Finding family stories

May 18, 2017

Digital learning: John Elliot and Community House IT officer Liz Diamond look at using technology to research thier families as part of an upcoming program called My Story.

A new program set to run at Cobram Community House is hoping to link people with their family history and help them share their story.

Community house manager Sally Bate said it was a great way for people to tell their family’s story while practising using technology and gaining new skills.

‘‘My Story is about teaching people how to use digital technology, like iPads and laptops, and using them to create their own family history,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s also going to teach people about digital storytelling, how to show and tell things in a digital format and using different programs available to help you find information.’’

Ms Bate said the class would aim to weave information and learning about technology through the sessions, and help people practice using technology in a supportive and understanding environment.

‘‘It will be learning about technology in an appropriate way that’s easy and non-threatening,’’ she said.

‘‘You’ll also learn how to tell the story of your family, or yourself, and you’ll leave with a great finished story at the end of it.

‘‘We’re really excited we’re about to offer something like this, as a different way of learning.’’

Ms Bate said the community house would have a new brochure soon for the second semester, and urged people to keep their eye out for short courses they may be interested in.

The My Story program is starting soon and Cobram Community House is calling for people to put in expressions of interest or book in to the class ASAP.

It will run on Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm over seven weeks, and will cost $90 per person.

Ms Bate said people who did not have access to their own laptops or tablet computers would be able to borrow them at the community house as part of the program.

●To register or express your interest in the My Story digital storytelling program, phone Cobram Community House on 5871 2224.

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