Today Show: Class For Older Americans Teaches Them How To Use Technology
Senior citizens want to get more tech savvy. For those of us that have grown up in the digital age, it can be hard for us to understand the feeling of trying to work our way around a new gadget for the first time. One man has recognized this need to help the older generation with technology, and has started a program to help bridge the generational gap between seniors and the technology of today. The concept of teaching the elderly to figure out technology is so interesting that shows have even been made about it.
Today Show: Senior Planet Exploration Center Provides Classes For Free
Tom Camper is the founder of a popular program for seniors at a New York City campus called Senior Planet Exploration Center that teaches them all about technology. The classes cover technology such as iPads, video games, and social networking, each running for around 10 weeks. Most of the coursework covers pretty basic concepts like taking pictures and browsing the web. Many of the students don’t have smart phones or computers, and just want to get with the times.
There aren’t any exams, just a few social assignments that have class attendees taking self portraits and other menial tasks on these devices. The good news is, it seems to be working. By the second class, many of the students have caught on quite well and even express their own interest in getting products like the iPad.
All of the classes at the center are free, funded by grants and donations. It probably helps that they are the only school of its kind in the country.