Courses at the NYC Senior Planet Exploration Center

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

The Summer quarter begins on July 8th and ends on September 13th.  See below for courses offered and how/when to register.

For workshops and other open sessions, check the events calendar.

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

Registration is in person only at the Senior Planet Exploration 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 and when a space becomes available.

Registration for Summer courses will be held in person on June 26nd-28th, from 10:15am – 2:30pm.  All courses are free. Specific courses will be open for registration on each day. See here for the schedule:

Wednesday, June 26:

  • Computer Essentials
  • iPad Essentials
  • Beyond The Basics
  • Introduction to Digital Culture PC
  • Introduction to Digital Culture iPad

Thursday, June 27:

  • Fitness in the Digital Age
  • Connecting in the Digital Age
  • Conexiones en la Era Digital
  • Genealogy

Friday, June 28:

  • Money Matters
  • Work!
  • Creating Your Own Website with Wix

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 our Course Information Fair:

   – Thursday, June 20th, 12:00 pM – 1:30 PM

No RSVP is required

Summer Course Offerings

New courses begin the week of  July 8th, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

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

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

  • Beyond the Basics

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15am – 11:30am

    This PC-based course expands on the concepts and skills taught in the Computer Basics course and covers the use of the Internet as an everyday resource for practical and enriching activities for socialization, entertainment, and life-management. You’ll learn about social networking, online shopping, online banking, health management, entertainment, and how to use the Internet for different types of research. You’ll also learn the basics of social networking, how to protect your personal information, and ways to explore and cultivate your interests online. This course is a good opportunity to raise your comfort level and expand your ability to use computers to improve and enrich your daily life.

    Computer experience prerequisite: Some comfort with using email, navigating websites and searching for information on the Internet.

  • Computer Essentials

    5-week course – starts July 8th

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00pm -4:15pm

    In this 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.

  • Conexiones en la Era Digital

    10- week course

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:15am – 11:30am

    Durante este curso de 10 semanas exploraremos como la tecnología afecta la sociedad y cómo nos interactuamos con uno y el otro. Aprenderá a usar las redes
    sociales populares como Facebook, Twitter, y Instagram. También, explorará cómo la tecnología está cambiando nuestras maneras de leer las noticias, manejar la
    información de salud, conocer a otras personas, y encontrar entretenimiento. Otros
    temas explorados son: creando libros de recortes con Pinterest, encontrando eventos en línea, manejando sitios de viaje, usando el internet para recaudar fondos, y conseguiendo oportunidades de voluntario.

    Prerequisito:
    Tiene que tener una dirección de correo electrónico. También debe de sentirse cómodo utilizando un [TIPO DE APARATO] para navegar el internet.

  • Connecting in the Digital Age

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15am – 11:30am

    This course will explore how technology impacts society and how we interact with one another. You’ll learn to use popular social networking sites like Facebook, and learn how technology is changing the way we read the news, manage our health information, and connect with the world around us. 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.)

  • Creating Your Own Website with Wix.com

    10-week course

    • Tuesdays & Thursday, 10:15am – 11:30am

    Our instructors will walk you through everything you need to know in order to create your own beautiful, professional and functional website.

    Computer experience prerequisite: You’ll need to feel comfortable working with computers and have your own email address; be able to fill out online forms, do basic web searches, and upload and download documents and photographs with some assistance; and, most important, have a great idea for a website!

  • Fitness in the Digital Age

    10-week course

    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays – 1:15PM – 2:30PM

    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.

    Android smartphones will be loaned for use during the course.

    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.

  • Genealogy Seminar

    10-week course

    • Fridays – 10:15am – 11:30am

    All levels of family-history enthusiasts will learn (and share) genealogy tips and tricks. Discover better ways to find ancestors, save family stories, make sense of internet sites, overcome “brick walls” and complete their family trees. This interactive class is great for the beginner and those who have attended earlier classes.

  • iPad Essentials

    5-week course – begins July 9th

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays – 11:45am – 1:00pm

    This 5-week course will cover the essentials of how to use the Apple iPad, how to navigate the internet, and how to send and receive email. By the end of the course, you’ll have a foundation for using an iPad and the internet to enrich your life. We highly recommend that you follow iPad Essentials with Introduction to Digital Culture for iPads, which will offer additional practice.
    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.

  • Intro To Digital Culture (iPad)

    5-week course, begins August 13, 2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:45am – 1:00pm

    This 5-week course explores the growing role of the internet in everyday life. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable health resources, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits. In other words, you will have a better understanding of digital culture! This course will also give you the chance to meaningfully practice skills that you learned in a Basics or Essentials course.

    Prerequisites: This course is taught on the iPad, which is Apple’s tablet. You should have already taken iPad Basics or iPad Essentials, or be somewhat comfortable using a touchscreen on a tablet or smartphone. You must also have an email address.

  • Intro To Digital Culture (PC)

    5-week course, begins August 12, 2019

    • Mondays & Wednesdays – 3:15pm – 4:30 pm

    This 5-week course explores the growing role of the internet in everyday life. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable health resources, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits. In other words, you will have a better understanding of digital culture! This course will also give you the chance to meaningfully practice skills that you learned in a Basics or Essentials course.

    Prerequisites: This is a PC-based course. You should have already taken Computer Basics or Computer Essentials, or be somewhat comfortable using a computer. You must also have an email address.

  • Money Matters

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays – 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

    In this 10-week course, you’ll learn about smart financial habits, develop skills to help manage your money, use online resources to find benefits, and save money online. This course is much more than budgeting! By the end of this course, you will also know how to shop online to find the best deals, search for flights and hotels on the internet, access movies and music, and earn extra income.

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

  • Work!

    10-week course

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays – 11:45am – 1:00pm

    This 10-week course will help you gain the skills and knowledge to search for jobs and succeed in the workforce in the digital age. You’ll learn how to age proof your resume, how to write a modern resume and cover letter using Google docs templates, and how to use job search websites. The course also covers tips for writing professional emails, emailing attachments, uploading files, and how to ace a video interview.

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