Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Learning to Enjoy IT

Learning IT on Silver Infocomm Day 2011
Most students may be spending their long break taking, well.. a break. However, for 110 students, they devoted 17-19 September taking care of 800 senior citizens who were in NYP for various Information Technology (IT) classes.
These classes range from Basic Computing, to Social Networking, and even Blogging. There are 19 classes in total organised by IDA, and each cost $10 - a bargain if you ask us.  So who conducts these classes? Well they are none other than senior citizens themselves :)
These trainers are from the Organisation of Senior Volunteers (RSVP).  There is no better way for senior citizens to learn about technology than from their counterparts themselves.
Of course our student cyber guides were also around to facilitate less someone gets ‘lost’ in computing.
See the happy faces, and how some participants are intensely taking down notes.
Each participant also gets a goodie bag at the Silver Infocomm Day event registration. We checked out what’s in the goodie bag.
A magazine and some brochures

A thermal mug from IDA (with portable cup/cap)

$4 in Koufu vouchers. Yes the chinese ones are valid too.
Yes they even get Koufu vouchers so that they can grab themselves a filling lunch or tea break in between their classes.
Enjoying a meal at Koufu
If they wish, they could also sit in on IT talks conducted in the auditorium in the morning, and then participate in a Healthy Qigong session afterwards.

Our student volunteers also had a wonderful time with the senior citizens. They expressed their enjoyment of the event on Facebook and were glad to interact and bring a smile to the participants’ faces. Here are some of their comments:

Will there be another Silver Infocomm Day next year? Probably yes. Judging from the meaningful time our volunteers had, we’re sure they’ll turn up again next year!    

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