Broadband for Seniors (BFS) is funded by the Australian Government to provide senior Australians, aged 50 years and over, with free access to computers, Internet and basic training to help build their confidence in using new technology. Katoomba Men's Shed is a 'kiosk' for this initiative, which means it has computers available for people to use and provides free training and support for people undergoing the program.
BFS relies on tutors, who are people with enough computer knowledge to help others.
As a minimum, a tutor should be able to carry out the following basic functions:
The Broadband for Seniors project only requires demonstrating the use of the Internet Explorer and WordPad applications available in the Windows Vista operating system supplied with the Broadband for Seniors computers. Therefore, tutors are not required to be proficient with other applications, such as, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc as these are not provided with the kiosk.
The Sun Open Office system is installed on the kiosk computers and is available to all Kiosk Users but training on this suite of software does not form a part of the project. It is being presented as an example of free software which a senior can source if they later purchase their own computer for home.
As kiosk users become proficient in using the kiosk computers, tutors may wish to extend training to cover more advanced applications. No additional applications are provided by the project and sites would have to supply (at their own cost) and install any additional software.
It is recognised and appreciated that you as a volunteer tutor are giving your time freely to support this project. However, because this is a federally funded project, there are some conditions which must be adhered to.
You must agree to comply with the Privacy Act, Racial Discrimination Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Disability Discrimination Act.
You may be invited to run both individual and group lessons. iosk Reports.
You need to ask students to complete the voluntary surveys that are part of the program.
Volunteer tutors should never place themselves in a position where they may have access to the student's private and personal information or, data such as bank account and credit card details.
It is a project directive that you are NOT to teach the following:
There are two training documents to support you. One is an outline for a two-day trining program and the other is intended as a handout for the students.
You also have access to online professional development sessions that are conducted monthly.