Educational Technology

July 20, 2013

Successful program to help D.C. senior citizens use iPads to prevent isolation will expand

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:28 am

By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post

A program of the AARP Foundation, an AARP-affiliated charity, is being administered in the city by Family Matters of Greater Washington, a social-services organization. Comcast is providing discounted Internet service, and Netgear is donating modems. So far, the 50 participants of the original group are still attending class, and not one device has been lost. For people born more than half a century before the advent of Hulu and Instagram, the iPad program, known as Connecting to Community, has been a revelation — and not only because it has opened them up to the world of videoconferencing, e-mail and adorable kittens. “This whole thing is about isolation — it’s more about that than anything else,” said Gwendolyn Coleman, a program director at Family Matters.

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