In Rangiora Waimakariri New Zealand, a group of golden oldie seniors took over a North Canterbury library one iPad at a time. The library has weekly ‘Appy’ hour classes for community members that want to brush up on their iPad skills.
The classes were started last October said ‘reference’ team leader Pat Mock, after numerous requests from people wanting to access their e-book collection with tablets & iPads. Now these sessions cover everything from downloading apps and checking email to Google searching and working with photos.
Jean Booth, 94, is an ‘Appy’ hour regular and got her first iPad this year from her nephew. Her 10-year old niece started teaching her to use it but Jean said she wanted more and the ‘Appy’ hour classes have helped her do just that.
Booth said it’s lovely to join like-minded people. “That’s addictive.” Software updates was her biggest hurdle, they made things a little confusing for her at times. But the techno-whiz will keep attending sessions as they bring her a lot of joy.
Mock said, “I would really like for some younger people to come, because they would have some other things to share.”
Read Article (Emily Spink | stuff.co.nz | 10/11/2013)
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