I recently had the opportunity to visit the local SeniorNet here on Long Island. They are a volunteer organization that focuses on increasing the computer literacy of seniors and opening the world of the internet to the senior population.
They are located at 790 Park Ave in Huntington, in the Family Service League building.
I was invited by Bill Baker, one of those who runs the program here on Long Island.
They first came to my attention from a flyer at my local library detailing some of the upcoming seminars they had in my area.
These seminars deal with giving those who are 50 and over the opportunity to understand not only the power of new technologies becoming available but also the answers when it comes to internet security and surfing the web in a safe and secure fashion.
And being that I knew that this is a very important topic, having seen firsthand the struggles and adventures of my own parents when it came to trying to figure out technical issues and new technologies, I was eager to find out more about them.
And is there a need for this type of service? You bet there is. As proof, here you see my father starting to learn to work his new iPad.
My favorite question from him throughout teaching him how to use it was, (which he asked with a pained look of bewilderment on his face) “I need to ask one more time, what’s the difference between a text and an email?”
So yes, there is a definite need for this type of service.
So it is for questions like this, and a thousand others that seniors ask about new technologies, that SeniorNet was created.
When I got there, Bill and I talked in their classroom, which was well stocked with modern computers to allow the students to learn the most up-to-date technologies…
Here are the details regarding SeniorNet and their classes…
SeniorNet functions very similar to a wholesale club, like BJ’s or Costco. There is a yearly membership fee of $44 and then students get access to classes on a variety of topics at very reasonable rates.
Most 4-session course are $40 and 8-session course are $50.
Classes are generally divided into…
- Introduction to Computers – 8 sessions
- Key Computer Applications – 4 sessions
- Windows – 8 sessions
- Computer Hardware – 1 session
- Computer Maintenance and Security – 2 sessions
- File Management – 4 sessions
- Microsoft Access – 4 sessions
- Microsoft Word – 6 sessions
- Microsoft Publisher – 4 sessions
- Microsoft PowerPoint – 4 sessions
- Mail Merge – 2 sessions
- iTunes – 2 sessions
- eBay – 2 sessions
- Vacation Planning Online – 1 session
- Researching Health Issues Online – 1 session
- Stock Market Investing Online – 2 sessions
- Genealogy – 4 sessions
- Skype – 1 session
- Facebook – 3 sessions
- Pinterest – 1 session
- Twitter – 1 session
- Introduction to the Digital Camera – 4 sessions
- Introduction to Digital Photo Editing – 2 sessions
- Creative Photo Slideshows – 2 sessions
- Creating Books with Shutterfly – 2 sessions
- The iPad
- The iPhone
- Android Smartphones
Additionally, they do plenty of outreach at local libraries, with seminars on most of the topics that I mentioned above.
A SeniorNet seminar being run by my host, Bill Baker
And those who have difficulty coming to them, they also have mobile learning center where they will go to hospitals, senior centers and Section 8 housing projects to provide assistance to seniors who can’t come to them.
So if you on Long Island and would like to schedule time to sign up for classes, go to SeniorNetLI.org for more information.
And if you are not on Long Island then visit the National site to find a SeniorNet near you.