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Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors April 19-23 will Include Tech and Energy and How to Choose a New Computer

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 16, 2021

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 will include Tech and Energy and How to Choose a New Computer.


In addition to classes in English, one class during April 19-23 will be delivered in Spanish and one class will be delivered in Mandarin. A variety of exercise classes also will be offered.


During the fall and winter program quarters, more than 3,000 participants joined 182 virtual programs hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery. This spring, classes will cover how to use and host on Zoom, online basics, popular social media sites, lowering one’s utility bill, financial security and civic engagement.


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 curricula 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. The County’s Department of Environmental Protection contributes to the program’s course offerings by producing 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) are all that is required to participate.


Classes to be offered April 19-23 will include:

  • Tech and Energy: Tuesday, April 20, 3-4 p.m. Learn about the top energy users in the home and how to spend less money on energy. Learn how internet-connected smart plugs, power-strips and ENERGY STAR appliances use less energy.
  • How to Choose a New Computer: Thursday, April 22, 4-5 p.m. Session addresses some of the most common questions surrounding how to choose a new computer. Also addresses technical specifications.

Clases en Español:

  • Aplicaciones de comida a domicilio: Lunes, 19 de Abril 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pedir comida en casa ahora es más fácil que nunca gracias al Internet. Esta presentación le da un resumen de las aplicaciones de entrega de alimentos más populares, como Seamless. Aprenderá sobre los pros y contras, cómo encontrar restaurantes nuevos y cómo dejar una propina y una calificación.

Class in Mandarin:

  • 關於 Zoom 的一切 科技問答小棧 (All Things Zoom Tech Talk) (), 4/21, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. 歡迎您加入我們這場問答,開放討論您聆聽過關於 關於 Zoom 的一切 講座中的疑惑。

English Translation for Class in Mandarin:

  • All Things Zoom Tech Talk: 4/21, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. Come to this open session to discuss your questions about the session you previously attended on All Things Zoom.


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: 21-245
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915