Third age students learning about technology!

Francisca Robles
Posted April 24, 2017 from Chile
Tech-Meetings at Providencia, Santiago, Chile
Here we go! Thanks to all the volunteers that are gonna help me developing this project. We are gonna meet every saturday to talk with seniors students about how technology can improve their lives.
Our students writing about their needs
Our students writing about their needs: If you have more than 60 years and many questions about the use of internet, cell phones, computers, etc, we invite you to participate in our Tech-Meetings! Our aim is to solve your doubts in a close and friendly way. Totally free activity in Santiago, Chile. For more information please write me to: charlastech@gmail.com(1/4)

"Tech-meetings" isa multidisciplinary space for research and action with a great objective; create a friendly society for the elderly.

The meetings are held in Infante 1415, a Public and Municipal Creation Center open to citizenship promoted by the Municipality of Providencia, designed to promote innovation and creativity from collaborative work and participation.

In the center creative spaces are generated, organized in a participative way together with the community and social and community organizations, linking and integrating the territory in a sustainable way. In terms of infrastructure, it has 3 floors, a subway and a patio. The place has the possibility of open space use with tables and internet. Http://www.providencia.cl/infante1415

"Tech-meetings" is a proposal that contributes to the character of community and social meeting of the Community Creation Center Infante1415.

Every saturday, third age users can approach the Community Center to talk for 20 minutes with a volunteer who will help them to solve doubts about the use of technological devices, smartphones and internet.

The activities are totally free.

Currently 10 volunteers of different ages and professions participate in the project.

As the main proposal, a technological literacy plan for older adults is proposed as an intergenerational process in which different agents of the community can participate. In this way, young people and adultsare invited to become involved in activities planned as volunteers, teachers or assistants.

The aim of the project is to share learning experiences around technology by creating empathy between different ages, reflecting on the importance of the internet in the development of the senior community and exposing directly the needs and current shortcomings of the elderly around this type of tools.

It is of great value for this project the collaboration that will be realized with the Integrated Center of Attention to the Migrant (CIAMI), located in MalaquĆ­as Concha, in the commune of Providencia. Through a special invitation we will work with the elderly migrants of the Center, who have lived in the commune for more than 10 years and who need to acquire technological skills to communicate with their relatives abroad and to strengthen ties in the country where they currently resides.

It is hoped to start with personalized talks and then invite different experts in the subject to make presentations, present new products and services and invite senior citizens to talk around the topics presented.

If you want more information about the project please write to:charlastech@gmail.com

How to Get Involved

LabMayor is a multidisciplinary space for research and action with a great objective; create a friendly society for the elderly.  

We are working with the elderly comunity in Santiago, teaching them technology in a friendly and easy way. Right now everything is going on by our own efforts so we are looking for fundings to make LabMayor our full time job!

 If you want more information about the project please write to: charlastech@gmail.com

This post was submitted in response to Lifelong Learning.

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jlanghus
Apr 24, 2017
Apr 24, 2017

Hi Francisca. This sounds like a great plan. How many participants are attending? Are they enjoying it? It's great that they have somewhere to go to socialize and learn at the same time. Thanks for sharing:-)

Francisca Robles
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Thank you!

There is a little group of women participating and the project is expanding to other cities so I am happy! I am really enjoying it! Than you for encouraging me :)

jlanghus
May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017

You're welcome:) That's great that your project is expanding and that you're enjoying it. Have a great day.

Tamarack Verrall
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017

Dear Francisca,

It is such good news that your work with senior women continues to expand. There is so much to be gained by creating these occasions for intergenerational meeting, and for the wealth of stories and wisdom from the elders in your community to be able to be shared both in person through the volunteers in your project, and with the world through the digital knowledge you are making available to them.

Best wishes for all you are doing,

Tam

Francisca Robles
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Thank you Tam!

Yes, the work with senior women is growing and going on!

I am really happy, I will post more news about it soon.

Best Regards!

vportillo
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Hi Francisca, 

This is an awesome initiative. Many times, the elderly population are left to fend for themselves if they have no family who support them. I'm glad there are organizations and volunteers helping educate our senior citizens on technology. This opens a great door for them and keeps their mind healthy and active. 

Thank you for your work! 

Vanessa

Francisca Robles
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Thanks Vanessa!

We are really happy with the project, I will post more about it soon.

Un abrazo!

Carolyn Seaman
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017

Hello Francisca,

This is amazing! What you are doing with the kids in your community is really ingenious! And I celebrate your innovation and your commitment to inspire technology development early in children.

I join you to tell the world to watch out for these kids who would be transforming your community, nation and the world very soon.

Best wishes for remarkable and significant impact in your work.

Love,

christelle
Jun 20, 2017
Jun 20, 2017

vraiment toute mes courage a vous,que Dieu vous aide