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$20k Grant Helps Seniors Learn New Technology

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In Tyronza, Arizona a grant of $20,000 will enable East Poinsett County HS seniors to help Tyronza senior citizens learn more about technology. The Mayor, Charles Glover said, “The idea came about when he was speaking with the high school principal, John Kelly.  He and I were talking about how we can engage our students in community service, EPC has a program that if students get 75 hours of community service they can actually get a high school credit.”

The principle came up with the name ‘Seniors Helping Seniors’ to help push the grant forward. They’ve already used to buy new laptops, kindles and audio visual equipment for the senior center. Glover said, “The audio-visual equipment will also help our senior citizens center develop into a place that we can lease out for meetings and that type of opportunity.”

An EPC program teacher Jennifer Fithen said 4 students are brought in each Thursday from 9am to 2pm to help seniors with any of their technology questions. The students get community service credit, and the seniors learn things like Skype, Google Earth, and how to scan pictures to name a few. People can even bring in their own laptops or tablets as the center new has a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Aware that while the program is to help the senior citizens, possibilities of the partnership indicate it will do much more.

Glover added, “It is our hope, and we firmly believe that our high school students will learn as much from our senior citizens as our senior citizens will learn from the high school students. We want to bridge the gap between those generations.”

By the end of August computers were setup, and EPC students started helping the first week of September. Fithen said, “When we first came a lot of the seniors were scared to come over. A common thing for them to say was they didn’t want to break the computers.” So the first weeks were spent building comfort and confidence with the six computers.  See Video

“Every week, we see an increase in the number of people who come for help. The students enjoy it. They come back to school and share the stories they learned at lunch.” Some students and seniors even found out they attended the same church without ever knowing and now sit together at church.

Read Article (Corey Clairday | domocrattribune.com | 10/26/2015)

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Digital Literacy Consequences – Campaign Awareness

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The ultimate mission of ‘Master Level High-Tech Webinars’ is to assist the process of learning to use mobile and high-tech devices. The following highlights a few of the reasons for creation of the service, gravity of the cause, and the basis for campaigning on Indiegogo.com. Other than volunteers 50 Million+ have nowhere else to turn.

As the world seemingly attempts to prepare for more extreme weather, crop shortages, epidemics, and global conflicts, digital communication will be more important than ever. Each of these issues have shown that being disconnected can have devastating consequences for all ages, particularly the elderly as during Hurricane Katrina, more than 70% of those who died were over 60. After the 2007 Witch Creek fire in San Diego County, elderly struggled to get compensation for lost belongings. In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York, thousands turned to social media for safety updates, but many elderly residents were unable to take advantage of such networks. It took over 100 lives and most were over the age of 65.

National Geographic – The Mobile Device could save you from an Earthquake by giving you enough time to get to safety. You really don’t want to be in a major earthquake especially near the epicenter. It’s the most violent there and there is no time to look for shelter. This is a situation where seconds of warning can make the difference between life and death and now there’s an app for that.

The USGS is spending millions on the continued development of an early warning system called ShakeAlert that will use texts & emails to alert people that a quake has just occurred. Finding Heartbeats in Rubble (Video)

Homeland Security News Wire - Smartphones could help save hundreds of thousands of lives in the aftermath of a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. Software developed by computer scientists could help quickly and accurately locate missing people, rapidly identify those suffering from malnutrition and direct people towards safe zones.

Value of Smartphones in a Disaster – On Nov. 17 2013 in central Illinois a weather system spawned 87 tornadoes and an EF-4 ripped a scar through the city of Washington with winds up to 200mph. That tornado damaged the roof of my grandparents’ house while shredding other homes in their cul-de-sac before flattening two home belonging to other family members, thankfully, no one was injured

I thought I’d ride out the storm at my parent’s house a few blocks away. As we stood in the basement, I tried checking my phone to no avail, little did I know a half-mile-wide twister was shredding homes 8-miniutes away. I finally reached Facebook and read the news from a cousin, “Dad and Mom has sped back to the house, just in time to see my brother climbing out of the basement through the rubble – wearing a pair of Dad’s shoes and socks”. How did she know? Her mobile phone.

(This article also covers 5 points in the use of a mobile device when a disaster strikes.)

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