Academy for Lifelong Learning, Cape Cod, MA

The Academy for Lifelong Learning and Computers for Seniors joined forces in February to present a three-day event for their combined membership that aimed to demystify for the age 50+ audience many of the practical day-to-day applications of Information Technology. The consensus of the 80 attendees was that the aim was indeed achieved.

Kicking off the first day (Wednesday) with a film from Chatham’s Marconi Maritime Museum graphically depicting the historical involvement of Cape Cod with the dawn of modern communications technology, the symposium then presented a series of panels and discourses by experts on the subject of IT. A digital artist then enthralled the audience with a stunning step-by-step demonstration of how her arresting story-images are created on the computer.

Thursday brought a daylong series of “breakout” sessions at which the members could immerse themselves at their own pace, in workshops on Digital Photography, Personal Communications Devices and the use of search engines to explore the Internet, with an emphasis on genealogical research.

On Friday, following a morning devoted to a look at the impact of IT on healthcare, attendees were rewarded for their diligence with a lighthearted afternoon musical interlude interactively celebrating that day’s 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. It was conducted by the Director of Cape Cod’s renowned Chatham Chorale.

Winterim was so successful thanks to the hard work of the Chair, Patricia Wild and her Planning Committee which was drawn from the membership ranks of both sponsoring organizations and by participating experts recruited from the Cape Cod Technology Council and Cape Cold Healthcare. Muffins were generously supplied by Dunkin Donuts.

Taken from their February 2006 newsletter.




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