Digital Hub computer classes

Teacher pointing to computer screen in class

Residents across the region can receive free computer training at the Toowoomba City Library and the Oakey 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 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
  • Add an attachment

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.

This topic is designed for tablets/iPads.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Setting up an email account
  • Exploring the mail box
  • Compose an email
  • Include an attachment
  • Delete an 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 participants through the internet’s most popular social media application - Facebook. By the end, participants will have a good understanding of what Facebook is and what it can be used for.

It’s important to protect your privacy while using social media tools such as Facebook, and this session will walk you through how to do that.

What we will cover in this session:

  • What is Facebook?
  • Keeping track of loved ones (and letting them keep track of you)
  • How to create a profile
  • Security settings
  • Uploading photos

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, we look at taking photos with your tablet, organising photos into folders and albums and photo editing.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Taking photos
  • How to set image location
  • Where to find photos
  • Creating albums
  • Deleting photos
  • Photo editing
  • Setting a photo as wallpaper

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.

Organising digital images on your computer is essential to managing the increasing number of photos we are taking on digital capture devices. It becomes increasingly difficult to find a photo if you don’t have some kind of “filing system”. In a Windows operating system, all files and folders are managed with the application “Windows Explorer”. The skills you will learn in this lesson can be applied when organising any type of computer file regardless of the operating system.

What we will cover in this session:

  • Learn how to access Windows Explorer to view photo files on a SD(Secure Digital) card
  • Organise photo files – delete, rename on SD card
  • Organise photos into folders on SD card
  • Save (back up) photos to a USB (Universal Serial Bus) Flash Drive
  • Save files to the Pictures folder on the computer

Group lessons

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

In this session, we will show you how to perform some basic troubleshooting and where to find help

What we will cover:

  • Account terminology
  • Log ins and Passwords (forgotten, changing or resetting) (Inc. Apple ID, Apple Password & Passcode)
  • How to find a solution to a problem
  • Wifi trouble
  • Helpful sites for gaining understanding

Group lessons

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

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