Seniors today are more tech-savvy than ever before, and they’re eager to learn more about the latest technology. But, with countless new gadgets, software, and apps hitting the market every day, seniors may struggle to keep up. Fortunately, they don’t have to lag behind anymore! There are countless classes and courses available specifically for senior tech enthusiasts. Here are SEVEN unique senior education classes for Boomers interested in technology.
Do you love capturing memories and telling stories through photos? Well, then a digital photography course might be perfect for you! These classes cover everything from basic camera settings to photo editing and sharing. Students can learn to edit their photos using digital software and share them online or print them for display. Many community colleges offer photography classes for seniors. However, if you’d prefer to learn from the comfort of your own home, you can always find classes online! For example, Udemy offers photography courses for every skill level. Visual Education also offers a FREE ten-class course, available HERE.
Many seniors are already well-versed in using Facebook and other social media platforms. However, there’s always room for improvement! Senior education classes in social media cover everything from setting up an account to navigating different platforms and understanding various privacy settings. Not sure where to begin? No worries! We’ve got your back. Social Media 4 Beginnings offers courses in everything from Facebook to YouTube to Pinterest. Senior Planet also has a number of online classes on social media literacy. If you’re a more hands-on learner, AARP boasts social media courses across SIX different locations. To find out if one of those locations is near you, click HERE.
Computers are getting more and more complicated these days. That’s why many seniors may benefit from taking a class that covers the basics of using a computer. Such courses may include tutorials on using basic applications like Word processors, Excel sheets, and even how to install software. You can even take classes from the comfort of your home! Skillful Senior offers free tutorials that may help you master the basics. Meanwhile, over on The Senior’s Guide to Computers, older adults can learn everything from accessibility to web browsers to online shopping. If you’d prefer to learn under a real-life instructor, check your local senior center or public library. Many provide computer literacy classes for seniors.
Seniors today are tech-savvy enough to take care of their finances online. However, many older adults may struggle at first with learning how to use online banking. And that’s perfectly okay! Plenty of online courses cover how to set up online banking accounts. For example, Senior Planet offers a course called Ready, Set, Bank that will teach you everything there is to know about online banking. Additionally, your bank’s bookkeeping or technical support department may be able to offer further guidance. So, if you’re stumped on how to bank online, always give your bank a call!
Seniors are a target for scammers and online predators. Knowledge of how to protect yourself online is essential. Fortunately, there are classes designed to arm you with the knowledge and skills to shield yourself from scams and viruses! CyberSafety 101 may be the perfect gateway into the world of cybersecurity. Cyber-Seniors, a website dedicated to helping seniors protect themselves in the digital landscape, has FREE courses and tech support training. Even Allstate provides a cybersecurity course for older adults in both the U.S. and Europe!
With podcasts gaining popularity, some seniors may be interested in sharing their stories, interests, and thoughts through a podcast. Good news—there are classes for exactly that! Buzzsprout offers a FREE course on how to start a podcast. Meanwhile, Skillshare boasts dozens of online podcasting classes that cover a wide range of topics. Not to be outdone, Udemy also has podcasting courses that’ll help you master the basics and start your own show.
Starting your own online store can be a great way to share your talents with the world. Some seniors, however, may have yet to dip their toes into the wonderful world of E-commerce. If you have no idea where to get started, don’t fret. Skillshare offers dozens of courses that will help you start your online store and build it into a success story. Shopify is another site with wonderful resources for older adults who may be interested in E-commerce. And, of course, Udemy has countless E-commerce courses that may help you turn your hobby into a second career!
Technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for seniors, and it’s never too late to learn how to use it! On the hunt for more great articles just like this one? Then check out our Senior Education Blog!
Originally published September 08, 2023