Computer Tutorials

We hold tutorials or workshops on a variety of computer-related topics.

Scout & Guide HQ
1st Tuesday of the month
2.00 pm

Computer Tutorials are open to all U3A members. For some   tutorials, members may find it useful to bring along their own laptops or tablets and use these to work through the topic with the presenter if they wish.

Past topics have included Picasa, WordPress, Facebook, Linux, setting up a home network, YouTube, Windows operating systems, organising your files, getting more from your iPad, smartphones, eBay, computer security, ebooks, among many more. Suggestions for new topics are always welcome. Offers to present a topic even more welcome.

Next Computer Tutorials

Note: There will be no Computer Tutorial sessions in the next few months. This is to give us a chance to review the format of future meetings and the frequency of them to be held. 

Watch this space for further details.

We also hold Computer Advice sessions on a Monday & Tuesday.


Some of our previous tutorials

Google Presentation by Jack Brettle, December 2016

Fascinating Things To Do with a Raspberry Pi by Phil Davidson, May 2016

Free Your Computer with Linux by Maurice George, April 2016

Malware & Virus Protection  by Willem Wiechers, March 2015

YouTube presentation  by Margaret Wiechers, Oct 2014

Other tutorials

Home and Learn’s free computer courses and tutorials. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.

For more information please contact the Leader.

Robot Constructor’s Challenge

We have had an approach from Barry James, the leader of Cannock Chase U3A Science & Technology group in the West Midlands region. He is proposing a Robot Constructor’s Challenge, open to any U3A team who would like to construct a moving robot type device; he says that this would be interesting to technology or construction groups who may like to do something practical, and then come together to see how their constructions compete against each other. He has the support of the National and Midland Regional U3A in this venture.

A call to Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Members…

Are there any mechanical or electrical constructors in our U3A who’d like to build a robot capable of moving and being controlled? You may have heard of “Raspberry Pi”, “Arduino” or “Picaxe”, which are all programmable devices, and will aid the use of sensors on robot devices so the challenge will clearly be of interest to coding creators too. If successful the robot would be demonstrated and compete with those of other U3As, undertaking some simple challenges at Aston University in Birmingham where the U3A Science Network is holding its annual meeting in August 2019. It is also hoped that a visit to the School of Engineering & Applied Science Robotics department will be included.

We have some limited expertise in our U3A in this area and if there was sufficient interest we could take part in this activity. We are just looking for expressions of interest at the moment. If you want to learn more please contact Jack Brettle at brettlej@gmail.com for more background information