Digital Hub computer classes

Teacher pointing to computer screen in class

Residents across the region can receive free computer training at the library. A wide range of free computer classes are available to assist absolute beginners and computer novices gain new skills and confidence. Our tech savvy classes are listed below with a short description. Participants may bring their own device and can repeat a topic if they wish.

To enquire or book a training session please phone 131 872 or contact your local library. Online registration is also available through our online calendar

Not everyone had the opportunity to grow up with computers. This session is for people who have never really used a computer before and might find them a little scary.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What’s a personal computer
  • Getting to know your mouse
  • All about keyboards
  • Using a computer
  • Activity: create a document
  • Activity: surf the web

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

In this session, participants will learn how to navigate the web using a tablet device. They will learn the differences between a PC and a tablet and how the two can work together. They will also learn how to start up programs on the tablet, connect wirelessly to the internet and how to navigate using a virtual keyboard. Note that a significant part of this session overlaps with the Introduction to Smartphones session because smartphones and tablets have a great deal in common.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What’s a tablet and how is it different to a PC?
  • A brief guide to different tablet models: iPads, Androids and Windows
  • Using a touchscreen and understanding gesture control (how to touch, tap and drag)
  • Setting up your tablet to connect to the internet
  • Using the tablet’s web browser and onscreen keyboard
  • Useful programs
  • Adding apps and media from online stores

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session focuses on iPads - it's for people who are interested in finding out what they can do. You don't need to have a lot of PC or mobile smartphone experience - although smartphone experience can help, since tablets are essentially super-sized phones.

What we will cover in this lesson:

  • A tour of the iPad
  • Getting to know your iPad
  • Using inbuilt apps
  • Activity: setting an alarm
  • Activity: enlarging the text on an iPad
  • Activity: visiting the App store
  • Activity: using the web

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session focuses on Android tablets - it's for people who are finding out what they can do. You don't need to have a lot of PC or mobile smartphone experience - although smartphone experience can help, since tablets are essentially super-sized phones.

What we cover in this session:

  • A tour of the tablet
  • Getting to know your tablet
  • Using inbuilt apps
  • Activity: setting an alarm
  • Activity: enlarging the text on a tablet
  • Activity: using the camera
  • Activity: visiting the Google Play store
  • Activity: using the web

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session will walk participants through the very basics of the internet: how it works, how to get online and how to surf the web. At the end, participants should be able to sign up for an internet service and access and search the internet on their home computer.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What is the internet
  • What can I do on the internet?
  • How do I connect to it? A look at different types of internet connections.
  • Navigating around the web
  • Performing a web search

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session expands on what was covered in Part 1 of the Introduction to the Internet. Participants will go through some of the features of web browsers that can make navigating the web much easier, and will look at important browser add-ons that will let them see all the web has to offer, including videos and music. Participants will also be provided with some tips for keeping them safe online.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Scrolling and navigating
  • Downloading
  • Using tabs
  • Using favourites
  • Changing your home page
  • Enlarging a web page
  • Watching movies and listening to music: add-ons and players
  • Some of favourite things: travel, maps, genealogy and news
  • Staying safe online

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session expands on what was covered in Part 2 of the Introduction to the Internet. Participants will learn how to install and use iTunes*, a popular online store for finding and buying media. We’ll also look at some of the alternatives to iTunes, how to play the media you’ve downloaded, and how you can download new programs for your computer.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Downloading and installing iTunes
  • Choosing and downloading your media
  • Viewing or listening to your downloads
  • Downloading other programs

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session covers the basic steps participants need to know to help keep in touch with family and friends using email. It will explain how to set up an email account, how to send an email, and how to read and reply to emails that have been sent to them.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What is email and how does it work?
  • A guide to email addresses what does the @ mean?
  • A demonstration of email in action
  • Setting up your own email account
  • Reading email you’ve received
  • Addressing and sending an email
  • Replying and forwarding emails

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

Following on from Introduction to email Part 1, in this session participants will learn how to add email addresses to their address book and how to send group emails, as well as some handy hints and tips to help them manage their email address book. Participants will receive a guide to the weird and wonderful world of email etiquette.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Creating and managing your address book
  • Sending emails to multiple people
  • Using CC and BCC (and what they mean)
  • Email etiquette

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

Following on from Introduction to email Part 2, in this session participants will learn explains how to use attachments, how to use online folders to organise your email library, and how to keep a copy of emails you’ve sent as well as received. You’ll also learn some tips to help you avoid junk mail and protect your privacy online.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Using attachments
  • Organising your email into folders
  • Avoiding junk email

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

In this session participants will look at using email and Facebook to share photos and files. Participants will learn how to attach files to their emails, and how you can use your Facebook account (if you have one) to upload individual photos and entire photo albums to the web, for viewing by anybody on your friends list – or in the world, if you choose.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Emailing attachments
  • Sharing photos with Facebook
  • Other services you can try

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session covers the basics of internet security; the things that can potentially go wrong and the simple steps participants can take to avoid them.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What can go wrong on the internet?
  • The threats you might face
  • What does security software do?
  • Choosing security software
  • Keeping yourself safe (security software is not enough)

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session walks you through the internet’s most popular social media applications. By the end, you’ll have a good understanding of what social media is and which services you can use and when. It’s not an in-depth guide to using the services (those come in later sessions), but an overview of what they are and what they can do.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What is social media?
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • Communicating
  • Other services

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session we’ll go through the process for setting up profiles in Facebook, Google and Twitter. When it’s done, you’ll have set up accounts in each of these social media services. We’ll also talk you through the issue of protecting your privacy while using these services.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Your Google profile
  • Your Facebook profile
  • Your Twitter profile

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

In this session you’ll find out how to upload both individual photos and entire photo albums to Facebook. We’ll also look at adding photos and web addresses to tweets, as well as creating your own YouTube channel and uploading videos to it to share with the world.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Uploading to Facebook
  • Uploading to Twitter
  • Uploading to YouTube

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

In this session, participants will learn the basics of how to navigate their way around a smartphone with a touchscreen. They will learn how to turn the phone on and off, make and receive calls, add a contact and look up a contact, and change the volume on the phone.

Participants will also learn briefly about apps, what they are, how to download them, and the costs associated with them. Note that this workshop has a good deal in common with the Introduction to Tablets session. If participants have already attended that session, they may already be a whiz with touchscreen gestures.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What is a smartphone?
  • How touchscreens work
  • Turning the phone on and off
  • Making a call
  • Adding a contact
  • Changing the volume
  • Adding a photo
  • An introduction to apps

** Participants must bring their own smartphone.

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

In this session participants will find out how they can shop, bank and pay bills online. This session also covers how to find things to buy online, where to buy from, and how to make payments safely over the internet.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Searching for – and researching – goods and services
  • Tips for buying things online
  • Buying online: a sample experience
  • How to pay for things online

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

Participants may be looking to follow-up what they learned in the Introduction to online shopping and banking Part 1 session. In this session participants will learn how easy and convenient it is to shop and bank online, discuss why online banking is safe and secure, and how you can save time when you pay bills online. They will also learn how to browse, buy and sell on the internet using websites such as eBay.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Paying bills online
  • Net banking
  • Using eBay

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

This session is designed to help you select the right internet plan and manage the costs associated with connecting to the internet.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Choose an internet plan that suits your needs
  • Check your bill
  • Check your usage meter

Group lessons

Sessions are scheduled throughout the month. Check the online calendar for dates and availability.

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