One high school student is bridging the gap between generations. Residents at Brandon Wilde Retirement Community are getting a lesson in technology. Cyber Seniors is a film that is creating an international campaign where students teach senior citizens how to use technology.
Greenbrier High School senior Sam Chu is excited to be the first to introduce this program to the area. What started as his senior project has turned into an opportunity to impact several lives? These seniors may be out of school but for the next 2 months they’re be back in class, learning the ins and outs of new technology.
“I have a computer and an iPad I can afford those things, but I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do with them,” said Jan Van Keuner, resident at Brandon Wilde. Jan Van Keuren is 82-years-old, but that’s not stopping her from keeping up with the rest of the world. “Seniors are not slow, they just need to be taught it their way,” she explained.
17-year-old Sam Chu says this isn’t what he imagined he would be doing at the beginning of the school year. “I had planned to do something really easy and simple but my sister, Joyce, recommended that I do something that would actually impact other people’s lives,” Chu explained.
He says he’s glad he did, and so are the dozens of senior citizens who signed up to learn more about Facebook, YouTube, email and much more. “Be connected with people, and be aware of what’s going on in the world, and what’s not, don’t just sit by the sidelines and not know what’s going on,” said Van Keuren.
Wellness Director Avery Villines says it’s the multigenerational interaction that’s so vital to both the teens and seniors. “Cyber Seniors is a program we thought, it’s not just about electronics, it’s not just about learning what to do with my iPhone, or my smartphone or my iPad, for us it’s about the interaction.”
The program lasts for 8 weeks. For his Senior project, Chu will record the progress each senior makes over the two months. And at the end, the “students” will be asked to make a YouTube video showing what they’ve learned. Watch program video.
Read Article (Margaret-Ann Carter | wjbf.com | 10/26/2015)
It’s fascinating and inspirational anytime teens help senior citizens. It’s also very interesting to see that teens are alarmed by the high numbers of individuals, mostly older adults, that need assistance learning technology.
Unfortunately, volunteers can only do so much as they face over-whelming numbers of those in need. Please help us provide assistance to those struggling to learn technology by supporting this campaign.
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