Seniors learn iPads

Last updated 05:00 18/07/2012
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Technology teacher: SeniorNet iPad tutor Terry Stowers in front of one of the iPad classes.

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SeniorNet has begun running iPad courses.

Several weeks ago Midweek ran an article about how the organisation, which teaches seniors how to use technology including computers and cellphones, wanted to launch iPad lessons.

It just needed to gauge how much interest there was in the community. Now it has enough people to run three classes, two for people starting from scratch and one for intermediate users of the iPad.

"It's marvellous," says tutor Terry Stowers. "Obviously there's a wide range of abilities including those that don't have a machine and are still looking to see if it's going to suit their purposes."

He was surprised by the number of people who wanted to join. So far about 30 people are enrolled.

"A lot of it is from the influence of children or grandchildren and their basic desire is to have better communication with those people."

Another 17 people are either on hold by choice, or wanting to do a course on the iPhone. These lessons will begin either late this month or early in August.

If you would like to join either course, it is not too late. Contact SeniorNet on 759 4979 or email

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