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No need to feel dumb about your smartphone

A free workshop for smartphone novices will be held at the HB Williams Memorial Library next week.

The workshop, between 10am and midday on Tuesday, will be run by Alison Moorcroft.

Those who attend will learn about the various functions available on a smartphone, how to use it, as well as other valuable tips.

There will be time for sharing information at the end of the session.

Alison has tutored for SeniorNet Gisborne and is happy to help smartphone users make the most of their digital devices.

“For people to get the most out of the workshop we need them to bring their smartphones and use them during or after the presentation,” she says.

“We’re happy to help with any kind of smartphone. The best way for people to learn is to use their devices and have them on hand at the workshop.

“There will be time after the presentation for people to ask questions, share tips or get help with trouble-shooting.

“For anything more than minor issues, I can set aside time to help.”

The workshop has been organised by SeniorNet Gisborne, which has been experimenting with new activities over the last six months.

Group secretary Jill Hudson said changes in technology and user needs had impacted on SeniorNet groups around New Zealand.

“The idea of SeniorNet was for older people to teach older people how to use computers. Teaching people who were not brought up with digital technology required considerable patience from tutors, as many grandchildren will know. Our tutors often started as SeniorNet students who had experienced the frustrations of learning to think differently, which is needed by people making the switch from using pen and paper to understanding the possibilities available with keyboard, mouse and touch screens.

“These days most people have used computers for work and understand the basics, plus devices are now portable and functions accessed in various ways not available on desktop computers.

“Our weekly classes were not meeting student needs so we are starting 2019 by holding monthly meetings where people bring their own devices, share information and learn from specialist presenters.

ANSWERING THE CALL: Alison Moorcroft is running a SeniorNet Gisborne-organised workshop on smartphone use on Tuesday at the HB Williams Memorial Library. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell