How to Use Zoom and Sign Up for tKt’s Online Classes

Some of our learners have shared with us that they are unsure how to register for a class, or join us in Zoom.

We’ve made the following videos outlining how you can join us on Zoom.

Step 1: Check out our online calendar and register for a class
Visit our website at https://techknowtutors.ca/upcoming-classes/ and follow the steps outlined in the video below to register.

Register for our classes!

Step 2: Download Zoom for either your computer or device (tablet or smartphone). Watch the videos below to learn how to install Zoom.

Install Zoom on a PC (Laptop or Desktop Computer
Install Zoom on Tablet or Smartphone

Step 3: Join our class!
After you register you will receive an email with a link. When it is time for the class to start, simply go to your email, click the link and follow the steps to join us in Zoom.

Join us in Zoom!

At techKNOWtutors, we realize that adapting to technology isn’t easy. Although most services have closed, we remain open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with improving your digital literacy, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message.

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.

TechKNOW Tomorrow – The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

Image by Jessica Lewis via Pexels.

Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, virtual reality (VR) was all the rage in the entertainment industry: movies, music, science fiction literature… It was everywhere! It seemed like a pipe dream, some distant technology to be explored in the 22nd century.

Well, here we are in the 21st century. VR has had ample time to work out all of the bugs and kinks, and has already started to dominate the entertainment industry. Many modern video games, for instance, have had VR editions released over the last couple of years. Some video games have been built for VR from the ground up, even!

So where exactly is this technology headed? What can we do with it? Let’s take a look.

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Virtual reality and augmented reality (AR) are basically two sides of the same coin. As this article explains, “Virtual reality offers a digital recreation of a real life setting, while augmented reality delivers virtual elements as an overlay to the real world.” While augmented reality attempts to simulate a real environment by inserting digital images over it, virtual reality builds a virtual world from scratch and immerses the viewer, making them feel like they are part of that world.

To clarify, here are some examples. An example of AR is the Snapchat filter that gives you digital dog ears; an example of VR is wearing a headset that covers your eyes and immerses you into the world of Skyrim. Both alter your perception of reality to a certain extent.

But what is the future of VR or AR? Is it strictly for the entertainment industry? Nope! In 2020, we’re already starting to see industrial applications for digital simulations. For example, VR can be used to test and simulate a dangerous work environment with heavy tools, safety procedures, and proper equipment without any of the risks involved with endangering the lives of workers. AR can relay important chemical information without having workers refer to hefty manuals.

Moreover, the health industry is already testing applications of VR in mental health counselling. Imagine facing your phobia of snakes, public embarrassment, or drowning without having to risk your pride (or your life, for that matter!). And that’s not all – AR is being used in surgeries, too. During a significant operation, a surgeon can be alerted to potential risks.

One of the coolest applications of VR will be in classrooms. Imagine a history lesson where your headset can simulate the horrors that actual soldiers experienced in the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. Or maybe there will be an AR app that can visualize objects in the world around us and translate them on the go, helping teach us new languages faster. The possibilities are endless!

So prepare for the future, fellow learners. Over the next few years, we are going to see lots of changes in not just entertainment, but also work and learning environments. And while those changes might initially be scary, I know you’re up to the challenge to adapt. Perhaps techKNOWtutors will be able to help you!

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At techKNOWtutors, we realize that adapting to technology isn’t easy. Although most services have closed, we remain open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with improving your digital literacy, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message.

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.

TechKNOW Tomorrow – COVID-19 Tips and Updates

It’s a stressful time for us all. As the coronavirus spreads, non-essential services across Canada are shutting down and people are left in a state of pandemonium. Most of us are doing our best to maintain distance from the rest of the people in our lives. But as we physically isolate ourselves from the world, it’s vital that we remain connected to each other digitally. How exactly do we do that? By following the tips outlined in this article, of course!

COVID-19 Tips

  1. Make sure you stock up on any essentials. Newfoundland and Labrador may call a state of emergency in the near future. It’s best to pick up whatever you need from grocery stores as soon as possible. This includes food, water, prescription drugs, soaps, animal food, kitty litter, etc.
  2. Be aware of the people around you. If you have elderly neighbours or sick loved ones who are unable to pick up food, offer to lend a hand. See a nearly empty shelf of red meat? Save some for other people who need it.
  3. Self-isolate yourself physically. This means remaining indoors for the majority of the pandemic. Only leave your home if it is absolutely necessary. The same goes for family.
  4. Wash your hands relatively frequently. This is more effective than using hand sanitizer, though you can’t go wrong with either. See this post from the CDC for more details.
  5. Keep in touch with friends and family online. It’s important to speak to friends and family digitally if you can’t be near them. Call or text them regularly. Make video calls through Facetime or Skype. Send messages, pictures, or tweets on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Humans are social beings by nature; it’s how we connect that has to change.
  6. Don’t rely on social media for your facts and updates. Did a friend of yours post a home remedy for coronavirus? Did they post that the travel ban has been lifted? It’s likely not substantiated by any evidence. Use trusted online resources such as the federal government’s website and news channels such as CBC to discover the truth about COVID-19.
  7. Check online resources on COVID-19 daily. Canada has numerous resources for keeping yourself up to date on the status of the virus in Canada. Here are some websites you should visit daily:
    A) The Government of Canada’s official COVID-19 web page.
    B) COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment.
    C) Non-essential travel ban updates.
    D) Numerous resources from Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC).
    E) IPAC’s Facebook page.
    F) IPAC’s Twitter Page.
Image by Stefen Tan via Unsplash.

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Follow these tips and you should hopefully minimize the risk involved with this pandemic. Although most services have closed, techKNOWtutors remains open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with connecting to loved ones or even setting up an account with a service like Skype, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message!

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.