It may seem hard to fathom that there are people even in the developed world who do not know how to operate a computer. 40/29 News reports that the grandmother of an Arkansas teen who went missing says that had she known how to use a computer, she would have tried to monitor her granddaughter's online activity. The NorthWest Arkansas Community College specializes in teaching the older generation how to use computers. "'How do I get on Facebook so I can talk to my grandchildren? How do I get on eBay and look for an unusual item?' We can give these specific directions and just (start from) the basics of how to turn (the computer) on," says Allison-Shiropshire, workplace education coordinator at the college.
In Canada the Montreal Gazette reports that computers are being used to improve general learning in schools. For example, rather than just reading about photosynthesis in a science class, with a computer simulation you can graphically display the increase or decrease in the amount of light or water to dynamically explain the phenomenon. But the problem with using computers as teaching aids is that while teachers in Quebec aren't very familiar with their use, their students are increasingly computer savvy. Therefore teachers have to constantly upgrade their skills with newer computer applications.