Over the years, I’ve been asked to teach a number of community education classes. One of the most popular ones I’ve taught was called, “Internet Use for Senior Citizens.”
Old folks have a tough time keeping up with the rapid progress of technology. They’re amazed to discover that they can shop for tackle box supplies online, check the weather report online, and even plan vacations using Google Maps. For most of us, this stuff is easy-peasy, but for people who grew up during an era when some households didn’t even have telephones, the Internet is a land of Magic Unknown.
So I came up with a handout of websites that most of us consider common knowledge, but senior citizens find marvelous and amazing. A lot of kids are unaware of some of these sites too, so it doesn’t hurt to have them review what they do know and explore what they don’t.
How might you use this in your technology classes? Have students do a scavenger hunt:
- Draw the logo for Hulu.
- What’s the cost of a Spongebob Flying Dutchman Lego set on Walmart.com?
- What’s the cost of the same Lego set on e-Bay?
- Which pbskids.org TV show’s website offers the “sandwich stacker” game?
You could also have students review websites in each category (search engines, research sites, shopping sites, travel sites etc.) to determine which sites are the most user-friendly and why.
Anyhow, here’s my list of useful websites for tech teachers, homeschoolers, or community education classes. Have fun with it!
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