Courses at the NYC Senior Planet Exploration Center

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

The Spring quarter begins on April 8th and ends on June 14th.  See below for courses offered and how/when to register.

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

Can’t make it to Senior Planet? Click here for the map and schedule of the other locations where we are teaching in the winter quarter (Spring quarter coming soon!)

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

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 Spring courses will be held in person on April 2nd-4th, from 10:15am – 2:30pm.  All courses are free. Specific courses will be open for registration on each day. See here for the schedule:

April 2nd:

  • Computer Basics
  • iPad Basics
  • Beyond The Basics

April 3rd:

  • Wellness Essentials & Workout!
  • Startup!
  • Work!
  • ACTivate

April 4th:

  • Connect!
  • Connecting in the Digital Age
  • MoMA
  • 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 one of our Course Information Fairs.

Two will be held at these dates/times:

   – Thursday, March 28th, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

   – Monday, April 1st 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

No RSVP is required

Spring Course Offerings

New courses begin the week of  April 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.

  • ACTivate

    10-week course

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

    This 10-week course aims to empower older adults as change makers by teaching key leadership skills and strengthening analytical abilities. Participants will improve their online research skills, collaborate through Google docs and calendar, and use Twitter and other civic tech to reach their representatives. By the end of the course, participants will apply theory of change to begin developing a social campaigns.

  • 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 Basics

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:45am – 1:00pm

    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.

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

  • Connecting in the Digital Age

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:45pm -3:00pm

    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.)

  • Connect!

    25-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:45am – 1:00 pm

    Connect!, is a six-month program designed to help older adults increase their connections with family, friends, and community by learning to use new technology.  As a part of the Connect! program, you will:

    • Learn many technology skills.  By the end of the program you will be able to use an iPad to send email, browse the web, make video calls, and take pictures.
    • Build your linkages to people, communities, and your own life goals.  As a capstone project, you will create a digital scrapbook that can be shared with friends and family.
    • Get involved in classroom training and group events.
    • You will be loaned an iPad to use both in the classroom and at home.

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

  • Creating Your Own Website with

    10-week course

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

    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

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays – 1:00PM – 2:15PM

    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.

  • iPad Basics

    10- week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15am – 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.

  • MoMA Workshop Series

    5-week course, begins April 8, 2019

    • Mondays & Wednesdays – 3:15pm – 4:45 pm

    MoMA’s partnership with Senior Planet, “Between Two Worlds: Modern Art and Technology,” continues this year with a series of artistic investigations exploring both analog and digital photography, mark making and — back by popular demand– an application called Fragment.

    MoMA teaching artist Kirstin Broussard will lead participants through a series of hands-on artistic investigations that weave together traditional practice and technology.

  • Startup!

    10-week course

    • Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays – 1:45pm – 3:00pm

    The goal of this intensive ten-week course is to help older adults get their small businesses off the ground. In this course participants will design a logo, learn the basics of branding and social media marketing, list their products or services online, and start a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds. This course is most appropriate for small business owners and those who already have a business idea.   

    Computer experience prerequisite: Participants should have an email address that they use. They should also be comfortable navigating websites and searching for information on the Internet.

  • Wellness Essentials & Work Out!

    10-week course

    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays – 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    This 10-week course meets three times per week and sets the foundation for a safe exercise program by exploring nutrition, mental health, and basic exercises. It is best suited for those who are new to wellness and exercising. During the first five weeks, you will learn to use an iPad and other technologies to gain a basic understanding of physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. Classroom sessions will also include movement to help you learn about the body and how to stay fit. During the second half of this course, “Work Out!,” you will go to the gym where you will engage in a mix of aerobic and strength training exercises, 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 second five weeks.

    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.

  • Work!

    10-week course

    • Mondays & Wednesdays – 3:15am – 4:45pm

    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.