Teens Learn to Teach Seniors About the Internet

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-04-21 Print this article Print

The project aims to first build trust between the seniors and the teens by collecting and recording video stories of the seniors and placing them online on a special Website, where the seniors will be able to access them later, he said. Through that site, project planners hope that the seniors will then have incentives to want to learn about going online so they can share their stories and learn about going online at the same time.

The teens will receive a $250 stipend for taking the course and another $250 after they participate in the senior Internet training project, said Villasenor. But while the teens will earn some cash for participating, the money is not the prime reason for their involvement, he said.

"I was surprised by their motivations," he said. "I went in assuming that the biggest motive would be the parents forcing the kids to do something productive or for the money, but the majority of the teens say they want to get the skills [from the project]for future work opportunities," said Villasenor. "A good portion of the kids want to do it for the community. I have high expectations for the class."

In February 2014, Google unveiled plans to potentially bring its services to another 34 communities across nine metro areas of the nation, according to an eWEEK report. The 34 additional communities—which are clustered around the Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Antonio; Salt Lake City; and San Jose, Calif., metro areas—will be invited to work with Google Fiber to see if they are interested in having the Gigabit-speed cable TV and Internet services brought to their communities for new subscribers.

The communities and their potential participation will be reviewed over the next year. Not all of the 34 communities that will now be in discussions with Google for Fiber service will ultimately get it in this round.


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