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Be Connected | Goldfields Library Corporation

Be Connected: Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world be connected

About Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.

Through the Be Connected online resources, Australians will be able to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:

  • talking to and seeing family and friends
  • keeping up to date with news and what’s happening around the world 
  • being safer while online 
  • finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
  • connecting with old friends
  • shopping and selling online, safely and securely

This fantastic portal provides free interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and how-to videos. Goldfields Libraries is registered as a Be Connected network partner.

More information about the Be Connected program can be found on their website: https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/

 

Who is eligible?

If you are aged 50 and over – you are eligible to be part of our Be Connected program.

 

Digital devices for loan 

We're excited to announce that we now have a number of internet-connected devices (Samsung Galaxy tablets) available for a free 3-month loan.

Our aim is to reach out to socially isolated and disadvantaged Australians over 50 who are currently not connected to the internet at home. We want to empower recipients with digital skills and improve their connection to the community during this challenging time. We'll help you get started, and our trained Digital Mentors are always on hand for ongoing support and advice.

If you, a family member, or friend aged 50 would benefit from the loan of a device, we would love to hear from you. Let us know how learning to use a device and connecting to the internet would make a difference.

Please email us, or give us a call on 5449 2700.

The next loan period is from 7 December 2020 until 26 February 2021.

 

Upcoming workshops

Staying safe online

Learn the essentials of safe passwords, how to pay safely online and tips to avoid scams and tricks.

Wednesday 18 November, 10-11am
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All about apps

What is an app? Wondering what all the fuss is about? This topic takes you into the world of apps, or applications, the amazing little programs that can help you do almost anything on a smart phone or tablet.

Tuesday 10 November, 2-3pm
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Doing more with Zoom

Learn how to set up an account, share your screen, share files and create meetings in Zoom.

Wednesday 11 November, 2-3pm
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Getting started online

Navigating the online world can be tricky at first, but we can teach you some essential skills to get started. Learn how to use search engines such as Google, how to search for websites, use bookmarks and save files and images.

Thursday 12 November, 10-11am
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Online tools for bushfire season

Discover how you can use online tools and apps to stay informed during bushfire season.

Thursday 19 November, 2-3pm
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Family History

Learn how to start researching your family history online. With tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the internet, step-by-step guides on beginning your family tree and much more, you'll be your family's ancestry champion in no time! Included is a wonderful free eBook 'Meet Your Ancestors' for all Be Connected registered users.

Tuesday 24 November, 2-3pm
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Introducing MyGov

Find out how MyGov can make managing your online government services easy and convenient. We show you step by step how to set up and use your MyGov account safely, including claiming medical expenses and controlling who sees your My Health Record information.

Wednesday 25 November, 2-3pm
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Buying and selling online

Learn the basics of buying and selling online. Build confidence to pay for items online and explore the benefits of shopping from the safety and comfort of your home.

Tuesday 8 december, 2-3pm
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All about Android phones

We’ll show you how to set up your Android smartphone safely, customised to suit your needs, whether you’re new to using the Android system or have been using it for a while.

Wednesday 9 December, 2-3pm
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Intro to online banking

Using your computer to control your finances doesn’t need to be stressful. Discover how online banking works, how to get started and practise common online banking tasks on a desktop or laptop computer.

Thursday 10 December, 10-11am
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All about Apple iPhones

We’ll show you how to set up your Apple iPhone safely customised to suit your needs, whether you’re new to using an iPhone or have been using one for a while.

Tuesday 15 December, 10-11am
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All about Apple iPads

We’ll show you how to set up your Apple iPad safely customised to suit your needs, whether you’re new to using an iPad or have been using one for a while.

Wednesday 16 December, 2-3pm
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Armchair exploration with Google Maps and Google Earth

Discover how you can use online tools to travel the world from the comfort of home. Explore places that you’ve never visited and see how the world looked in the past.

Thursday 17 December, 10-11am
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Watching and listening online

Learn how to watch TV online and access catch-up services like ABC iView, SBS on Demand and Freeview. See how to access the radio online and use music services to listen to your songs whenever you like. Groups will be small and follow up help provided.

Wednesday 13 January, 2-3pm
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Intro to Family History

Learn how to start researching your family history online. With tips and tricks on getting the most out of the internet, step-by-step guides on beginning your family tree and more, you'll be your family's ancestry champion in no time!

Tuesday 19 January, 10-11am
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All things eLibrary

Join our guided tour of the Goldfields Libraries website and discover a treasure trove of online books and resources for adults and children.

Thursday 21 January, 2-3pm
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Exploring the internet

Navigating the online world can be tricky but we can teach you some essential skills to get started. Learn how to use search engines such as Google, discover useful websites, see how to make bookmarks and more. includes a mix of Q&A and activities that put your learnings into practice.

Wednesday 27 January, 2-3pm
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More Family History

Join our Family History experts for a more in-depth look at online family history resources. Discover how to get the most out of Ancestry.com, and tips and tricks to make your research easier.

Thursday 28 January, 10-11am
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Contact Us

If you have any questions, need help with getting started on Be Connected or wish to register your interest for future courses please email: beconnected@ncgrl.vic.gov.au