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More online skills this Tech Thursday

Using Facebook, online shopping and watching movies on the internet are just some of the topics up for discussion.

In this week’s Tech Thursday session we will continue looking at going online. In particular we will be looking at the convenience the internet provides for shopping, entertainment and socialising.

Topics this week include:

  • Online Shopping;
  • Watching video and listening to music;
  • Facebook and online socialising; and
  • Using a digital camera.

Our Tech Thursday classes are self contained and can be enjoyed by anyone, whatever your level of experience. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the internet computers, or technology, book now and join the discussion.

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.

Our brand new Tech20 helpdesk is here!

Are you you lost in the digital age?

Want to learn more about technology but don’t know where to start? Tech20 is for you. Read More →

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.

South West Makers

Second Saturday of the month from 9:00am – 1:00pm

On the second Saturday of the month the SW Makers are setting up shop and will help you explore everything robotic, electronic and computeronic.

If 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, Raspberry Pi computers, general electronics, drones, LED’s, Arduino’s, orchid GIS Mapping and fabric art sound like your thing then come along and join a growing band of budding makers in the Bunbury and Greater Bunbury region.

Bring your imagination to life with the SW makers as they endeavour to create a space to exercise your creativity while having a load of fun.

The best news is, if you would love to have a look at what they are doing but feel unsure about what they do or about any of these amazing things listed above, then this workshop is definitely for you too.

Everyone is welcome and everything is free for you to have a go.

Don’t miss our first workshop this weekend.

For more information, please visit the SW Makers website.

We can’t wait to see you there!