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Computer help with new Tech Thursdays

Learn about computers, tablets and technology

Last year, Shire of Dardanup Library Services launched its Tech20 program and last week saw the beginning of our new Tech Thursday sessions.

Each week there will be a new topic for discussion. In our first session, we looked at the differences between a desktop computer, a laptop, and digital devices. We also discussed some of the ways we use our computers and the internet. So whether you’ve just bought your first computer or you need to brush up on using your digital device, Tech Thursdays will have something for you:

WK TITLE DESCRIPTION DATE BOOKING
1 THE ABSOLUTE BASICS Basic description of a computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and the internet. Brief outline of the application and use of each. THURS,
7 FEB
10-11AM
CLOSED
2 STAYING SAFE ONLINE Creating safe passwords, paying safely online, avoiding scams and tricks, downloading and saving documents, how to access help. THURS,
14 FEB
10-11AM
CLOSED
3 GETTING TO KNOW
YOUR DEVICE
Using hardware such as a mouse, touchscreen, keyboard, computer tower, parts of the laptop, programs and files etc. THURS,
21 FEB
10-11AM
CLOSED
4 GETTING STARTED
ONLINE
Using the internet, online forums, email, search engines, and reinforce internet safety. THURS,
28 FEB
10-11AM
CLOSED
5 MORE ONLINE SKILLS Online shopping, social media overview, Facebook, using digital camera, watching and listening to online media. THURS,
7 MARCH
10-11AM
NOW OPEN
6 CONNECTING WITH
OTHERS
Getting set up for video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. THURS,
14 MARCH
10-11AM
NOW OPEN
7 ALL ABOUT DATA What is data? Choosing a data plan, managing your data, using your data overseas, home data vs. mobile data. THURS,
21 MARCH
10-11AM
NOW OPEN
8 WIFI AND MOBILE
NETWORKS
What is WiFi, Home Networks, WiFi on the go, Mobile networks THURS,
28 MARCH
10-11AM
NOW OPEN
9 ONLINE HOBBIES Family history, exploring with Google Earth and beyond, blogs. THURS,
4 APRIL
10-11AM
OPEN SOON
10 ALL ABOUT APPS We explore the world of apps (short for ‘Applications’, or computer programs). Learn about what you can do with them, where you get them, and how you can be safe using them.

THURS,
11 APRIL
10-11AM

OPEN SOON

Tech Thursday is part of the BeConnected series of classes. While the lessons are part of a larger course, attendees can choose whether they want to attend individual classes.

Currently, bookings for sessions are essential and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Code Club finishes its first year

Congratulations to our Dardy Coders for taking their first steps into a larger world. 

While it took a little while to catch on, by the end of August we had full classes every week with participants completing their first module and making great progress on their coding path.

Well done to Doug and Harley for completing their Scratch Module 1. A great start to an exciting journey!

What is Code Club?

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding! We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.
The program is aimed at kids aged 8 – 15 years of age who advance through a series of coding languages:
  1. Scratch – a simple block-coding program which allows users to build animations and games while learning the fundamentals of coding.
  2. HTML/CSS – allows users to develop their understanding while building web pages and online content from the ground up.
  3. Python – this highly versatile programming language allows users to use their understanding and creativity to build Apps and complete web sites.
  4. Blender – coders can build 3D animations and games, creating 3D characters and developing their own movies and stories.

Code Club is project based learning, aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides kids with the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! We celebrate our errors and embrace them as a chance to learn.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by volunteers and library staff. 

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving. Not only that, kids can log in from home and continue progressing through their lessons.

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together!

What happens next?

We’ve learned a lot this year about Code Club and next year we are planning lots of ideas to make each class even more interesting and new. Registrations for Code Club 2019 will be announced in January so be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.

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What’s New

Shire of Dardanup Library Services are now part of the CODE CLUB!!!

“THE DARDY CODERS”

Shire of Dardanup Library Services now have 2 Teachers trained up and we are ready to start our Coding Club in May 2018.

Numbers will be limited to start so we want to get the word out so you are prepared and on the look out for when the program is released.

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding!
We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by Volunteers, Parents and Library staff

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving.

Code Club is Always Free For Everyone!

Code Club aims to give every kid the chance to learn code and programming – all for free!

Computational and Problem Solving Skills

Calling all kids to learn how to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! Code Club is project based learning, and it is also aligned to the National Digital Technologies Curriculum. We CELEBRATE errors!!!

Coding Community and Teamwork

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together! We really try to encourage at all times, a buddy system. One drives and One navigates, then they switch.

Kidsport Applications

KIDSPORT Applications can now be done online at the Eaton Community Library. 

 

KIDSPORT enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance of up to $150.00 per calendar year towards club fees.

To be eligible you will need:

  • Valid Health Care Card
  • An address within the Shire of Dardanup

Click on the link below to begin filling out the online application form or bring your Health Care Card down to the Eaton Community Library. The friendly Library staff are happy to help complete the application.

Click here to access the Kidsport Application Form.