Free computer classes at Stratford Library

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Stratford Library's Stepping Up classes are back for Term 3. 

Learn computer basics in our free community based training that builds your digital skills and knowledge in small easy steps.

Find out about the new Better Digital Futures for Seniors programme starting in August.

Stepping Up:

Term 3 classes are every Tuesday from 10am to 11am starting Tuesday 28 July. See below for a full timetable.

Contact the Library on 06 765 5403 to register. 

Better Digital Futures for Seniors:

Stratford Library has partnered with the Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) to run a new digital literacy programme for seniors – Better Digital Futures for Seniors. 

With support from The Office for Seniors, a customised programme for seniors has been developed, based on the successful Stepping UP initiative. 

Better Digital Futures has been shaped to reflect the different needs of seniors.  Recent research by the Chair in Digital Government at Victoria University of Wellington revealed that seniors typically fall into one of seven categories, ranging from ‘highly digitally skilled and engaged’, to those who simply see no reason to ‘go digital’. Better Digital Futures has been developed with this in mind. 

It offers four pathways, each targeting groups of seniors at different stages of their digital journeys:

  • Pathway 1: Digital Introductory - for seniors who want to know why they should connect to the digital world
  • Pathway 2: Digital Essentials - for seniors who want to know how to connect to the digital world
  • Pathway 3: Digital Engagement - for seniors who want to expand their online skills
  • Pathway 4: Digital Safety – for seniors who want to keep themselves and their whānau safe online

Stratford Library will be offering Pathway 2: Digital Essentials from Tuesday 25 August 2020.

This pathway involves four relaxed lessons at the library and is FREE to attend. Phone the Library to register on 06 765 5403 or pop in and see one of the team to discuss the course. 

Term 3 Timetable:

Course  Date Time
Smartphones – Tips for using a Smartphone for everyday life – connecting WiFi, setting up email, lock screens, app stores, mobile data and battery usage – and more!  Tuesday 28 July 10am-11am
SuperGold card – learn what a SuperGold card is, how to obtain one, downloading and using the app and the SuperGold website.  Tuesday 4 August  10am-11am
JUMP!  You will learn about JUMP and if eligible, obtain your own internet connection via this Spark Foundation initiative. Tuesday 11 August  10am-11am
Intro to Tablets – Tips for moving around your Tablet, how to connect to the Internet and useIntro to Tablets – Tips for moving around your Tablet, how to connect to the Internet and useapps.  Tuesday 18 August  10am-11am
Better Digital Futures for Seniors – Digital Essentials – for Seniors who want to know HOW to connect to the digital world. Session 1/4  Tuesday 25 August  10am – 12pm
Better Digital Futures for Seniors – Digital Essentials – for Seniors who want to know HOW to connect to the digital world. Session 2/4  Tuesday 1 September  10am – 12pm
Better Digital Futures for Seniors – Digital Essentials – for Seniors who want to know HOW to connect to the digital world. Session 3/4  Tuesday 8 September  10am – 12pm
Better Digital Futures for Seniors – Digital Essentials – for Seniors who want to know HOW to connect to the digital world. Session 4/4 Tuesday 15 September 10am – 12pm