NYLA SMART Spring Workshop with Abagail Stokes

10 Tips for Teaching Silver Surfers

"Is This Thing On" – Navigating the Digital World

Thursday, May 7, 2015

10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wood Library
Canandaigua, New York

$40 for NYLA members
$50 for Non-members
Lunch is included in registration.

To Register - Click HERE.

Teaching technology can be difficult, regardless of the audience. However, older patrons present their own set of challenges. In this one day workshop Abby Stokes gives tips & tricks for assisting older patrons as well as advice for helping all ages in this rapidly changing digital age.

Morning Session (10:30 am to 12:30 pm)
10 Tips for Teaching Silver Surfers – There are unique obstacles to teaching technology to “digital immigrants” (those baby boomers and beyond not born with a keyboard and mouse in hand). There are three motivating factors that inspire most silver surfers to take on the challenge of the computer – the Internet, e-mail, and a desire to not be left behind. Keeping those three objectives in mind, Abby shares her 10 tips on how to successfully bring the computer fearful on board and enjoy all the Internet has to offer. Abby will also give a tour of the resources provided to Teachers & Librarians on her website (AskAbbyStokes.com)

Afternoon Session (1:30 -3:30 pm)
 “Is This Thing On?” Navigating the Digital World – The digital divide widens with the rapid pace of new innovations and gadgets. What is out there and how it might benefit you can be lost in all the tech talk. Should you buy a tablet or a computer? Stick with your PC or move onto an Apple? How do you maximize your searches and why on earth do people want to share on Facebook? Abby also walks you through how to create a memorable, safe, and unique password. She helps you understand what everyone is talking about and how it might best benefit you.

Note - ala carte registration is not avaialble.


Abby Stokes has taken on the role of the Johnny Appleseed of Technology crisscrossing the country to help Digital Immigrants conquer their fear of technology. Abby has single-handedly helped a quarter million Digitally Challenged people cross the Digital Divide and get online. She’s visited more than 20 states, 120 public libraries, over 100 senior centers/computer clubs and has hosted webinars across the country.  She has taught courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and NYU’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,” Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet.