Not sure how to use those often confusing gadgets? Walk in Technology Help offered at the Senior Resource Center twice a week courtesy of Connie Schield. (Computers, cell phones, tablets). Stone Lake on Mondays, 10:00-12:00 at the Stone Lake Wesleyan Church and at the Hayward Senior Resource Center on Tuesdays 10:00-12:00. Just come on in to the dining areas at both locations. Offered free to the public by Connie.

Did you receive a computer, smart phone or tablet computer as a gift and have no idea what to do with it? Are you afraid you’ll wreck it if you push the wrong button? Not even sure how to turn on the silly thing? Have we got some help for you. Thanks to a partnership with Generations On Line – we are pleased to be able to offer tablet training (Android and Ipad) at the Senior Center. The program called Sip ‘n Swipe Café is designed to allow people to follow an application program (“app”) on their own to learn the basic skills of using a tablet, accessing the Internet and communicating with email and social programs like Facebook. We can load it on your tablet or you can use one of ours. Training is self-paced – a coach is there to get you started and you do it on your own because above all, we want YOU to become comfortable using it on your own. Each session runs about an hour on average. You can do multiple sessions at once or pace yourself and come back several times. Coaches are available at the Hayward and Winter locations. To schedule some time with a coach please call Hayward at the main office number (715) 634-3000 and tell them you are interested in tablet training. If you are interested in the Winter location, please call Donna Knuckey at the Winter Public Library at (715) 266-2144.

Connie Schields (right) helping a student.

Eric Dreczko (standing) sets up a student’s tablet while other coaches work with participants.

Donna Knuckey (back left) chats with students.