Pittsburgh's Harvey Schoenman Featured in NY Times Article
Friday, July 05, 2013
Posted by: Mark Gilfand
(Editor's Note: This article is from the June 2013 Region 18 Newsletter)
article in the New York Times titled "Helping
Seniors Learn New Technology" by Paula Span, Harvey Schoenman, of the
Pittsburgh Chapter, is featured and talks about teaching senior citizens about
computer technology. Harvey works with a program called The Connections program,
which was developed by the nonprofit Oasis Institute. Bolstered by grants from
AT&T, it offers classes in 23 metro areas — including suburban Pittsburgh.
Harvey, retired after a long tech career, teaches his peers at the
Community Library of Castle Shannon.
His students, Harvey finds, often
suffer from computer anxiety. "But they've heard about Facebook; their
grandchildren are on it, and they want to be a part of it,” he told me. "They
want to learn how to get junk out of their houses and sell it on eBay. They want
to be better able to function in today's world.”
The article goes on to
state that in Manhattan, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) just opened a
snazzy 2,700-foot Senior Planet Exploration Center in Chelsea, the country's
first tech center specifically for those over 60.
OATS also teaches a
range of senior-tailored courses in 70 locations across the city (libraries,
public schools, senior centers and senior housing developments). Now it's
thinking big, planning to tackle other cities.
"We have a lot of
infrastructure that wasn't there before,” said the executive director, Tom
Kamber, noting that federal stimulus funds had helped build 3,000 computer labs
around the country. "We're right on the cusp of creating a powerful national
program that will reach hundreds of thousands of seniors a