Presented by: Steve in Moose Lake Public Library, Moose Lake, MN
A year ago he was starting to develop this session. Moose Lake is north of The Twin Cities. His community has an elderly population and they have done a lot to address this.
Barriers for seniors:
-Lack of internet access at home
-Digital Equipment: Smartphones are not meant for older people. Hard to use and flimsy.
- Inadequate marketing:
-Low awareness: They aren’t sure what the internet can do for them.
- Anxiety: They don’t want to break it.
Benefits of SCOPE technology:
- Maintain contact with family and friends
- Gain access to information
- Engage in paid work and to volunteer
4 Classes they do:
iPad and Smartpad Training: they have 4 iPads for use at the library. They go through the basics and what general settings are. How to add and remove an app. The cameras.
Technology Petting Zoo: They have a lot of devices that they turn on and set them up. It’s a 3-hour open house where people can play with the items and ask questions.
Basic Computer Classes: Every month is a class. Mobile devices, THe internet, Email, Digital Photography, Kindles, Google, Online shopping and security, Video Messaging, are just a few examples.
Classes are 90 minutes. They do limit space and ask people to register. He uses the first 45 minutes to talk, and then opens it up.
Smart Home Classes: He talks about smart devices like phones or tablets that use our voices, and how that relates to homes.
They have a tech room at the library. They use a large screen computer, a 3D printer and some tech toys.
He brought some stuff to demo:
- Amazon Echo (dot): Setting a timer, setting a reminder, calednar, news, general questions, it plays music. It’s run off his google calendar.
- IP Cameras: Good for seeing family who live far away.
- TrackR & Tile: Bluetooth locators, never forgets where you parked. Never lose your keys, wallet or phone.
Seniors should take the basic classes for the device they are using.
They need to understand that they won’t learn this overnight.
They should WANT to use these, not be forced.
They need to understand that some of these devices can be expensive.
He will have the seniors work on their device and show them how to do something.
Policy on hot spots?: $20 deposit, can borrow it for a week, unlimited data, constant holds on them. They shut it off on the 8th day.