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Microsoft Free Books and Videos (8/19/2016) PDF Email
Microsoft Free Books and Videos / SeniorNet
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SeniorNet Community,
 
 
 
 
Sharing wisdom ....our mantra, is alive and well at SeniorNet. 
 
Your Center Leadership Teams are in the process of designing 2016 Fall and Winter Schedules.
 
Some of them will include Free Books and Videos from Microsoft
 
Hank Clemente, SeniorNet's Director of Curriculum has reviewed some of this free material ...and sees lots of value for our centers.
 
Please contact your center / or the closet SeniorNet Center to you to register for the Fall and Winter Session Schedules ....and don't forget to ask for the link to the Microsoft free books & videos.
 
Big thanks to Charlene Francis,  SeniorNet Center Leader Oklahoma City for sharing this information from Microsoft with our Center Leaders

 
Visit our home page for general information - Click Here
 
 
 
Leslie M. Smith
President & CEO

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Willows Summer Session (8/8/2016) PDF Email
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SeniorNet Community,
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                             
Willows SeniorNet
     
Some of our SeniorNet Centers operate at warp speed all year. Willows SeniorNet, San Jose, CA is one of them. Their course schedule and varied curriculum creates a high interest that encourages folks to join and renew their membership.
 
 
                                                            
Luisa Garcia, Publicity Coordinator at Willows (who was a 2014 Curriculum Contest Winner) creates and publishes the Willow Newsletter.
 
 
 
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First Discovery Tool (7/22/2016) PDF Email

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SeniorNet Community,
 
 
                Institute for the Study of 
                                                                           
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATION          U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Recently we were asked to participate in the usability testing of a new application and technology called the First Discovery Tool. The usability test is a part of a larger project that seeks to help people personalize an approach to accessibility and removing barriers to the access to digital content. The project will result in the creation of a freely available, open source tool, which walks users through the process of discovering preferences for how they would like to access and interact with online content. The tool will help users record their preference settings--such as language, font size, color contrast, video captions, and speech rate, among others.
ISKME, (the project lead) based in Silicon Valley, CA. is an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Established in 2002, ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations and facilitates innovation that improves knowledge sharing in education.
The project is funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research / U.S. Department of Health & Human Services whose mission is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill their mission by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in the medicine, public health, and social services.
Other Partners include IBM, Inclusive Technologies, Ontario College of Art and Design, Raising the Floor International and WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media.
ISKME was first introduced to the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma SeniorNet Center - Charlene Francis, Center Leader and Ann Knutson, Instructor. The objective was to better understand our operational structure, offerings and the value students receive from SeniorNet. This visit proved to constructive and rewarding for SeniorNet.
The actual usability testing took place at our Huntington, New York SeniorNet Center with the support of Pat McAsey, Center Leader and the Huntington Volunteers. In follow up conversations with the ISKME Project Team - it is clear that the Huntington testing and interaction was "incredibly valuable". SeniorNet will be involved in the future design and development of this application.
Thank you Oklahoma City and Huntington SeniorNet !!
 
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Support SeniorNet (7/7/2016) PDF Email

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SeniorNet Community,
 
 
Some say that senior citizens are traditionally slower to adopt new technologies than younger people.
The good news, according to some studies -- American seniors defined as adults aged 65 years and older are catching up with the rest of the population when it comes to being connected to the Internet and having broadband access.
  • Computer use is especially high among seniors in their late 60s and early 70s and among wealthy seniors. Ninety percent of seniors with an annual household income of at least $75,000 use the Internet, which is a higher rate than the general U.S. population.
 
The bad news, is that the technological divide among the less affluent senior Americans, disabled, veterans and disenfranchised is growing wider....leaving them without access to government services, health resources, social support, news and information.
  • Only 39 percent of seniors with an annual household income of $30,000 or less use the Internet, and only 25% of this group have a broadband connection at home.
 
As in the past, you can help us reach folks that need us with your donations. SeniorNet continues as the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 50 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than two million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet.
 
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                                                 Thank you for your support !
 
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Curriculum Contest 2016 (6/28/2016) PDF Email

Curriculum Contest 2016 / SeniorNet

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SeniorNet Family,
 
Final Reminder
 
Don't miss out on this !
 
We have all benefited from the talent and dedication of those that participated in the previous year's Curriculum Contests. Their work clearly demonstrated expertise and skills of the highest level.
 
We will duplicate these past contest with more prizes, more challenges and an exciting bonus for 2016!
 
  • First Prize: Full Course Manual: $1,200.
  • Second Prize: $400.

 

  • First Prize:Workshop: $1,100
  • Second Prize: $350.

 

 

Contest Rules
  • The curriculum submitted must be NEW. This means that submissions cannot be duplicates, updates, or modifications from any existing curriculum in Leadership Exchange (LEX) as of May 1st 2016. 
  • Click here to view a list of currently available curriculum.
  • Winning curriculum that focuses on "new technology/gadgets" (Smartwatches, health-fitness, e-book readers, tablets, technology for the physically challenged, mobile communication, and social media) -- will receive a Board of Directors Bonus Award.
  • All contest curriculum entries must meet the Contest Style Guide. Requirements below. 
  • Authors agree that submissions can be branded as SeniorNet material and shared on LEX. 
     
 
 
Contest Style Guide
 
Course Entry Requirements
  • Each course must be composed of four to eight lessons.
  • Each lesson must provide material and activities for a one and one-half to two-hour class session.
  • Each lesson must include specific steps for the students to follow along as the curriculum is presented in the class -- and on their personal computer at home. Including "follow-along" illustrations would be a plus.
  • Lessons can conclude with a "Challenge Exercise" as optional home practice.
  • Course components must, at the minimum, include:
    • Cover, front and back. In addition to course title, the front cover must include the current SeniorNet logo.
    • Title Page
    • Table of Contents
    • Student Practice files (where appropriate)
Workshop Entry Requirements
  • Entries must include detailed topic information/procedures that can be reviewed by the participant on their personal devices.
  • If presentation includes an overhead slide, (PowerPoint or video) presentation, it must be included with the entry.
  • Workshop must be at least one hour in duration.
  • Workshop components must, at a minimum, include:
    • Cover, front and back. In addition to course title, the front cover must include the current SeniorNet logo.
    • Title Page
    • Table of Contents
    • Student Practice Files (where appropriate)
 
Let the contest begin !!!
 
Sincerely,
 
Leslie M. Smith
President & CEO
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