Senior Planet North Country Exploration Center Events & Courses
Senior Planet offers a range of free 5- and 10-week digital technology courses that require advance registration, as well as weekly tech-themed events, workshops and lectures. See the Events calendar below for workshops and other open sessions. For courses and events at the Malone Adult Center, click here.
Register for the summer quarter June 24th through June 28th from 10:00am – 4:30pm at the North Country Senior Planet Exploration Center (located in the Champlain Centre). Classes fill on a first-come, first-serve basis; to be placed on a waitlist, please call 518-566-4422. You will be notified of open seats in the first two weeks of the course.
The summer quarter will run from July 8th – September 13th
Senior Planet offers a range of lectures, workshops, and special events. Check the calendar for the current schedule; the following offerings are hosted every week:
- Mondays, 2:30 – 5:00pm: Coffee & Tech, one-on-one tech help
- Mondays & Thursdays, 11:45am – 12:45pm: Line Dancing
- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:15pm: Explore Tech lectures (see our weekly newsletter for upcoming topics)
- Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30pm: Wii Bowling
- Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00am: Senior Yoga
- Fridays, 10:00am – 5:00pm: Coffee & Tech, one-on-one tech help
- Fridays, 1:00pm – 2:15pm: Livestream Explore Tech
Registration for all courses is on June 24th- June 28th from 10:00am – 4:30pm
Summer Quarter Courses
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00am – 10:00am
This 10-week course meets three times a week and includes exercise sessions in the gym and classroom-based technology training. You’ll exercise with your classmates and use a smartphone to learn about various digital technologies to enhance your workouts and improve your diet. If you have experience exercising and are looking for a supportive environment to be physically active and learn about relevant technology, then this course is for you.
Use your own smartphone (iPhone or Android) or an iPad can be loaned for use during class sessions.
Prerequisites: This course is best suited for those who are already exercising regularly and have an awareness of proper form. You must have an email address that you use and be somewhat comfortable searching for information on the internet.
Monday & Wednesday, 10:15 – 11:30am
This course expands on the skills and concepts taught in Computer Basics and addresses how to use the Internet as an everyday resource, for practical and enriching activities for socialization, entertainment and life-management. Topics covered include: social networking, online shopping, online banking, health management, entertainment, how to use the Internet for different types of research, how to protect your personal information, and ways to explore and cultivate your interests online.
Computer experience prerequisite: Some comfort with using email, navigating websites and searching for information on the Internet.
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00- 2:15pm
This ten-week course will explore how technology impacts society and our interactions with one another. You’ll learn to use popular social networking sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you’re interested in how technology is changing how we read the news, manage our health information, meet other people, and find entertainment, then this course is for you. This course is best suited for those who have basic knowledge of the iPad and an email address.
Computer experience prerequisite: Participants will have an email address and basic familiarity with the iPad (meaning you are comfortable using a touchscreen and virtual keyboard to do web searches and operate an email account.)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 – 11:30am
Get an introduction to the popular Apple tablet. With hands-on support, you’ll learn the basics of the iPad and how to use it to browse the web, use email, download apps, watch video, take pictures, connect online and more.
Note: iPads will be provided for use at Senior Planet.
Computer experience prerequisite: This is a course that is appropriate for absolute beginners.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:15pm
This 5-week course will take you through many of the most popular social media tools used worldwide by internet users of all ages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. It gives an introduction to the platforms so that you can learn more about the way they are changing the way we communicate with each other.
Prerequisites: You must have an email address that you use. You should also be comfortable using an iPad to navigate websites and search for information on the internet.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:15pm
This slightly more advanced digital photography course will lead you step by step through the process of creating a personalized photo album.
Note: If you wish to print your photo book you will have to cover that cost by paying the fee directly to the online service “Shutterfly.” (Book costs range from $15 to $50.) You can create an online album if you do not wish to print a book.
Computer experience prerequisite: You need to already be able to use a computer to send and receive emails, organize files, navigate websites and shop online.
Other requirements: Access to a digital camera or smartphone, the cable to connect it to the computer, and a memory card for the camera. It would also be very helpful if you have at least one USB drive to work with.
If you have questions about your skills or ability to participate in a particular course, please stop by the center and talk to a Senior Planet staff member or volunteer in person, or call 518-566-4422.