EARLSPEAK, LLC is a senior-focused, technology education company that was founded in New York City in 2001 and continues to serve thousands of seniors in both group and individual settings in New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Connecticut. We are now headquartered in sunny Los Angeles!
We believe that the Internet is potentially a very powerful resource that can be harnessed to augment the independence and the connectedness of seniors. Unfortunately, many older adults and seniors remain unfamiliar with computers and how to access the Internet. This is where we can help.
Our expertise is in introducing older-adults to the computer and to the resources of the Internet via a presentation style that draws parallels between the virtual world of technology and the physical world that many seniors are comfortable with.
Learning how to use computers is like learning a new language. Consistent effort must be made on topics that are meaningful and of interest to beginners. To that end, we have created simple step-by-step guides covering all of the computer and Internet tasks that our students have ever expressed interest in.
We always begin with helping folks acquire fundamental skills they will need to operate the computer, i.e. mouse skills and keyboarding skills. Slowly, they will graduate to running basic Google searches.
At this point the next essential step is to determine each new user’s key interest. In other words, what is the single most important thing that they want to get out of joining the online revolution?
Once this is discovered, it will serve as the “hook” that will drive their commitment to the learning process for the near term and give them a reason to overcome the challenges and struggles that will inevitably accompany their process of learning how to use a computer.
Our founder, Ferdinand Poon, has more than 12 years of experience developing and teaching computer and Internet classes primarily geared towards older adults and non-English speaking immigrants, who did not grow up with exposure to these technologies. Ferdinand developed and wrote the “Bridging the Digital Divide” curriculum for use at the New York Public Library and he and his team have led thousands of individual and group sessions since 2000. His belief in the importance of helping all members of our society attain meaningful access to the computer and Internet led him to forgo careers in accounting, law and investment banking. Ferdinand has a B.A. and B.Sc.Ec from the University of Pennsylvania, and a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (Canada).