From watching favourite singers on You Tube to using Google maps to locate a friend’s shop in America or sourcing the best software to organise your music collection, the members of the Doncaster iPad/tablet class are finding their new found technology skills can open up a whole new world of possibilities. The class takes place fortnightly at Central Library and are discovering how going online can benefit daily life as well as help them pursue their interests and hobbies.
Doncaster resident Lily is making the most of her growing confidence and skills in the new technology. Lily said: “I’m using the iPad to order things like groceries from home which will be useful in winter if I can’t get out to the shops. This also means I’m not dependent on neighbours to do the shopping for me."
“I also enjoy my iPad for music, I love having the music on – I’m a big fan of Johnny Mathis so I now I can watch his concerts on Youtube. Being able to look at hotels for holidays is also a bonus.” She added: “I’m enjoying having the iPad and getting online, I’m not brilliant yet but I’m getting there with the tutor’s help!”
Music was one of the reasons behind Andy’s decision to join the classes. He said: “I bought the iPad and I knew I could do a lot more than I was using it for, that’s why I decided to come here. I have an extensive music collection and it wanted to find a more effective way to organise it all. And of course, there’s so much more – I’m finding I’m using it for my emails and spreadsheet applications, notes and crosswords.”
The group’s increasing IT skills are not going unnoticed with some of their younger family members as regular attendee Tony has found out. He said: “I think my children and grandson like the fact that I can communicate using this technology and understand what they are talking about! I’d definitely recommend the courses to others.”
Frank agrees: “There’s no pressure to be a IT whiz, it’s relaxed, informal and a real pleasure to come along to every week. I’ve learned quite a bit from the class – filing, internet, I send people emails – the classes have helped me a lot.”
Use the following links for more information, advice and guidance about 'getting online'.
- Doncaster Online
- MyDoncaster Account
- Help me get online
- Social Media
- Superfast South Yorkshire Broadband
- Online safety
- Residents' online stories