Sara Silver, M.Ed., has a degree in Advanced Teaching from Northwestern University and is a certified educator in Illinois. She started Computer Companion in 2014 after retiring from classroom teaching. She feels lucky to have found an encore career that combines her love of teaching and her passion for technology. Sara is savvy with an abundance of online specialty programs and loves making meaningful connections with clients.
Sam Silver is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is well-versed in smart and safe practices when it comes to using technology. His passions are digital music creation and collection, audio equipment and production, and general IT troubleshooting. Sam has been working with Computer Companion since 2015.
Endless possibilities for personal expression are now right at our fingertips! Many of today's seniors however have not had the opportunity to reap the benefits of using a personal tech device or don't know where to turn for trustworthy instruction and other computer services.
Computer Companion services are tailor-made to suit individual client's needs. Sessions may be instructional (clients learn how to complete digital activities on their own) or supportive (clients with limitations or impairments enjoy digital activities with the assistance of the companion).
Here are some popular digital activities that clients have mastered after Computer Companion sessions:
If you are or know someone who needs help staying connected, being creative or using technology to maximize convenience, we can help! Scroll down to the Contact Us section of the website and click the Send Us a Message tab.
Almost anyone can put together a photobook, but Computer Companion customizes professional looking books you can be proud to show off to friends and family!
What better way to honor a loved one than to create a beautiful and meaningful book of photos and memories. Future generations will treasure what we create together.
Do you have special family recipes? Make sure the recipes and the stories behind them don't get lost forever. These books make exceptional gifts!
Looking back on your life is not only therapeutic, it can be inspiring for others! Computer Companion will partner with you to create a lasting legacy.
Many of us have thousands of photos on our phones from memorable vacations. Turn them into a work of art that tells a story. Your journeys will have a permanent place in your home.
Do you have an idea for a unique project that requires tech skills you do not have? Computer Companion will work with you to bring your vision to life!
The wedding was delayed by COVID but we created a 4 minute "trailer" for the eventual wedding in 2021. Family and friends can't wait to see the full-length movie! This is a shortened version, under 2 minutes, but it shows how we incorporate home movies, photographs and music that is meaningful for both bride and groom.
This young man loves 80's Rock! After interviewing his mom about his favorite songs over the years, we put together this montage. It was a hit for young and old alike at the party following the service!
Computer Companion created this video for a wonderful couple. The full length version is over 15 minutes long. Family photos, home movies and engagement photos were collected and the parents of both the bride and groom were interviewed in order to select the type of music and particular songs relevant for the couple. The final product was a delightful surprise!
Computer Companion created this video for a memorial. The full length version is over 20 minutes long. Vintage photos, home movies, songs of the era and music by artists that the family member loved were used to portray a lifetime of memories. The family now has a tribute to a dear loved one and a keepsake to pass down to future generations.
Computer Companion created this video for a 90th birthday. The full length version is over 15 minutes long. Vintage and more recent photos and music by artists that the family member loves were used to highlight the key milestones of life. This was a "hit" at the party! It's the best gift a family member can give to the honoree.
The main thing was I got over the fear, the insecurity. I would recommend Computer Companion to anyone who has problems and getting an inferiority complex with their computer or their iPad.
If you are ever staring at your screen in total frustration and nothing seems to work, CALL SARA. She understands it all! She explains it clearly, and she shows you how to make everything work again. Sara’s personal help is invaluable.
Sometimes we get lucky like I did when Sara Silver became my teacher. She is always a joy to see and is very knowledgeable with the computer!
Lake Barrington, IL
From start to finish, Sara and Sam were so pleasant and patient to work with, and I was absolutely delighted with the finished product!
There were so many wonderful things about our rehearsal dinner video. Computer Companion worked with both of our families to make the video truly represent us. I've watched it so many times, I can't keep count!
New Orleans, LA
We hired Computer Companions for our Bar Mitzvah montage and it was amazing! From start to finish, Sara Silver made everything so easy and stress-free! And no tech glitches!
Tell us a little bit about your needs. Are you looking for tech instruction and assistance, IT troubleshooting or would you like to work on a digital project such as a recipe book or memoir? Perhaps you are interested in a video montage for a celebratory occasion? Let us know and we will get back to you ASAP! We look forward to a happy and successful collaboration!
Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our clients. We often work remotely and take the utmost care, following all CDC guidelines, when meeting in person. Please contact us for more specific information regarding our procedures during this unprecedented time.