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Computer Classes and Bookings

Technology Classes

We understand that people like to learn how to use the Internet and other technologies in a friendly environment. We offer hands-on classes that give you the chance to ask questions. All classes are free.

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Tea & Technology Club

Free monthly technology morning/afternoon tea. Share experiences and help each other with your iPad, Tablet or Laptop. Sessions currently take place at Cheltenham, Clarinda, Parkdale, and Patterson Lakes Libraries at the following times:

Library staff will be on hand to facilitate and pour tea!

BYO device or borrow an iPad from the Library.

Tea and coffee provided.

No bookings required.

One-on-One Technology Sessions

Do you have specific questions on using a computer or iPad? The Library offers one-on-one help sessions for specific questions, such as searching the internet, using email, downloading e-books, installing apps on your tablet or smart phone. We can also assist you to sign up to specific Government portals such as Kingston's My Community Life or myGov. Once you have booked a session we will contact you to discuss requirements.

For more information, please visit one of our library branches or call 1300 135 668.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Introductory class showing you, in easy steps, the basics of 3D printing. Includes a booking for 3 free hours of printing on the Library 3D printer.
Prerequisites: basic computer skills and library card.

Limited spaces, so bookings are essential. Ages 15 +. Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

myGov Workshops

Hands-on workshop run by DHS staff using the library PCs or your own device.
Prerequisites: basic computer skills, email address, library card.

Upcoming session dates:

Small group classes. Please book by phoning 1300 135 668 or in person at any library branch.

How to think Smart and Act Safe Online

Learn how to use the internet in a secure and confident manner and not fall victim to scams and frauds. Find out how to think smart when online, how to respond to certain situations, and get tips on how to protect your personal and financial information online.

Presentation only, by Stay in Touch. Includes live demonstration. Bookings required.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Planning Your Holiday Online

See some popular travel, accommodation and flight booking websites. Learn how to search, compare prices, book accommodation and airfares, source information on destinations, get advice and travel warnings, connect to the internet when overseas and more.

Presentation only, by Stay in Touch. Includes live demonstration. Bookings required.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Prepare Your Resume

Learn how to create and prepare a basic resume and cover letter customised to the job your are searching for. Also learn how to save your resume and letter digitally, retrieve it and add more information to it.

Presentation only, by Stay in Touch. Includes live demonstration. Bookings required.

Prerequisites: some technology experience.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Searching For A Job Online

Find out how to search online for the perfect job. See some of the popular search sites, how to refine your online searches, set up job alerts and apply for positions online.

Presentation only, by Stay in Touch. Includes live demonstration. Bookings required.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Introduction to WhatsApp and Snapchat

WhatsApp and Snapchat both provide private platforms simple messaging, video and calling and are becoming more and more popular. In this session we demonstrate the basics and show you what the buzz is all about.

Presentation only, by Stay in Touch. Includes live demonstration. Bookings required.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Find Out About Our eResources!

This presentation will introduce you to the range of e-resources available on the Library website.

Bookings required.

Upcoming session dates:

Please book by phoning 1300 135 668, in person at any library branch, or using our online booking service.

Researching Your Convict Past

This session is designed to help you use some of the resources available to trace convict ancestors transported from the British Isles from the late 18th century.
Prerequisites: Completion of Family History - First Steps and basic computer skills.

Upcoming session dates:

Small group classes. Please book by phoning 1300 135 668 or in person at any library branch.

Online Tutorials

Online tutorials are available for you you to practice your computer skills at home or in the library at your own pace. Below are a selection of tutorials and resources to help you with anything from understanding the basics of computers and the Internet to learning how to create 3D models.

Be Connected

Every Australian online.

An Australian Government initiative, Be Connected provides access to a range of free self-paced tutorials to help you learn more about technology in your own time, at your own pace. Topics include:

  • The absolute basics, such as what is a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and the Internet;
  • Getting to know your device and learning how to use a keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and computer;
  • Getting started online with the Internet, using online forms, email, search engines, and an introduction to Internet safety;
  • Safety first and how to create safe passwords, make online payments safely, avoid scams and tricks, how to download and save documents, and where to get help and support;
  • More online skills such as shopping online, connecting with friends using social networks, how to use a digital camera, as well as how watch TV and listen to music or the radio online;
  • Connecting to others with video calls using Skype, WhatsApp, and Facetime.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

For more information and help getting started with Lynda.com, view the tutorial available on Kingston Libraries' Niche Academy by clicking on the "View Tutorial" link below.

For more detailed information on how to make the most out of Lynda.com, check out the How to use Lynda.com course produced by Lynda.com Staff!

GFCLearnFree.org

GFCLearnFree.org is an online organisation that provides free educational content to help learners on a variety of topics. Below is a typing tutorial they offer to help you expand your keyboard skills.

  • Typing Tutorial - Learn the absolute basics of touch typing and practice your skills.

Quick Reference Guides

Below is a collection of quick reference guides to help you get started with popular Microsoft Office software.

  • Microsoft Office Quick Starts - Access quick start tutorials and downloadable guides created by Microsoft to help you with the latest versions of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and more;
  • CustomGuide Quick References - Access downloadable quick reference cards for notes on previous versions Microsoft Office programs. After clicking on the link, simply scroll down the page to view the list of available guides.

For more detailed instruction on using Microsoft Office programs, access the Microsoft Office Training and Tutorials collection on Lynda.com for free through Kingston Libraries. Here you can find a vast range of courses for beginner to advanced learners, from essential training of individual programs to more advanced techniques.

Getting Started with Email

Google offers a free email service.

Check out the Gmail tutorial on Kingston Libraries Niche Academy for instruction on signing up and getting started with a Gmail account.

For more detailed training on how to use Gmail, check out the Gmail Essential Training course on Lynda.com!

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