PLATTSBURGH — Seniors 60 and over can get their 2020 tech on at Senior Planet North Country.

“This upcoming winter quarter we are offing a wide variety of courses,” Marco DiGirolomo, program manager of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)/Senior Planet North Country, said.

“We are offering 10 courses at our Plattsburgh Center, which is the most we've ever offered in the four years that we have been in Plattsburgh. This upcoming quarter, we are offering three new courses as sell as a revamped version of three of our most popular courses.”

Revamped courses include “Smartphone Photography” (Jan. 13-Feb. 2, Mondays/Wednesdays 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), “Free Your Photos” (Feb. 17-March 18, Mondays/Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and “Beyond the Basics: iPad” (Mondays/Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.).

“Those were revamped to suit the needs of the members here in Plattsburgh and Malone,” he said.


The three new courses are Internet of Things Workshop Series, Tech Tips for Saving Money Workshop Series and Fitness Technologies Workshop Series.

“Internet of Things” will be offered on Fridays, Feb. 21 through March 20, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“The lecture series discusses how technology plays a part in everyday life,” DiGirolomo said.

“It talks about smart cities, smart homes, wearable technology such as an Apple watch and a Fitbit.”

“Tech Tips for Saving Money” will be offered Feb. 17 through March 18 from Monday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2;15 p.m.

“That teaches participants how to be more conscientious online when purchasing items, how to get the best deals online, streaming services and how that compares to regular cable services,” he said.

“So in all, it discusses how using the internet can help individuals save money and be more cost effective.”

“Fitness Technologies” will be offered Fridays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“That teaches participants about the different technologies that revolve around fitness such as Apple watches, Fitbits, how to create a workout play list and in all how people can incorporate technology into their normal fitness routine,” he said.

“Or if someone is interested into getting into fitness, how the technology can make it that much easier to get up to date statistics about their health.”


Ongoing classes include “Introduction to Social Media (Jan.13-Feb. 12, Monday/Wednesday, 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.), “Beyond the Basics: Computer (Monday-Wednesday 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.), “Connecting in the Digital Age (Tuesday/Thursday, 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), iPad Basics (Tuesday/Thursday, 1p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Unless otherwise designated, all classes begin the week of Jan. 13.

Registration runs through Friday, Jan. 10 at Senior Planet between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Senior Planet is located at 60 Smithfield Blvd. inside of Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh.

“Registration is in person only,” DiGirolomo said.

“If anybody has any questions, they can gives us a call and we can give them a run down on what courses we are offering and which one might suit their technological needs. The courses are all free of charge to adults 60 and over.”

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