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Teach Seniors Basic Computer Skills

Updated on November 8, 2011

Today it's not difficult to Teach Seniors Basic Computer Skills

Firefox - terrific free software. It's easy to learn. It's very easy to teach seniors basic computer skills with the help of Firefox. It could be very useful for seniors - it does not require remembering a lot of information.

I will go over basic steps that will bring good results and teach seniors to develop basic computer skills. I have a personal computer with Windows operating system. All instructions here are pertinent to Windows.

Create an account with Google. It's my personal favorite search engine. I also need it to use my Firefox bookmarks. You can Google 'Firefox', follow instructions and download it - free. You are interested in downloading the latest version. You will have an icon 'Mozilla Firefox' on your desktop. See the picture of it below on this page. I switched to Firefox after using Internet Explorer for many years. I think that if the Firefox is set up using bookmarks and other helpful features it will not be difficult to teach seniors basic computer skills.

Benefits and useful features of Firefox

High Performance - view websites faster, because Firefox uses less of your computer’s memory, Full Zoom, Image Loading, Session Restore - it's one of the most beneficial features for me. It happened many times. I am typing an email, browser goes down, my email is lost. I spent 30 minutes thinking and typing this message. It can be very frustrating. This situation does not happen now. Firefox has the ability to remember the passwords, it is fully customizable, you can set bookmarks and have instant access to websites that you or your senior parents like most. The bookmarks are managed very easily and can be sorted by date, label and title. The bookmarks can be added and deleted. Just one word on your bookmark - label that you can add, will give you instant access to a website. I happen to like Firefox and I can continue raving about it. Firefox has so many outstanding features. You can read about these features and download it here (click).

I will be happy to answer your questions.

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Teach Seniors Basic Computer Skills
Teach Seniors Basic Computer Skills

Firefox is easy enough for a littl girl

How Basic Computer Skills Can Help In Everyday Life Today

These basic computer skills help people to live happier fuller life:

Microsoft Word. Once Microsoft Word is mastered, the sky is the limit. Use Microsoft Word skills to communicate with like minded people in social media. Facebook is not just for kids anymore. Millions and millions of people of all ages log into their Facebook accounts. And people have fun! Twitter is another popular place to use computer skills. When you make a statement on Twitter, people hear you and follow you, no matter what you twit about..

Microsoft PowerPoint is a pretty amazing skill to master - PowerPoint. Once people have PowerPoint under their belt, they can use the skill to make videos. There is a neat software which is totally FREE. It is called Jing. Jing captures screen image and can create a video. So, if you have old pictures you want to revive, you can create a video using these old images. Pretty neat trick!

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program. It can be used to enter formulas. It can also be used to keep passwords. As a matter of fact, I know many people who use Excel this way.

Facebook Can Cure Depression

If a senior person suffers depression, getting access to social media using computer skills can make a big difference for the better in a life of a human being. Just go Facebook and sign up. There are plenty of subjects for seniors to discuss and many people willing to talk.


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    • creativlady profile image

      Alla Goltsman 5 years ago from USA

      What is your best customer acquisition technique? Share your ideas.

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      Gary G Smith 5 years ago

      I have been teaching children and adult basic computers for the last 10 years and am looking for more work

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      Steve 7 years ago

      Here's another great resource for seniors:

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      Alla Goltsman 9 years ago from USA

      If I was in your shoes, I would learn Firefox first and then teach the parents computer/internet skills, when major points are set up on their computer. Good luck!

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      tourmaline2777 9 years ago from Chicago

      I am trying to teach my parents basic computer skills/internet now. Maybe I will show them this and the video of little girl!

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      Doc Kozzak 9 years ago

      Great idea! Keep up the good work!

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      DrJim 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Good hug keep it up