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Project helps senior citizens learn the Internet

Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Are you a senior citizen? Do you hear the words World Wide Web (www), E-mail and the Internet on a day to day basis? Do you wonder what the Internet is all about? Would you like to send e-mail to your grandchildren? If you're interested in learning Internet technology, the Intergenerational Internet Class could be for you.

Iowa State University Extension in B.V. County and the Storm Lake Middle School Tornado Learning Club are partnering to offer an "Intergenerational Internet" class on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 16 through Nov. 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The class has middle school students helping senior citizens learn Internet technology such as navigating the World Wide Web (www), searching for information and sending e-mail messages.

Rhonda Christensen, County Extension Education Director for ISU Extension in Buena Vista County, Donna Queen, Tornado Learning Club 21st Century Community Learning Director and Tom Stoneking, Storm Lake Middle School teacher are developing the class. Objectives of the Intergenerational Internet program are to provide a service-learning opportunity for youth, help senior citizens learn Internet technology, and expand the use of the existing technology that is already in place.

Seniors who register for the class will meet in the computer lab at the Storm Lake Middle School. Seniors will have their own computer with Internet access. They will also be given an e-mail account to learn how to send and receive e-mail. Middle school students will serve as individual teachers under the guidance of Stoneking and Christensen.

Registration cost is $15 per senior and advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the B.V. County Extension Office at 824 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake or phone 732-5056.

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