My cat chews through charger cords. On my most recent visit to the local Verizon store to buy a replacement, I discovered that Verizon hosts free workshops on Android basics for their customers.
This 1 1/2-hour workshop got me pumped up about all the things I didn’t know how to do or didn’t know I could do with my tablet. I’d been using it to check email and the Dragonfly project calendar (and as an alarm clock). But it’s a camera, an e-reader (no need for a Kindle!), a music player, and a GPS. I can open Microsoft Office files, store contacts, and play Angry Birds.
I was the only person at the workshop who had a tablet rather than a smart phone, but the interfaces are so similar that I was able to follow along. Actually, my 11-year-old did, too.
If you, too, are underusing technology because you need a human to walk you through it, check out whether your phone store hosts workshops for the technologically challenged.
Amy Paradysz uses her tablet to keep up with Dragonfly editing requests when she is away from her desk. And she uses Bitter Apple to keep her cat from eating the charger cord.