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Senior Planet Montgomery Offering Free Online Life Learning Classes for Seniors April 20-24

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 17, 2020

Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 60 and older, is offering free online classes that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes, which are offered live via video conference, enhance a wide variety of life skills. Classes April 20-24 will feature Zoom video conferencing, Internet of Things, a creative hour and sharing local resources and tips with other Montgomery residents.

In addition to classes in English, three classes next week will be delivered in Spanish. A variety of exercise classes also will be offered.

The program is supported by the County’s Department of Technology Services’ ultraMontgomery program in partnership with nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). The County’s Department of Recreation and Montgomery County Public Libraries also are partners in helping provide the classes at no charge to participants.

Sessions concentrate on user-friendly tools and resources and are designed to enable older adults to learn to utilize technologies to improve their daily lives. Senior Planet Montgomery utilizes curriculum created by OATS, which also provides training staff and works with numerous County departments to identify topics of interest for Montgomery residents. OATS sponsors similar Senior Planet programming in six states. Senior Planet Montgomery also is supported by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection to produce sessions on how to lower energy costs.

Classes change on a weekly basis. A home internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) is all that is required to participate. Go to https://seniorplanet.org/Montgomery for details on joining a program using Zoom. Advance registration is not needed.

Classes to be offered April 20-24 will include:

  • All Things Zoom: Monday, April 20, 1-2 p.m., and Thursday, April 23, 1-2 p.m. Learn how to use Zoom video conferencing to chat with friends and family—and how to take virtual classes with Senior Planet.
  • How to Initiate a Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, April 21. 1-2 p.m. Program will go over the features of having and using a Zoom account: how to create an account, create a meeting, share meeting details and invite participants and adjust meeting settings.
  • Good Morning Montgomery County: Wednesday, April 22. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join other County residents for a morning hour spent over a second cup of coffee to share locally relevant tips and resources.
  • Internet of Things: Wednesday, April 22. 2-3 p.m. Lecture provides an overview of the vast world of the Internet of Things and discusses best practices for keeping devices secure.
  • Creative Hour: Thursday, April 23. 3-4 p.m. Share your creativity and take a break from the news to connect with fellow Senior Planet members.

Las clases a ofrecerse durante Abril 20-24 son las siguientes:

  • ¡Reunión en linea! (All Things Zoom): Martes, 21 de abril. 11 a.m.-noon. Y jueves, 23 de abril. 11 a.m.-noon. Únase a este programa en línea y reúnase con otros participantes de Senior Planet para aprender el arte de "conectarse" utilizando la tecnología. Utilizaremos un software de videoconferencia conocido como "Zoom". ¡Zoom se puede usar para chatear con amigos y familiares, y tomar clases virtuales con Senior Planet!
  • Internet de las Cosas (Internet of Things): Viernes 24 de abril. 11 a.m.-noon. Esta presentación le dará un resumen del mundo grande del “internet de cosas.” También, le presenta las mejores prácticas para mantener la seguridad de sus dispositivos. Aprenda cómo los dispositivos para consumidores comunican entre ellos a través de este ecosistema y cuáles de sus propios dispositivos conforman partes del “internet de cosas.” También, aprenderá sobre la tecnología detrás de casas inteligentes y ciudades inteligentes.

For more information about Senior Planet Montgomery and to view its virtual program offerings, visit https://seniorplanet.org/Montgomery. The team can be contacted at 240-753-0676 or via email at mocoinfo@seniorplanet.org.

To sign up for the Senior Planet Montgomery newsletter, which includes detailed information about upcoming classes, go to https://seniorplanet.org/get-involved/newsletters/.

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Release ID: 20-201
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915