Computer training

Computer training

Update your computer skills

Our IT training courses cover computer, email and internet basics, Microsoft Office software and social media.

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  • Inclusive design and 3D printing workshop
    Thursday 23 February 2017
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    Led by AbilityMate, learn how a team of human-centred designers can use technology to co-create customised solutions for people with disability. From design prototyping to testing, discover the potential of user-led, collaborative design.

    Surry Hills Library has a snazzy 3D printer that you’re welcome to use. This workshop is best suited to people with disability – predominantly physical as well as anyone interested in the inclusive design processes.

    Presenting a “case study” design, AbilityMate will walk you through the process of inclusive design prototyping, all the way to the “test print.” Because their designs are open-source, you can bring your own device preloaded with CAD software – Matter Control and Tinker CAD and take the template to use and modify through the creative commons license.

    This workshop is suitable for anyone with basic digital skills. The good news is, you don’t need to be a CAD expert because our facilitators will guide you to greatness.

    This free workshop runs for 3 hours and caters for up to 20 people but bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    About AbilityMate
    AbilityMate co-create end-user-driven products with people with disability. Joining industrial designers, carers, occupational therapists and users together, they come up with solutions that solve individual problems.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 23 February 2017 from 5pm to 8pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Mandarin Classes @ Customs House
    Wednesday 1 March 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council, you can learn in Mandarin. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – Wednesday 1 March 2017
    This workshop will walk you first through the basics of what a computer is, what its components are and how it’s operated.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – Wednesday 8 March 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – Wednesday 15 March 2017
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – Wednesday 22 March
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to social media – Wednesday 29 March
    Get sharp with social media’s famous three: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads – Wednesday 5 April
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Customs House Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 1 March to Wednesday 5 April 2017

    Wednesday 21 December 2016 from 10am to 12pm

  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Cantonese Classes @ Ultimo Library
    Thursday 6 April 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council, you can learn in Cantonese. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – Thurday 6 April 2017
    This workshop will walk you first through the basics of what a computer is, what its components are and how it’s operated.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – Thurday 13 April 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – Thurday 20 April 2017
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – Thurday 27 April 2017
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Introduction to social media – Thurday 4 May 2017
    Get sharp with social media’s famous three: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads – Thurday 11 May 2017
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 12pm

    Thursday 6 April to Thursday 11 May 2017

  • Tech Savvy Seniors - Mandarin Classes @ Green Square
    Thursday 6 April 2017
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    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Facilitated by leaders from the Ethnic Community Council, you can learn in either Mandarin or Cantonese. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – Thursday 6 April 2017
    This workshop will walk you first through the basics of what a computer is, what its components are and how it’s operated. We’ll teach you how to use a mouse and keyboard. Then we’ll put those skills to good use to create your first document on the computer, and perhaps do a little web surfing along the way

    Introduction to internet part 1 – Thursday 13 April 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – Thursday 20 April 2017
    Growing your know-how from Part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – Thursday 27 April 2017
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Green Square Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 12pm

    Thursday 6 April to Thursday 27 April 2017

  • Augmented Reality for rookies
    Saturday 29 April 2017
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    The recent Pokemon Go craze has finally brought augmented reality to the mainstream. No longer the realm of sci-fi, this mind-bending technology is fast becoming integrated into apps and will soon be immersed in our everyday.

    By superimposing a computer generated image on a view of the real world, you can essentially bridge your physical and digital worlds. This workshop will use free apps, Aurasma and Layar, accessible on both mobile and desktop environments. Learn the basics of augmented reality, grasp how to make your own constructed worlds and show-off your creations.

    Warren Armstrong
    Meet Warren Armstrong, the curator of (Un)seen Sculptures, an augmented reality exhibition featuring both international and Australian artists. He’ll share his reality-warping experience, guide you through making your own layers and clue you up on basic skills in digital making and media. This new media artist has the resume of a true technology trailblazer. Settle in for a demonstration of how augmented reality has been applied to multiple purposes. Get your hands on the tools and asset files as you work with Warren to evolve your skills.

    This one-off event runs for 4 hours and is best suited to people 15 years and over.

    Bookings are essential as spaces are limited to 16 people.

    Bring your own lunch and devices (laptop and mobile) preloaded with Aurasma  and Layar.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 29 April 2017 from 10am to 2pm