It's hard to imagine that a new skill could make a big difference to your daily life but information technology (IT) beginner students Mary Zammit, 71, and Rosie Opmanis, 64, will tell you otherwise.
Since enrolling in Kangan Institute's IT beginners' course, many learners have discovered new ways to connect and re-connect with family and friends who live far away , using tools such as email and live video call (such as Skype).
"I use email all the time to keep in contact with my family and friends overseas and interstate. I also use Skype every day," said Mary. "I even saw my sister's house in Malta - amazing. I have been able to see my sisters' and brothers' grandchildren whom I have not seen before."
Her classmate Rosie shares her delight in using these new and convenient ways to keep in touch with loved ones. "It helps me keep in contact with my family and friends where I would have to use phone or use surface mail," she says.
Students also find their new skills immensely useful in their day-to-day activities. "I search the internet often - I use it for recipes, fashion and maps. I would be lost without my computer," said Mary. But one of the most enjoyable things about the course, according to Mary, is the company.
"My teacher is very helpful and he encourages me," she said. "I have made many new friends and I enjoy having a coffee with my classmates on our break. We are like a big family."
Kangan Institute's IT beginners' course ( Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology) shows beginners how to navigate personal computers, use various digital devices and communicate and search securely on the internet.
Participants have an opportunity to learn with likeminded individuals whilst enjoying one-on-one support from our experienced teachers. Find out more about the range of courses available through our Information Communication Technology department.