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Newsletter April 03, 2013 PDF Email
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Seniors Train in New Technology
HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas -- For more than 25 years, Hot Springs SeniorNet has provided older adults with computer and technology training courses to enhance their lives and introduce them to a world of information online.

Since 2003, the Senior Center on Woodbine Avenue has increased its enrollment numbers from 20 to 30 students to an average of 100 students for each session.

"We currently have around 70 students," said Paul Woodward, instructor. "We have two classrooms here and can teach about seven or eight students in each class."

SeniorNet offers three sessions annually with classes ranging from topics like computer basics to utilizing social media. They also offer day workshops.

"Our classes are one day a week and are about one to two hours long," said Rosemarie Kawlewski, co-coordinator for Hot Springs SeniorNet. "Each student gets a manual and with two coaches and one instructor for each class, they get hands-on instruction."

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Paul Woodward introduces his students to the SeniorNet website in a lesson on accessing the Internet. (Photo Credit: The Sentinel-Record)

"Some instructors stay after class to help," said Cheryl Denison, instructor and website coordinator. "If I see a student who's really struggling, I try to help them individually. Our job as instructors is to encourage our students."

Every instructor is a former student of the program and with around 34 volunteers, Hot Springs SeniorNet is able to cater to its students' needs.

"Each chapter operates a little differently, but all of our manuals and teaching materials come from our national headquarters," Denison said.

But occasionally during a class, the instructor will go to a website or check their email and students will want to know how they did it.

"For those things we don't have in the manual, our students will scramble to take notes," Kawlewski said. "They're so enthused to learn and that is exciting for us."

Because of this excitement, the volunteers at SeniorNet said very rarely do students not come back for more courses. And once students are comfortable with their new skills, there is a whole world online available to them.

John McFerrin, who teaches courses on Internet and email said one of his favorite websites to show his students is YouTube.

"You can find videos on any topic and learn how to do just about anything," McFerrin said.

And for people concerned they may not catch on as quickly in the courses, the volunteers at SeniorNet suggest enrolling with a family member or friend.

"We've had several students enroll with their siblings or spouses and that really helps them," said Beverly Jackson, instructor. "They can help each other and they'll also have a friend. Though many of our students become friends."

And it's not just the students who benefit from SeniorNet.

"We get a lot out of the courses," Kawlewski said. "It keeps us thinking and busy and as long as we're helping people, we're making a difference."

Registration for the Spring session will be on March 22 at the Senior Center and classes will start on April 8

Source: The Sentinel-Record, written by Beth Bright 

Thank you

Hot Springs SeniorNet Center. This recent article in The Sentinel-Record generated lots of interest in your community. And kudos from all over. 

Keep up the great work.

Leslie M. Smith  

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Newsletter March 28, 2013 PDF Email
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Que Publishing Enters Partnership with SeniorNet

Benefits Include Member Discounts and Books for Learning Centers

INDIANAPOLIS-- March 28, 2013 -- Que Publishing (www.quepublishing.com) announced today a partnership with SeniorNet, a non-profit company that provides technology training to adults over 55 and the underserved via more than 60 computer learning centers throughout the U.S. and its affiliates worldwide.

Designed to directly benefit the over one million clients SeniorNet has served since its start in 1986, the partnership will offer member discounts on Que products, including print books, ebooks and video, as well as the placement of technology books for use by instructors and students at each learning center. SeniorNet members will have access to special promotions, resources and content.

"Que Publishing's focus is teaching the fundamentals of technology to beginner and intermediate users. A partnership with SeniorNet is an excellent way to bring our products to this segment of the population. We're excited to offer SeniorNet and its clients products to help learn the necessary skills to use every day technologies," said Greg Wiegand, Editor in Chief, Que Publishing.

"This is a very valuable partnership for SeniorNet and we are pleased with the many benefits afforded to our members," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet Board Chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. "This unique relationship with Que Publishing allows those with computer needs to become less isolated and more a part of our technology driven planet."

About SeniorNet

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has more than 60 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

About Pearson

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit www.pearson.com.

Members, volunteers and staff this is a significant opportunity for all... please visit our website (members benefits).

 

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Newsletter March 19, 2013 PDF Email
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American Foundation for the Blind 

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss 

The March issue of AccessWorld is now available on our website.
This issue features:

   

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Newsletter March 13, 2013 PDF Email

SeniorNet Introduces a New Series of Skill Courses

Since 1986 SeniorNet Learning Centers have made a difference to several million seniors by providing a variety of courses on a variety of computer related topics.

SeniorNet Learning Centers provide training designed to develop computer skills of people in need. People in need include our seniors, retiring adults, returning veterans, the unemployed and the employed who would like to expand their computer knowledge.

We pride ourselves on an instruction model that provides small class environment, well-illustrated
self-help manuals plus hands-on learning by volunteer instructors and coaches... volunteers who make a difference in their communities.    

Today our Learning Centers are dealing with the ever expanding field of technology and SeniorNet headquarters is preparing to assist them in meeting that challenge. 

Beginning this spring and throughout the coming months, the SeniorNet Curriculum Development team will provide our Learning Centers with a series of intermediate and advanced level "Skill Courses"... workshops and hands-on short courses that focus on topics like Facebook, Twitter, iPad Basics, Creating a Personal Web Page, Home Networking, Disk Management, Disk Maintenance and Repair, and specialized courses on managing Windows 7 and Windows 8.     

Check with your local SeniorNet Learning Center for their plans to schedule Skill Courses designed to expand your computer knowledge.

SeniorNet... because we care!

Hank Clemente
SeniorNet Director of Curriculum Development

 

 
Newsletter March 5, 2013 PDF Email

Windows 8 and Office 2013 are now available at SeniorNet Centers

SeniorNet is proud to announce that we have received a very generous donation from Microsoft. This grant provides us with the long-awaited Windows 8 and Office 2013. This software is currently being distributed to your centers. Please contact your center leaders to sign up for new classes to learn about Windows 8 and Office 2013. 

Windows 8
The newest version of Microsoft's operating system has a lot of new features - but also a lot of changes! Even advanced computer users may be surprised by the new interface, which uses a start screen with tiles instead of the familiar start menu. Visit your local SeniorNet center to learn more about this new operating system and sign up for classes today!

Office 2013
Microsoft's popular productivity suite (containing Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook, and others) is used widely in home and office environments. The newest version, released earlier this year, puts a greater focus on "cloud computing": the sharing of files and applications over the internet. For more information about Office 2013 and cloud computing, check with your local learning center for classes and workshops.

Don't be left behind... Contact your center today!

Sincerely,

Leslie M. Smith

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