Seniors learn how to better use their smartphones

The traveling seminar AT&T Reconnect Tour stopped in Oklahoma City recently to teach seniors how to use smartphones and tablets. “If we don't learn more about the electronic things, we'll be lost in the past somewhere,” attendee Ralph Beal said.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012
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Floyce and Calvin Floyd have been married 66 years and happily use their basic phones to show off photos of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

At 87 and 86, they are familiar with computers and use a tablet at home, but last week, they and about 40 others expanded their tech knowledge a bit by attending a traveling seminar for seniors who want to learn more about smartphones.

For one day last week, the Woodson Park Senior Center in south Oklahoma City hosted the AT&T Reconnect Tour, which is traveling across the country as part of the Senior TechRally. The seminar offered seniors the chance to understand how people are using applications, taking and uploading photos, texting, navigating with maps and more. AT&T loaned Pantech Tech phones to each senior who needed one and stationed a representative at each table to answer questions and demonstrate what the presenter was showing on a big screen.

“A whole world of smartphones and tablets opens up to them,” said Naomi Dean, the presenter from Sacramento, Calif. “It's a privilege to be able to host these presentations.”

“Explore. Try. Do.” was the phrase projected often on the screens as the group worked with the loaned Pantech Flex phones. Learning curve


by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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