I wanted to share with you some of the things we discuss in class to help my students get more comfortable and confident with computers and "writing" :). Perhaps, this may be something you can use for your parents if you suspect that this might be the reason for their resistance to computers.
- The most common complaint I get is, "How can I search on the Internet if I can't spell?" In response, I demonstrate to them how Google is very good at predicting search queries -- even misspelled ones:). The students are very impressed at Google's predictive powers and by how little is required to enter for a query.
- I show the students that it is possible to use the computer and surf the Internet in their native language.
- We discuss spell check and the visual cues for misspelled words like the squiggly red line :).
- I show my class that most of us in the digital world are bad spellers and have committed terrible acts against grammar (including me :)) and any email sent by them will be accepted with love and without judgement by their family members :).