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Workshops: Keeping Up with Technology

Free workshops are being offered in Arkansas next month to help people learn the ins and outs of smartphones, tablets and computers. (AARP)
Free workshops are being offered in Arkansas next month to help people learn the ins and outs of smartphones, tablets and computers. (AARP)
July 26, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - We live in a digital world, but there still are many who haven't mastered all of the new devices that are available. AARP is offering workshops to help with that.

The idea is to teach people to feel more comfortable with modern technology. There are several free classes being offered, ranging from beginning courses to more advanced sessions on how to use apps.

Lou Tobian, director of outreach and education for AARP Arkansas, points out that it's easy to lose touch with friends and family if you aren't able to use a computer, smartphone or tablet.

"If you want to learn how to stay in touch with your grandchildren or your children, and you want to see photographs and maybe listen to some of your favorite music that you haven't heard in a long time, there's a great way of doing that," he said, "and we want to help you get comfortable with it."

AARP Arkansas is bringing free Technology, Education, and Knowledge (TEK) classes to the central part of the state next month. TEK workshops will be held Thurs., Aug. 11 in Maumelle; Thurs., Aug, 18 at the Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport, and Tues., Aug. 23 at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center in Little Rock.

Tobian said there's a beginning and intermediate course because new technology is developed all the time.

"It changes every single day and so, even what we were comfortable with a year ago or two years ago is changed perhaps to the extent where it wouldn't hurt to get a little outside help to get back in comfort with it," he added.

The workshops also include information on how to stay safe online. Registration details are online, or call 866-740-6947.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - AR