Education is a never-ending process because — regardless of a person’s age — life and technology can move on without you, if allowed to do so.

Whether it’s learning how to use a digital camera, cell phone, computer or website, nearly everyone has something to learn. Certain tips can benefit a user’s experience with a technological product but only if users know the steps to make it work. Such was the case when about 10 adults met Monday afternoon at the Ottawa Library for training on how to use Facebook.

The workshop was conducted by Amber Wood, Franklin County Convention & Visitors Bureau marketing director, in the public computer stations area of the library. It discussed many of the basics of how to use Facebook. Participants learned how to set up an account, though many had accounts that had been set up for them by their children or grandchildren. They also got a crash course on Facebook terms — poke, post, message and share — as well as techniques on this alternate way to communicate with friends and loved ones. Another session is planned for an evening in June to cover more advanced topics on Facebook.

Everyone has the potential to be scared of what they don’t understand. An education helps people overcome that fear and become more adept at using technology — technology bound to help them navigate today’s world better.

While Facebook might not be the participants’ preferred way to communicate with others, it might be a method participants’ younger loved ones find more convenient for sharing photos and other social commentary. Consequently, participants are deciding to get better educated on using this ever-changing website. Those are the same reasons people decide to learn how to send and receive text messages. It is an alternate way to communicate that many young people prefer. If grandparents want another avenue to stay in touch with their grandchildren, this is an effective way to do so.

A desire to learn about new technology is a commendable quality. Not all people will take the time to tackle a new and, to many, foreign concept. Staying up-to-date takes work, but age shouldn’t stand in the way of adults’ education.

The library and those participants clearly believe the same thing. Good for all of them for pushing forward and understanding learning never ends.


— Jeanny Sharp, editor and publisher