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Computer Literacy Training for Seniors in the Public Library Setting TOO OLD to learn? Am I
Am I Too Old to Learn? Introduction & Our Program Our Students Instructional Techniques Challenges What Weve Learned
Introduction 2 dedicated staff members Dedicated training space An ongoing schedule of classes An expanded repertoire of classes targeting different interests and levels of ability
Our Students Younger adults –Employment pressure –Family pressure –Societal pressure
Seniors Average age mid- to late 70s Grew up during Depression, WW II Have experienced much technological change in their lifetime Our Students
Radio Small schools Slide rules Record albums Photographs
Our Students Television Larger schools Calculators Cassette tapes Slides, video tapes
Seniors –Technological change –Long time out of school –Physical challenges –Family pressure
Our Students AM I TOO OLD TO LEARN? NO!
Techniques Instructional Psychological Technical
Psychological Techniques Non-threatening atmosphere Put class in context Computer skills can be learned Language –Jargon –Humour, personal stories Encourage questions
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