The registration process for Be Connected is a learning experience in itself! However most people are now registered and beginning to master the art of completing Be Connected modules. Photo - Wednesday 1 August.
Welcome to U3A and non U3A participants in the U3A Benalla Be Connected program.
So far we have conducted two sessions; the first dedicated to enrolment and registration. The next one was to familiarise participants with the logging on and logging off procedures. And we did commence some modules in the Beginner section of the course.
The internet has been serving us well and we have been able to view modules that include short video presentations.
Participants will now be encouraged to tailor an individual Be Connected program for their specific needs.
There are mentors at hand ready to help participants with the course.
The current course has two more sessions timetabled.
Wednesday 1st August and 15th August.
Extra sessions can be timetabled if the need arises.
Could this be the computing course for you?
Do you want to know more about the using your laptop, tablet or smartphone?
Do you want to know more about the internet, emailing, internet safety and using social media?
BE CONNECTED could help.
If you haven’t yet registered or enrolled there is another BE CONNECTED Course being conducted at U3A Benalla on Wednesday afternoons starting 29th August.
(There is no registration fee for Be Connected)
Jenny Sawyer Ph: 0409 545 182
The iPad Beginners Course finished on June 20th. Next month U3A is registering computer beginners, both Apple and Android for a Be Connected Course to run in the second semester. See under for dates.
In iPad Beginners this month we revisited Settings and checked our device used storage and capacity. We also enabled the dictionary function to look up word meanings by highlighting a particular word and tapping on ‘look up’.
Next we focused on Travel Apps; there are so many to choose from! So reading the blurb, the ratings and reviews can help with your decision on which one to download. When you do download any App it’s easy to delete if its not the the App for you. - Hold, Wait for jiggling, tap the cross and its gone.........Remember to tap the Home Button to stop everything else jiggling.
In our last session we had a go at Bookmarking which is iPad speak for saving an article you want to keep from your browser. Eg. Google
Finally we downloaded a Brain Training App and had lots of fun directing trains in to stations.
Thank you to all participants and I hope you all keep on using your Apple devices with more and more confidence.
Registration - Wednesday 4th July 1:30am. U3A Room ( Senior Citizens )
APPLE U3A Room 1:30 - 3:30pm
ANDROID U3A Room 1:30 - 3:30pm
Queries - Jenny Sawyer Ph. 0409 545 182
We are nearing the end of our Semester I course and next month will be deciding whether to go on to enrol in ‘Be Connected’ which is running on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1.30 to 3.30 pm in Semester II.
Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative comprising online learning modules which help to make the most out of being online. The Apple Users in our group can take up the short course for Apple Users from 1:30pm - 3:30pm on Wednesdays 18th July; 1st and 15th August and join in the drop in sessions which follow. Jenny will provide more information and take registrations for Apple Users at the end of Semester 1’s ‘Ipad for Beginners’ course.
There is more information about the full Be Connected program in ‘Program News’.
Tech Savvy Drop In participant/mentor and convenor of the Investment Group Margaret Jenkins has a particular interest in 'money matters' and the internet. Margaret has used an account with a different bank with limited funds in it for all her on line transactions for around 10 years. The following video prompts us to reflect on and share our own stories of 'scams'.
The following video recommended by Margaret for 'on line banking beginners' provides simple instructions on how to manage your accounts with Westpac.
For more Westpac videos go to: http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/online-banking/online-banking-how-to-videos/
These Westpac resources contain learning which is transferable across other major banks, for example, Commonwealth, NAB and ANZ, which also have YouTube videos on topics such as 'How pay a bill using BPay' and 'Transferring money' (Commonwealth Bank). Money I - Banking Online
*In preparing her presentation, Margaret spoke to Peter Retallick, Bank Manager of the Benalla Westpac Bank 57604225.
Next session, Wednesday 2nd May, we are running a forum with guest presenter Margaret Jenkins (Convenor of the Investment Group) on banking and payments online.
Unfortunately the Week 3 Session of Tech Savvy Beginners Apple on Wednesday 16th May is cancelled. A make-up session will be held in week 5 on Wednesday 30th May.
Tech Savvy Beginners will then continue Wednesday 6th June.
BE CONNECTED is coming
Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative to help people make the most out of being online. We will be going through some online learning modules to give you better skills when using the internet.
Be Connected will run during Semester II and incorporate two short courses; one for Apple Users and another for Android users.
The Be Connected Course for Apple users will be on the following dates:
Wednesday 18th July
Wednesday 1st August
Wednesday 15th August
The Be Connected Course for Android users will be on the following dates
Wednesday 29th August
Wednesday 5th September
Wednesday 19th September
In March we worked at sending emails. We used the camera app and took photos. We then found the photos in the photos app to attach to emails and send to our new contact ‘Jenny Uthreea’.
Finally we looked at the Calendar app and entered some events, one being the cancellation of our next Tech Savvy Beginners session on Wednesday 4th April. Our next session will be on Wednesday 18th April.
We have lots of new students who want to be better acquainted with their Apple iPads, Apple iPhones or learn how to use an iPad on a borrowed U3A iPad.
In our first session we learned about the buttons, ports and the camera lenses on iPads. We also discussed WiFi and got ourselves connected to the U3A WiFi.
In the second session our main focus was ‘surfing the web’ which we did via Google.
One of the Quiz questions asked was, ‘When did the Queen visit Benalla?’ Interestingly there were two differing answers; 1953 and 1954, depending upon which website you went to. So beware! ‘Fake facts’ are out there.
Thank you to Bev Lee for coming along each session and helping the absolute beginners in setting up email accounts and helping to solve computing problems.
Also thank you to Pat Treleaven, Margaret Walshe and Helen Jeffries for being wonderful mentors to other iPad beginners.
Next month Tech Savvy Beginners iPad sessions are on Wednesday 7th March and Wednesday 21st March.
Each year our 'Tech Savvy Beginners' program has evolved to meet particular needs.
In 2018 our tutor Jenny Sawyer will focus on the beginning iPad user. Jenny is an extremely skilled Apple iPad and also iPhone user!
Jenny has taken on the task of allocating iPads for people who would like to borrow them in 2018. Borrowing an iPad if you already don't have one in conjunction with coming to the beginners class is a wonderful way to develop skills. You will be able to use the U3A WiFi in class - you may need to have WiFi added to your home telephone system to use the internet and practice at home.
Here's Jenny's introduction to the 2018 course:
"Do you have an Apple iPad and don't know where to start?
We will be holding two sessions per month for Apple iPad beginners keen to develop skills and confidence in using and managing their device for emails, photography, internet searching and more.
Tech Savvy mentors will provide one to one assistance and small group tuition.
You can borrow one of our iPads if you don't have your own."
In November we looked at using our devices for pleasure activities; reading online and playing games. Hopefully both pursuits will keep our brains cells active and enrich our lives.
In our last session there was some discussion about computing technology and how invasive it can be in our lives. So, we looked at a YouTube clip on modern dating and then part of a Gruen episode about Alexia who is even more helpful than the Google assistant.
Who would have thought the mobile phone and tablets would be able to be the portable computers they are, 20 years ago?
Tech Savvy Beginners
Apple iPad for Beginners (Semester I) Do you have an Apple iPad and don't know where to start? We will be holding two sessions per month for Apple iPad beginners keen to develop skills and confidence in using and managing their device for emails, photography, internet searching and more.
Convenor and Contact Details
Jenny Sawyer 5763 3279
1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1.30 to 3.00-3.30 pm U3A Meeting Room, Fawckner Drive
...alongside a lot of sharing and support by other class members.