I’m Linda Fawcus.
Founder, Gluu Technology Society
This all started when I gave my 80-something mother her first iPhone, way back in 2012. When she asked me how to use it, I took it from her, offered instructions as I tapped, and handed it back. A few weeks later, I asked why she hadn’t responded to my texts. She stared at me and said, “You went so darn fast last time, I didn’t learn a thing.” Ouch.
So, I went in search of an organization I could trust that would take her from newbie to confident user and commit to helping her every step of the way. It didn’t take much searching for reality to hit – there was no such thing. Sure, there were lots of “pieces” out there, but no cohesive program. Paying a private tutor seemed wrong. Digital skills training should not cost an arm and a leg. Aren’t these skills necessary, especially for older adults? Could I find a way to make digital skills training inspiring to seniors and free?
At that point, I’d been a technology entrepreneur for over 25 years. I know that digital skills are no longer a nice-to-have but are required for everyone, especially seniors. My siblings and I wanted mom to stay connected to her grandchildren and us. She wanted to be part of the changing world around her and age in the home she loved.
But giving her an iPhone was not enough. She had to learn to use it, and more importantly, be shown good reasons why it was worth her precious time and energy. So, I decided to solve the problem, and Gluu was born.
Gluu Essentials is not a walk through the User Guide. It is a thoughtfully designed and classroom-tested program proven to get seniors up and running on their mobile device – and even having some fun while they are at it.
Since 2015, the Gluu Crew has helped over 40,000 seniors learn to love their technology. Gluu Essentials is the culmination of what we have learned in those years. It’s a complete digital skills program that takes seniors on a life-changing journey. We start by figuring out where the buttons are (and take a good selfie), learn the jargon, get digital security figured out, and master mobile device care. Then we move onto using the apps that make these gizmos shine. This is not a walk through the User Guide. Gluu Essentials is a thoughtfully designed, classroom-tested program proven to get seniors up and running. Believe it or not, we even have some fun while we’re at it.
My goal of making digital skills training free to Canadian seniors was reached when we received funding from the Government of Canada.
My goal of making digital skills training free to Canadian seniors was reached when Gluu received funding from the Government of Canada. The Digital Literacy Exchange Program enables us to offer all Canadian seniors the Gluu Essentials online courses 100% free. Just in time to help them beat the social isolation of COVID. Love that.
I hope you can participate in Gluu Essentials and join our inspiring community of older adults. Together you will learn how to use technology to be happier, healthier, and more connected. Only one qualification is needed to join the Gluu Community – to be born before 1974.
Only one qualification is needed to join the Gluu Community – to be born before 1974.
This is the course I wanted my mom to have. She was the inspiration for Gluu. She was also a founding Board Member and an active Gluu-ster. Her strong opinions about the work we should be doing made us a better organization.
My siblings and I saw Mom whenever we could, and when we couldn’t, our devices kept us connected. The grandkids especially loved her texts peppered with just the right emoji. Her digital skills made our family closer. Well done, Mom.
My mom passed away last year, with her children, her iPhone, and Apple Watch by her side. She never really loved her iPad. Can’t win ’em all.
See you online,