Educational Technology

September 21, 2011

Seniors learn to connect in increasingly digital world

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by Aaron Nathans, News Journal

Five years ago, it was a lot easier for seniors to leave computing to others, leading an unplugged life like the one they long knew. But now, observers say, people who want to communicate with their far-away grandchildren, take and archive photographs, buy music and order home movies increasingly have no choice but to take the plunge. For newcomers to the computing life, the divide can be like walking through a foreign country, said Veronica Rempusheski, professor of nursing at the University of Delaware. Many seniors don’t know what the symbol for “attachment” means, or that a big “E” stands for Internet Explorer, a starting point for Web browsing — or that there’s that other symbol for Mozilla Firefox, which will also connect to the Web, she said.

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