The ‘iPad for Beginners’ course will teach adults how to use the popular tablet computer device created by Apple. Students will learn how to send emails and be in contact with family and friends through Facebook and other social media networks.
‘Smartphones for Beginners’ is designed to help adults get their heads around the new generation of mobile phones. The course will cover how to use a smartphone for text messaging, taking photos, emailing, using Facebook and playing games.
Both courses are being run by Ariimanu Shan-Sei Fan, an IT intern at the Ministry of Education who believes there is a need for more education around technology, particularly among adults.
“The people who might want to learn are people who are using these devices for professional purposes. Some people find their job frustrating because they don’t know how to use technology.”
He said the courses are aimed primarily at people aged 30 and over, for whom many of the new forms of technology could be confusing.
“It’ll be really basic, like how to send a message or download an app,” he said.
Violet Tisam, from the Tertiary Training Institute, said the courses are an easy, non-threatening way for older people to learn about new devices.
“It’s to help that generation get into what’s happening. The kids are going home with all this new information but the parents have no clue what it’s all about.”
The iPad course started on Tuesday and runs Tuesday and Thursday nights, this week and next, at the Au Maru Palace in Arorangi from 5-7pm.
The Smartphone course will be held over two evening sessions – August 26 and 28 – at the same venue and same time. Both courses cost $20.
Other Continuing Education Courses being run by the Tertiary Training Institute between now and September include weaving, portrait painting, cooking for blokes and landscaping.