My name is Kara Davies-Hobbs and my aim is to help people learn to use new technology, to keep pace with change and develop the confidence to fully explore (and enjoy) all the benefits that new technology can bring.
I am like a kid at Christmas when it comes to learning to use new technology – I love the challenge and find it easy to pick up. I have spent 20 years working as a video editor, learning and using a plethora of information technology equipment and various apps and devices, but after having our second child I decided to leave TV and in the last 5 years I have been successfully teaching people to use computers, tablets and smart phones.
In 2019, we are surrounded by people using technological devices (smart phones [iPhone/Galaxy], tablets [iPad/Surface Pro/Pixel Slate/Galaxy Tab] and computers [Apple/Microsoft/Acer/Dell/HP]. We may have smart meters in our homes, electrical cars on our drives and these days a great many people use online shops, banks, and even file their tax returns online.
Those of us that have already learnt how to use these devices don’t even remember the fear and struggle of the early days of trying to get to grips with it all.
Some of us though, don’t see the need to change the way we do things, we don’t find it easy to learn about ‘new technology’ and it doesn’t come naturally to us. ‘Intuitive’ devices often arrive without a manual and many of us don’t have someone who we can rely on to show us how to use them, or what to do when they won’t work.
There are also as many reasons not to use technology as there are benefits. For many of us the promise of usefulness and fun is outweighed by the fears: of deception, fraud and theft, deleting things, making mistakes, the great expense, breaking devices, damage to health, addiction, anti-social behaviour; all these concerns hold us back.
Change is happening though and the longer you avoid getting to grips with it all, the more daunting the climb up the digital ladder will become.
In order to maintain our independence and communication channels, we will need to start the climb sooner or later (even those of us that think we’re ‘Not that way inclined’, ‘A little bit slow at that sort of thing’, ‘A bit thick when it comes to computers’ or ‘Really don’t want to do things differently’)
I aim to address these concerns by developing a community who can support each other and share our learning.
Do you know a reluctant parent who doesn’t know what to do with an iPad, or a nervous grand parent who would rather leave their smart phones in the hall drawer? If so, maybe they would be happier learning amongst others who are in the same boat, who can learn to use new technology together and who can provide support and motivate them to learn at their own pace (however slow it may be).
I am leading a FREE, four week “Introduction to Technology” course in the Moseley and Edgbaston areas of Birmingham (UK) where students can meet up, once a week, to learn about the language used around ‘technological stuff’, what it all means and to also meet others in the K T C (Kara’s Technology Community) who are also ‘not really into all that technical stuff!’ but who are trying to not lag too far behind.
Call me if you are interested – Kara: 07970 290313
In the next few weeks I shall start to add useful content to this site, that will be a resource for people to use whilst learning about the bits of technology that they need to get to grips with.