Welcome to all who are here for our very first Tech Talk.
This first meeting is mainly an introduction to talking about
our Westwood website, our approach to computer technology,
and also about what we are going to cover in these
So, welcome again, and let’s get started!
As you know we have three objectives for our
Westwood Wire website;
- The Website must be easy to access
- The website must be easy to navigate
- The website must be informative & easy to understand
Basically, we have very similar objectives for these
Tech Talk sessions;
- Must be easy to watch
- Must be easy to understand
- Must be interesting and informative
Today’s agenda consists of two short Cyber-Seniors videos,
an overview of navigating the website, and an actual creation
of a Desktop Shortcut for the Westwood website.
Then time permitting, we will have a question and answer period.
Are there any questions to this point?
A Canadian company has started an initiative called
Cyber-Seniors, and is dedicated to Connecting Generations.
Part of their initiative has included production of a movie
called Cyber-Seniors, and today we will watch the official trailer
for this movie.
Click on Official Trailer
Did you enjoy that?
Would you like to watch a Youtube cooking video made by one
of these new Cyber-Seniors?
Click on Cooking Video
Keep in mind, this lovely lady made and posted this video herself
(with only a little assistance from a mentor).
For your information, I will be meeting with Rhonda and Christie
tomorrow and will be requesting that we consider setting up a
Cyber-Seniors program here at Westwood.
Navigating the Westwood Website:
The website is at Westwood Wire
OK, let’s spend a few minutes talking about our own website;
(bring up website)
- How many of you have not looked at the site at all?
- How many of you have only looked at it once or twice?
- How many of you look at it often, or every day?
Did you know that we add new content every day?
Let’s start with the Home page;
- How many of you know you can display several pages by hovering
over the Home button?
- If we click on the Home button we see an introduction section
followed by navigation buttons, I expect many of you have used these.
Clicking on any of these navigation buttons will take you to that page.
- The bottom button on the Home page will take you to a Tech Talk
Directory; in this webpage we discuss several topics, hopefully in easy to understand English (NOT Tech-Speak) and some of those include an instruction manual for how to do things on your computer. We will talk about one of those subjects in a few minutes.
Next is the Calendar Page and this is where the monthly Calendar is displayed; click on the Calendar to enlarge it, click outside the Calendar to close it.
Are there any questions so far?
Okay, so let’s look at Daily Events Update; this is where we post the daily
Lunch and Dinner Menus, scheduled events, a little silly Senior Humor, and often a Tech Talk link, sometimes a definition of a technical term, sometimes a procedure you can do yourselves, and that kind of thing.
Here is an example, and is about Google Search;
Click on Google Search
Did you know Google processes about 40,000 searches every second, all day long?
Last but not least is the Photo Gallery page;
Click on Photo Gallery
And new pictures are being posted almost every day. Some are random like these first few, and some are about Westwood events, like the special visitors we had here at Westwood on August 23rd.
We even post a monthly gallery of all the Seniors Humor that were posted during the month.
Are there any questions about any of that?
How many of you know what a Desktop Shortcut is, please raise your hand?
How many of you who raised your hands know how to create a Desktop Shortcut yourself?
Well, let’s actually create one right here, and I even have a written procedure for doing that.
Click on Create a Shortcut
Rather than doing a Shortcut for The Westwood Wire, I’m going to do a simple one for CNN;
- First I find an empty spot on my Desktop and right click to get a popup menu
- Then Click on New
- Then click on Shortcut
A New Shortcut icon will appear as well as another popup menu
- In the address bar field I will type “www.cnn.com”
- Then click on Next
A new popup menu appears, asking for a name for the Desktop Shortcut
- I will type in CNN
- Finally I click on Finish
The new Desktop Shortcut for CNN is now on my Desktop
And, what happens when I double click on that Shortcut icon?
Yup, CNN comes up in a new Window in my Internet browser
That completes the formal part of today’s Tech Talk.
Did you find it interesting or of any value, please raise your hands.
Okay, do any of you have questions?