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Bridging the technology gap

February 20, 2013 - From rotary telephones to iPads—technology has evolved at a rapid rate.

On Jan. 24, RUSH (Respect Unity Spirit and Heart) Team Leader Kyle Hughes, along with six members of Team RUSH, a Clarkston High School robotics organization, spent part of their day with some of the senior members of the Ortonville Woman's Club to demonstrate recent innovations in communications.

Hughes, a Groveland Township resident, brought along a few iPads and other handheld items to help bridge the technology gap that often exists between generations.

"The RUSH ladies started the presentation with 'how to use' the iPads, with the tap, double tap and swipe," she said. "To get them into a big bang at the beginning, we went into 'Photo Booth,' and they were able to take photos of themselves, then modify them. We had one of our RUSH girls leave the room and she called in from another room. We referenced how they may be able to Skype their families, so they could see their grandchildren from afar - in their hands."

Hughes said the girls really connected with many of the seniors.

"It was interesting—the seniors became very comfortable with the technology and were realizing Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest were not so far out there. Consider many of the seniors used rotary telephones and cameras with film—they had even brought some in to the center so the RUSH girls could make some comparisons."

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