Special report to 1Fulton.org from Student Leadership Johns Creek
When you think of a classroom setting it is normally the older individual instructing, the younger people, but when it comes to high-technology devices, the opposite is often true. Sometimes for older Americans, learning about new technology can be tricky, and a bit frightening. Student Leadership Johns Creek in conjunction with AT&T facilitated a hands-on workshop working with the senior population of Johns Creek to help them with technology. Many came loaded with their various digital devices and had specific questions, while others simply wanted basic knowledge, such as how to turn the thing on and keep it from turning off.
Seniors and teens packed Park Place at Newtown Park working one-on-one to fix font sizes on their devices, find apps, change settings to make the device more user-friendly for a senior, or explore recipes.
“I had a fun day showing seniors how to get the best use out of their tablets and phones,” said Payton Anderson. “I also had fun just talking to them to learn how they use their technology so I could share different ideas that would help them in the future.”
One of the seniors said his favorite part of the event was “Ryan and Nick,” referring to his student helpers Ryan Clapper and Nick Neuber. Each senior walked away with a bit more knowledge and to be sure each of the teens left with a new friend, many exchanging their contact information.
“It was exciting watching as the seniors and teens build connections through learning,” says Irene Sanders, Executive Director of Student Leadership Johns Creek.
Student Leadership Johns Creek wants to thank both Don Barbour, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs, and AT&T for support as well as iPads for the training event. The program is in conjunction with AT&T’s Digital You, created in 2015 as a comprehensive program that offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and community training for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations such as Common Sense, The OASIS Institute, and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in some formats. For more information on the resources available, check out digitalyou.att.com.
More information about Student Leadership Johns Creek can be found at the following website: www.studentleadershipjohnscreek.com