What technology might be of interest to seniors?

While there are many technologies, such as aerospace, automotive and biotech, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is often what is meant when people speak of 'technology' or 'tech'. The pervasive nature of ICT, especially mobile technology, has made it a part of everyday life and it is the subject of this site.

For interest, here is a recent survey of how we use mobile phones in Australia.

Why is ICT so much of interest to seniors?

Essentially it is that many ICT devices may be used by seniors to improve and enhance their lifestyle.


The devices that might be of most interest are those that are basically a powerful digital computer.
These could include:

  • Home (desktop) computer
  • Laptop computer
  • Tablet or iPad
  • Mobile phone

You may have any or all of the above devices but be wondering how to use them or how to get more out of your ICT devices.
While this course is mainly aimed at mobile devices, much of the activities described can be also carried out on desktop or laptop computers.
It is important too to realise that the power of these devices is most fully realised by connection to the internet to allow communication and information to be accessed.

By the way, if you want to know a bit more about the basics of computers, click here.
There is also an Australian Government initiative called Be Connected. This has a range of tutorials that explain the technology environment at your own pace. You can access the website by clicking here.

List of Basic Skills for Mobile Devices

This initial part of the course will focus on the basics of using a mobile device like a phone or tablet.

Click on the heading for the skill you wish to learn about

There is a personal notebook about Basics for you to print if you wish.
This is not a 'how to do it' book but a place for taking notes as you learn so you can remember next time.
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You can download a summary page that explains in simple language many of the terms used in relation to these basics.
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