Blog for 'On Your Computer' Cable TV Series

“Give a man a fish, and you have fed him once. Teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.”

Anonymous proverb

The Norfolk Community Television’s production, “On Your Computer” (OYC) is intended to teach and provide access for further investigation. Using material created for and used in face-to-face classroom tutorials, the ‘Introductory’ shows produce the framework to gain a rudimentary level of computer literacy. Each learning activity in those two-hours  (four 30-minute sessions) provide a stepping stone toward technological independence and once achieved—access to a much larger community.  The task of fitting each knowledge-packet into one 28-minute show (including opening and closing credits) means material may not be presented as some would like and for that reason the show supplements become essential. The first activity in Show #2 teaches how to locate and view the session’s supplement. These supplements provide a step-by-step walk-through for those needing additional assistance.

Provide a framework for learning…

Many elders have stated, “…in the past when I asked for assistance from a family member… the ‘expert’ would sit at the keyboard and produce the output I wanted without giving me a single word of instruction.”  When asked to please repeat and show them the procedure, “… they looked back at me as if I was dumb or blind.” The production OYC provides a framework of how to get from Startup to Internet to Email in three steps. Rather than ask a friend or family member to show that whole progression the viewer may instead ask a single question, “… from what I’ve seen from the show…can you show me this step again”. Show Four provides access to a show supported site for viewers to ask and answer questions that reinforce content-related show objectives so information can be obtained from their peers. Access to this secure Q & A site must be specifically requested giving contact information and an invitation will be sent to those meeting the show’s criteria. Users must agree to keep questions and answers within the scope of the show topics and be civil to one another after all, we are all learning together.

Show objectives beyond Introductory…

Looking forward many who have learned from these sessions ask, with this level of knowledge…where can I go from here? OYC provides links to answer that question. Each subsequent show offers an Intermediate segment on, what you should know as a responsible computer user. Remaining segments will branch off to new or adjacent technologies. Perhaps you or a relative already know how to create programs…they may want to know something more about the demand for this technology. You may find that you like to play computer games or simulations and want to know how they acquire new skills. If you are stymied about a new technology you may want to learn more about that without taking a formal course…where can I learn this without taking a class? A local or nearby user group may be the solution. Such groups are asked to present a topic in focus with their group and invite you to join them…OYC provides you with a link to stay connected to that group.

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