Dec 182012
 

Marion Kerns was not happy when her husband, Karl, said he signed them up for a computer learning rally.  She told him that she would just stay in the RV and do her quilting while he went to class.  But no, that wasn’t Karl’s plan!  He made her come to class along with him.  By the end of the week, Marion was seen carrying her iPad with her everywhere.

Chris helping Marion with Facebook on her iPad

With a little extra encouragement in a one-on-one session, Marion had learned enough to open her eyes to new uses for her tablet computer, but what she liked most about the rally was the small size.  With only 20 couples who shared breakfast and dinner each day of the rally, she said it felt like family by the end of the week and she truly enjoyed herself.  Good job Karl!

TechnoGeek Learning Rally is for RV Travelers

It’s called the TechnoGeek Learning Rally and it is co-hosted by Geeks on Tour and TechnoRV.  RV travelers actually use technology more than average seniors because it is just so useful to our lifestyle.  Whether it’s GPS technology for getting us where we want to go, or cellphone/smartphone technology for keeping us in touch wherever we are, RVers are quick to adopt.  And then there’s the photos!  We like to have good cameras and take lots of photos of our travels.  Learning about the different settings on our cameras help make those pictures better, and then using Picasa afterwards can improve them even more.

December TechnoGeek Rally1

Some people came to the rally to learn how to make a blog.  Larry and Marilyn Vanstone have already been keeping a blog about their RV lifestyle – The Amazing Vanstones.

December TechnoGeek Rally2

Larry writes about the rally:

Yesterday for example we first learned about the cloud before taking our first class on Picasa photo editing. Then an hour on smartphones followed by more Picasa, then Internet on the road.  I’ve used Picasa on my blogs since 2006 but yesterday I learned more in 90 minutes then I did in 6 years on my own.

Other attendee Blog entries about the rally include:

Smartphones and Podcasts

As more and more of us get smartphones, they are becoming our primary computing device, and there is SOO much to learn about them.

Kathy and John exercise their Smartphones

John and Kathy Huggins are no strangers to technology, they have been producing a weekly Podcast about their RVing lifestyle for several years.  It’s called Living the RV Dream.  They came to the rally to learn about their smartphones and whatever else they could pick up.  Listen to their podcast about the Rally to hear about their experience as well as a few people they interviewed.

Learning Should be Fun

Even the games had a learning slant.  One evening, the group played Jeopardy, where all the questions were about topics they were learning at the rally.

Jim plays Alex Trebek for our Jeopardy game

The last evening, each dinner table played ‘Catch Phrase’ using a free App downloaded to one person’s smartphone, then just passing the phone around the table.

The next TechnoGeek Learning Rally is tentatively scheduled for March 24-29 in Bushnell, Florida.  If you’re interested, please leave a comment here.

MrsGeek

Traveling the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. We present seminars at RV rallies and computer clubs all over the country.

  7 Responses to “RVers Learn About Technology”

Comments (6)
  1. Please be in touch with us if you decide to do a March rally. We are interested

  2. I am interested in your next session in Bushnell. How do we sign up for it? Did I miss this info somewhere.
    My bank account has had to be changed again. Someone wrote a counter check for $3200 out of my account Dec. 14th. I need to know how I let you know my new checking account number or debit card number.
    Thank you for all you do for us illiterate technological deficit folks.
    Linda M. Ballard

  3. Count us in! We had to cancel in December but we will be ready in March. Thanks for letting us know.

  4. My husband and I might also like to come, but we would drive over in the car if that would be alright. If you could email us the what you will be covering each day and how much it is we would appreciate it.
    Thank you

  5. We would LOVE to come. We are brand-new fulltimers and will be in Florida in March.

  6. Thanks to you I have had my blog since the FMCA rally in Georgia in 2009. Now, my wife is finally getting interested in the computer and wants her own when we get back to the States, (we’re spending the winter in Mexico again). I’d like more information about the Technology Rally in Bushnell, Florida. I don’t know if we’d camp there or drive from our home 20 miles away. At any rate, I’ve followed your work for sometime and got a great deal out of the information presented. I subscribed to your service some years ago, but it might be time to sigh up again.

    Warmest Regards,

    Paul Tempesta paulandhelen67@gmail.com, but formerly ptempest@earthlink.net

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