December 13th, 2010 | Published in Google Student Blog
This post is the first in a new series especially for the Holidays around taking technology home with you this year. Stay tuned for more tips for the next ten days and check out http://teachparentstech.org to learn more.
This task is the motivation behind our recently launched campaign to “Teach Parents Tech”. Instead of spending hours trying to explain to your parents what a blog or browser is, wouldn’t it be easier to use this nifty website to send your parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings...) a few tutorial videos that can teach them everything they’ve ever wanted to know about how they can use Google tools and products just like you do?
A bunch of us Googlers often have the same problem, which is why we actually filmed these videos for our own parents. For me personally, I chose to teach my dad how he can use a URL shortener (like goo.gl) to keep things short and simple. Just like his long-winded phone calls, he has a tendency to use Gmail chat and text messages (which he only refers to as “SMSes”, by the way) as if they are full-fledged conversations. My gift to him – and myself – this holiday season is to try and teach him how he can simplify his messages and his URLs.
With all the holiday countdowns this time of year (like the 8 days of Hanukkah, 12 days of Christmas, or 7 candles for Kwanzaa) we thought it would make sense to post one of these every day on the Student blog for the next ten days. We hope you (and your parents) find them useful.
A shorter version of me and my and dad circa 1987