Courses at the NYC Senior Planet Exploration Center

Senior Planet offers a range of free 5- and 10-week digital technology courses at our Exploration Center for people age 60 and up. Most courses meet twice per week. Registration takes place on a quarterly basis in person only at the center, located at 127 West 25th Street in Manhattan.

Registration for the Fall quarter will occur on September 25-27th. Doors open at 10am and registration will begin at 10:15. Registration is first come first serve – we recommend arriving early to hold a place in line.

The Fall quarter will run October 1 — December 7.  Information on the courses offered and how to register is available below.

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

Click here for the map and schedule of the other locations where we are teaching in the Summer quarter (we will update for the Fall quarter 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 info@seniorplanet.org.

  • CLICK FOR FALL REGISTRATION PERIOD INFO

    Registration for Fall courses will be held in person on September 25-27.  All courses are free. Specific courses will be open for registration on each day. See here for the schedule:

    Tuesday, September 25th

    • Computer Basics
    • Computer Essentials
    • Introduction to Digital Culture- PC
    • Introduction to Digital Culture – iPad
    • iPad Basics
    • iPad Essentials
    • Team Senior Planet

    Wednesday, September 26th

    • Beyond the Basics
    • Money Matters
    • Connecting in the Digital Age
    • ACTivate
    • Team Senior Planet

    Thursday, September 27th

    • Free Your Photos
    • Digital Storytelling
    • Creating Your Own Website With Wix
    • Etsy
    • Team Senior Planet

    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.

  • CLICK FOR HOW TO REGISTER

    How to Register

    • Registration is in person only at the Senior Planet Exploration Center.
    • Please note that you can only be enrolled 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.
    • During the registration period, please check the course status noted above. Courses that have filled will be noted as FULL and updated as often as possible. You can still register after a course becomes full, but you will be wait listed.

Courses

New courses begin the week of October 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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

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, call 646-590-0615, or come to the center for one of our Course Information Fairs. There will be two free Information Fair sessions on these dates:

Friday, September 21st , 10:00am – 1:00pm

Monday, September 24th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

No RSVP is required

Click on each title to see more info. Fall courses at the Exploration Center are marked with an *

  • ACTivate*

    10-week course – Fall quarter

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

    This 10-week course aims to empower older adults as changemakers 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 campaign.

  • BEYOND THE BASICS*

    10-week course – Fall quarter

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

    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

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

    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.

  • COMPUTER ESSENTIALS*

    5-week course, Fall quarter

    Runs October 1 through October 31

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

    This 5-week course will cover the essentials of how to use the basic functions of a personal computer, 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 a computer and the Internet to enrich your life. We highly recommend that you follow Computer Essentials with Introduction to Digital Culture for PCs, which will offer additional practice with computer skills.

    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.

  • CHROME BASICS (formerly Internet Basics - Chrome Devices)

    10-week course – Not offered in the Summer quarter

    In this course, you’ll learn the basics of how to use a computer to navigate the Internet in ways that can enrich your life. 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.

    This course uses Chromebooks; Chrombooks are a type of laptop that are great for beginners who just want to use the Internet without a lot of bells and whistles (or troublesome issues!). Chromebooks are fast, secure and cost-effective computers that run the Google Chrome operating system.  They are also significantly less expensive than other devices and offer a great option if you are on a tight budget.

    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.

  • CHROME BASICS PARA ADULTOS MAYORES

    Curso de 10 semanas, sesión de verano

    martes y jueves, 10:15am – 11:30am

    En este curso, aprenderá los conceptos básicos de cómo usar la computadora para navegar en Internet de manera que pueda enriquecer su vida. Aprenderá cómo usar el correo electrónico; buscar en Internet para obtener información; acceder a fuentes de entretenimiento y conectarse con personas, organizaciones e intereses que le interesan.

    Este curso usa Chromebooks; Los Chromebooks son un tipo de computadora portátil que son excelentes para principiantes que solo quieren usar Internet sin muchas alarmas (¡o problemas inesperados!). Los Chromebook son computadoras rápidas, seguras y rentables que ejecutan el sistema operativo Google Chrome. También son significativamente menos costosos que otros dispositivos y ofrecen una excelente opción si tienes un presupuesto ajustado.

    Requisito previo de la experiencia de computadora: Ninguno. Este curso está diseñado para personas que nunca han usado una computadora o que tienen muy poca experiencia y desean una introducción sólida.

  • CONNECT

    25-week course, Spring quarter

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

    Connect!, 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 a computer or have very little experience and want a solid introduction.

  • CONNECTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE*

    10-week course – Fall quarter

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

    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 – Fall quarter

    • Fridays, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

    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!

  • DIGITAL STORYTELLING*

    5-week course – Fall quarter

    Runs November 5 – December 5

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

    This 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 oral history. If you’ve ever wanted to share your life experiences and creations with others, or create a narrative about your neighborhood, this is the course for you.

    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.

  • EL DINERO IMPORTA

    10-week course – Not offered this quarter.

    • Tuesday & Thursday, 11:45am – 1pm

    Aprenderá cómo desarrollar hábitos inteligentes, financieros, sobre recursos en línea, estrategias para el manejo del dinero, cómo reducir gastos, y cómo identificar nuevas oportunidades de ingresos.

  • ETSY FOR ENTREPRENEURS*

    5-week course – Fall quarter

    Runs November 5 – December 5.

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 4:45pm

    In this 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.

  • FREE YOUR PHOTOS*

    5-week course – Fall quarter

    Runs October 1 – October 31

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

    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.

  • FUNDAMENTOS DEL IPAD

    10-week course – Not offered this quarter

    Obtenga una introducción a la popular tableta de Apple. Con nuestro enfoque práctico, Ud. va a aprender lo básico del iPad y cómo usarlo para navegar el internet, mandar correos electrónicos, obtener apps, mirar videos, tomar fotos, conectarse al internet, y más.

    Tome nota: Los iPads serán provistos en nuestro Senior Planet Centro de Exploración.
    Requisito previo con computadoras: Ninguno – este curso es apropiado para principiantes
  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CULTURE - CHROMEBOOK

    5 week course – not offered this quarter

    Runs February 12 – March 14

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2 – 3:15pm

    This 5-week course offers a guide on how to assimilate to digital culture. It focuses on the practical and meaningful application of basic chromebook skills. Participants will explore how to use online resources in their everyday lives and the many ways digital culture can meaningfully impact their lives. By the end of this course, participants will know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable resources for health research, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits.

    Computer experience prerequisite: You must have completed “Chrome Basics” or “Chrome Essentials,” or have basic familiarity with the chromebook (meaning you are comfortable with email and web searches).

  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CULTURE - IPAD*

    5 week course – Fall quarter

    Runs November 5 – December 5

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

    This 5-week course offers a guide on how to assimilate to digital culture. It focuses on the practical and meaningful application of basic iPad skills. Participants will explore how to use online resources in their everyday lives and the many ways digital culture can meaningfully impact their lives. By the end of this course, participants will know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable resources for health research, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits.

    Computer experience prerequisite: you must have completed “iPad Basics,” “iPad Essentials,” or “Senior Planet U – iPad Basics,” or have basic familiarity with the iPad (meaning you are comfortable using a touchscreen and virtual keyboard to do web searches and operate an email account.)

  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CULTURE - PC*

    5-week course, Fall quarter

    Runs November 5 – December 5

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

    This 5-week course offers a guide on how to assimilate to digital culture. It focuses on the practical and meaningful application of basic computer skills. Participants will explore how to use online resources in their everyday lives and the many ways digital culture can meaningfully impact their lives. By the end of this course, participants will know how to connect more easily, avoid scams and fraud, identify reliable resources for health research, and virtually attend cultural events and museum exhibits.

    Computer experience prerequisite: You must have completed “Computer Basics” or “Computer Essentials,” or have basic familiarity with personal computers (meaning you are comfortable with email and web searches).

  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    5 week course – Not offered this quarter

    Runs January 8 – February 7.

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:15pm

    This course covers the basics of using a digital camera, transferring pictures to a computer, sharing pictures online with friends and relatives and printing pictures at a neighborhood photo kiosk or drugstore.

    Note: Digital cameras are provided on the premises for use in the class.

    Computer experience prerequisite:  Participants should have basic computer skills and be comfortable using a mouse, keyboard, and have some understanding of file management on PCs.

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NEXUS TABLET

    10-week course
    Not available this quarter

    Get an introduction to Google’s popular Nexus tablet. Nexus tablets are less expensive than iPads and work well with all things Google (like Gmail). With hands-on support, you’ll learn the basics of the tablet and how to use it to browse the web, use email, download apps, watch video, take pictures, connect online and more.

    Note: Nexus tablets will be provided for use at Senior Planet.

    Computer experience prerequisite:  This is a beginner class and will be geared toward new learners who are not already comfortable using a computer.

  • IPAD BASICS*

    10-week course – Fall quarter

    • 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 videos, 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.

  • IPAD ESSENTIALS*

    5 week course – Fall quarter

    Runs October 2 – November 1

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

    This 5-week course will cover the essentials of how to use the popular Apple tablet. Learn how to navigate the Internet and how to send and receive email. By the end of the course, you’ll have a basic 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 – iPad, which will offer additional practice.

    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.

    Note: iPads will be provided for use at Senior Planet.

  • IPAD BASICS - INDEPENDENT LEARNING

    10 week course – Not offered this quarter

    iPad Basics—Independent Learning is a new program designed to let you learn how to use the iPad at your own pace.  We are seeking motivated individuals to take part in this new blended learning experience.  During iPad Basics—Independent Learning, you will learn how to browse the Internet, download apps, and send emails on the iPad.  You will watch video lessons, complete interactive activities, and quiz yourself to test what you’ve learned on your own time.  Once a week you’ll meet with a trainer and other students.

    This course may be a good fit for you if:

    • You have little to no knowledge of the iPad, but want to learn.
    • Are able to access websites and send email.
    • Have access to high speed Internet (either at home or at a nearby library).

    You will receive an iPad to use both in the classroom and at home for the duration of the course.

  • MOMA WORKSHOP SERIES

    5-week course – not offered this quarter

    Runs April 10 – May 10.

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:15pm

    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.

  • MONEY MATTERS*

    10-week course – Fall quarter.

    • Monday & Wednesday, 3:30pm – 4:45pm

    Learn about smart financial habits, introduce yourself to online resources, develop skills to help manage your money, reduce spending, and help identify income opportunities outside the traditional workforce. By the end of this course, participants will have the know-how to maximize their incomes, make a budget, do online price comparison, and leverage online resources to save money and earn extra income.

  • NOCIONES BÁSICAS DE INFORMÁTICA

    10-semana curso- no disponible

    En este curso basado en la computadora personal, Ud. va a aprender cómo usar la computadora y navegar el Internet en maneras que enriquecen su vida. Durante la clase, aprenderá comunicar por email, buscar información en el Internet, descubrir varios formas de entretenimiento y conectar a personas, organizaciones y cosas de interés que le importan.

     El requisito previo con computadoras: sin requisito previo. Este curso está concebido para adultos mayores que no han usado una computadora o tienen muy poca experiencia y también desean una introducción sólida.

  • READY, SET, BANK: ONLINE BANKING MADE EASY

    5-week course – Not offered in the Winter quarter

    October 2 – November 1.

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

    Ready, Set, Bank is a new program designed to help older adults access the benefits of online and mobile banking.  The course includes a series of video lesson plans that explain online and mobile banking basics.  Members will learn how to navigate mobile banking apps, set up alerts about account activity to help protect from identity theft, and enroll in direct deposit for social security or retirement benefits.

    Prerequisites: You’ll need to feel comfortable working with computers and have your own email address.
  • SENIOR PLANET U - IPAD BASICS

    5-week course – Not offered this quarter

    Runs February 13 – March 15.

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

    This 5-week course covers the basic skills required to become comfortable using the iPad. This course differs from our traditional iPad Basics in that the primary instructional content is delivered via video lessons, designed to be paired with hands-on activities and in-person instruction. Senior Planet U–our brand new online learning platform–hosts our video lessons and online materials, which participants will continue to have access to after the completion of the course. We are seeking motivated individuals who will actively participate in the feedback process and help shape the course and how Senior Planet U can be integrated in other courses.

    Prerequisites: Participants must have an email address and should have some basic experience browsing the Internet.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA

    5-week course – not offered this quarter

    Runs May 15 – June 14.

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

    This course – designed for intermediate computer users – 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. The course is best suited for those who have already taken the Senior Planet Beyond the Basics course, or for those who already know how to use email and the Internet and search for information, and understand how to protect their personal information online.

    Computer experience prerequisite: Ability to use email comfortably, navigate websites and search for information on the Internet.

  • STARTUP!

    10-week course – Summer quarter

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

    This 20-week course aims to empower older adults with the knowledge and tech skills necessary to start an online business. By the end of this course, participants will have listed their products or services online, created social media accounts to promote their businesses, and started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise capital. This course is device agnostic.

  • TEAM SENIOR PLANET*

    10-week course

    Prerequisites: This class is designed for active older adults who have some familiarity with the gym. You’ll need to feel comfortable working with computers and have your own email address; membership ($25 per year for adults aged 62+) to the NYC Parks Recreation Centers is required.  A doctor’s note is recommended.

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:00am & Fridays, 9:00-10:00am 
    • Mondays, Wednesdays,  1:00 – 2:30pm & Fridays, 10:30am – 11:00am

    An additional lecture will be held on Fridays from 10:15 – 11:30am.  Participants will participate in a mix of aerobic, low-impact, and strength training exercises, and learn how to use the Fitbit to track their movements and heart rate. Fitbits will be loaned to each participant.

    Friday sessions will be held at the Senior Planet Exploration Center. Instructors will teach proper exercise technique and body awareness. Individuals at all levels of fitness are welcome.

    Monday & Wednesday morning and afternoon classes meet at the Chelsea Recreation Center at 430 W. 25th St(between 9th & 10th Aves). All Senior Planet classes are free. Membership fees to NYC Parks & Recreation Centers are:

    $75 for 6months for adults under 62.
    $25 for the year for adults 62+

    Credit card and check payment is accepted at any NYC Parks & Recreation Center in any borough along with a photo ID.

    Prerequisites: You’ll need to feel comfortable working with computers and have your own email address; membership ($25 per year for adults aged 62+) to the NYC Parks Recreation Centers is required.  A doctor’s note is recommended.

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