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Middle-schoolers share technology with seniors

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If wisdom comes with age, then residents at the Pillsbury Manor can show 6th graders from Tuttle Middle School a thing or two.

But Wednesday the roles were reversed, with the students becoming the teachers. We'll call this class iPads-101. It's part of a new program called iCareVT -- where Shelburne and South Burlington students connect with seniors.  The goal -- help bridge the technology gap.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Did you know what an iPad was?

Mary Louise Adsit: No, I know nothing about it except what Eve's taught me.

Eight-nine year-old Mary Louise and 12 year-old Eve Heroux were teamed up. "She's been doing great for not knowing what an ipad is -- because they are confusing. But after a while you get the hang of it," Heroux said.

Most of these seniors didn't even know what an iPad was before this class, but by the end many were doing everything from swiping and clicking, to taking photos and playing games.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Did you know what an app was?

Mary Louise Adsit: I still couldn't define it properly for you -- it has me by the seat of my pants.

For 92 year-old Sophie Perkowski the technology was entirely new. "I still can't believe it," she said.

"It was kind of hard to show her stuff because she couldn't see out of her left eye," said 11 year-old Brendan Precourt.

"It was really fun and I think she had a good time too," said 11 year-old Molly Gaboriault.

Trying to cross the digital divide -- and decades. Whether these students will be hooked to technology like their teachers, is still up in the air.

iCareVT is looking for local businesses to sponsor the program so they can buy seniors their very own ipads.

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