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Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors — Part Three — Audio Enhancements

Seniors using a laptop

This is the third of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here. Find the second part on audio enhancements here.

Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors — Part Two — Text and Icon Enhancements

Woman working on laptop in park

This is the second of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN executive director Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well. Find the first part on magnification here.

Making Mobile Devices and Computers Easier to Use for Seniors: Part One – Magnification

This is the first of a three-part series on ways to make digital devices easier to use for seniors. It was originally published by Community Technology Network (CTN) and is reprinted here by permission of CTN Executive Director, Kami Griffiths. All images in the piece are courtesy of CTN as well.

Elderly users of digital devices are increasing in numbers. More than half of online seniors in America use Facebook nowadays. As seniors continue to make up a growing portion of today's digital society, it is important that they be able to confidently use their devices. The following how-to directions will hopefully be useful for librarians to help their patrons with sight impairment to magnify text and images on their screens so they can more easily see them.

Video Streaming Apps — To Stream or Not to Stream

This post originally appeared on the TechSoup.org blog. We thought the library audience would be interested in these apps for a few reasons: storytelling, copyright issues, and potential privacy violations. Read on to learn TechSoup's Ale Bezdikian's musings on the Periscope and Meerkat apps.   

 

someone's hand holding a phone up at a concert to film it

The nonprofit sector thrives on a community of rich storytelling. Whatever form that storytelling takes, from photo essay to member video, story-driven content is dynamic, shows impact, and can attract new potential donors. Many of these stories, however, are only as good as their delivery strategy or the platforms used to connect them to wider audiences. And that's where live streaming can be useful.

Why the Clean Reader App Negatively Impacts Literacy

Generally, I'm all for mobile apps or computer programs that support literacy. TechSoup for Libraries had a webinar a few months ago, in fact, on ways librarians can incorporate apps and technology into story time.

But when I heard about Clean Reader, the app that scrubs out "profanity" from books and replaces it with alternative words, I was offended. It's not explicit language that makes me grimace, but the fact that this app is a blatant form of censorship.

Can the Reading Rainbow Digital Revamp Boost Literacy?

This week, my Facebook feed was filled with photos of LeVar Burton. The actor is as famous for helping engage early readers as he is for portraying Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Kunta Kinte in ROOTS.

Five Free Mobile Research and Reference Tools to Try at Your Library

I spend a lot of time playing with the latest and greatest mobile apps, but I'm always most impressed with reference and research apps. The fact that one little app can give you access to so much information is pretty mind-blowing. You can recommend these apps to patrons along with other trusted web tools on your website or at the reference desk. On a tight budget? No problem: these apps are completely free.

Attending Any Conferences This Year? Travel Tech Can Help You Stay Organized on the Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to ALA Midwinter in a few weeks? Having the right tech can help you stay connected even when you're away from the library.

Video Conferencing Apps: Take Virtual Meetings on the Road

Video conferencing software makes it easy to connect with partners, volunteers, applicants, committee members, or remote staff. But what's even better? Video chat and conferencing apps. These handy apps let you keep in contact when you're on-the-road.

ReadyTalk for iPad

TechSoup Global: Springing into Action

TechSoup Global has had a busy year so far with new ventures, exciting contests, and global recognition. Here's a peek into what we've been up to:

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