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  1. #21


    Ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    It is sad but it is true. I teach classes at a computer club with 800 members. 795 of those have no clue how to deal with a computer -.
    That is why they come to your class. And let me make surethat I don't misunderstand you. Are you saying that those who do not understandwhat you are teaching are some sort of a moron? And are you implying that that those who cannot convert a number to binary are less than intelligent? That'sthe way I interpret what you are saying. If I am misunderstanding you (and it'spossible that I am) then I apologize. I believe that anyone who is trying tolearn but have a difficult time understanding should not be put down. You as ateacher should understand that for some it is much more difficult to graspthings than it is for others. I did some volunteer teaching for the 1st through3rd grade students in the guided reading program for one of our elementaryschools. Some tried as hard as they could but still had a difficult time.Again, if I am misunderstanding you, I certainly apologize.

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  2. #22


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    A good teacher believes that there is no such thing as a stupid question. The IT industry is not littered with good teachers. - Me
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  3. #23


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think you misunderstand.

    1. I prepare my class materials with great care and detail and usually even make narrated videos or PowerPoint presentations that everybody can replay as many times as they want. And I make it very easy for them to find those. Problem is that nobody takes advantage of it.

    Takes me a lot of work, but these people think I should have some magic drink. Here is an example of a class I held in early 2011. Download the materials and see for yourself. I think no 2 people (of 38) have bothered to study the materials.

    2. People are 'moronic' - at least some. They come too late to the classes, leave early, don't do the homework if I ask them e.g. to install a program for the next session. When I ask them to bring their laptops the battery is not charged. They don't know how to connect to the WiFi, etc., etc. Now I am not saying that all attendees are like that, but many. They think for a class that costs only $2 per session (2 hours), it is not worth making an effort.

    3. The binary conversion is not an intelligence test. But if you do not understand binary, you do not know how a computer works. How many people have you seen complain that they bought a 500GB HDD but got only 465GBs - one lady even wanted to sue Seagate for that reason. I had a hard time explaining the facts to her. I think she still did not understand but trusted my judgement.

    For all the above reasons I gave up teaching this year. It's not worth it.
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  4. #24


    Ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think you misunderstand.

    1. I prepare my class materials with great care and detail and usually even make narrated videos or PowerPoint presentations that everybody can replay as many times as they want. And I make it very easy for them to find those. Problem is that nobody takes advantage of it.

    Takes me a lot of work, but these people think I should have some magic drink. Here is an example of a class I held in early 2011. Download the materials and see for yourself. I think no 2 people (of 38) have bothered to study the materials.

    2. People are 'moronic' - at least some. They come too late to the classes, leave early, don't do the homework if I ask them e.g. to install a program for the next session. When I ask them to bring their laptops the battery is not charged. They don't know how to connect to the WiFi, etc., etc. Now I am not saying that all attendees are like that, but many. They think for a class that costs only $2 per session (2 hours), it is not worth making an effort.

    3. The binary conversion is not an intelligence test. But if you do not understand binary, you do not know how a computer works. How many people have you seen complain that they bought a 500GB HDD but got only 465GBs - one lady even wanted to sue Seagate for that reason. I had a hard time explaining the facts to her. I think she still did not understand but trusted my judgement.

    For all the above reasons I gave up teaching this year. It's not worth it.
    Perhaps I've been too judgmental on my comments. I'm surethat you are trying to do a good job and it could be very frustrating when youare trying but some lack the initiative to learn anything. So I really cannot judge you since I don't know you; and I really don't want to offend you. But would you agree with me that the word moronic is a pretty harsh word to use when referring to anyone? I hope that your other students appreciate what youare doing. I would also hope that you don't give up teaching. I'm sure it canbe discouraging but, I'm sure you are appreciated by some and that you are a great help to many.
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  5. #25


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Maybe 'moron' is too harsh. As a foreigner, I may not appreciate the full semantics of the word. But in my experience, many of these people are just to lazy to learn. For them it's a social event more than anything else and often they babble during the class (they are mostly elderly women).

    I have given many computer classes and presentations in many countries and in several languages since the mid 60s. I was invited to Japan and Australia for computer conferences and to similar activities in the US and in Europe. Maybe I expect too much from the audiance. But even beginners can come prepared and pay attention.
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  6. #26


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I agree with what you say. I believe that a word in one country can have some whatof a different meaning in another. So I take back my criticism about it. Having the ability to teach in different countries is quite an accomplishment. It's too bad that so many do not appreciate it.
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  7. #27


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    I never owned a home PC until 1990, and had studiously avoided letting "modern technology" inavade my private life. When I finally caved in, it gave me an awareness of the problems faced by everyday Joes in the street, who are not tech savvy. And my heart really goes out to such persons who comprise probably 95% of PC users. And that's coming from my background of having a tertiary education qualification in electronic engineering ... although I had never really gotten into PCs. My brother is such a one, and calls computers "stone age technology".

    I discovered that in order to use the help menu, you first needed to do a course to understand what the hell they were talking about. How can you be expected to know something you haven't been taught? What? Are we meant to be psychics?

    The other major problem, which goes hand in glove with the first, is when non-savvy persons are asked to make choices about adding/deleting/ignoring things about which they don't have a clue! Freeware is notorious for optionnal add-ons, but even many programs/apps purchased retail still have optional bloatware. And unless you really know PC tech stuff most users wouldn't have the slightest idea of whether they should or should not have something, and opt for the "recommended" fast install as opposed to custom install. Hence they cop all the crap. I still oftern struggle to know whether certain things are necessary or dangerous to leave in or out. In the early days I always loaded every module of every program, like Office for example; or Nero. And constantly ended up with a heap of bloatware.

    I constantly get friends/acquaintances ringing up after they have updated a program. For example one guy did an update and found he kept a thing called "Uniblue" popping up during boot up every time her turned on his PC . He didn't have a clue how it got there or how to get rid of it. And why would he? Earlier on I had reloaded Windows for him and left it in pristine condition. However, I knew it was only a matter of time, and that after a few updates and using the "recommended" settings to install, it would soon be a mess again. Which it was.

    The problems are inherent in the nature of the beast!

    The truth is PCs are NOT simple machines! You don't get to drive a car without adequate instruction and passing a test. And to have any hope of using a PC continuously and successfully, it is essential to take some kind of instruction course. Unfortunately most people don't want to know about it. They just want to pick it up and use it like dialling a telephone.

    A few ago I built my first radio control plane. It took 2 months to build, and 20 seconds to destroy on it's maiden teat flight. I had been advised by the guy in the model shop that despite the fact that I'd flown light aircraft, RC models were a totally different ball game and I should use an instructor. But of course I knew better! lol! So I ate humble pie and did the smart thing and got an instructor, and finally got my wings a few weeks later, without another smash.

    I knew another guy who learned how to fly by hands on experience without an instructor. It took him 20 smashed modes planes and 2 years to do it, not to mention endless hours of building and repairing.

    Computer hardware is an exact science. Electronic components obey the laws of physics and always do exactly what those laws dictate. Similarly computer programs faithfully do what the commands tell them to do. But the components are made, and commands are written, by fallible human beings, and therein lies the problem.

    There is an endless plethora of companies and programmers manufacturing and writing software and they are all put on one PC and not expected to conflict and work seamlessly. Hardy ha ha! Hell, I know a lot of techos and PC savvy persons who have enough trouble dealing with such problems without expecting Joe public to know how to deal with them.

    And then of course there are the hackers and malcious software persons who seem to derive their sense of life purpose by disrupting other persons lives.

    After 13 odd years, which seems like 3 life times, of obsessively delving into the mysteries of "computer world", I think it's fair to say that I am above the average user. However, I acknowledge that there is a lot more I don't know than I do know!

    Phew! That's my 2 cents worth! Hang on ... better make that $2 worth!
    Last edited by Mustang; 27 Jan 2013 at 00:38.
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  8. #28


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    I never owned a home PC until 1990,...
    I had my first home PC nearly 20 years prior to that. My first mobile phone had more processing power than my first computer.
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  9. #29


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    I agree with what you say. I believe that a word in one country can have some whatof a different meaning in another. So I take back my criticism about it. Having the ability to teach in different countries is quite an accomplishment. It's too bad that so many do not appreciate it.
    Frank, I will live. I have other hobbys too. At age 75, I take a relaxed view of these things. I know I am not going to change the world - just wanted to make it a little easier for a few.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Frank, I will live. I have other hobbys too. At age 75, I take a relaxed view of these things. I know I am not going to change the world - just wanted to make it a little easier for a few.
    At 75, let everyone else figure out for themselves how make things easier.
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