Build your digital literacy skills at the local library

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Carol Rääbus


April 03, 2017 11:24:52

Learning the inside workings of a computer is one of the courses on offer at Makerspace. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
Students are given space and time to work out how the computers go together to get them working. trying to interpret the images because there’s not a lot of writing here.”I find that that’s an interesting way to construct something like this; I expected a big instruction manual with a lot of words in it.”I guess it’s all about trial and error and experimentation and that’s what computers are all about in my experience.”

Amelia from the Tasmanian eSchool says learning to build a computer from scratch was fun. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“It’s basically getting you to take a look at the insides of the computer,” Stella, one of the students, said of the course.”I’m just following the instructions … (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“It’s really important to show people how a technology works and how they might use it in their own lives,” Anna Zylstra, information services coordinator at Glenorchy LINC, said.”The library is the perfect place for a Makerspace to be located because libraries have always traditionally been about learning and providing learning opportunities.”Classes at the Makerspace cover off on 3D printing, learning how to use virtual reality and how to code games and robots.”It’s really fantastic for the community of Glenorchy to have this project here,” Ms Zylstra said.”It’s one of the areas which does have the least access to technology and computers and the internet at home, so we were really pleased to be able to provide this to the community.” One of the courses on offer looks at how to build a computer, and students from the Tasmanian eSchool are taking part. Photo:
Once the computers are assembled, the next step is learning to code to control a game. Photo:
Anna Zylstra and Tim Polegaj see the Makerspace as a place where the community can learn and share new tech ideas. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
Tim Polegaj, the community learning coordinator at Glenorchy LINC, said the courses were about letting people explore and play with technology in order to get familiar with it.”We develop programs that give people an opportunity to discover, learn and get hands-on,” he said.”We’ve had people from six to eight years old right through to 86 and 90 years old … (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus) it’s open to everybody with learning opportunities to suit different needs.”It gives people an opportunity to explore how things work, why they work, and what they can do to get things moving and working in ways they may not have thought of.”Makerspace courses are mostly at an introductory level and no prior experience is needed to take part.Details can be found on its Facebook page. Knowing which wire does what inside your computer and how to code a virtual reality game are ever-increasingly important skills to have.And the Glenorchy LINC now boasts a new space to teach anyone and everyone how to do these — and more.The Makerspace room is equipped with a range of tech devices used in free classes aimed at helping people gain better digital literacy skills.
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