Joyce Hawker is learning some computer skills so she can talk to her relatives in England.
Joyce Hawker is learning some computer skills so she can talk to her relatives in England. Blainey Woodham

Surfing seniors get free class in internet and email

PATIENCE is a virtue and when it comes to learning new technology, it is a necessary one.

North Coast Institute of Tafe in conjunction with Telstra is holding free workshops to teach the technologically challenged the ins and outs of computers this week.

Business training co-ordinator Leonie Kennedy said the courses were targeted to those who wanted to learn more about the internet.

"I find a lot of people who come along have family overseas and want to learn how to send email and use Skype to keep in contact," she said.

"They also want to know about photos."

Tweed Heads resident Joyce Hawker said she had been told she was "computer illiterate".

Her boss encouraged her to enrol in the course so she could keep in contact with her three-year-old granddaughter in London.

"I never really had an urge to do that," she said.

"I'd prefer spending my spare time going to the beach or walking."

She has now been convinced and next Tuesday and Wednesday she will be plonked down in front of one of the 25 supplied laptops to learn all she needs to know.

"I am not nervous," she said.

"I think they can teach me and I've had a bit of practice on the typewriter before."

Ms Kennedy said the classes were fun for all involved.

"I get some people saying I'm too old for this, you can't teach an old dog new tricks," she said. "But you'd be surprised how fun it can be to learn."

There will be two sessions both days, 9.30am-noon and 1-3.30pm. Tuesday's sessions cover an introduction to the internet and Wednesdays will be a workshop exploring email.

To register call 02 6648 2464.



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