Courses at the NYC Senior Planet Exploration Center

Senior Planet offers a variety of 5 and 10 week courses on a quarterly basis

The Fall quarter begins on September 30th and ends on December 5th.  See below for courses offered and how/when to register.

Questions? Please visit the Senior Planet Exploration Center between 10am and 5pm Monday – Friday, call us at 646-590-0615, or email us at reception@seniorplanet.org.`

Registration is in person only at the Senior Planet Center.

  • You may only enroll in one course per quarter.
  • New members must fill out a Senior Planet membership form, including contact information and basic demographic data.
  • You’ll be notified on the day you register if you can be placed in your requested class or have been wait listed.
  • Wait listed members will be contacted if a space becomes available.
  • All courses are free.

Registration for fall courses will be held in person over three consecutive days from 10:15am – 2:30pm.  Specific courses will be open for registration on different days. See below for the registration schedule:

Monday, September 23rd:

  • Computer Basics (10 weeks)
  • iPad Basics (10 weeks)
  • Beyond The Basics (10 weeks)
  • Beyond The Basics in Spanish (10 weeks)

Tuesday, September 24th:

  • Fitness Essentials (5 weeks)
  • Workout! (5 weeks)
  • Smartphone Photography (5 weeks)
  • Social Media (5 weeks)

Wednesday, September 25th:

  • Etsy (5 weeks)
  • Creating a Website with Wix (10 weeks)
  • Digital Storytelling (5 weeks)

If you want to learn more about a course or have questions about which course is the best fit for you, give us a call at 646-590-0615 or come to the center at 127 W. 25th St.

For more information about courses offered in the our upcoming quarter, please feel free to attend one of our Course Information Fairs:

– Thursday, September 19th, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

– Friday, September 20th, 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM 

No RSVP is required

Fall Course Offerings

New courses begin the week of  September 30th, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

Courses meet twice per week unless otherwise noted at the Senior Planet Center.

Click on each title below to see more info about our courses.

  • Beyond the Basics

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

    This 10-week, PC-based course expands on the concepts and skills taught in Computer Basics and explores the internet as an everyday resource. You’ll improve your research skills; explore more email features; use Google Drive, Photos, and Docs; and go over how to stay safe online. You’ll also learn how the internet can be a great source for entertainment, health information, and more! This course is a good opportunity to expand your ability to use computers to improve and enrich your daily life.

     

    Prerequisites: You must have an email address that you use and be comfortable navigating the internet. To get the most out of this course, you should also be willing to open a Gmail account if you don’t already have one. 

  • iPads Basics

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:45 pm -4:00 pm

    In this 10-week course, you’ll learn the basics of how to operate the Apple iPad and navigate 

    the internet in ways that can enrich your life. During the course, you’ll learn how to take pictures, use email, search the internet for information, download apps, and connect to people, organizations and interests that matter to you.

     

    iPads will be provided for use in class.

    Prerequisites: None. This course is designed for people who have never used an iPad or have very little experience and want a solid introduction.

  • Computer Basics

    10- week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

    In this 10-week, PC-based course, you’ll learn the basics of how to operate a computer and navigate the internet in ways that can enrich your life. During the course, you’ll learn how to use email, search the internet for information, access sources of entertainment, and connect to people, organizations and interests that matter to you.

     

    Prerequisites: None. This course is designed for people who have never used a computer or have very little experience and want a solid introduction.

  • Fitness Essentials

    5-week course – begins October 1st

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

    During this 5-week course, you’ll learn to use an iPad to explore health apps, websites, and other online resources. Each class will include a brief exercise session to help you improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. You’ll also have access to exercise videos you can use at home to practice what you’ve learned in class. By the end of the course, you’ll have a basic understanding of using the iPad and knowledge of how lifestyle choices affect your health.

     

    Prerequisites: This course is best suited for those who are new to exercising. You must have an email address that you use. You should also be somewhat comfortable navigating websites and searching for information on the internet.

  • Workout!

    5-week course – begins November 5th

    • Tuesdays & Thursday, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

    This 5-week course meets three times a week* and includes exercise sessions in the gym and classroom-based technology training. You will engage in a mix of aerobic and strength training exercises, gain knowledge of proper exercise form, and learn how to safely use gym equipment. Classroom-based training will focus on technology, including how to use a Fitbit to track movements, heart rate, and food intake. 

     

    Fitbits will be loaned for use during the five weeks.

     

    *May meet twice a week in some locations.

     

    Prerequisites: This course is best suited for those who are new to wellness and exercising. You must have an email address that you use. You should also be somewhat comfortable navigating websites and searching for information on the internet.

  • Smartphone Photography

    5-week course – begins October 1st 

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

    This 5-week course explores the basics of using your smartphone’s digital camera. You’ll learn how to take pictures, where they’re stored on your device, and how to delete them. You’ll also go over tips for taking selfies, recording videos, and sharing your photos! This course also introduces some fundamental photography principles about composition and lighting. Please note: this course will focus only on the smartphone’s camera and will not cover other uses for your smartphone.

     

    Prerequisites: You will need to bring your own smartphone for this course, so you should be somewhat comfortable using it. You must bring an iPhone running iOS 10 or later or an Android running OS 6 or later to participate.

  • Social Media

    5-week course – begins November 5th

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

    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 a iPad  to navigate websites and search for information on the internet.

  • Digital Storytelling

    5-week course – begins October 1st

    • Tuesdays & Thursday – 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

    This 5-week course will introduce you to Enwoven, an exciting digital storytelling platform. You’ll learn to use Enwoven to create stories through curated photos, videos, documents and audio recordings. If you’ve ever wanted to share your life experiences with others, or create a narrative about topics that are important to you, this is the course for you.

    Prerequisites: You must have an email address that you use. You should also be comfortable using a Chromebook to navigate websites and search for information on the internet.

  • Creating a Website with Wix

    10-week course

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

    This 10-week course goes over the basics of web design and reviews important terminology. You will sign up for a Wix account and be guided through the step-by-step process for building your website. You’ll also learn how to effectively promote your website. This is a PC-based course.

     

    Prerequisites: You must have an email address that you use. You should also be comfortable navigating websites, searching for information on the internet, and uploading and downloading files. Most importantly, you should have a great idea for a website!

  • Etsy for Entrepreneurs

    5-week course – Begins November 4th

    • Mondays & Wednesdays,  12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

    In this 5-week course, you will explore the online world of Etsy, one of the most popular e-commerce sites to sell hand-crafted goods and vintage items. You’ll learn how to open an Etsy shop as well as the ins and outs of marketing your goods online, pricing for profit, and much more! This course is offered in partnership with the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship program.

     

    Prerequisites: You must have an email address that you use. You should also be comfortable using a PC to navigate websites, search for information on the internet, and upload and download files. Most importantly, you should have an idea for your Etsy shop!

  • MAS ALLÁ DE LOS FUNDAMENTOS
    • Martes y Jueves,  10:30 am - 1:45 am

    Este curso de 10 semanas enseñado con una computadora personal (PC) expande de los conceptos y las habilidades aprendidos en Fundamentos de la computadora y explora cómo el internet puede ser un recurso cotidiana. Aprenderá sobre las redes sociales, compras en línea, banca en línea, el manejo de salud, entretenimiento, y cómo utilizar el internet para varios tipos de investigaciones. También aprenderá cómo proteger su información personal y cómo mantenerse seguro en línea. Este curso le dará una buena oportunidad para alzar su nivel de comodidad y le ayudará expandir su abilidad de usar computadoras para mejorar y enriquecer su vida diaria.

    Prerequisitos: el curso es más apropriado para participantes quienes han

    tomado Fundamentos de la computadora o Introducción a la cultura digital para PC o quienes se sienten cómdos usando sus correos electrónicos, navegando sitios web y buscando información por el internet.