Technology has changed our lives in ways we never thought possible. We can now chat face-to-face on our phones, buy shopping online and read ebooks on a tablet. But staying up to date is a constant challenge. Here are some ways you can discover more about computers and smart devices:
Bathurst Library regularly holds free talks on a wide range of technology topics designed especially for beginners. Click here for upcoming programs.
Gain basic computer skills Are you new to computers or just want to know more about how they work? GCFLearnFree.org offers tutorials on a wide range of topics including:
Computer basics – Everything from setting up your computer to software and connecting to the internet
Internet essentials – Become internet savvy with tutorials on how to browse smartly, maintain your safety, and network socially while online
Microsoft Office – Learn how to use this essential collection of desktop applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and much more. Choose your version of Microsoft Office to begin learning.
Improve your typing skills Typing.com offers free online typing and keyboard tutorials for typists of all skill levels. This website includes entertaining games, tests and free official typing certification. Create an account to monitor your progress.
Build your digital literacy Be Connected is an initiative aimed at helping all Australians to thrive in a digital world. Simple tutorials and videos allow you to learn at your own pace and select from a wide range of topics relating to computers, smart phones and devices, and digital cameras.
Especially for seniors The Tech Savvy Seniors program aims to help older Australians develop the confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing services and personal business. Access self-teach videos on a wide range of subjects including mobile phones, email, passwords, transferring photos and files, connecting to wi-fi and much more.