Welcome to another episode of the AccessLocal.Tv Podcast. On this show, the Neighborhood News Correspondents how modern tech is changing today’s youth. What are social changes are occurring because of tech to the young people? Is modern tech a good thing or a bad thing? Feel free to chime in with your opinion on the discussion in the comment section below!
“These children are so mature and they learn so fast, they might just be ready to take over by the time they’re 22,” said Alexandra Levit in an article written for The New York Times this year titled ‘Make Way for Generation Z’.
At the speed technology is advancing, it can be hard to keep up, especially for older citizens who weren’t born into a world with laptops and smartphones. To help them, an initiative by the City of Sacramento called TechConnections is giving participants the chance to gain computer literacy and navigate the ever-expanding cyber world.
TechConnections, launched by the city last year, is geared towards people over 50 years old who want to become more tech-savvy for a variety of reasons. From Facebook to Macbooks, from Windows 8 to Word, there is a class for many basic computer and internet programs.
“TechConnections classes make a difference in people’s lives in many ways,” says Christopher Godsey, volunteer for TechConnections. “I believe that all of the classes offered help to improve technological skills and abilities.”
This program is challenging the idea that older adults have little desire to go online or learn new technologies. The Pew Research Center provides studies that debunk that myth. Their research found that in 2012, 77% of seniors in the US had a cell phone, and over half were using the internet. Of those older internet users, over 70% go online almost every day. Today those numbers are likely higher.
There are, however, real hurdles that older adults face in keeping up with newer and newer technologies. Less than one in five seniors felt like they would be able to learn a new technology on their own, and over half felt like they would need help signing up on a social networking site.
“At 83 years old I found myself losing intellectual language skills,” says TechConnections student Mario Gonzalez. “…The three classes I took with TechConnections have helped me to challenge my language skills and to discipline myself in a way that made my life more interesting and satisfying in my daily activities.”
One class offered by the program addresses this issue by educating participants on the use of networks like Facebook and Twitter, focusing on things like privacy, finding friends, and creating timelines. Classes also offered include internet use, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Apple’s Macintosh operating system.
“I feel I am a stranger in this world where most of the people around and in everyday life, talk about computer use,” says, Sundus Al Rubaye. “So I decided that late is better than never and I began to look for a place where I can benefit, and here I am…”
Sacramento seniors who don’t want to be left behind in the Computer Age are encouraged to check out the city’s TechConnections program and sign up for a class or two. It’s never too late to learn.
Featured image from Flickr under Creative Commons.
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Sol Collective hosted of series of workshops that helped young girls follow their dreams of becoming a DJ.
In the 21st century, public libraries have two tasks: attract community members to libraries and keep members technology literate. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 – 8pm and Saturdays 11 – 5pm, the 3-D printing at the Arcade Sacramento Public Library lab accomplishes both. Community members can learn about this new technology while being encouraged to check-out new books to read.
Due to the invention of the eBook, libraries have faced a shortage in attendees. However, what many may not realize is that the library offers more than books. They offer community support and much more.
In a live webcast and cable television show from Access Sacramento, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom today called for a break from the status quo and faster progress on improving the state’s technology infrastructure.
In a live broadcast interview on TechLeader.TV, Newsom said California is “still trapped by standard operating procedures; legacy systems left over from the 70’s.”
Newsom in part was also promoting his latest book, just out this week in paperback, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.
Newsom encouraged the state’s departmental leaders, many of who were in the TV studio audience, saying, “that doesn’t mean we can’t move to a more entrepreneurial sprint.”
Former CA Chief Information Officer, John Thomas Flynn, the host of TechLeader.TV, said his show’s motto is, “California can always do better.”
In that spririt, Newsom pointed out the biggest technological risk is the status quo, “You have to look at systemic changes.
“Government needs to recognize and orient all of our systems to participatory systems. You can then begin to substantively change the way we govern.”
The full interview repeats tonight at 7 p.m. on Access Sacramento, Comcast/SureWest Cable Ch. 17 and AT&T U-verse Ch. 99.
The state’s Director for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Jean Shiomoto will discuss new licensing, identity theft and even driverless automobiles LIVE on Access Sacramento Monday, Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. on host John Thomas Flynn’s “TechLeader.TV” program.
Shiomoto, 57, of Sacramento, was appointed as DMV Director last month by Governor Jerry Brown after she had served in variety of DMV leadership positions since 1988 including Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer.
TechLeader.TV’s Flynn will also be joined by the DMV’s top technology advisor Bernard Soriano. The program can be seen on cable TV in Sacramento County and will also be live streamed as part of TechLeader.TV’s on-going commitment to providing information from the state’s highest technology leaders.
The DMV’s top two officials will also answer questions about the DMV’s huge billion dollars budget, cyber security and issues surrounding California’s large population of undocumented residents.
TechLeader.TV has aired regularly on Access Sacramento since September, 2008 and has featured the top personnel of many of the State of California’s largest departments.
TechLeader.TV’s interview will repeat Monday at 7:00 p.m., again Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday Dec. 18 at 3 a.m. on Comcast and SureWest Cable channel 17 and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. The program is also streamed from the Access Sacramento Homepage at those same times.
For more information about TechLeader.TV and for regular news briefings about technology in California visit http://techleader.tv/
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“Celebrate Sacramento Festival”
It is happening this weekend at William Land Park. The event takes place on Saturday, May 11th from noon to 4pm. It will feature many fun and educational booths including great food, fun and the SSMA, Sacramento Smart Meter Awarness along with many others. Laern about healthy living in Sacramento and have a fun and educational day!
Ever wonder what your life would be like if we didn’t have technology? In an experiment, I decided to try it out for two weeks. Though it was difficult, in the end I feel as though it helped me have a better understanding of the fact that technology is a wonderful thing, but not something that needs to take control of your life.