At the next Connect Chicago Meetup, we'll have a conversation about technology training programs supporting Chicago's senior population. We’ll hear from two important local projects: Microsoft's DigiSeniors (https://blogs.microsoft.com/chicago/2016/08/08/introducing-the-digiseniors-program/) Curriculum & the Chicago Public Library's Digital Learn Platform (https://www.chipublib.org/resource/digital-learn-chicago/).
Special guests that will share their work and help us discuss this topic:
• Shelley Stern Grach, Microsoft Chicago
• Anna Draft, Microsoft Fellow
• Mark Andersen, Chicago Public Library
• Kate Lapinski, Chicago Public Library
About DigiSeniors: Read more about DigiSeniors here.
About Chicago Digital Learn: Read more about Digital Learn here.
Last year, Microsoft started to address this need though DigiSeniors (http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/digiseniors-microsoft-chicagos-new-computer-training-curriculum-for-senior-citizens/) — a curriculum tailored to senior learners new to technology. This year Microsoft is presenting newly updated curriculum and a full Leader’s Guide, and will be hosting even more free train-the-trainer sessions for anyone seeking to learn how to instruct senior learners in computer basics. Sessions will be held on Wednesday August 23rd, Tuesday September 12th, and Friday October 6th. You can sign up for a session at this form (https://smartchicago2012.wufoo.com/forms/digiseniors-trainthetrainer-sessions-2017/) or you can sign up in-person at this Meetup!
At the Meetup we'll also hear from the Chicago Public Library. Chicago Public Library and Microsoft collaborated to create additional lessons on Chicago Digital Learn which appeal to everyone but especially to seniors—Keeping Safe on Your Computer and Making Your Computer Easier To Use. The content for these courses comes from Microsoft’s DigiSeniors and provides another way this important information is disseminated. These lessons are aided by instruction of CyberNaviagtors (computer tutors) in Chicago Public Library branches across the city. So now instructors can utilize both resources in working with their new computer learners including seniors.
Come join the conversation and help fuel an equitable tech ecosystem in Chicago! Meet and network with computer trainers, nonprofit professionals, technologists, community advocates, and fellow residents who care about digital inclusion in Chicago. Please RSVP here by 12pm on 8/17 so we can get an accurate count for lunch and provide building security with a list of attendees. Thank you!
The Connect Chicago Meetup is a regular gathering of computer trainers, nonprofit professionals, and fellow residents who care about the digital lives of Chicagoans. Email Denise Linn, Program Analyst at Smart Chicago, with any questions, concerns or ideas for future Connect Chicago Meetups: [masked]