Senior Connects Lesson Plans
In 2003 after a senior citizen appealed for help because his wheelchair-bound neighbors could not leave their senior facility to receive training to learn how to send emails to their grandchildren, the nonprofit now called Net Literacy was envisioned and launched by middle school student volunteers. Net Literacy’s student volunteers were also volunteering at the Carmel Clay Public Library teaching computer and Internet skills, and the first training manual used was graciously donated by the library. Computer and Internet training grew to be a core competency of Net Literacy, and over the years, the training manual was enhanced with a larger font, more pictures, and modified content. Still, Net Literacy’s computer and Internet training manual rests on the foundation created by a public library. It was only fitting that in 2008, Net Literacy shared copies of its own training manuals with the Carmel Clay Public Library. As every training session begin, our student volunteers are reminded of the importance hub of learning that libraries offer in thousands of communities across our country. Thank you Carmel Clay Public Library.
While the translator function provides an approximate translation of Net Literacy’s content into many languages, the lesson plans were hard coded in English and Spanish. A facility with recent Russian immigrants requested that Net Literacy help teach their residents computer and Internet skills so they could be more quickly integrated into American society, and a third translation of the training manuals were created.
The Lesson Plans focus on four topics: computer basics, the Internet, email basics, and social networking. So click on them to learn more about each important section that will help enable visitors to become computer and Internet savvy. Other important training information, such as Internet safety, was developed to provide an integrated training program and is available by visiting the Safe Connects website. Use the drop down link on the top of the page that says About Senior Connects – and then hover over Lesson Plans to choose your language (English, Spanish, or Russian) to see the webpages, or check out our updated English PDFs by clicking on the links below:
- Senior Connects Computer Basics – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zPrkKz3jCCdlY5ZDh2OVJKQ00/view
- Senior Connects Internet Basics – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zPrkKz3jCCdlE1cGNnYmRXTzQ/view
- Senior Connects Email Basics – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zPrkKz3jCCTDNGUFQ3TjF0YTg/view
- Senior Connects Social Media Basics – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zPrkKz3jCCLWdCV3BOWl9uME0/view
- Russian – Senior Connects Internet basics – https://www.netliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Senior_Connects_Manual_Russian.pdf
- Russian – Google used our lesson plans (and credited us on page 2) to create one comprehensive lesson plan for use by Russian speaking users that included all four of our English versions – http://zaprosto-internet.ru/
- Senior Connects Computer and Internet Basics – https://www.netliteracy.org/senior-connects/lesson-plans/spanish/