Senior Net offers Online Education for Seniors

When I was a little girl, my aunt gave me a book called “Around the World in 80 Days.” Well I just finished “exploring the world in 9 hours!”

What an enjoyable way to spend a cold, rainy afternoon and evening.

How did I do it? I logged in to the “Explore the World” section of the new SeniorNet Online Learning Center. And I reviewed ALL of it! What can I say? I got hooked. It was fascinating.

What a trip. My original intention was to just glance at each Department and do a quick review and then tell the folks at SeniorNet what I thought… so much for that idea. Bottom line… here’s my review. Can I say it …this section of the Online Learning Center is just… AWESOME!

SeniorNet recently opened their Online Learning Center as a new section of their award winning website. It is a virtual offering online computer and Internet Lesson Plans for Boomers, Seniors or anyone who would like to gain more enjoyment from their computer. SeniorNet helps their students connect with family and friends through education and the Internet.

The “campus” – it really is like a tree-lined college campus, peaceful, relaxing and fun to tour – is divided into three sections. The first section is where you will find over 150 computer Lesson Plans. Practically all the Microsoft products are there – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Windows 7 etc. Plus a great section on Adobe Photoshop Elements. And they are all written in senior friendly language. No geek speak. They are easy to understand, follow and learn from.

The second section is called Get Connected. And that is exactly what it does. It teaches Boomers and Seniors how to get connected and stay connected with family and friends.

The third section is the one I reviewed (OK, fell in love with). It’s called Explore the World. It is so much more than just a listing of interesting websites. It’s divided into Departments… The Internet Cafe, The Photography Studio, Lifelong Learning Center, Campus Kitchen, Health and Fitness, etc. You get the idea. And Faculty Advisors for each Department provide you with their website recommendations.

I could feel the passion and excitement that Faculty Advisors like Nancy Merz Nordstrom, David Berry and Patti Berry have for their respective Department and what they are sharing with SeniorNet’s students.

I love their comments. I laughed out loud when I read the Intro to the Encyclopedia website recommendations. It reminded me of when I was a kid and would spend hours at the kitchen table paging through the Encyclopedias to do my history report. I got hungry and agreed with Patti when she told me I would go “Bananas Foster” over the Food Network website. Dave’s photography tips were right on. And just like a college campus, there is a new little gem of a discovery with every turn, just around every corner. But on this online campus, you are clicking instead of walking. As I said, it is a journey you will definitely want to take. Explore the World from the comfort of your home, at your leisure. It’s the modern education for seniors. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just waiting for you to log on.

Learn more about SeniorNet at http://webcampus.seniornet.org/

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