Out of tech wilder­ness

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

GWYNTH Sch­li­pal­ius had dif­fi­culty un­der­stand­ing how to use an iPad when her son passed it on to her.

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent (72) is among the com­mu­nity mem­bers who have at­tended the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s free tech classes on the last Satur­day of each month.

“My son put the apps on it but I was hav­ing trou­ble us­ing it. I couldn’t ac­cess my email ac­count,” she said.

“My hus­band passed away last year and it meant I had to work out how to ac­cess our Wi-Fi. I didn’t know the pass­word so I felt like I was in the wilder­ness.

“The ses­sions have been great and have given me the chance to ask ques­tions. It’s al­lowed me to un­der­stand the ad­van­tages of the iPad.

“It’s given me more con­fi­dence about us­ing my de­vice. I’m able to ac­cess my emails, watch ABC to catch up on shows that I missed.”

Dig­i­tal Hub vol­un­teer Roger Meakes, who helps run the free ses­sions, said it was im­por­tant to un­der­stand new tech­nol­ogy.

“Our email ac­counts are the mod­ern day let­ter­box and if you are not on­line then there will al­ways be peo­ple chas­ing you to be on­line,” he said. The ses­sions have proved so pop­u­lar that the Town is cre­at­ing an ex­tra one on the last Satur­day of each month.

There will be a morn­ing ses­sion at 10am to noon and an af­ter­noon ses­sion from 1pm to 3pm.

The next tech-savvy class will be held on July 29. This class will cater to those who are keen to come and learn about all the free ere­sources avail­able with a li­brary mem­ber­ship in­clud­ing In­stant­flix (thou­sands of movies streamed for free), e-books, au­dio books and e-mag­a­zines, as well as how to ac­cess on­line ser­vices to learn one of 100 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

The num­bers of the classes are lim­ited to a max­i­mum of eight and early book­ings are rec­om­mended to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

Book­ings can be made on­line, by call­ing 9373 5500 or email­ing vic­park­li­brary@vic­park.wa.gov.au.

Tech as­sis­tants Casey Chang and Roger Meakes guide a group through their ses­sion.

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