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What are these community tech events all about?

Feb 22, 2018 09:08PM ● Published by Editor

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The second Technology Night was held at Cook County Schools on Thursday, February 22nd in the school computer lab.   Many people in the community may have noticed that these events are being held in different locations throughout Grand Marais recently.

According to Lisa Bauer, who represents both Boreal Community Media and Cook County Schools at these events, "These are open forums where community members can bring in their devices and their questions.  We have a variety of volunteers on hand to help with any technology needs that anyone, at any skill level, may have.  Best of all, these events are free of charge!"

These technology events are part of a collaborative series, with Cook County Schools ISD 166 Community Ed, Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Ed, and the Grand Marais Public Library all joining forces to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where people are not afraid to come in to ask questions or get help with their cell phones, laptops, or iPads.  

Mary Sanders visited the school event and said that "It's so nice to know that there's someone to make it easier to navigate".  Larry Scully, a regular visitor at these events stated that "You're never too old to learn".  Volunteers are paired up on a 1:1 basis with visitors so that they get individualized attention without feeling intimidated by asking questions in front of a large group.

Events are held at locations where everyone can feel comfortable.  The Grand Marais Public Library is hosting their next tech night on March 14th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Two student technology interns from Cook County Schools even visit the Cook County Senior Center twice a month, allowing the seniors who go to the Senior Center to get help at a place where they may already be visiting for the day for lunch.  

To learn more about these events, please contact Lisa Bauer (lisab@boreal.org) or continue to watch Boreal's website for announcements for the next scheduled event.  
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