The POWER of Your STORY
Your Story is YOURS . . . No Need to Rewrite it . . . Just Recite it . . .
The TechHeroes program began 10 years ago with the goal of liberating our elders and giving them a voice and advocacy, one of the main goals of the program was to preserve the stories of our elders . . .
'When and Elder dies a Library burns." ~proverb
Timing is not always on my timetable but with perseverance and passion, I am happy to report that 10 years after the initial program of TechHeroes began, we now have the STORY component that is so critical to the lasting voice and legacy of our community can have an everlasting impact. Our youth will have the opportunity to connect with our Elders and community through their Stories. Please join us at one of the events in Bloomington, visit www.bloomingtonstories.com
Community and connection are key to creating a healthy environment and creative solutions for your loved ones. It is now a time to engage our Elders in the conversations and co-create solutions with universal design principals and compassion for all. I am excited to share with you a collection of resources that can support you and the elders in your life to get connected and thrive.
The human connection will always be necessary and essential for health and happiness, everyone, is a Techhero, when you help someone; gain access, learn, troubleshoot, support, listen and care, we can create positive outcomes for all.
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Senior Planet - TechSupport
Fun & Games
Robotic Pets for Elders
Sharing Photos . . . At a Distance
"Digital photo frames are dedicated screens that can show slideshows of pictures you either load directly onto the frame or access from the internet. They saw some popularity for a period of time, but started to wane as social media became a more integral part of sharing photos. But there are still some nice, artsy digital frames on the market, and they serve their intended purpose very well. " www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-digital-picture-frames
Also check out Tom's Guide
Make a Picture Book
My Noise . . .
Digital Equity in Bloomington
City of Bloomington Awards Farmer House Museum & TechHeroes 2020 Digital Equity Grant Funds to Launch: Bloomington Stories
January 7, 2021
For more information, please contact
Jenny Donegan, Founder
TechHeroes & Bloomington Stories
City of Bloomington Awards Farmer House Museum & TechHeroes 2020 Digital Equity Grant Funds to Launch:
Bloomington, Ind. - Technology Support, Advocacy and Training, creating effective program solutions that identify barriers to access and provide one-one support to elders, seniors, and underserved populations, including the community at large.
We are excited to announce we have been awarded opportunities for training of staff and development of creative solutions with Area 10 Agency on aging to provide access, training and support to our community and Bloomington Stories.
Bloomington Stories is a program that has been funded through the Digital Equity grant funding for 2020. Jenny Donegan founder of TechHeroes has continued to pioneer her mission of Bridging the Digital Divide and has found a partner in the Farmer House Museum to create and support the development of the annual program Bloomington Stories. Emily Purcell, Director of the Farmer House Museum saw the promise in the TechHeroes program and was a natural fit for her passion in library technologies and oral history. Jenny and Emily piloted the TechHeroes Farmer House partnership by offering one-one "Technology and Tea" sessions, providing a TechHero to help solve their issue, in a friendly Bloomington home, Farmer House Museum.
“Whether students, seniors, or residents experiencing homelessness, many people in Bloomington lack adequate digital access. The City is glad to be able to partner with our community’s nonprofits in this small step toward getting more people connected with a basic twenty-first-century utility.” - John Hamilton, Bloomington Mayor
The Bloomington Stories concept found a home with the Farmer House and Emily Purcell heading up the archival and hosting of the Bloomington Stories recording lounge in the Farmer House Museum. Jack Kilby, will join us to round out the team for technical support and expertise in recording audio and a passion for storytelling.
We are looking forward to our kick off meeting this coming week and creating a recording studio at the Farmer House Museum and a portable recording setup to take the show on the road.
The program will include outreach events focused on providing basic tech skills for the community as well as support through the process to begin the legacy of oral history through Bloomington Stories and the StoryCorp project, ensuring our voices are recorded in history locally and nationally.
When an Elder dies, a Library Burns. ~Proverb
The Bloomington Stories and the connections created, can serve as a model for other communities to embrace technology as a basic need, fortifying the community with technology access and skills as well as giving lasting voice to the stories in our community.
Are you interested in sharing an oral history . . . a Bloomington Story . . . Are you interested in more information . . . www.bloomingtonstoires.com
Questions and Comments can be directed to Jenny Donegan at email@example.com
Phone Plans to Flash Plug-in Uninstall Request
This week on Tech, Tips & Help we share experiences with getting notification about the Flash Plug-in uninstall recommendation to cell phone plan options. Have questions? We all do join the discussion Wed., 10am on https://Highway61.co/ use code 125645 . . . 50+ chat. . . Here is what we discussed . . .
Cell Phone Plans how to change carriers . . .
The participant asked about cell phone plans and option of changing her iPhone to Spectrum. Robin shared her experience and recommended going to Wallmart to get one on one support, she had success with that approach. The three options that were discussed were LifeLink, Spectrum and Consumer Cellular, we can continue this discussion on our weekly Wed., 10am Tech, Tips & Help on Highway61.co/ use code 125645. SafeLink - SafeLink Wireless and Consumer Cellular https://www.consumercellular.com/ and Spectrum - Bring Your Own Phone
Adobe Flash . . . End of Life . . . Uninstall or Not?
Flash plug-in is at 'end of life' and it was brought up in the discussion that many people including myself, have gotten notice to uninstall the flash plugin and that it will not be supported by browsers. This is troubling to me as I have content created in Flash . . . River of Birds Project . . . one solution that is promising is a browser that supports flash so it will play Flash files that will still be on some websites and there is another effort to collect all Flash content and offer it in a curated format. Here is a good article from Forbes Adobe Flash Cut-Off Will Kill Millions Of Websites Here are some web resources that were helpful in understanding the issue, starting with Adobe's Flash end of life document and then some sites with solutions. Adobe Flash End of Life https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html
Here is an interesting article for MAC Users https://macreports.com/adobes-support-for-flash-player-will-end-what-does-this-mean-for-mac-users/ 'Adobe Flash player is an important thing, and it’s used to run videos, moving images, and other animations. Lots of online game support flash player and you can’t do live streaming without flash player installed. There are lots of Adobe Flash Player alternatives available on the web, and it entirely depends on what you want to do.' According to the Article by TecViral https://techviral.net/adobe-flash-player-alternatives/ I am personally going to keep my plugin installed because I like Flash content and want to continue to view it online and offline.
iPhone 8 . . . How To Block Unwanted Text
How Do I Block Unwanted Texts . . .Great question . . . here is what we found . . . according to TechJunkie . . . the full article is linked below.
iPad to Use for Graphic Arts
The question what the Best iPad for graphic arts and that will support enduser with vision issues. Because the person like their iPad and it support low vision and accessibility quite well. I found this article and the Wacom Bamboo Sketch with Apple iPad Air with 256 GB and Cellular was a fair solution, however, continue to research and learn. I recommended contacting Apple directly via phone or online chat to get a recommendation from the folks at Apple. artsideoflife.com/best-ipad-drawing/
iPad Artist Inspiration . . . Ira Drummy
AppleVis is the leading online resource for blind and low vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod touch.
Our large and active community draws upon a wealth of individual knowledge and experience to help each other in getting the most from Apple products and exploring ways in which this can lead to greater personal fulfillment and independence.
Seeing the screen is just one way to experience iPad. VoiceOver describes exactly what’s happening on the screen and lets you navigate using gestures or a braille display. Display Accommodations support color blindness and other vision needs. And Magnifier works like a digital magnifying glass.
Community Building with Poetry & Tea
TechHeroes - Empowering Elders through Technology - Pandemic Support
As we become an increasingly digitized community, we have an obligation to not leave our elders behind . . .
before you know it . . . you will be the elder and you will be happy you created a better future for all!
Jenny Donegan, Founder of TechHeroes Program shares the wisdom and solutions created through outreach and action to Bridge the Digital Divide . . . Celebrating 10 years 2010-2020. Having successfully worked with elders as a technology advocate and leader in technology outreach and troubleshooting, connecting our elders to resources, family and knowledge through the Internet and Computer Technologies. Currently serving the Bloomington, Indiana community as Commissioner for the Commission on Aging. Jenny's goal is to see TechHeroes become a way of life in communities, bridging the digital divide with creative solutions. www.jennydonegan.com