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Digital Literacy – Training

The United Nations has designated 2020 to 2030 as the Decade of Healthy Aging. We are committed to help bring about significant and positive social change for older adults through arts, culture, social media networking and digital literacy training.

A Year of Learning and Sharing Knowledge

Because of COVID-19 and new variants, all onsite community arts programs are on hold indefinitely, Therefore our mission and main goal through 2021 and 2022 isĀ to continue to explore and develop new and creative uses for existing technology and social media strategies. We want to build, empower and inspire a new network of older adults and program providers to strengthen individual and community health.

Note: our existing circles, network members and volunteers have basic tech skills – desktop, tablets and smartphones. Therefore we are interested in intermediate and advanced skills development.

During the past year, our core program participants (older adults 55+) interested volunteers and facilitators have completed beginner and intermediate digital skills tutorials. Through the months of April, May and June 2021. we will include the following learning activities:

  • APRIL 2021
  • Building leadership and organizational capacity with new facilitators and volunteers
  • Online Community Development (Ontario Healthy Communities Modules)
  • Refresher – Arts and Aging Program Design and Development Certificate Complete (National Centre for Creative Aging). Transition to online creative aging programs – in progress.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint training and practice completed (with and without audio)
  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, Google/Gmail, WordPress completed
  • Ecommerce – Ecwid ECommerce training completed to establish online gallery and store etc.
  • PayPal etc.
  • Designing and developing webinars – training starting April 20th 2021
  • ZOOM (training and practice sessions currently in progress)
  • MAY 2021
  • Facebook Live
  • YouTube Live
  • Eventbrite – planning, marketing and registration
  • JUNE 2021
  • Smartphone and tablet videos and video editing
  • YouTube Studio video and editing
  • Arts Educator professional development digital arts-
  • Podcasting
  • Media integration and cross platforms
  • Project management software – Google drive and
Tablet, smartphone, desktop and laptop

Training for core facilitators will result in peer group training and practice sessions to allow us to expand from a local community-based network to a regional online network. There will be online events in May and June for outreach (see Eventbrite) to older adults and organizations in rural areas and smaller towns in the Southern Ontario region from Windsor to Brampton or outer edge of the Greater Toronto Area. The proposed partnership networks for our new online programs includes the county library systems and senior centres networks.