Senior Planet

Technology Education Sponsors

FREE In-Person Technology Classes!

Location:

Dick Eardley Boise Senior Center
690 Robbins Rd, Boise, ID 83702
(208) 608-7580

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LEARN is partnering with Senior Planet from AARP to help older adults use technology to learn new skills, save money, and make new friends.  Classes are hosted at the Dick Eardley Senior Center in Boise and are intended for adults 60 and over.  Join us for FREE in-person lectures and hands-on workshops on popular topics, and learn how you can stay connected!

COMPUTER ESSENTIALS 5-Week Course

This 5-week course covers the essentials of how to use the basic functions of a personal computer, how to navigate the internet, and how to send and receive email. By the end of the course, you’ll have a foundation for using a computer and the internet to enrich your life. 

Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
January 10 — February 7

FREE YOUR PHOTOS 5-Week Course

Come to this 5-week course with the digital photos you want to back-up, share, and print! You’ll learn to use Google Photos, a Cloud-based platform that allows you to organize and access your pictures across devices. You’ll also explore websites for printing and making the most of your pictures by turning them into scrapbooks, calendars, and more! This course is ideal for anyone who has already taken our Smartphone Photography lecture. 

Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
February 14 — March 14

OPEN COMPUTER LAB –10 Weeks

Practice computer skills, ask questions, and learn new things! Search the internet for information and tap into LEARN Idaho’s resource network. Every open lab will also include a short and simple tech training with instruction on a variety of topics,

Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
January 11 — March 15, 2023

LECTURE SERIES — 8-Weeks

Mondays from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

“Affordable Home Internet” — January 9

Having home internet can help you save money, look for a job, connect with others, make everyday tasks easier, and much more! This lecture goes over basic information you need to know when signing up for home internet service. You’ll also learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a permanent, government program that helps qualifying low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. In some cases, depending on your internet plan, the ACP discount may help you get home internet for free! 

“Smartphones” — January 23

If you’re curious about what smartphones can do and why they’ve grown so popular, come to this lecture. You’ll learn about popular smartphones on the market and some of their pros and cons. We’ll also compare and contrast two of the most popular operating systems: Android and Apple’s iOS. 

“Smartphone Photography” — January 30

Interested in learning more about your smartphone camera? Come to this lecture to explore your smartphone’s camera and some features like recording video, adding filters to pictures, and using your camera’s timer! We’ll also go over some basic tips for taking good selfies, selecting backgrounds, and using optimal lighting. This presentation will cover Android and iPhone. 

“Cloud Storage” — February 6

In this lecture, you’ll learn the basics of cloud storage — a technology that lets you store documents, images, and other media files remotely while giving you greater accessibility, reliability, and protection for your important data. We’ll discuss what it is, why it’s the future of data storage, and demonstrate a few of the most popular services currently available to consumers. 

“Protecting Your Personal Info Online — February 13

This presentation will cover the ins and outs of how to protect your personal information online. We’ll cover tips for staying safe in cyberspace, like creating strong passwords, managing spam, how to recognize email and text scams, and when it’s OK — or not — to share your personal information online. 

“Graphic Design Tools” — February 27

Looking for a creative outlet? Try your hand at one or more free, user-friendly, web-based graphic design tools! In this presentation, we’ll explore the popular design platform, Canva, and demonstrate how you can get very creative with basic tools like Google Slides. We’ll also take a look at Photoshop Express, the web-based, free version of Photoshop. 

“Money Matters” — March 6

The internet can open a new world for saving money and managing your finances. This lecture introduces online banking and goes over how to keep your financial information safe. You’ll also learn about online shopping and explore some digital resources for saving money on entertainment, prescription drugs, and everyday items. 

“Facebook” — March 13

Curious about Facebook but concerned about privacy? Interested in learning how to set up a profile or a page? Want to learn more about Facebook Live? This lecture offers an overview of Facebook’s evolution, its most popular features, and tips for getting in on the action. It will also cover privacy settings as well as the role of advertising on Facebook. 

NDIA | National Digital Inclusion Alliance | Affiliate

The NDIA Community forms the strong, growing core of digital inclusion work in the United States. We are seasoned experts, yet extremely welcoming – diverse and inclusive. We are digital inclusion practitioners, advocates, and supporters working with our communities to advance digital equity.

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