Before I begin telling you the story of how I taught my Mom to use touch screen phone.
Let me share with you the story of the circumstances which lead to the purchase of the touch screen phone.
My dad is a nokia loyalist as the keypad phones provided by nokia are durable and easy to use.
One day, my dad’s phone stopped working. My dad went to the mobile store to buy another nokia phone where the shopkeeper convinced my dad to buy samsung touch screen phone.
My dad bought the phone and showed the phone to my mom.
On seeing the phone, my mom reaction was ‘Do you know how to use it?’ Dad quipped my mom’s question with his witty answer ‘It is very easy. I will learn it’.
My dad is very impatient man which was the biggest hurdle for him to learn how to use touch screen phone effectively. He would always press wrong button and random wrong calls started happening frequently. Finally after his brief tryst with touch screen, he switched back to keypad nokia phone.
From the beginning itself mom knew this would happen. She packed the phone in its box and carefully kept the phone in the wardrobe .
Two months passed away, suddenly my mom phone started showing signs of trouble and one day it stopped working.
So the packed samsung phone was taken out and sim was inserted into it.
Initially my mom only knew how to receive phone by pressing green button and decline a call by pressing red button.
When I came home for vacation, she told me to teach her how to use the phone.
Hence every evening, I would sit down with her and teach her to operate the phone.
Every time she use to do a mistake, she would drop the idea of learning to operate the phone but I continued persuading her to keep trying.
We started with simple activities such as searching a particular contact, how to save a number and how to send a SMS.
When she got comfortable with simple usage, we started learning other usage of the phone such camera and recording, alarm clock, calculator and reminder.
Soon she became champ at it.
Now a days she effectively uses the phone which is evident with large numbers of photographs taken by her.
Moral : To be a good teacher, patience is very important.
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