Technology Resource Center for Older Adults

Technology Resource Center for Older Adults

CCTV offers a variety of technology education programs for people over the age of 50

Weekly at CCTV!

Computer lab for People Over 50
Those over 50 can come to Computers for People Over 50 on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm to receive computer training and support from patient and knowledgeable volunteers. This program is designed to meet the needs and interests of each participant. People with varying levels of computer experience are welcome to attend.

Each Monday at 2pm, the "Computers for 50+" lab interns offer a short (15 - 20 minute) mini-lesson. Lessons cover dozens of topics, from social media to internet search engines to external hard drives. This quarter we will have several lessons about the Cambridge Public Library and how to utilize their online services.
This year, we are also launching “Topical Thursdays”-- each month, we will explore a different type of technology. Check out our list of topics below. And, be sure to stop by on Thursday afternoon to explore these topics and/or to get assistance with basic computer skills. Our staff and interns are eager and ready to support you.

Computers 50+ MONDAY Mini-Lesson Schedule

1/7- The App Store
1/14- Managing Your Home Screen
1/28- Weather App for Phones
2/4- Video Calling Series: WhatsApp
2/11- Video Calling Series: Facetime
2/25- Video Calling Series: Snapchat
3/4- Voice-Activated Commands
3/11- MBTA App
3/18- Making Your Web Browser Easier to Read
3/25- Using Public Computers Safely

"Topical Thursday's" in the Lab Schedule

WINTER 2019 Schedule

January: Phone Queries--Do you have a new phone? An old phone? A phone you use everyday, or one that you don’t use very often? Bring in your phone to Thursday lab hours. Androids, iPhones, smart phones, dumb phones, we welcome any and all phones and are happy to help answer your questions about features, applications and whatever you may need assistance with.

February: Virtual Adventures-- Have you heard of virtual or augmented reality? CCTV has a new virtual reality lab and we are inviting the 50+ lab into it. Explore Google earth, view 360 degree video, play games, or just enjoy watching others use the VR goggles.

March: Defunct Devices-- Do you have a tech device that you have stopped using out of frustration? Something that you want to use but can’t figure out how to make work again? Do you have files on your phone or computer that you can’t find and have become discouraged around? The lab is the perfect place to dust off your old devices and see what we can do with them.


Classes for People Over 50

Data Storage Options
Wednesday February 13th - 2-3pm

Cyber storage space is hard to find. Whether it’s photos, videos, music, work files, or other documents, it can be difficult to figure out where to keep them all. If you can relate, this class may be for you. From mega to terabytes, SD cards to Hard Drives, this course will demystify the madness and hopefully help you to choose the storage devices that fit your needs the most. Registration is required. Please email or call 617-401-4058.

Word Processing Options
Friday March 8th - 2-3pm

If you are a writer of any kind--a student, an educator, an artist, a business owner--before you sit down to put your thoughts to paper, you have to have paper and a pen in front of you. These days, many are opting to use computers to record their ideas and as popular word processing software programs are moving to a subscription model, this is becoming costly. This course will teach you what your options are when choosing a word processing program or application and introduce you to some free word processors you may not yet know about. Registration is required. Please email or call 617-401-4058.

Google Apps 2.0
* Friday March 15th - 1-3pm *

Back by popular demand, CCTV is teaming up again with Google to show you how to use Google Apps to organize your contacts, use virtual maps and more! In this course instructors from Google will show you how to use applications like Google Play Music, Street View, Trusted Contacts, and more to simplify your life both online and offline. Ever had trouble keeping things straight on your phone? Have a bunch of apps on your phone that you don't use and wish you knew why you would use them? This class could be for you! Registration is required. Please email or call 617-401-4058.

Internet Security with Google
Wednesday March 20th - 1-3pm

With cyber crime becoming more and more regular, it's as important as ever to know how to protect yourself online. In this class, instructors from Google will teach the basics of how to safeguard your privacy online and explain some useful terminology. You’ll learn how to keep the bad guys out, how to keep "malware" at bay, and how to not fall for tricks and scams. We’ll discuss password best practices and how to navigate privacy settings on popular sites as well as explore the ways companies may track you online and how to limit the information you make available to these businesses. Registration is required. Please email or call 617-401-4058.

* DATE CHANGE as of 1/15/2019