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September 2017

BFS webinar: So long farewell

September 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This will be our final webinar for Broadband for Seniors so this is just our final hoorah, a bit of a trip down memory lane, and a big cheerio and good luck with the next phase. Our presenter Our presenter is Meagan Bignell. Meagan is the BFS Project Officer. New to BFS webinars If you are new to Blackboard Collaborate,…

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BFS webinar: The ins and outs of the Cloud

September 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cloud computing is simply an easy and convenient way to store and share digital resources over the Web. Forget the jargon, it’s basically anywhere, any time computing. Join us for an explanation of what the cloud is, who uses it, who should use it and why it might be a useful tool for older Australians. Our presenter Our presenter is…

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August 2017

BFS webinar: Staying connected with your homeland

August 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

We all live in wonderfully diverse communities and many of you may be supporting older people from different cultural groups in your BFS kiosk. Technology is such a great way to create communities and connect people; particularly those who may be socially isolated or who feel mainstream digital activities are not relevant to their lives. Join us for an exploration…

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BFS Webinar: Think Safety – What to watch out for online.

August 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It can be a dangerous world wandering around the Internet and you have to be ready and equipped to identify all the traps and tricks so that you can be safer online. In this webinar Richard will give you strategies and tips to keep you safe on the information super highway. He will cover an array of situations that most of us…

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July 2017

BFS Webinar: Online music and radio with TuneIn and Spotify.

July 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this Webinar Robert will first show you how to listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 stations, TuneIn has the largest free selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world. And when you travel you will still have access to all your favourite stations to listen to. With Spotify…

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BFS Webinar: Holiday the digital way.

July 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When planning a holiday, make the Internet your first destination. The Internet has given us entirely new ways to choose, plan and experience our holidays, helping us access information at the touch of a button, from the comfort of our own home.  In this webinar, Marian will give you tips on: researching and planning your trip online. how to use digital…

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June 2017

BFS Webinar: Choosing Internet Service Providers and Managing Bills.

June 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We understand how overwhelming it can be choosing a Internet and mobile service provider that works best for you. Some of you might need a big beefy plan with unlimited data, but others may only need only a small data plan. Where do you even begin? In this webinar Narelle Clark from ACCAN will talk us through how to identify key…

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May 2017

BFS Webinar: Engaging volunteers from different backgrounds

May 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Engaging volunteers from a variety of cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds can bring great value to your volunteer program. Learn about some of the best practice strategies that support the engagement and recruitment of cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) volunteers, explore the benefits that CALD communities bring, and ways that you might adapt your BFS Kiosk to invite greater CALD volunteer engagement.…

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BFS Webinar: Armchair Travel with Google Earth

May 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ever wanted to take off around the world in comfort without actually leaving your home town? Well, Google Earth offers you that opportunity to explore this world and in fact other worlds from the comfort of your arm chair. In this live webinar Vivian will explain how you can use your BFS Kiosk to take Seniors armchair travelling using the…

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April 2017

BFS Webinar : What’s new with Facebook?

April 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Facebook always seems to be building new features or changing existing ones. It can be difficult to keep up with these changes and to keep a track of what’s useful or worth checking out so we’ve done it for you. At our next webinar, presenter Junita will take us through some new things Facebook has to offer and she will…

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BFS Webinar – Assistive Technology & Dementia Care

April 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The number of Australians living with dementia is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 413,106 of all ages have dementia in 2017. This number is expected to increase to 536,164 by 2025. Ensuring people with dementia stay well for longer in their own homes is not only important for the person with the diagnosis and their overall well-being but…

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March 2017

BFS Webinar: Your digital afterlife

March 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We share and store information on the Internet in many ways through social media, cloud computing and via email. In the past, for many of us our legacy was very simple. With most of our belongings in the family home, the only complexity arose in allocating very tangible assets fairly amongst our heirs. Now, thanks to an increasingly digital life, the…

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BFS Webinar: Borrowing eBooks & eAudio Books from your Library.

March 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar Robert will show us how to borrow and read eBooks or listen to eAudio Books from your council library using two of the most popular apps BorrowBox and Overdrive. Both of these apps work on many mobile tablets and smart phones from Apple, Android as well as other eReaders. Lots of Australian content for both adults and…

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February 2017

BFS Webinar: Tutoring 101

February 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tutoring a newbie can sometimes be a challenge, particularly for a new tutor. Keith has been tutoring seniors for roughly 10 years.  He will explain the things to look out for, the approach that he suggests and what free resources are available to help you. Our presenter Our presenter is Keith Harvey – Keith is a Broadband for Seniors Tutor and had…

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BFS Webinar: Get your Smart phone ready – Let’s Talk

February 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Did you know you have your very own personal assistant on your mobile phone? Want to know what that tune is, what’s the weather like today or how to get directions?
 Voice Assist can answer your questions and will even have a conversation with you. This fun and interactive session will give you an overview on how to talk to your mobile…

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December 2016

BFS Webinar: Online Shopping – Christmas made easy!

December 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for our last webinar of the year on Online Shopping! With Christmas just around the corner, our last webinar of the year showcases some amazing online stores! Our Broadband for Seniors networkers; Georgina, Vivian and Marian will take us through 3 major shopping sites: Amazon; for anything from your household needs to games Redbubble; where you can share…

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November 2016

BFS Webinar: Google Keep – Save your thoughts wherever you are.

November 18, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar Robert will show us how to use Google Keep to create grocery lists that pop up when you are in the store, set time based reminders to make sure you never miss a thing, such as taking all those medicines at the right time.  Creating notes is easy and we will be shown how to make these by typing or…

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BFS webinar: Stay safe online

November 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Whether you are banking online, using social media or shopping online, there are traps and pitfalls that can cause major headaches if you don’t know where they are, and how to avoid them. This webinar is designed to help seniors navigate the online world in a safer way. Presenter Richard Pascoe will provide practical advice on how seniors can protect themselves…

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October 2016

BFS webinar: It’s all fun and games

October 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s all FUN and GAMES with BFS. Join Vivian Evans, NSW Networker for Broadband for Seniors, for an exploration and discussion on the various ways you can engage Seniors of all abilities into games, social fun and keeping minds active through the resources of Broadband for Seniors. BFS Kiosk venues, hosts, tutors and their participants all vary and Vivian will…

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BFS webinar: My Aged Care

October 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

My Aged Care was set up by the Australia Government as an online entry point to the aged care system in Australia. This platform aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to access information on ageing and aged care, have their needs assessed and be supported to find and access services. At our next session,…

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September 2016

BFS webinar: Blogging – what’s the fuss all about?

September 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Would you like to share your knowledge, news or experiences with the world? Why not, create a blog? It’s free and it can help you to build a community around your personal interests. Whatever the reason, join us for an exploration into the wonderful world of blogging. Our presenter, Junita Lyon, is an experienced blogger herself. She will explore ways…

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BFS webinar: Take 2 myGov

September 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

myGov is a fast and simple way to access government services online. In this session Robert will provide a brief introduction about myGov including the inbox, the update your details service and other member services.  We will also be taken through the steps for creating a myGov account and linking a service. Our presenter Our presenter is Robert Page. Robert…

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August 2016

BFS webinar: Using the web to learn a new language

August 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Want to feel more like a citizen of the world? If you are connected to the Web, you have access to so many resources when it comes to learning a new language. There are devoted websites, apps, e-books, online communities, even translators and translating software. This webinar, Rasa Dunlop will help you navigate your way around these vast resources. Our…

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BFS Webinar: Exploring Google Translate

August 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Google Translate is a free multilingual translation service provided by Google to translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. It offers a web interface, mobile interfaces for Android and iOS. As of July 2016, Google Translate supports 103 languages and serves over 200 million people daily. In this webinar find out how easy it is to…

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July 2016

BFS Webinar: Presenting Professionally online

July 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spelling – and grammar – DO still matter. Here’s why. Misspelling or poor grammar is a problem, especially when most if not all programs include spelling and/or grammar checkers.   For the reader these really cause problems, making them stop to try and work out what the relevant word is supposed to be. Sometimes it can makes them laugh or groan inappropriately, as the…

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BFS Webinar: my Gov

July 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

myGov is a fast and simple way to access government services online. In this session Robert will provide a brief introduction about myGov including the inbox, the update your details service and other member services.  We will also be taken through the steps for creating a myGov account and linking a service. Our presenter Our presenter is Robert Page. Robert…

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June 2016

BFS Webinar: Windows 10 – Tips and Tricks

June 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Windows 10 is hot on everyone’s mind right now. Windows 10 is the most up to date Windows software out. Many have taken advantage of the ‘free’ (for Windows 7+ users) upgrade. In this session Richard will talk us through the steps and procedures you need to check to make sure Windows 10 isn’t chewing through unnecessary data and causing large internet…

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BFS webinar: Zinio the world’s largest newsstand

June 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Zinio is the world’s largest online magazine resource for public libraries. Zinio library has access to over 400 digital magazine titles, many of which are Australian. You can use Zinio to download popular titles and there is no limit to the number of issues that you can borrow. At our next webinar, our presenter Robert Page will explain how you…

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May 2016

BFS webinar: Designing with Canva

May 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Canva is an online graphic design platform. It offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options. There are also premium options for paying customers. Canva uses simple drag-and-drop design tools and includes an image library, graphics and fonts from which to choose. Our presenter The Creative Collective specialise in social media training. Presenter Tara Kingi is…

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BFS webinar: Trouble finding volunteers?

May 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s National Volunteer Week, which is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. The Broadband for Seniors program could not run without the support of the marvellous BFS volunteers. If you are having difficulties finding and keeping volunteers then this webinar is for you. Come along to learn some tips and strategies on volunteer recruitment and retention. Our…

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April 2016

BFS webinar: Explore the world using Periscope

April 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our next webinar is a fun one. Periscope is a live streaming video application. With Periscope you can discover the world through someone else’s eyes. You can watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia. It’s almost like teleportation. Periscope allows you to discover new events and places across the globe through live video. Our presenter The Creative…

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BFS webinar: Exploring the features of Windows 10

April 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We’ve just added a second opportunity to learn about Windows 10. In this session, Keith Harvey will take a more systematic approach to Windows 10. You will learn about: installing or upgrading to Windows 10 launching, quitting, and managing applications creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders using Cortana to search apps configuring Windows updates using Windows Defender Our…

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March 2016

BFS webinar: Facebook for seniors

March 18, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Facebook first started in 2004 . It has developed over the years into one of the most popular social media forums. In this webinar, presenter Junita Lyon, will explore: why Facebook is so popular how we can protect our privacy in this space what’s new with Facebook what’s just around the corner. Junita Lyon is the Victorian BFS Networker and…

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BFS webinar: What’s new with Windows 10

March 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

By now, those of you with Windows 7 and 8 would have received a prompt to update your BFS computers to Windows 10. Our next webinar is for those of you, who are still undecided about whether to update or not. In this session, Geoff Greig, will cover: What an operating system is What a user interface is How to…

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February 2016

BFS webinar: Learning LinkedIn

February 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

LinkedIn is social networking designed specifically for the business community. Unlike other social networking sites, it is all about professional networking, finding a job, discovering sales leads and connecting with potential business partners – rather than simply making friends or sharing media. At our next session, Tara Kingi from The Creative Collective will: get you started using a LinkedIn account…

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BFS webinar: Technology tips for aspiring authors

February 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Everyone has a story to tell! That’s what Ann Howard believes anyway. Ann is an author with a strong interest in what she refers to as ‘hidden histories’, which are basically stories of the past that are still waiting to be told. Ann has now published many books of history and has found that technology has empowered her to do…

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November 2015

BFS webinar: Dementia friendly communities

November 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

According to Alzheimer’s Australia, there are more than 342,800 Australians living with dementia. In ten years, this figure is expected to increase to 400,000, and without a medical intervention will increase to 900,000 by 2050. Three in ten people aged over 85 and almost one in ten people over 65 have dementia. In our next webinar, Daniela Gagliardi from Alzheimer’s…

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BFS webinar: Instagram – a world of pictures

November 13, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that let’s you take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. In our next session, we take a closer look at this fun and quirky phenomenon.

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October 2015

BFS webinar: Using social bookmarking tools – Pinterest and Evernote

October 30, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Social bookmarking tools refer to online services that allow users to store and share their Internet bookmarks in a variety of ways. In our next session, we will discuss: what social bookmarking tools are how and why we should use them Pinterest and how it works a text-based alternative – Evernote the advantages and disadvantages of social bookmarking tools. Please…

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BFS webinar: Creating eBooks

October 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Maybe you’re a frustrated writer waiting for the opportunity to publish your creative works. Or you might just be curious about how you go about publishing online. In our next session, we look at ebooks. More specifically we will explore: different way to publish ebooks creating offline version the publishing process various e-publishing tools, options and resources.  

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September 2015

BFS webinar: Accessibility in devices: what’s here and what’s next?

September 25, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With the arrival of Windows 10 and wearables like the Apple Watch, the devices we use are changing, and the availability of accessibility features also continues to change. Dr Scott Hollier from Media Access Australia will present on what accessibility features are available in today’s popular computing and mobile devices, and look to the future with the accessbbility of wearables…

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BFS webinar: Researching your family tree

September 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

People enjoy researching their family tree for many reasons. Sometimes this is related to posterity – sometimes due to a compulsion to solve puzzles across time and space. Regardless of the motivating factors, amateur detectives need to be aware that technology, in particular the Internet, has made researching your family tree that bit easier. Once upon a time, researching your…

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August 2015

BFS webinar: What you need to know about Twitter

August 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Twitter is a great communication tool but it has one major problem – many people just don’t know how to use it. Our facilitator Anne Mirtschin has been using Twitter for 8 years. She has worked out the best way to build both a personal and professional learning network. This keeps her up to date with current trends in education.…

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BFS webinar: Getting copyright right

August 14, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Copyright is a very misunderstood concept, especially with the proliferation of information available on the internet. It important to know what you can and can’t you do with it. During this session, our facilitator Geoff Greig, covered: what copyright is how it works what the purpose of it is how it effects how you use the internet. View recording

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July 2015

BFS webinar: The art of teaching adults

July 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The art of teaching adults webinar is about giving volunteer tutors the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to assist senior learners through change. Our presenter, Belinda McFarlane, will share with you proven strategies and expert techniques that will make you a confident trainer. The webinar covers: the principles of adult learning activity-based learning designing effective presentations engaging and motivating…

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BFS webinar: Blogging in 2015

July 10, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blogging has been around for a long time. In fact, millions of blogs exist on the Net today. Some bloggers have turned their passion for blogging into a business, some just want to sharing their knowledge on a particular subject and others use blogs as a personal diary or travel log. So if you want to know more about blogging…

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June 2015

BFS webinar: How can I stay private online?

June 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are living in an age where there is little to no privacy. Through the use of technology, your private information is being accessed, analysed and used in ways that can be difficult to predict or prevent. So what can you do to stop it? Is it really possible to hide your private information online? By taking a few basic…

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BFS webinar: There’s an app for that

June 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What, exactly, is an ‘app’? Everyone has an app these days. From TV shows and websites, to your brother-in-law’s taxi firm; everyone conducts business through an iPhone app – but what are they? Well, apps are basically little, self-contained programs, used to enhance existing functionality, hopefully in a simple, more user-friendly way. Today’s modern smartphones come with powerful web browsers,…

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May 2015

BFS webinar: Connecting seniors with free online learning

May 22, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Did you know that GCFLearnFree.org offers free online learning for tutors and seniors?

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BFS webinar: Go Digi

May 15, 2015 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Go Digi Network is a relatively new initiative designed to amplify and accelerate the work that many organisations across Australia are already undertaking to improve the digital literacy of Australians.

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April 2015

BFS webinar: Age-related disability

April 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Getting online presents a lot of challenges for older people with disabilities. They can feel excluded from all the benefits that the Internet can offer. Disability presents itself in many different forms and degrees of severity. In this webinar, presenter Judy Buckingham from ACE DisAbility explored the most common forms of age-related disability. She discussed general aspects of disability including…

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BFS webinar: Sharing digital stories

April 10, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Traditional storytelling has been around for thousands of years. Digital stories combine the process of traditional story-telling with the use of technology. Technology can really help to make stories more compelling and engaging. Using technology, seniors can tell their stories using multimedia such as video, photos and audio such as music, narration or sound effects. The technology used to create a…

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March 2015

BFS webinar: Really easy audio editing and recording with Audacity

March 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Audacity is a fantastic, free, easy-to-use software program that allows you easily record your spoken voice, or someone singing or playing an instrument. It’s perfect for recording musical performances, one-on-one interviews or shared stories. Audacity also makes it easy to edit recordings: chop out unwanted sections, make songs higher or lower in pitch and add effects. In this webinar, our…

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BFS webinar: Helping seniors learn

March 6, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Seniors love learning but they need more than encouragement to learn. With the retirement age rising, it’s more important than ever to make sure that seniors have the right skills to operate in modern society. The success of some seniors in terms of grappling with technology proves that the young do not have a monopoly on digital literacy. In this…

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February 2015

BFS webinar: Online tutorials for seniors

February 6, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Did you know that the Broadband for Seniors’ online lessons allow seniors to work with volunteer tutors or to work entirely on their own, at their own speed and in their own environment. Seniors can choose from a wide variety of freely available courses that are simple to use and easy to navigate. These resources are terrific for volunteer tutors…

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December 2014

BFS webinar: What’s new with Windows 8

December 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Still trying to nut out Windows 8? Don’t despair because in our next webinar we will be revisiting Windows 8 and the subsequent 8.1 update. Windows 8 is a significant shift in the way Windows works and is more touch screen-orientated. At our next session, Kevin will: explore the features of Windows 8 including the metro view, the Charms bar…

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November 2014

BFS webinar: Getting to know MS Word

November 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Microsoft Word is the main word processor that many people use. It is the ‘Ferrari’ of word processors and usually far more powerful than most users need. Because it is so powerful and feature rich many users get lost in the multitude of its commands and features In this session Keith explains the basics of using MS Word so you…

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BFS webinar: Fun with PhotoScape

November 7, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PhotoScape is all-in-one photo editing software that is both fun and relatively easy to use. With this software you can fix and enhance photos. Photoscape offer basic photo editing tools including adjustments for contrast and brightness, colour levels and other filter tools. You can use it to create an animated gif, to crop and balance – even to remove red…

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October 2014

BFS webinar: Getting the most out of Excel

October 24, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Excel is a data content and management tool used by millions of people. It comes as part of the Microsoft Office suite, and Broadband for Seniors provides very useful Online Lessons for people to grasp the basics of Excel. Most people find that they are able to use the basic features after only a little practice. Excel’s functionality is huge…

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BFS webinar: Creating a web presence using WordPress

October 10, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Over 25 million people have chosen to use WordPress to manage their website or blog. It is by far the world’s most popular content management system (CMS). WordPress is popular largely because it’s easy to use and and most people find that they are able to use many of the basic features with little or no formal training. WordPress also…

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