Each 'welcome/orientation' session began with an introductory questionnaire and sharing activity. There were sounds of identification as a number of members shared stories of tablets or smart phones being given to them by their children –in one instance with a scrappy page of notes and the instruction to ‘Go for it, Mum!’ The mentors planning group from Tech Savvy and other Tech Savvy members who had come along to provide added support and mentoring were introduced to Drop In participants. Mentors will be a key resource for the Drop In, along with a wide range of free learning materials available through the ‘Tech Savvy Drop In’ website at http://u3abenallatsdropin.weebly.com.
An extended coffee break and website Treasure Hunt activity provided the opportunity for lots of sharing and problem solving, with a number of participants learning how to connect up to WiFi. The idea of using ‘packages’ in planning the group –such as ‘Grandparents’, ‘Memory’ and ‘Entertainment’ packages, was taken up positively.
Towards the end of the session participants were asked to fill in a form relating to their individual learning goals, the last question on which was ‘How will you know when you’re there?’ Answers included ‘When I can take photos and send emails’; and ‘When I have skills in Banking online; Facebook, Skype/Facetime; Maps and Directions’. We hope the Tech Savvy Drop In will prove effective in helping participants to achieve their learning goals and more.