|DIGITAL LITERACY WORKSHOP - GIPPSLANDS U3As
Federation University, Churchil Campus, 11 May 2016. 9.30am - 3.00pm
A pleasant early morning drive by chauffer Brian Lee saw your secretary and treasurer attend this seminar/workshop, the aim being "to demonstrate a range of user-friendly and affordable tecnologies that can help grow the effectiveness of course delivery to U3A members". It was a most pleasant and worthwhile day as something was gained, but not to any great extent that our small U3A group wiuld benefit. It started twenty minutes late, with a welcome by convenor John Parker from Baw Baw U3A, and then a 35 minute opening address by parlimentarian Russel Broadbent which did seem to be inappropriate at times. The seminar thus commenced at 10.36am with a presentation by Dr Nicola Johnson, "The Challenges of the Digital World", which considered the benefits of 'digital literacy'; and suggested that using technology does not make you a better teacher. There is no point in listing details of the three other presenters at the morning session, these being headed "The Digital Library", "Linking to Remote Locations", and Hearing Impairment and Recording of Presentations. All had their points of interest, although the demonstartion to link to a remore location did not go all that well - a carrier pigeon would have been faster.
After a superb lunch, the sixty or so deligates were separted into six groups for a rotation of six mini workshops: (Use of) Tables and iPads; Elmo and Data Projection; Using Facebook; The Great Courses (the ones we use); Accessing Personal Histopry Online; PA Systems for Hearing Impaired. These intimate and hands-on presentations were very interesting and we three Yarramites gained a few interesting points and ideas. Againb, our small membership size precludes the necessity for some of the presentation ideas, but that does not mean that the knowledge of what is available was not worth while. Conversation and interaction with other U3A members was also of benefit and it is to Baw Baw U3A that we owe a measure of gratitude for convening and organising the event - and an 'unidentified sponsor'.
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JEANIE KEMSLEY'S FUNERAL
On March 22, 1885, the world's first successful gasoline (petrol)- fueled vehicle was driven at the amazing speed of nine miles an hour, in Mannheim, Germany. Since then millions of people have been killed or injured by the horse-less carriage, more than in all the wars that have occurred since then.
‘hot-dog’ was invented in 1852 by a group of butchers in - wait for it
- Frankfurt, Germany. Of course, the Americans soon took it over, renamed
it with something that could be spelt easy and had no relevance -
and made it their national emblem (The eagle came later!) It is said that
nearly a billion dollars a year is spent on this obesity accelerant, and
not all are consumed at ‘ball-games’. In keeping with its irrelevant
name, they put ‘catsup’ on their hot-dog, which is basically feline vomit,
whereas we use likewise self-describing ‘tomato sauce’.
WRITING YOUR STORY
AT THE BODMAN'S.
A POW-WOW AT HIAWATHA
SHOW AND TELL
PHOTOBOOKS - its
on, see above.
SPRING FAIR ?
|WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED!
(Well, in 2016 anyway),
Bettina will tell us something
about a destination that is rarely visited by Aussies, and is this sure
to be very interesting indeed - the land of calypso, costumer and Castro
- Cuba. Don't miss it. Yarram Country Club 20 June, 1.00pm.
TRAVEL TALES MONDAY 18 APRIL. Country Club
WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Country Club, 1.00pm, Monday
9 May 2016.
|(Past) REGULAR EVENTS
GROUP. 10.30am, Wednesdays. Federal Coffee Palace cafe. Contact: Eric
two sessions, one for beginners - every Tuesday at the Country Club (unless
otherwise advised), at 10.30am. Proficient players, those who know the
difference between a tile and a tuba, might like to join the games in the
main room at The Hub on Thursdays between 1 and 4pm. These events are ongoing
unless a public holiday. Please note that this is not gender exclusive
and is for males also; there is no such thing as Pah-Jong.
THE WALKERS GROUP.
THE ART GROUP.
COFFEE AND CAKE
THE TRAVEL GROUP.
SHOW YOU MINE IF YOU SHOW ME YOURS - THE SHOW AND TELL GROUP
Tutor Eric Greenaway leading the most
informative I-Ploddrs group learning how
to use a smart phone
|LOCAL U3A TATTLE
I (Peter Stone) have a pacemaker - so what! doesn't
everyone in U3A? I rarely have a problem with airport security, except
in Perth as it turns out. It started out badly with a caucasian security
man not making it too clear if he wanted me to remove my shoes and belt
- he did. On bypassing the detection booth, I entered the cleared zone
where fortunately the miserable white-fellow had disappeared. Everyone
else in security was Indian. "Good morning sir, you would be standing here
please. I will give you a pat - do you want a private room?"
Member John O'Callahan's last work has just been released. He has contributed significantly with a section of local history the that celebrates (and is named thus) Port Albert 175, 1841-2016. Copies will be available at the Port Albert maritime museum after the launch of the book by local artist Warren Curry on 20th February.
Member Eric Greeaway has attended a Rotary conference at which a speaker spoke on social media and the use thereof. She suggested to the (generally senior) Rotarians that we oldies need to get used to people playing on their ipods and ipads, and being interested at the dinner party with a smart-phone call. No we don't!!! Why should we tolerate the rudeness of someone suddenly taking a mobile phone call whilst you are talking to them, or when you are in a convivial group discussion, or attending a lecture session, or simply participating in any U3A activity. It is rude and anti-social. Imagine if I pulled out a daily newspaper and started to read it whilst attending a U3A talk!!. As Eric has said, it is not the social media technology that is to blame - it is the users and their attitude. Eric by the way runs our excellent I-podders group where we learn how to appropriately use the social media technology.
Brian Lee, husband of Secretary Jacqui, has won the Abstract
division for his excellent painting of Blue Times, in the Easter Tarra
Festival Art Show. Congratulations Brian. See http://yarrampa.customer.netspace.net.au/people-brian-lee.htm
|COMPUTER LEARNING BOOKS
The Wileys Publishing company have put ut a series of excellent books that are directed at the "older and Wiser' generation, that is, US, and have named the series as such.The books are endorsed by the U3A (of the UK). There are thousands of books on the market, all telling us how to use opur computers, ipods, ipads, smart phones and coffee perculators. Some are hard-core manuals which are hard to read for the computer illiterate, others not so. The 'for Dummies' series is a well-named tongue-in-cheek series that is well accepted. The Wiley's series is aimed at 'the over 50s'. How they define the intelligence of this demographic group I have no idea but the one book I have seen seems quite useful. I gather some (maybe all) are written in the UK, which is better than some of the drivel that comes out of the USA with their often 'folksy' and annoying style. Member Gerry Stuart has one, and he put it on to me.
I deal with a book supply company in Australia called called Fishpond; I've never had a problem with them. Enter:
You could also go direct to the publisher:
This is not an endorsement, simply a suggestion.
WHO DO YOU
THINK I AM
MEETING: 11.30am, Monday 13 April 2015, Yarram Country Club,
YARRAM & DISTRICT
LISTEN TO THE
have a final list; Annette Mcleod, Vale and Frank Baggley, Faye Gray, Sue
Hopkins Anne Kingchurch, Mollie Cook, Jean Robinson, Jacqui lee, Cynthia
Lang, Driver, Robert Lang. This amounts to one bus load. Bus carries 11.
If you no longer wish to come please let us know, but these members were
first on the list. IF INTERESTED THEN GET BACK TO US SOON! So block
booking can be updated. Cynthia tel. 51832286. Jacqui 51826793. Have
a few people who would like to join us, but unless we get a cancellation
will have to car pool. There will be another theatre visit later in the
year we hope and also a lunchtime session.
POETRY - at the library on 5 September. Details from the library, or from Cynthia. A competition which should be fun. More later.
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WRITING YOUR STORY