At 82, I have become 15% computer geek!
Carrollton, TX (PRWEB) May 19, 2008
A new virtual campus designed to empower seniors by providing encouragement, learning opportunities and new worlds to explore with a computer via the Internet is now open for students to tour.
Computer School for Seniors received rave reviews its opening weekend from the media including The Dallas Morning News and Second50years.com. But its most meaningful endorsement came from its new students.
Paul Yowell of Longview, TX was proud of the fact that over coffee one Sunday morning he read about Computer School for Seniors opening its Internet campus, and by 8:30 AM he had enrolled online and was already studying a Beginners Lesson. He said, "At 82, I have become 15% computer geek!"
According to a Pew Internet & American Life report, the percent of seniors 65 and older who go online has jumped 47% between 2000 and 2004. And once seniors get online, they are just as enthusiastic as younger users.
Computer School for Seniors is the brainchild of 64 year old Mimi Witcher who has been teaching and encouraging eager-to-learn seniors in the classroom for the past seven years at Richland College in Dallas, TX. Mimi says she sees the same five characteristics in almost all of her students:
1. Creativity. "You see it displayed in so many ways in the projects they tackle," says Mimi. "Just ask them to paint a house on their computer using Microsoft Paint, and they will build an entire village."
2. Tenacity. Mimi has seen her fair share of senior students who struggled with certain computer classes. "Did they quit? No way. They kept taking the class over and over until they nailed it," she said.
3. Experience. She has taught retired doctors, lawyers, and even a college dean. "I had a senior student who had won three television Emmys. He brought one of them to class to everyone's delight." Despite their different life experiences, they have a collective attitude of "we should never stop learning," notes Mimi.
4. A strong work ethic. Mimi says that this generation does not require a lot of "rah-rah" talk to get motivated. "They subscribe to the Nike slogan ... just do it! When they worked full time, they did the job that needed to be done because it needed to be done. Period."
5. A desire to become more computer savvy. One student created a banner that was a pictorial history of her grandson's life from birth to college graduation. Not only was her grandson impressed, but his friends were amazed that his grandmother had so much computer knowledge and expertise. "Being able to communicate with and impress the kids and grandkids is a strong motivator for learning more about the computer and the Internet."
Learn more about Computer School for Seniors by taking a virtual tour of the campus at http://www.cs4seniors.com.