It's no secret that one of my favorite classes to teach is iPad for Seniors with my other business, The Capability Project. I find teaching seniors incredibly rewarding, whether it's classes in their laptops, pc's, phones, or Kindles. Any gadget really. It's more the demographic - seniors are appreciative of teaching, are good students, have great existing life experiences to draw upon, and frankly, are fun to coach. There's something about the satisfaction of watching someone overcome a lack of digital knowledge, shaky arthritic fingers and poor ailing eyesight to become proficient in using and having fun with their gadgets. The joy that comes when they gleefully show you how they've downloaded an app, or read an e-book, or sent an email, is indescribable. Additionally, because they haven't grown up in a technological era, the wonderment of buying music with a click of a button, or Skyping a loved one overseas, never gets old. Magical.
My favourite teaching achievement has been found this week though - teaching my favourite senior, my daddy, to use his damn iPad. My dad has always been a proponent and champion and early adopter of new technology, but sadly, the iPad and iPhone have thus far evaded him due to a lack of time, interest and difficulty in moving his fingers dextrously.
Hand him a stylus and add lots of his favourite music onto the thing though, and suddenly he is excited, and patient enough to learn. This week he has been rather happily flipping through music, watching videos and singing along. In fact, when I tried to show him how to access the BBC News app, he brushed me aside, with an insistent "I already KNOW how to do that!".
Sweet success, sweet indeed.
PS, excited about iOS5? Make sure you update your apps to ensure compatibility with the update!