Follow-up on the Digital Divide

“There are three kinds of seniors … those who know IT and enjoy every minute of it. Those who understand what IT are about but do not know the good and bad about IT and the Internet. I call this group as “driving blindly through the Internet” and many have got their fingers burnt. This is the second kind. The third kind of seniors is those who heard about the usefulness of IT and the smart devices (smartphones, tablets), never use the Internet and do not know how or where to start.”

I propose now with my limited resource and budget, to start, in a small way, and make a difference to the third kind of seniors. For those first and second kinds of seniors, if you have any friend interested and willing to take the challenge, do let them know.

The details …
Course: Basic Computer and the Internet
For who: The third kind of seniors or those who just bought a laptop or iPad/tablet and/or a smartphone with data plan or just know how to do simple email.
Eligibility: Must own a laptop or iPad / tablet or a smartphone with data plan.
Duration: Weekly (every Thursday) for 12 weeks.
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Place of Learning: HDB void deck (in vicinity of Telok Blangah).
Period of Lessons: To be discussed with those confirmed (it must be a continuous 12 weeks)
Course contents: Basically to show you how to make use of the device you own to browse/surf the Internet, take part in online forum and emailing your love ones and friends.
First intake: 3 students only (as the HDB void deck table has only four chairs).
Course fee: $60 (payable at first lesson – no refund for missing lessons or quitting course).
Graduation: A free lunch will be given to those who completed the course or with 9 or more attendance.

If you need advice to buy a new digital device and/or which data plan is suitable for you, just let me know.
Those interested to find out more please come to or drop by our monthly small group gathering.

Hewlee

If your have Learn iT, you can Apply iT and enjoy Living with iT!

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Are You a Victim of the Digital Divide?

I am one of the recipients of Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassador (Ref: C3A –Ageing Well) award 2013. Not quite sure what I am supposed to do.

Anyway, for those who have a passion on smart devices, Information Technology (IT) and the like but do not know how to get started or get involved and challenge yourself, you now has a friend (or ambassador) to come to.

Do you know any senior (or PR) over 50 years of age can now go to any public library and make use of the computers there free of charge (I think for the first hour per day. For longer time, there is a nominal charge).

There are three kinds of seniors … those who know IT and enjoy every minute of it. Those who understand what IT are about but do not know the good and bad about IT and the Internet. I call this group as “driving blindly through the Internet” and many have got their fingers burnt. This is the second kind. The third kind of seniors are those who heard about the usefulness of IT and the smart devices (smartphones, tablets), never use the Internet and do not know how or where to start.

Cha bau wo eng (after eating, still have time) – Do you know, on a monthly basis, I do organise an EC event or IT Interest Group (ITIG) gathering where the above-mentioned three groups have a chance to meet, make friends, get involved and challenge yourselves more. As photography is now also IT related, I do also conduct Photo Walks like yearly Christmas Walk along Orchard Road, Sculpture Hunting in Singapore and places of interests. So far, I have captured about 80 odd. View link to see my on-going project. http://ho-emily.com/pages/index-sculpture.html

For those in the first and second groups and would like to learn more about your iPhones, smartphones or IT related topics, you can contact me through my email address hewlee@gmail.com

For those in the third group who don’t even have an email address of your own, you can come to our monthly ITIG gathering and make yourself known. See what we can do for you. As the saying goes …

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (“千里之行,始于足下”).

Most of us still do not know the usefulness of being connected to the Internet. I only have one comment to these people … As we enter the group we call ourselves silver hairs or white, brown or no hair, we are becoming less mobile, we tend to stay at home more often. Knowing how to surf the Internet, we can still keep ourselves updated, be in touch with our friends and love ones through emails and video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, etc.), see movies, view videos on things some crazy people do, see magic shows; things we think are impossible but proved us wrong right in front of our eyes, etc. Most of these things are FREE.

hewlee