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Plainfield students help Will County seniors with technology needs

William B. Orenic Intermediate School L.E.A.D. Club student Shradha Verma helps Senior Services of Will County member Carol Kijowski with questions Kijowski had about technology at the “iPad Lessons for Seniors” event held at the school in March.
William B. Orenic Intermediate School L.E.A.D. Club student Shradha Verma helps Senior Services of Will County member Carol Kijowski with questions Kijowski had about technology at the “iPad Lessons for Seniors” event held at the school in March.

PLAINFIELD – Several students in William B. Orenic Intermediate School’s L.E.A.D. Club recently teamed up with Senior Services of Will County to host two “iPad Lessons for Seniors” workshops at the school.

Ten seniors signed up, and students paired up with them one-to-one to answer questions the seniors had on a variety of technology questions.

Student Shradha Verma helped Carol Kijowski learn how to FaceTime with her grandson, a U.S. Marine in North Carolina. She also showed her how to use Safari to send birthday greetings to her family and friends, among other requests.

Other seniors asked for help with such tasks as adding events to an iPad calendar, using the tablet’s camera, and sending photos from an iPhone to an iPad, among other requests.

Prior to the workshops, the students prepared descriptive handouts with explanations and screenshots on such subjects as how to use iBooks and Pandora, how to Skype, how to use the devices’ cameras and calendars and keyboards, and how to access and use the App Store. Their senior students could take the handouts home with them.

Troy Community School District 30-C L.E.A.D. Club sponsors are Allison Acevedo and Kim Boye.

The club’s acronym, L.E.A.D., stands for, “Leadership, Empathy, Action and Dedication.” Its mission is to allow students to expand their views of themselves, their school and their community; build empathy, leadership and independence; and understand that through their individual actions, they make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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