Tech demo and community Grandparents’ Day celebration at Heritage Library

It’s one thing to hear or read about a Nook or an iPad, but it’s another thing to actually learn how to use one. iPads are going to be used a lot in classrooms at Lakeville public schools this year.

The difference between hearing about a device and being able to actually use it led Eric Baklund, of Troop 111 in Lakeville, to develop an Eagle Scout project that allows people to feel, touch and use a variety of technologies and see a demonstration of them.

The demonstration will be held at the Lakeville Heritage Library on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. That day is also Grandparents Day, so it will also be a community Grandparents’ Day celebration.

“My grandparents are very important to me and they are always asking me questions about the computer. I figured this would be a great way to help them and others who want to learn about the new technologies,” said Eric Baklund, soon to be a 9th grader at Lakeville North. “This way people can learn about iPads and iPods, so when their kids and grandkids are talking about using them in class, you will know what they are talking about. My Grandma Langer really wants to learn how to use Facebook, so I figured a lot of people might want to learn, too.”

There will have several stations so attendees of any age can learn about Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, email and answer questions about laptops and navigating the Internet. Scouts from Troop 111 and other teens will demonstrate devices such as iPods, iPads and e-readers such as Nook, Nook Tablet, Kindle and Kindle Fire. People who attend will have a chance to try out these devices and learn about them.