stupid.”  While this word makes me feel uncomfortable, I do understand.  Keep in mind that when we don’t know how to do something that doesn’t mean we are stupid.  It means that we need to learn how to do it — that goes for any skill at any age! 

 

 

Kim Tomaszewski is owner of The Net Cracker, a company that teaches basic computer skills to senior citizens in WNY. If you have a question, want information on upcoming classes or have a suggested topic for a future column, please contact her at 531-0494 or online at info@thenetcracker.com

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