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"You can do this," I said to my mom. "We can get you hosting a virtual cocktail hour with your neighbors using Zoom."
From my office two towns over, I could envision her jaw tightening. I really hoped this would work.
"Get your computer, though," I said. "Not your phone. It's better on a bigger screen."
I held on as she got her laptop open. It's actually a fairly new Air, and it's fast. I didn't think it would be tough to get started, but I had to coach her through opening Chrome and not just her email. Once she was on Chrome, I sent her a text with the link to the Zoom meeting.
"I can get texts on my computer?" she said.
It took a little time to get her down to the toolbar where she realized that the speech caption and three dots was the icon for texting. It took a little more time to explain how she could open a message. I had time. We'd get this.
Once she opened the Zoom invitation, the fun started. She got on, and her face showed up on my screen. (Her jaw was tight.) I smiled at her, and she smiled back. (Her jaw loosened up.)
"Look at you, Mom," I said. "You're in a Zoom meeting."
By having her share her screen and sending a few pictures over texts, I was able to help her navigate how she too could do a few tricks in a Zoom meeting. After about ten minutes she was done, though.
"So you have homework," I said. "Keep practicing texting on your computer, and send me an invite before you come for dinner."
I didn't get an invite. Maybe she's reading this post, though, and maybe she'll be inspired to send me a text message from her computer.
Here's the thing. My mom's a smart person, and I had a lot of time to help. I even figured out how to do some screen-sharing and help her through. There are a lot of teachers with some big learning curves ahead of them. Some really big learning curves.