Courses at the NYC Senior Planet Exploration Center

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

The Winter quarter begins on January 14th and ends on March 22nd.  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

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 winter courses will be held in person on January 8th – January 10th from 10:15am – 2:30pm.  All courses are free. Specific courses will be open for registration on each day. See here for the schedule:

January 8th:

  • Computer Basics
  • iPad Basics (Spanish)
  • Chrome Basics
  • iPad Essentials
  • Intro to Digital Culture- iPad
  • Computer Essentials
  • Intro to Digital Culture PC

January 9th:

  • Beyond The Basics
  • Money Matters
  • Connecting In The Digital Age

January 10th:

  • Wix
  • ACTivate
  • Intro To Digital Photography
  • Free Your Photos

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:

   – Friday, January 4th, 10 AM – 2 PM

   – Monday, January 7th 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

No RSVP is required

Winter Course Offerings

New courses begin the week of  January 14th, 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, 11:45am – 1:00pm

    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

    • 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

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 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

    Begins 1/15/2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 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

    10-week course

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

    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.

  • CONNECTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

    10-week course

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

    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.)

  • CREATING YOUR OWN WEBSITE WITH WIX.COM

    10-week course

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

    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!

  • FREE YOUR PHOTOS

    5-week course

    Begins 2/19/2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

    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.

  • FUNDAMENTOS DEL IPAD

    10-week course

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:15am to 11:30am

    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 - IPAD

    5 week course

    Begins 2/18/2019

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

    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

    Begins 2/19/2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 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

    Begin 1/15/2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00pm – 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.

  • IPAD ESSENTIALS

    5 week course

    Begins 1/14/2019

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30pm – 4:45pm

    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.

  • MONEY MATTERS

    10-week course

    • Monday & Wednesday, 11:45am – 1:00pm

    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.