The Internet is an incredibly powerful and versatile tool. One of the Internet’s best qualities is the seemingly endless amount of data it consists of. Any kind of information is just a few clicks away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… Wow!
The trick to finding the right information online is to track down the most appropriate search results. In order to do that, you must first think of the specific keywords that will lead you there. Keywords are a small selection of important words related to your query or information request.
The first step to finding information online is to use a search engine. Using a search engine, a person can type in their selected keywords, which in turn, generate the search results available. Sometimes you should think of other keywords you can try, if you do not find what you’re looking for with the keywords you’ve already tried. It’s important to note that many search engines are able to find similar or the same information. A short list of popular search engines includes:
To save some time and effort, only type specific keywords in the search bar, rather than entire questions. For example, if you’re looking for an Indian restaurant in your area, rather than typing, “Where is the nearest Indian restaurant in Toronto?” try typing “Toronto Indian restaurant”.
Google is likely the most popular search engine used by Canadians. There are a few tricks and shortcuts that can help improve your search results:
- Use quotation marks to get results that contain exact words: “Indian restaurant”
- Type define:(word) to quickly find the top definition of the word in question
- If you’ve invested in stocks, type stocks:(symbol) to receive quick stock updates
- Type weather:(city) to quickly get the current week’s weather
- Type filetype:(.mp3, .avi…) if you’re looking for a specific type of file, like an mp3 format song, or an avi video
– Aneet Hundal (ETAG Volunteer Technology Writer)
ETAG is looking for technology savvy people interested in a volunteer position starting January 2015. As a technology coach, volunteers will help adults 55+ learn about the AMAZING technologies of today. Common topics include, Email, Facebook, Google, Microsoft Office, Skype, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and digital cameras.
In short, volunteer positions are weekly and require a 1.5 to 3 hour commitment each week. There are volunteer positions available in neighbourhoods across the Halton and Peel regions, including Oakville, Brampton, Burlington and Mississauga. The address for each location is available here.
If you’re technology savvy and this volunteer opportunity appeals to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
For more information about volunteering with ETAG, please check out the volunteer section of our website. There’s also lots of great technology information available on our Facebook page.
Hope to hear from many of you soon! Enjoy your day.
– Chris Bint (Executive Director)
June 6th (9:30am to 12:00pm)
Tablets, Apps, and Mobile Technologies: what to know and how it works
Tablet computers, like the Microsoft Surface, the Apple iPad, Android, and the BlackBerry Playbook, are changing the way we interact with technology, the Internet, and the people in our communities. There are many things to consider when choosing a tablet that’s right for you; how much do they cost? What are the major differences between them? What functionality is important? What “Apps” are available? How do you maintain them so they last? Why should you get a tablet in the first place? ETAG’s workshop is designed for everyone and will explore these questions and provide some tips and tricks to being a savvy tablet user. The workshop is also hands-on, so participants get to try all the tablets and ask our technology tutors any personal technology questions they have.
Location: P.O.I.N.T. Inc. – 200 Eglinton Avenue West, 1st Floor Toronto, Ontario
Spring is a great time to learn something new about technology 🙂
ETAG’s free educational Lifelong Learning Workshops are happening across the GTA and there are three (3) dates scheduled in March 2013.
Upcoming March workshop details include:
March 13 9am – 12pm
Topic – Tablets and Apps
Burlington Senior’s Centre
2285 New St. Burlington
To RSVP, call 905-335-7888 or email email@example.com
March 19 1pm – 4pm
Topic – Today’s Digital World
Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors
1565 Old Lakeshore Rd. Oakville
To RSVP, call 905-815-5960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26 1pm – 4pm
Topic – Tablets and Apps
Viva Retirement Community
5575 Bonnie St. Mississauga
To RSVP, call 905-566-4500 or email email@example.com
ETAG’s technology workshops are designed for older adults at all skill levels of technology use. No experience required. Our expert technology tutor team works hard to make our workshop content not only easy to understand, but also useful and relevant for even our technology savvy participants.
As always, if you’ve visited an ETAG Lifelong Learning Workshop in your community before, the concepts and ideas discussed will be new the next visit. Please attend our workshops as often as possible. There’s always such amazing change with technology. We’ve always got something new to talk about 🙂
– Chris Bint