With Twelfth Night almost upon us, and Epiphany, bringing the celebration of the Christmas season to an official end, it is time to start honing in on resolutions, all while having some fun, of course.
Need to get out of your comfort zone in 2017? Then consider attending the popular library program, Cyber Seniors, which kicked off last fall and continues through April 2017 at the Spanish Fort Public Library. The class is part of a technology pilot program, sponsored by AT&T, that bridges generations, pairing student trainers with senior adult users. This program specifically highlights the technology needs of our senior adult community, and the one hour, monthly class, works to engage all participants with any questions they have related to tech needs.
Cyber Seniors provides personal one-on-one training which is a benefit to all. Seniors enjoy an increased understanding of technology. And, student trainers sharpen invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills, helping prepare them to graduate career and college ready.
The program, “which partners FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students with the needs of senior adults, works monthly to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations, stated Jennifer Adams, State Advisor to the Alabama Association of FCCLA. Students work with seniors on an array of digital tasks—everything from learning how to video chat with friends and family, program security locks and codes to protect devices and personal data, post photos to Facebook and use calendar and reminder apps for things like doctor’s appointments.”
Spanish Fort High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) was part of a pilot program three years ago with AT&T to bring the Cyber Seniors iPad training program to local communities. AT&T partnered state FCCLA director and two schools in Alabama were chosen as the pilots (Carbon Hill and Spanish Fort High School). AT&T provided the technical knowledge and training to students and also made available iPads to be borrowed and used at the Cyber Seniors classes.
The first year Cyber Seniors began with a small program and offered classes at the Spanish Fort High School library, in order to be able to use their Wi-Fi. Senior adults in the community were invited to the classes. The second year, Spanish Fort FCCLA chapter, partnered with the Daphne Public Library, to offer classes at their location and made the classes available to residents in both Spanish Fort and Daphne. With the opening of the Spanish Fort Public Library it made sense for local FCCLA students to now offer Cyber Seniors here in Spanish Fort.
Joni Ojard, Family and Consumer Sciences Department Chair at Spanish Fort High School and local FCCLA advisor, is the monthly moderator of the Cyber Seniors program. Senior adults who are interested in attending the class are encouraged to bring their own devices but this is NOT a requirement. The reasoning here is that class participants will be comfortable with their own iPads, smart phones and laptops should they have one to bring. Don’t have an iPad, smartphone or laptop? That’s ok, as iPads will be provided by AT&T, allowing senior adults the opportunity for some hands on active learning with a new device.
Cyber Seniors will be held at the library on the following dates, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday January 17
Tuesday February 21
Tuesday March 21
Tuesday April 18
If you are interested in participating, or know of a senior adult who would enjoy the class, please call the Spanish Fort Public Library during regular business hours to sign up. We can be reached at 251-410-READ (7323). The library will take a break from the class during the summer months and hopes to continue in the fall of 2017 once school is back in session.
Have questions? Just give the library a call. For more information on library programs please visit the library website, www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org.