Connecting AARP Seniors to Technology


Photo of Trainer and StudentWhat is Skype? How can I avoid internet scams?  How do I send friends photos of my grandkids?  These are just a few of the many questions our curious senior students are asking in a new program Austin Free-Net launched in November. AFN has partnered with the Austin chapter of the AARP to teach 50 seniors basic computer skills.

The first cohort of 10 students started on November 14 and met three days a week for two weeks. The students digital literacy skills ranged from no computer experience to beginner.  The majority of the participants, however, did own a smartphone.   The curriculum developed by Capital One and Grovo covered computer fundamentals, digital etiquette, security and Microsoft Word. To ensure that the Seniors don’t become the victims of Internet scams, a lot of time was also devoted to this topic.

“I really enjoyed the class and learned many new things about computers and how they operate.  There were also a lot of things I didn’t know you could do with Internet browsers like create bookmarks for my favorite websites and determine which sites are safe. Overall, participating in the class was a great l experience, ” said Olivia Stevens.

We are very excited about this new training ensuring that all citizens are digitally literate. If you are a Senior and would like more information about our programs or computer lab locations, contact us at 512-236-8225.