Tech Updates

Amazing New App – Speak to your Plants

Introducing GreenThumb+: The App That Lets Your Plants Speak Their Mind!

This April, ASCCA is excited to unveil a revolutionary breakthrough in gardening technology: GreenThumb+, the app designed to transform your gardening experience by letting your plants communicate their needs directly to you!

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Clubs Forum April 2024

An informative graphic for ASCCA Clubs Forum, a live interactive video conference. The event is scheduled for Friday, 12th April 2024, with time slots across various Australian time zones: 11:00 AM AWST for Perth, 12:30 PM ACST for Darwin, 1:00 PM AEST for Brisbane, 1:30 PM ACDT for Adelaide, and 2:00 PM AEDT for Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart. It occurs on the second Friday of each month. The topic for this session is Grant Writing. Logos include the Australian Government crest, 'Be Connected' initiative, and ASCCA. Contact details provided are an email, office@ascca.org.au, and a Microsoft Forms link. Symbols of a calendar, a clock, and a topic tag punctuate the information.

Maximise Your Club’s Potential: Dive into Grant Writing at Our Upcoming Clubs Forum!

ASCCA Clubs Forum is a monthly gathering designed to enhance your club’s growth and development. This April, we’re focusing on a crucial skill that can significantly benefit your club: grant writing.

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From the ACSC – Australian Cyber Security Centre 

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

The digital landscape is evolving, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this transformation. We’re thrilled to share an invaluable resource with you—the recent release from the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC), “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.

This publication is a goldmine of knowledge, offering insights into securely engaging with AI. Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, this guide unveils the intricacies of AI, its potential impact on digital services, and crucial considerations for tackling AI-specific threats. More importantly, it provides practical mitigations to minimise risks associated with AI systems.

Here’s how you can take charge of your AI journey:

  1. Delve into the Guide: Explore “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” for tailored cybersecurity advice and a comprehensive understanding of AI’s impact.
  2. Ethical AI Framework: ASCCA encourages familiarising yourself with ASD’s Ethical AI framework. It outlines essential ethical principles for implementing and using AI responsibly.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest AI-related information and resources by visiting cyber.gov.au.

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Christmas Time in the West

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In the lead up to Christmas, parts of Western Australia are aglow with the vibrant hues of our native Christmas Trees—Nuytsia floribunda. Their golden-orange blossoms are painting the landscape in a festive palette, bringing joy and a unique beauty to the region.

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Welcome new Member Club

WELCOME to our newest members, the Motherboard!  The Motherboard has been established by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) as a central hub and informal learning environment for their members to explore digital skills, online engagement techniques and digitisation of collections for their members, primarily in regional and remote WA.

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Get Online Week – November

Get Online Week with ASCCA

Get Online Week: A Cuppa and Connectivity with ASCCA

In our continued mission to bridge the digital divide and empower seniors through technology, ASCCA proudly accepted the offered role of Get Online Week Ambassador for Good Things Foundation and the Be Connected project. It was a week filled with learning, sharing, and, of course, enjoying a cuppa together.

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Get Online Week

An older man sits with a young boy, there's a laptop on his lap, the young boy is laughing and pointing at the screen.  There's a hot pink background with the words Get Online Week, get help to get online from us, along with icons representing message notifications bubbles, a digital camera and more.  There are logos for Get Online Week (16th - 20th October 2023) and the Good Things Foundation

It’s Get Online Week! Members! Keep an eye out for your Virtual Morning Tea pack in the post!

Our activity boxes for our Virtual Morning Tea to celebrate Get Online Week 2023 are in the post!

We’re excited to invite our members to our Virtual Morning Tea on October 19th, to celebrate Get Online Week. This event will be a celebration of our achievements in supporting older Australians to embrace technology!

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Tech News

iPhone 14 SOS via Satellite now available in Australia

iPhone with the Emergency SOS via Satellite screen active

Apple introduced its Emergency SOS via satellite service for iPhone 14 users in Australia and New Zealand last month. This groundbreaking safety feature allows users to connect with emergency services even when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage available

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ChatGPT from an Accessibility Perspective

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This month the hottest topic (especially after our recent Clubs Forum) has to be ChatGPT and how AI and machine learning are quickly becoming more and more relevant in all that we do.  
Nicholas Kapirnas, Junior Digital Accessibility Analyst at the Centre for Accessibility Australia, in which ASCCA Director Dr Scott Hollier is heavily involved, discusses how AI-based chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard AI service can be helpful for people with disabilities.

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