Seniors Festival offers free computer courses

LEARN: The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) will offer information, courses and informative talks by expert speakers. Photo: Shutterstock
LEARN: The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) will offer information, courses and informative talks by expert speakers. Photo: Shutterstock

If technology remains a mystery to you, or if you want to dig deeper into what it can do for you, the NSW Seniors Festival is full of opportunities.

Members of The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) will be busy offering information and courses and hosting informative talks by expert speakers.

Free two-hour sample courses at the organisation's training centre in Pitt Street, Sydney, will cover travel apps for Android mobile phones (Feb 18, 10.30am), Google photos (Feb 18, 1.30pm), travel apps for Apple iPhones (Feb 20, 10.30am) and free music and podcasts using Spotify (Feb 19, 1.30pm).

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Phone 9286-3871 or email training@ascca.org.au

As part of the ASCCA SPLASH program, seniors computer clubs from the Northern Beaches will present an informative and humour-infused talk on how to stay safe online, on the phone and on email.

Topics will include scams - how they work and how to avoid them; how to create and remember passwords; safe internet use; avoiding identity theft; phishing; and safer online shopping and banking.

The main speaker for the Stop, Look and Listen - Safety First Online presentation will be Greg Gebhard from the Office of the e-safety Commissioner. The venue is Dee Why RSL Club, 10am for 10.30 start, on February 19. Entry is free and bookings are not required.

Newcastle Computer Pals for Seniors will hold a two-day digital showcase of how life can be enhanced with technology at Islington Public School Hall on Monday and Tuesday, February 24-25.

Monday's program will feature a guest speaker and demonstrations from 9.30-11.30am and workshops from 12.30-2.30pm. Tuesday's program covers workshops from 12.30-2pm.

Topics include voice recognition technology, using maps and apps for navigation.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. ASCCA has member clubs across the state, so check with your local computer club or contact ASCCA to find your nearest club by phoning 9286 3871 or see ascca.org.au.

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