Norah casts her net, at 91!

Norah Gribble
Learning: Norah Gribble with her iPad. 

A 91 year old woman who was given an iPad for her birthday has commenced computer classes at Hume City Council’s Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows.

Norah Gribble was pleasantly surprised when her great grandchild presented her with the iPad, and soon realised she would need a little help to take advantage of the device.

The Coolaroo resident enrolled in Council’s Net.Help course, which offers one-on-one tuition for free, across a series of six sessions.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was thrilled that the learning centre was able to assist Norah.

“This is a wonderful story, and it’s precisely the reason why Hume City Council offers computer classes,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Norah wanted to use the iPad so that she could send emails and communicate with her family, and the support of the Net.Help team has helped her do exactly that.

“This wonderful woman comes in to the ePlay area at the learning centre for her session, where a tutor sits down and explains how to turn on the iPad, access applications, and even Skype.

“Norah is able to benefit from the free WiFi which is available at the global learning centre, and she is welcome to ask as many questions as she likes.

“It’s a great example of how Hume City Council can make a practical difference in the life of a person, and everyone at the centre in Broadmeadows is so excited for Norah.”

Hume City Council is committed to programs that help residents to learn throughout their life.

While the Net.Help sessions offer basic support for adults who wish to use email and the internet, Council also provides classes to suit people with different types of computer experience.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said one of Hume Libraries’ computer classes was targeted at very young residents.

“iTots helps toddlers to participate in interactive online programs, and it’s a great way for youngsters to familiarise themselves with information technology,” she said.

“The children use the library’s iPads as they challenge themselves through fun and colourful applications, and the sessions are very popular.”

Hume Libraries presents a free homework program too, through which tutors help school students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

People of any age can also sign up for Tech.Help, which delivers advice on how to research and find information through the internet, including via email and social media.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged everyone to consider whether Hume City Council’s libraries and global learning centres could help them to better use digital technology.

“Modern IT devices change very fast and it can be hard to keep up,” she said.

“Hume’s libraries and global learning centres are a great place to go for people with little computer experience, as well as anyone who would like to explore the latest technology tools.”

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 16 March 2016

Updated : 3:34 PM, 18 March 2016

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