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Welcome to Guide on the Side, the premiere computer coaching service located in the Georgian Bay Region of Ontario, Canada. Established in 2009, our clients are learning on their Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPods and Apple TVs across Canada and around the world. Guide on the Side makes onsite visits in Southern Ontario, and also provides an easy to use real-time online coaching solution to facilitate client learning worldwide.

 

Georgian Bay clients have the option, usually after one or two on-site home visits, to work with with their Guide on the Side remotely over the Internet. These easily scheduled - and often "just in time" - remote sessions have a reduced hourly rate, thus providing the additional benefit of cost savings. For example, a 6 minute email attachment refresher session costs $4.90 Canadian. Choose the Live Support tab above to find out if Guide on the Side is available to assist you now.

 

Guide on the Side, Michael Laurence, has 45 years of both formal teaching experience and working with computers. Formerly a Naval Flight Officer, he recently retired from a major Ontario university where he was Educational Technology Consultant and Lecturer. Research interests included interactive multimedia, remote teaching and online learning. Collaborations occurred with organizations such as Smart Technologies, NASA, NDSB, Canadian Tire Financial Services, Government of Ontario, etc.  This position also involved helping faculty and staff to advance their information technology literacy.  As well he managed: 
1) remote collaboration solutions (video and data conferencing), and
2) a 16 member multimedia production team.
He was also very active in CLOE (Canada's Collaborative Learning Object Exchange) receiving that organization's Person of the Year Award in 2006.