Today’s digital drop-in wasn’t quite as I expected but often in public service this sort of thing happens. When I started doing e-reader and e-book trainings for Madison Public Library, somehow I only received patrons that brought in their e-reader and tablet devices. I think it was because I required registration and that they were one-on-one sessions. Eventually I saw the need for other devices so I opened it up for anything. For anything I intended people to bring their own computers, digital cameras, voice recorders, etc. I also got some people saying they needed computer help which was code for “please help me with my online job application.” One particular “please help me with my online job application” needed advise on what job to apply for.
The digital drop-in for e-readers and tablets quickly turned into an unofficial private lesson on the inner workings of the ever-elusive Windows 8 Operating System. So because no one at all showed up for a e-reader or tablet help, I spent an hour learning Windows 8 and at the same time teaching it. This totally reminded me of my Capitol Lakes Retirement Community tutoring days and it was an enjoyable experience.
Although the drop-in went well and all, there were a few aspects of the whole encounter that left me confused and willing to find out more when I have time. Windows 8 is really designed for a system that has a touch screen and my student did not. I feel that having Windows 7 would have been a better choice. For a lack of better information I found an article that explains how you can make your Windows 8 look like Windows 7.
I have a Windows 8 phone so since the Windows 8 operating system looks quite like the phone OS, I could navigate well enough but the person I was helping could not and often we had to cover the same thing several times. Practice really does make perfect when it comes to Windows 8.