Welcome to the enTECH Computer Club!
EnTECH is a club at the University of Waterloo which aims to improve the lives of residents at retirement homes in the Waterloo Region by engaging them with technology for the purposes of keeping them in contact with their families, and for recreation. In addition, we also write curriculum documents to support the development of such a program elsewhere.
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A world where everyone has the means, support, and tools to engage with technology.
Through the creation of tools, outreach with the community, and working directly with older adults, we aim to provide the resources, education and tools to help everyone feel comfortable using 21st Century technology.
We currently volunteer at two retirement homes in the Waterloo Region, providing one-on-one and weekly drop in sessions for residents, teaching them about how to use computers — either those we bring, or their own personal devices. Guided in part by our curriculum documents, we have had tremendous success engaging residents with technology they otherwise may have dismissed.
We are proud to present free, creative commons licensed lesson plans, extensible to laptops, iPads, and desktop computers. We have based our lessons off of Mozilla's 21st Century Web Literacy Skills, as it is a robust, comprehensive framework off of which to structure technological education. More lessons are continually being added, and we welcome ideas for other topics!
Leveraging the University of Waterloo's strengths as a leading technology school, enTECH develops software to assist seniors in using technology. Our current project is a Google Chrome extension to make Gmail more accessible to older adults, as during our volunteerism, we have noticed that the interface can be confusing. We welcome ideas for future projects!