How to learn about tablets: Ask a fifth grader

03/13/2014 6:00 AM |
Southold Elementary School fifth graders  along with county Legislator Al Krupski and county Executive Steven Bellone taught Southold seniors Ana Balarezo, Judy Ollarty, Lena Raiser and Bill Faye how to use tablet computers Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Elementary School fifth graders, along with county Legislator Al Krupski and county Executive Steven Bellone, taught Southold seniors Ana Balarezo, Judy Ollarty, Lena Raiser and Bill Faye how to use tablet computers Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Keeping up with ever-changing technology can be a challenge for most people, especially seniors. For kids, though, the technology often becomes second-nature.

So what better way for seniors to learn how to use a tablet computer than to ask a fifth grader?

About a dozen Southold Elementary School fifth grade students became teachers Wednesday afternoon, helping seniors who were eager to stay in tune with technology. The students also got a chance to meet Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and county Legislator Al Krupski.

Four student representatives from each of the elementary school’s three fifth grade classes were chosen to help seniors at Southold Senior Center. The multi-generational match-up offered benefits for both young and old, Mr. Bellone said.

“While you’re teaching, be sure to listen to the seniors, too,” Mr. Bellone told the students. “They have a lot of helpful knowledge to share that will be helpful in the future.”

The students worked with four seniors, teaching them how to use Google tablets available to them at the Southold Center as part of its technology program.

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