TODAY | May 16, 2013
>>> this morning on "today's" tech, older americans looking to get more tech savvy. jenna wolf is here with more on that story.
>> we know what this is about. i think sometimes we forget how hard it is to learn a new skill. for seniors picking up a smartphone or tablet or laptop for the first time can be daunting. tech school for seniors.
>> there's nothing on this stupid camera that has this size thing.
>> reporter: it's called bridging the generation gap . marrying the past to the present with a touch of the future mixed in.
>> hit the backspace.
>> tv land has a show devoted entirely just to that.
>> it's off.
>> if you've ever tried to show your grandparents or even your parents how to use one of these gadgets, you understand.
>> they'll never catch up.
>> what do you mean?
>> they just -- their brains have been formed in a different time.
>> i'm getting my father and mother to turn over to smartphones.
>> people don't want to be left behind. they want to learn to use gmail, an ipad, what their grand kids, neighbors are using, that's what they want.
>> tom is the founder of a rather popular program for seniors, a program that teaches technology, all kinds of technology. one of the most popular classes on this new york city campus.
>> okay, everyone. welcome to our ipad basics introductions to ipads.
>> heavy course load on this day.
>> we are going to go over first how to take pictures.
>> the student body a little older. the curriculum, a little looser. and the classes range from fairly basic to quite basic to wow, that's pretty basic.
>> but here, everyone computer literate or not is fully welcome.
>> well, i don't have a computer. and i decided that it's time i got with it.
>> i'm always telling him, slow down, wait, wait, you have to show me, don't just do it for me.
>> armed with curiosity, these students signed up for intro to ipad with an emphasis on intro.
>> do you have a smartphone?
>> no, i have a stupid phone.
>> the classes at senior planet exploration center are free funded by grants and donations. they run ten weeks long and cover a variety of topics. everything from video games to digital cameras to social networking .
>> that's how my parents skype with me. i only see their eyeballs.
>> this is the center of the country, we have taught 13,000 classes, never charged for one.
>> there are no final exams, only some social assignments. on the day we were there, we had to perform a selfie.
>> i'm going to photo bomb your picture. ready?
>> didn't you photo bomb me? was it good for you?
>> it's very nice.
>> just two classes in, the students are not only picking up the ipad basics, but a little confidence too.
>> after today's class, i feel like i already want one. so i'm enjoying it.
>> i've decided to accept it.
>> as she said, technology is definitely here to stay. i'm sure we can all relate to this. you get your parents or grandparents a phone, a cell phone , you can never call them. they only put it on when they want to call. somehow they have grasped the concept of safie i saving minutes.
>> i know this older guy having trouble loading stuff on to his ipad, oh, i'm sorry --
>> matt lauer .
>> what he's saying is, is there a minimum age for this class?
>> these guys had a full i.t. session before the show. he's like i right click what?
>> i hit a brick wall on my ipad downloading last night. i think it's great. i do.
>> you guys did some selfies.
>> yeah, we did.
>> it's all about --
>> we haven't figured out how to put them on the air yet.
>> we couldn't get all our faces.
>> could you get any closer, savannah?
>> that's a good one.
>> yeah, that one.
>> managed to get that --
>> i have very long arms.
>> sign up for one of these classes, get in on the ground floor and learn.
>> i take it with my mom, how about that?
>> that was great.
>> great idea.