From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.

    When most people imagine a classroom, they think of older people teaching younger ones. But when it comes to learning about high-technology devices, the opposite can often be true. That is what is happening through a program in the eastern American city of Columbia, Maryland. The 50 Plus Center offers free technology classes for adults ages 50 and older. The teachers are often teenagers and even younger children.

    Myra Stafford is 73 years old. She signed up for the workshop to learn how to use her iPad.
    米拉·斯塔福德(Myra Stafford)今年73岁。她报名参加了这个研习班,学习如何使用她的iPad。

    Ms. Stafford says she is learning quickly about the device. She adds that she enjoys learning from younger people.

    Eleven-year-old Zhion Perkins teaches Ms. Stafford. He says that patience is very important when working with older adults.
    11岁的帕金斯(Zhion Perkins)负责教斯塔福德女士。他说,同老年人共事时,耐心很重要。

    "You have to be really, really patient, you know, because some of them might not know as well as others, so you have to be really patient."

    Meridy McCague is the director of the 50 Plus Center. She says the center offers many other kinds of workshops for older residents of Columbia. The activities include playing cards and physical exercise classes.
    迈瑞迪·迈凯格(Meridy McCague)是50+中心的负责人。她说,该中心为哥伦比亚市的老年居民提供许多其它种类的研习班。其中包括扑克牌和体操课程。

    Ms. McCague added the senior technology workshop last year. She acted after the center received several iPads from a local community organization. Since then, about 100 senior citizens have signed up for the workshop. Ms. McCague says the classes are necessary for seniors to connect with the world around them.

    Kerry Hannon is a career and retirement expert. She says teaching senior citizens about technology can prove helpful for the economy.
    凯瑞·汉侬(Kerry Hannon)是一位职业和退休问题专家。她说,教老年人科技被证明对经济有帮助。

    "You have a huge growing population over 60 that's just expanding, and offers an incredible opportunity to buy online, to research products that they want to buy, maybe not online, but they research them online. About a third of the Internet users in general are over 50. As seniors get more excited about using the technology, they're going into the market place and buying it. So that's a boom for economy right there."

    Madison Lam is a 17-year-old teacher for the technology workshop. She says she also learns a lot from helping seniors.
    麦迪逊·林(Madison Lam)是科技研习班一位17岁的老师。她说,她也从帮助老年人中学到很多。

    "I think I've learned a lot on how to connect with people and work with them because I'm usually a shy person so I'm not good at connecting with others besides my family and friends. So I've learned to be more outgoing."

    Safire Windley is head of the Youth and Teen Center that operates the program. She says young people like Madison gain more than just social skills from teaching older residents.
    萨菲尔·温德利(Safire Windley)是负责运营该项目的青少年中心的负责人。她说,像麦迪逊这样的年轻人从教老年人中学到的不仅仅是社交技能。

    "I find in this day and age, our younger people, they're trying to explore and find out how they do they add value to life, just trying to find their way. This is something where they're needed and their skill set is valued and it gives them purpose."

    And that's the VOA Learning English Technology Report. I'm Jonathan Evans.
    以上就是本期美国之音慢速英语科技报道的全部内容。我是乔纳森·埃文斯(Jonathan Evans)。(51VOA.COM对本文翻译保留全部权利,未经授权请勿转载,违者必究!)