Overwhelmed by Technology? Here’s Help!

For those of us born before electronic gadgets became major tools of our daily life, I think it is only natural to be sometimes overwhelmed by technology. So, resources from KCLS, such as books, computer classes (in person and online) and more about buying new electronics, using them, and even disposing of them are introduced here to help us out.

Teach Yourself Visually Android Phones and Tablets

For visual learners, the step-by-step color screenshots are helpful in learning how to do 120 tasks on Android phone and tablet. You will learn to customize your device; use text, voice, and apps. It also covers browsing the web and email, taking photos and videos, and downloading eBooks. For beginning to intermediate level users.

IPhone for Seniors in Easy Steps

The instructions are straight to the point and cover the basics to get you started with ease. This concise book skillfully uses white space on every page to help us find the information we need.

Laptops for Seniors for Dummies

Starting from buying and setting up a laptop with large fonts, this book will guide you through the process. You will be comfortable opening a Facebook and Skype account, too!

For more, please check out the Technology Help: Books, Classes and More booklist.

Would you like a personal touch to your technology learning experience? Come to one-on-one Computer Help sessions at your local library! TechTutor volunteers provide basic level help for you. Times varies by location. Be sure to check our website or call your branch for updated schedules. For example, in the North region, in April 2017,  we currently offer:

  • Bothell, Wednesdays, 6:30  - 8:00 pm
  • Kenmore, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00  - 8:30 pm
  • Kingsgate, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30  - 8:00 pm
  • Kirkland, 2nd Friday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

KCLS also offers various computer classes that teach Internet basics, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Craigslist, and more.

First screen of the tutorial, Up and Running with Kindle
Screenshot of Up and Running with Kindle (Lynda.com) video course

Lynda.com is a great resource for on-line tutorials on software and computer skills. Since KCLS subscribes to its services for you, be sure to access it via the KCLS database list.

Up and Running With Kindle

In this on-line class, Brazzi covers all models but focusing on Kindle E-reader.  He demonstrates how to navigate, bookmark, take notes, and buy ebooks as well as borrow one. Transcripts at Lynda.com classes are helpful in finding information you need.

What do you do when you are done with those gadgets? Here is useful and sensible advise from a "serial killer" of electronics, who is among us at KCLS:  Don't be haunted by old electronics!

Aside from gaining practical technology skills, when you feel frustrated, this may be a good book to have in hand.

New Aging

"Live smarter now to live better forever." The author Hollwich proclaims that retirement is empowerment. Every other page displays a suggestion on how to be active and empowered. His simple but colorful illustrations are inspiring.

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