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September 30, 2019 - New classes help beginners get tech savvy

Free classes to help people get the most out of their smartphones, computers and tablets will be held in October by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

The Tech Savvy sessions, to be held at the region’s four libraries, cover a range of topics aimed at making digital technology more simple and fun to use.

“Trying to learn new technology by yourself can be stressful and challenging,” said Chair of Council’s Community and Customer committee, Cr Mark Nolan.

“People don’t need to feel shut out of advances in technology or of being left behind. Once people discover what their phones, tablets and computers can do for them, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. 

Cr Nolan said the Council held Tech Savvy classes last year, and they were very popular - particularly with job-seekers, who realised that they were missing out on a whole range of job possibilities if they didn’t know how to use a computer or access the internet.

“This year we’re expanding the program, to help all ages and interest groups, and we’re broadening out the range of sessions and topics as well, so there’s something there for most people.” 

Topics cover use of smart phones and tablets, an introduction to computers, how to use email and social media, as well as how to get the most out of the Council’s new digital library services.

The Tech Savvy sessions are aimed at helping people improve their confidence as well as their skills. Each class will run for about two hours, and bookings are essential.

People need to bring their own smart phones, but the Council provides access to tablets and computers.

“The classes are fun and informative. People are willing to help each other, but people can learn at their own pace.

“Our ageing population is more in need than ever to be tech savvy.  Even dialling our emergency services you need to be able to use a smart phone.  

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the Cassowary Coast region to get connected with family, friends and online service,” Cr Nolan said.

The Tech Savvy program is being funded through Telstra, as well as the State government through the State Library of Queensland.

Session times vary, so contact your local library on 1300 366 616 for schedules and availability. 

The program starts Friday (4/10) at Innisfail library, and the following week at the Council’s other branches. Tech Savvy runs until December 13.