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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
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
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
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
4 GETTING STARTED
ONLINE
Using the internet, online forums, email, search engines, and reinforce internet safety. THURS,
28 FEB
10-11AM
5 MORE ONLINE SKILLS Online shopping, social media overview, Facebook, using digital camera, watching and listening to online media. THURS,
7 MARCH
10-11AM
6 CONNECTING WITH
OTHERS
Getting set up for video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. THURS,
14 MARCH
10-11AM
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
8 WIFI AND MOBILE
NETWORKS
What is WiFi, Home Networks, WiFi on the go, Mobile networks THURS,
28 MARCH
10-11AM
9 ONLINE HOBBIES Family history, exploring with Google Earth and beyond, blogs. THURS,
4 APRIL
10-11AM
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

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.

Our brand new Tech20 helpdesk is here!

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Summer Reading Club is back!

Hey kids, it’s on again and this year’s theme is Curious Creatures.

There will be some great give-aways just for keeping up your reading over the summer holidays so come in and get your Summer Reading kit to be part of the fun!

Step 2: Mark off each day you read or are read to

Download your Summer Reading Map

Move forward one space for every day that you read or are read to.

Step 3: Return activity sheet to library

Land on a curious creature to go in the draw for some great prizes!
The more curious creatures you land on the more chances you have of winning.
Complete an island task to get a bonus entry into the Grand Prize Draw!
Grand Prize includes the complete collection of David Walliams books plus a $50 iTunes voucher.

Step 4: Join the party!

Winners announced at our Summer Reading Club Grand Prize Party on Saturday 2 February 2019 at Eaton Community Library.
Be there for the Big Prize Draw!

Saturday 2 February 2019
11am – 12pm
Eaton Community Library

What is the Summer Reading Club anyway?

The Summer Reading Club encourages eager young readers to discover new worlds while maintaining their literacy over the school holidays. They will explore and connect with a curiosity of creatures through a range of interactive activities, available at Shire of Dardanup Library services and online. There will be give-aways, prizes, and activities to keep kids reading throughout school holidays so come and discover some Curious Creatures for yourself.

Last year, over 43,000 children registered with the Summer Reading Club around Australia, reading over 360,000 books between them. This year we are hoping to crack half a million books.

The Summer Reading Club runs throughout December 2018 and January 2019 so make sure you are a part of it and register now!

Want more Summer Reading Club fun?

Join the official Australia-wide club to go into the draw for additional prizes. Access activities such as book raves, writing competitions, games and recommended reading lists.

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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