On Sunday, Jan. 28, students from five schools gathered to help seniors get more comfortable using modern communication and information technology.
Fifty-one seniors attended the latest Tech Day at Leisure World in Rockville, Maryland, where they were guided by 31 students on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and software and digital photography using phones and tablets. Students from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), Berman Hebrew Academy, Wootton High School, Montgomery Blair High School, and Cabin John Middle School participated.
Organized by CESJDS parent Stacey Relkin, the Tech Days have become a welcome fixture for the Leisure World community.
And just how do seniors relate to the students? A couple of years ago, one woman, a former teacher, was assigned a sixth-grader. “What can I learn from him?” she asked, initially skeptical; but by the end of the hour she was so pleased, she invited him to visit at a later date to continue the lesson.
At the latest event, Leisure World resident Barbara Cohen needed help with her iPhone and iPod. CESJDS student Daniel Cohen (no relation) sat with Barbara and helped her work through her issues. She said she was especially pleased with what he taught her about taking and sending photographs.
Dorothy Adelman’s problems stemmed from her smartphone. She attended a Tech Day at the end of 2017, but was still uncertain about the phone’s features. Fourteen-year-old Ellen Teichberg came to Dorothy’s aid, and now Dorothy recommends Ellen for her ability to explain the technology and respond to questions and concerns. Barbie Seidel’s high opinion of eighth-grader Zach Shpilman’s tutorial on using the camera feature and shortcuts on her new smartphone is especially impressive when you find out that her own children and grandchildren are employed in technology fields.
The seniors in Leisure World have benefited greatly from the Tech Day lessons of their young teachers, and give credit to the parents who help organize and staff the events as well. Everyone is looking forward to the next Tech Day, coming up in April as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Good Deeds Day.
By Fred Shapiro