Computer Classes Resume May 8, 2013
Edmonton SeniorNet will resume computer classes at SAGE on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. There will be a Beginners’ Class for those seniors who have not used a computer and an Internet and Email Class for those seniors who are familiar with the keyboard but want to learn how to browse the internet and how to do email. Seniors wanting to participate are welcome to contact Rachel Tassone at SAGE in person, by phoning 780-701-9016 or by email rtassone@MySage.ca .
In addition we are looking for volunteers to assist the participants and volunteer instructors for each class. The curriculum is already established so only basic computer skills and knowledge are necessary.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist please contact Rachel Tassone at SAGE in person, by phoning 780-701-9016 or by email rtassone@MySage.ca .
We are also looking for a volunteer to teach social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype to seniors. The curriculum is already prepared. We are also looking for volunteers who want to assist participants in the social media class. If you are interested please contact Rachel Tassone at SAGE in person, by phoning 780-701-9016 or by email rtassone@MySage.ca .
Occupational Therapy student Carleen Ellis and Edmonton SeniorNet teamed up again to write an article for the Senior Lifetimes. Our aim was to dispel some negative misconceptions about the Internet and to offer a few safety tips.
Just click on the photos and zoom in to read the text!
Check out this article on Seniors and Social Media! Simply click on the title of this post.
For seniors interested in learning Internet Basics, a course will be offered this month at Sage (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square). The course will also include a brief refresher of mouse and keyboard actions.
Classes will run every Tuesday and Thursday from November 8th to December 1st at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Cost of participation will be $5 for the entire course.
Spaces are limited, so please contact Sage’s Life Enrichment Coordinator, Rachel Tassone, by phone (780) 701-9016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
As many of the Edmonton SeniorNet participants know, the Seniors Social Media Advisory Committee is largely responsible for bringing this project to Edmonton’s senior population. The committee has been offering valuable feedback and support since May, but today we held our last formal meeting.
Karen McDonald, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
Arlene West, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
Christine Causing, Next Gen Committee
Dr. Donna Wilson, University of Alberta
Frank Hanlan, South East Edmonton Seniors Association
Joan Carlson, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
Dr. Lili Liu, University of Alberta
Mack D. Male, Paramagnus Inc.
Margaret Olson, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
Michelle Maser, Operation Friendship
Serina Weleschuk, Good Samaritan Society TeleCare®
I would like to thank the Advisory Committee members for the dedication they have put into this project. Without you, this project could not have happened!
Also, congratulations to both Christine and Karen for making Avenue’s 2011 Top 40 under 40 list!
At the start of the month, an Occupational Therapy student from the University of Alberta gave a presentation called Easy Ways to Stay Safe Online! You can view the presentation by clicking on the YouTube frame.
You can also download the file to your computer by clicking on the following link: http://db.tt/76M1kVFJ.
The following handout may be viewed to complement the video presentation: http://db.tt/yagy6b3C .
Click on the title to watch Edmonton SeniorNet on CTV news!
It is great to hear what students think about our classes and social media!
This is an excerpt of an interview that our class members participated in for CBC Radio Active with Peter Brown and Kevin Wilson.
Get some insight into how seniors are using social media to connect with family and friends!
This article in the Fall 2011 issue of the Senior Lifetimes, has me thinking a little about the stigmas associated with Internet and social media. Just click on the picture to read it more closely!
The headline, “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT ON FACEBOOK,” is a rather bold statement that may negatively influence seniors citizens’ perceptions of what Facebook and the Internet is all about. What is most interesting, is that the article offers no specific indicators of how Facebook might have been involved in the scam that the two seniJors fell victim to.
At the end of the Gmail lessons, Edmonton SeniorNet students participated in a presentation on Internet privacy and safety. We discussed how the first line of defense to combat potential internet risks, is to be prudent when sharing personal information on the Internet. We also stressed, however, that social media is great for connecting with friends and family. Posting fun facts about yourself, comments, status updates or photos can be a great way to keep your loved ones up to date and engaged in your daily life.
If you are concerned about strangers viewing your personal information and photos, all you have to do is change your privacy settings! Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype all enable you to choose what parts of your profiles are available to the public. You can choose settings that allow only those you have approved to see your information.
To learn some tips on how to use the Internet safely, attend the following event:
Easy Ways to Stay Safe Online
October 6th, 2011 - 2:00 PM
Sage Room, 3rd Floor, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
This free workshop is open to all Edmonton seniors, and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended as seats are limited. To register call 780.701.9016, or email email@example.com.
See you there!
One of our instructors has found this article about seniors using email and computers to broaden their horizons! Just click on the title to view the article.
Edmonton SeniorNet classes have begun, and it is exciting to see all of the students using Email!
Last week we learned to sign up for a Gmail account, as well as how to send and reply to basic emails. We also learned how to add contacts to our address books. This week we focused on formatting and sending messages, as well as downloading and attaching picture files to messages. Next week will be fun, as we will be practicing our new skills by adding the rest of the class as contacts and emailing between each other. Our last Gmail class will focus on spam, privacy and email ettiquette. After that we will be moving on to Facebook!
We are still looking for a few more training team members who would like to help out on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM or on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Trainers can be young adults or seniors, as long as they are computer savvy. Let your friends, family and acquaintances know!
Here is an article that appeared about our project in July’s Edmonton Senior. Just click on the photo to read it more closely!
Here is a neat outline by Age UK of how you can use the internet to suit your needs! Just click on the title.
Edmonton SeniorNet is a project run mostly by senior volunteers. The goal of our project is to help seniors connect with friends, family and the community using internet applications such as Skype, Twitter and Facebook.
There are two ways that you can participate:
1. Participate in Edmonton SeniorNet! Learn how to share messages, photos and ideas using the internet! With these skills you can stay in touch with loved ones overseas, or just experience a fun new way to communicate with friends.
2. Join our training team! Teach our participants how to use social media! All you need is a positive attitude and a little bit of experience using Facebook, Skype or Twitter.
If you are interested in participating in this project
Phone: Karolina at 780.423.5510 ext. 340.