Courses

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.

Summer quarter runs July 10 — September 15.  See below for registration info.

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

Click here for the map and schedule of the other locations where we’ll be teaching this 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.

  • CLICK FOR SUMMER REGISTRATION PERIOD INFO

    Registration for summer courses will be held in person on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30.  All courses are free.

    NOTE: The following classes will be available for registration on the following days:

    On Thursday, June 29 from 10:30am – 4pm, registration opens for:

    • Computer Basics
    • Chrome Basics (formerly Internet Basics – Chrome Devices)
    • Computer Essentials & Digital Culture
    • iPad Basics
    • Team Senior Planet
    • Senior Planet U – iPad
    • Social Media
    • Introduction to Digital Culture – iPad

    On Friday, June 30 from 10:30am – 4pm, registration opens for:

    • Computer Basics – Spanish Language
    • Beyond the Basics
    • Money Matters
    • Introduction to Digital Photography
    • Creating Your Own Website with Wix.com

    All courses will stay open for registration until full. Please continue to check this page throughout the week for class availability.

  • 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 July 10, 2017, 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, or call 646-590-0615.

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

  • BEYOND THE BASICS*

    10-week course – Summer quarter

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:15
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 – 11:30

    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.

  • BLOGGING WORKSHOP SERIES

    5-week series
    Not available this quarter

    In this five-week hands on desktop workshop series, a Senior Planet trainer and experienced blogger will walk you through the basics of starting your own blog.  Members will receive an introduction to the content-management program WordPress, learn how to create blogs, and begin writing creative posts!

    Prerequisites:  You’ll need to feel comfortable working with computers and have your own email address.

  • CHROME BASICS* (formerly Internet Basics - Chrome Devices)

    10-week course – Summer quarter

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

    Chromebooks are fast, secure and cost-effective laptop computers that run the Google Chrome operating system. Chromebooks look and function much like traditional laptops or PCs and are great for beginners who just want to use the Internet without a lot of bells and whistles (or troublesome issues!). They are also significantly less expensive than other devices and offer a great option if you are on a tight budget. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of how to use Chromebooks to 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 BASICS*

    10-week course – Summer quarter

    • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30

    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 BASICS - SPANISH LANGUAGE*

    10-semana curso- verano

    • Lunes & Miércoles, 11:45 – 1:00

    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.

  • COMPUTER ESSENTIALS & DIGITAL CULTURE*

    10-week course, Summer quarter

    • Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 – 3:15

    This pilot program 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. The second half of this course, “Digital Culture,” will focus on applying the skills learned during the first five weeks in a purposeful way. 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 events and museums.

    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.

  • CREATING YOUR OWN WEBSITE WITH WIX.COM*

    10-week course – Summer quarter

    • Fridays, 2:00 – 4:00

    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!

  • CREATING YOUR OWN WEBSITE WITH WIX.COM - FOR ENTREPRENEURS

    5-week course
    Not available this quarter

    Our instructors will walk small business owners through everything they need to know in order to create a professional and functional website. Since this course is targeted towards those interested in developing a professional website, priority will be given to small business owners and those interested in entrepreneurial endeavors.

    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

    Not available this quarter.

    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.

  • GENEALOGY SEMINAR

    10-week course  (1 session per week)
    Not available this quarter

    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.

    About the Guest Instructor: Bertis is an avid genealogist who has been searching his own and others’ family histories for 25 years. He is currently SAGE’s Manager of Volunteer Programs, in addition to coordinating programs for The SAGE Center.

  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY*

    5 week course – Summer quarter

    Runs August 14 – September 13.

    • Monday & Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:45

    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 DIGITAL CULTURE - IPAD*

    5 week course – Summer quarter

    Runs August 15 – September 14.

    • Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30 – 4:45

    This course offers a guide on how to assimilate to digital culture. Participants will leverage online resources to explore five content areas: civic engagement, financial security, health & wellness, social engagement, and creative expression & lifelong learning. This course expands on material covered in the Basics series, allowing for practical and meaningful application of skills. 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 events and museums.

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

  • 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 – Summer quarter

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

    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.

  • MOMA WORKSHOP SERIES

    Multi-week course

    Not available this quarter.

    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 – Summer quarter

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

    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.

  • PINTEREST FOR BEGINNERS

    5-week course

    Not available this quarter

    Pinterest for Beginners is a 5-week course designed for those participants who have completed Computer Basics and Beyond the Basics. During the 5 weeks, students will create, customize, and share their Pinterest boards in a collaborative and activity-oriented setting.  When the course ends, students will spend time presenting Pinterest boards to the rest of the class.

  • READY, SET, BANK: ONLINE BANKING MADE EASY

    5-week course
    Not available this quarter

    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 – Summer quarter

    Runs July 11 – August 10.

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45

    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 – Summer quarter

    Runs July 10 – August 9.

    • Monday & Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:45

    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.

  • TEAM SENIOR PLANET*

    10-week course – Summer quarter

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 8:30 – 10:00
    • Mondays, Wednesdays,  1:00 – 2:30 & Fridays, 11:45 – 1:15

    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.

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

    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.