Extension offers training to adults on latest devices
by Paisley Boston
Apr 17, 2014 | 722 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Technology is reshaping society and it is nearly impossible to escape it.

To assist individuals with adjusting to variations in technology, the Bolivar County Extension Office is offering a training session that will teach individuals how to use smart devices.

The session is set to take place April 24 from 10–11:30 a.m.; a light lunch will be provided.

Bolivar County Extension Coordinator Laura Giaccaglia said she believes the training session is essential, especially to older adults.

"This class is free of charge and those who have iPads, iPhones, or Androids are welcome to bring them. It is geared for adults," said Giaccaglia," she added.

According to Giaccaglia, the training is being hosted by the Mississippi State Extension Center for Technology Outreach Program.

Extension Instructor Jamie Varner will be conducting the training and will provide participants with iPads.

"Technology is a great tool, but can also be frustrating if you don't understand how to use your device. For each of us to be good digital citizens, we need to invest time in learning how to use our devices effectively," said Varner.

"By attending the Smart Phone workshop, you will feel more confident in using your device. Come learn how your device to make life a little more fun and interesting," she added.

According to the American Psychological Association technology is infiltrating all aspects of life and eventually even the most committed individuals will need to learn the basics.

Older adults face two distinct disadvantages: they tend to have little experience with technology, and even the healthiest among them show declines in cognitive and motor function that can interfere with their ability to use technologies.

Varner will teach participants basic settings, multitasking gestures, popular iPad apps, using the app store, using the camera and sending pictures and many other technology skills.

"We will discuss “iPad Basics.” The iPad is quickly becoming a favorite for a variety of reasons including flexibility, portability, engagement, intriguing apps and more. Join them to learn helpful iPad “tips and tricks,"" said Varner.

According to the American Psychological Association new technologies are most commonly encountered through co-workers or as part of a corporate system.

The American Psychological Association said it is difficult to accomplish even small tasks without encountering some form of technology.

Phone calls lead to automated menus, shopping can involve computerized gift registries and keeping in touch with relatives often involves e-mail and personal Web pages.

According to APA there is a generation of older Americans who have tried to avoid the technology boom--and in many cases succeeded.

They still do their banking with live tellers, write letters in long hand and hang up the phone on anything but a live voice.

"We just want individuals to come out and take part in this learning experience. Technology can be a bit intimidating for some and we want to help individuals make a transition from the old world to the new age – or at least help them to develop skills that will help them with day to do activities," said Giaccaglia.

For more information, contact Giaccaglia at 662-8438361.