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Technology abounds at OASIS
AT&T continues its commitment to narrowing the technology skills gap for older adults in 2013 with a $500,000 contribution to support OASIS Connections.

According to a 2012 report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, just 53 percent of American adults over 65 were online. AT&T’s support is helping OASIS continue to expand Connections technology training through public libraries and other partners to close this gap. Read more. 

John Ndono connects with a new job

John Ndono of Dallas took Connections classes to learn how to search for employment and post resumes which led to his current job as a security guard. "I really benefited from computer classes and will never forget what I learned," John said. He’s now using his new Internet research skills to learn about how to become a realtor. Read more.



Connections program highlighted in New York Times blog

 
   Harvey Schoenman
In her coverage about the need for technology options for older adults, New York Times writer Paula Span discussed the OASIS Connections program as one way to fill the gaps in those limited options. OASIS instructor Harvey Schoenman was interviewed by Ms. Span on his experience in teaching the Connections curriculum at the Community Library of Castle Shannon, PA. Read the NYT blog.


Marc Boguslaw shares his love of computers with his peers


The best teachers are those who teach something they are passionate about. Marc Boguslaw is doing just that as a Connections technology instructor in St. Louis. ‘There’s personal fulfillment when you know you’ve helped another person learn about something they are interested in.” See Marc’s story on YouTube.


 

M-Enabling Summit promotes accessible technology for all

On June 6 and 7, OASIS will be represented at the M-Enabling Summit, a conference and showcase to promote accessible and assistive applications on smartphones and tablets for seniors and users of all abilities.

The program will open with a session on Universal Access for All Ages and Abilities, followed by a panel on how to “Make Mobile Communications Work for Users of All Abilities,” where OASIS’ Communications and Technology Director, Janice Branham, will serve as the panel facilitator. 


WebJunction and OASIS

OASIS is partnering with WebJunction, an online learning community for public library staff backed by OCLC, a nonprofit computer library service and research organization.

On June 4, OASIS will participate in “Amp up your technology training,” a WebJunction webinar where some 300-1000 library staff members will learn about the Connections program and how OASIS partners with libraries to offer this technology program for seniors.


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