Rocky rolls across Gippsland to help locals speak the digital language
Rocky the Think.Digital mobile classroom is rolling across Gippsland offering valuable digital skills for locals seeking help with employment and business opportunities.
Twelve sites across Gippsland are hosting Rocky as part of the #GippslandDigital project, offering a full day of digital education, experiences and entertainment for the public. It started with Bairnsdale on Monday and will finish at Leongatha on Thursday 26 October.
Small business marketing, job seeker digital skills as well as digital experiences for the general public showcasing virtual and augmented reality, are just some of the areas which will be covered by the mobile classroom during workshops throughout the region.
Project Leader, Josie Rose from Noweyung Learn Local, said #GippslandDigital was designed to upskill the Gippsland region in digital skills and provide pathways to employment and further education.
“There is a huge need to understand next generation technologies in this area with Gippsland ranked second lowest for ‘digital inclusion’ in the state,” Ms Rose said.
“This is concerning because digital access has become like electricity, a basic need to function in society, without it you really are quite cut off from society.”
To address the shortfall the project team has worked with 16 Gippsland Learn Local organisations, training teachers to provide digital skills to help local people and businesses operate successfully in today’s digital world.
“These Learn Local organisations provide training to groups such as women wanting to re-enter the workforce, retrenched workers, indigenous people, migrant populations, people with a disability and young people,” Ms Rose said.
“We want this program to be exciting and engaging and teach more than just the basic computer skills.”
The project team has joined with Tim Gentle and Anthony Mayer of Think Digital who will provide ‘Rocky’ a 14 metre-long coach, fitted with satellite and high-tech digital equipment to provide lessons on how to keep up in a digitally changing world. The team will teach valuable digital skills while promoting the training programs available through Gippsland Learn Locals.
“Digital literacy is the new language and if you don’t speak the language you’re going to fall behind,” Mr Gentle said.
“The coach has become a bit of an icon, we’ve been on the road for about 12 months, driving digital experiences and education to the regions and taking digital technology to the people who are being left behind,” Mr Gentle said.
“This project will lay the foundation for sustainable education and connection which will empower Gippsland people to confidently access technology and improve their job prospects as well as strengthening social and economic participation,” Mr Gentle said.
#GippslandDigital has been funded through the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board and the Department of Education and Training.
A list of towns to be visited by #GippslandDigital and Rocky the Think.Digital mobile classroom is below, all from 12:30pm until 7:00pm.
The following workshops are available to the public/business community and you can get on board by Registering at www.Gippsland.Digital. There are only 12 places available for each workshop:
12:30pm - 2:00pm Exploring New Realities
Explore the world of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Have fun and imagine the career possibilities of new and emerging technologies.
3:00pm - 4:30pm Digital Basics for Beginners
Grow your digital skills and confidence.
Reduce your fear of technology, find a job or change your career and make your life easier using a range of FREE digital tools.
5:30pm - 7:00pm Getting on Google Maps
Get your business and region on Google Maps
Would you like more people to walk into your business? Getting found on Google is incredibly important. We show you the free Google tools to get your business and region on Google Maps and then how to add a Virtual Tour Experience to your Google Map listing.
Bookings can be made at: www.gippsland.digital or for more information contact Josie Rose on 0409 198 123.
Roadshow Dates and Venues
Bairnsdale – Mon 9th October
East Gippsland Shire Library, Service Street
Sale – Tues 10th October
Sale Pedestrian Mall (opposite Gippsland Centre Sale)
Heyfield – Weds 11th October
Heyfield Resource Centre, George Street.
Foster – Thurs 12th October
Manna Gum Community House, Station Street.
Churchill – Mon 16th October
Churchill Neighbourhood Centre, Philip Parade
Traralgon – Tues 17th October
Traralgon Neighbourhood and Learning Centre, Breed Street
Moe – Weds 18th October
Moe Library, George Street
Morwell – Thurs 19th October
Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell
Warragul – Mon 23rd October
In front of The Courthouse Restaurant, 72 Smith Street
Wonthaggi – Tues 24th October
Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Murray Street
Korumburra – Weds 25th October
Behind the Korumburra Post Office, Commercial Street
Leongatha – Thurs 26th October
Leongatha Post Office, in Michael Place