Welcome to the Real Cool Keys Computer Tutorials
Kids are motivated by curiosity to learn traditional skills, such as language, reading, mathematics and, now, computer operation.
They have few inhibitions to discourage experimentation, and have little fear of failure. They learn to operate a computer in much the same way as a laboratory rat learns the path through a maze. The consequence is, of course, that they must start at the beginning of a task if they are to complete it satisfactorily. If a task is interrupted, it is unlikely that it can be resumed successfully - so start again!
To teach computer skills to kids, they must be engaged. For this reason, early computer training concentrates upon such applications as video games. The result is that the children become familiar with computers and with their controls. They will be able to access more useful applications, later in their schooling.
Adults, who have not had this early experience, react quite differently to computer training. They have learned to be inhibited, and are unnecessarily fearful of making a mistake which might damage the computer. Adults usually wish to understand the reasons for their actions. They are motivated by a desire to easily and reliably accomplish such everyday tasks as writing a letter, sending and receiving emails, telephoning family and friends, making an on-line purchase, checking a bank balance, searching for information, etc.
If you don't already have a computer, and need only a simple device, then consider purchasing a tablet with the Android operating system. On Ebay, a 7" tablet costs under $100, a 10" tablet costs under $150. There are 1.5GHz dual-core 10" tablets available in the $150 to $250 price range, which are recommended for higher performance. Be sure to purchase a device which has WIFI internet capability. Note that, if you need to enter text, then you can purchase WIFI or USB-connected keyboard/mouse combinations, in full size or miniaturised, which can be connected to a tablet.
This web-site is intended for use by adults. It aims to provide useful information about the history and the "nuts and bolts" of personal computing. Using the mouse, position the pointer to select the topic which you want from the left-hand border, then click on the left-hand mouse button.
If none of the detailed topics at the left of this page is of interest, then please skip everything else for now, and go straight to the user page. Using the "mouse", move the display cursor (i.e. the pointer) onto *Using Your Computer, then click on the left button of the "mouse".