This'll make a good present for my dad.
An article on the Apple-related links blog Apple Channel about an iPad intro level user's guide taught by the self-styled "Computer Grandma" is being discussed quite a bit.
The iPad guidebook is edited by one Kayoko Ohkawa, a healthy 82 year old who is the head of the "Computer Grandma's Group." She's not your usual techno-averse grandma.
Here's the table of contents for the iPad guide:
Chapter 1: Touching your iPad
Chapter 2: Easy ways to type text
Chapter 3: Let's send an email
Chapter 4: Convenient uses for the Internet
Chapter 5: Having fun with pictures
Chapter 6: Recommended free apps
Ohkawa-san really seems to understand technology as a means for communication and wants everyone to understand how to use what's available. Her book seems to focus on real actions that older people would find useful and use often.
A lot of people are leaving comments in the Apple Channel thread that praise the ideas behind this book, and I'm one supporter myself. When my dad retired from his job, he'd just watch TV all day. Luckily he's into computers (he's been a Mac user from the start), so I'm planning on giving him an iPad and this book as a present to give him something else to do. This'll also give him and I something to talk about in real-life.
Ohkawa-san puts a strong focus on communication by letting older people know how to communicate with each other online. But with technology becoming so important in the lives of young people, older people who understand technology will be able to communicate in real-life with younger people about gadgets and apps and the like. I think this is really important work in bridging the generation gap.
Translation by Jason Morgan