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Internet Saloon is a free school for people over 50 who want to get closer to computers and discover the vast world of the Internet.
The Internet Saloon was born in Milan in 2000 on the initiative of AIM, a private and cultural association, with the participation and support of four major private partners: Credit Valtellinese Group, HP, Microsoft, and Telecom Italy who, in the last ten years, have accompanied and supported the development of the project in other Italian cities and in the new stages of the project.
Internet Saloon is based on very simple and effective idea: the basic course lasts one day and presents the internet such that any person, even without prior knowledge of the PC, is able to navigate, network and use e-mail after six hours. Professors have prepared university students to provide this training.
Each Internet Saloon is organised into two spaces:
- A classroom for courses with multimedia workstations and a large screen
- A space with a training computer and with other multimedia stations where the students can go after the course, to practise and become more familiar with the material covered in the course.
An important feature of any Internet Saloon is the informal and welcoming atmosphere where senior students may share experiences, exchange ideas and forge new friendships.
As of January 2012 there are three operating Internet Saloons throughout Italy, in the cities of Milano, Sondrio and Catania. Between 2008 and 2010 there were also centres in Pavia, Napoli, Bari and Ancona.
During the school year 2009 - 2010 Internet Saloon offered a total of 10,500 workstations and more than 16,000 students benefited from the initiative.
AIM - Associazione Interessi Metropolitani |
AIM - Association for Metropolitan Interests, is a cultural centre founded in 1987 by a group of Milanese companies and banks in order to promote research and projects. It aims to support Milan in its cultural, social and economic development.
Gruppo Credito Valtellinese|
HP - Hewlett-Packard