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Finally, a Google for Grandma

Internet usage, studies have suggested, can improve older people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. And yet, for many seniors, the shiny machines sitting on their kids’ or grandkids’ desks (or in their hands, or on their laps) are just that — machines, foreign and cold. Nearly 80% of all Americans, Pew says — and nearly 80% of all baby boomers — use the Internet; only 42% of seniors do.
The digital divide, in other words, has a corollary: the generational divide. […]
So it’s both ironic and fitting that the young company that made its name simplifying the web is now trying to bring that simplicity to the web’s oldest users. In a pilot program at its Dublin offices, Google has rolled out classes that pair up older people with (generally, much younger) Googlers, providing instruction on everything from email-sending to photo-uploading to searching for information to, in general, navigating a not-always-intuitive Internet.
Read more. [Image: Cambridge Community Television]

theatlantic:

Finally, a Google for Grandma

Internet usage, studies have suggested, can improve older people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. And yet, for many seniors, the shiny machines sitting on their kids’ or grandkids’ desks (or in their hands, or on their laps) are just that — machines, foreign and cold. Nearly 80% of all Americans, Pew says — and nearly 80% of all baby boomers — use the Internet; only 42% of seniors do.

The digital divide, in other words, has a corollary: the generational divide. […]

So it’s both ironic and fitting that the young company that made its name simplifying the web is now trying to bring that simplicity to the web’s oldest users. In a pilot program at its Dublin offices, Google has rolled out classes that pair up older people with (generally, much younger) Googlers, providing instruction on everything from email-sending to photo-uploading to searching for information to, in general, navigating a not-always-intuitive Internet.

Read more. [Image: Cambridge Community Television]

Knight News Challenge: proposals moving to next round

We just finished selecting the 51 proposals that will go to the next round of the Knight News Challenge on networks. (You can see 50 of them listed below; one was a closed entry we don’t have permission from the applicant to share.)

Included in this 51 are the five applications that…

How do I get iGeoQuiz on this thing?!?

publicradiointernational:

Kirk Communicator

Knight News Challenge: iGeoQuiz: Delivering International News through Social Game Platforms

newschallenge:

1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]

Create the iGeoQuiz (w.t.), a daily mobile and online game based on the popular GeoQuiz segment from PRI’s global news program, The World.

2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30 words]

Newsrooms create…

Help this poor man get iGeoQuiz for his communicator.

(Photo from startrekpropauthority.com)

(Source: newschallenge1)

My friend Connie Schultz wrote an amazing piece looking back at her life through five pictures of herself across the last 50 years. What does your face say about the life you have led and the choices you have made?

My friend Connie Schultz wrote an amazing piece looking back at her life through five pictures of herself across the last 50 years. What does your face say about the life you have led and the choices you have made?

Terrific project that PRI is helping lead with partners Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. See your state’s report card. We make it easy to email it to your state officials and ask what they plan to do to reduce the risk of corruption in state government.

Terrific project that PRI is helping lead with partners Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. See your state’s report card. We make it easy to email it to your state officials and ask what they plan to do to reduce the risk of corruption in state government.