Virtual on line Group Page
This group page has been created for all RU3A members, particularly during this time of Coronavirus although we hope it may be of use later too.
Please click on the links provided at the side of this screen or in the text below and explore!
KEEP IN TOUCH
Our Ravenshead U3A ‘Keep In Touch’ (KIT) newsletter will try and keep members up to date. Some of the links mentioned in the email are listed below. Previous versions of KIT are in the side bar of this web page.
VIRTUAL GROUPS GUIDELINES
We have received some help sheets from Paul Fileman of Soar Valley U3A particularly about groups using phone, tablet or laptops to communicate with one another. See Paul’s files on the side bar of this page. These files consist of:
Groups guide lines, which includes, Free Zoom software; a cloud based video conferencing application which supports calls for up to 100 people; and several other cloud based facilities.
Look at the side of the screen for these links
SVU3A virtual Groups guidelines v02-J "ZoomSVU3A" Read this first
Free software for each of the following computers or Smart Phones:
- Access to Zoom software for windows10 laptop or Desktop. "Zoom windows10"
- Access to Zoom software for Apple laptop or Desktop. "Zoom apple"
- Access to Zoom software for Android phone or tablet. "Zoom android"
Our own resident expert John Butler is a user of ZOOM with experience of giving ‘webinars’ (web based meetings) and is willing to help group leaders to get this going with their own group. Contact john by email.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES
Paul also recommends Chatter Pack which is a link to a wealth of online resources to help anyone to help anyone isolated at home at this time. Some Group leaders may find these useful also for discussion using Zoom etc. with their group.
Please have a look at some of these by clicking on the link above. It will certainly help you to fill a rainy day!
- Explore virtual tours of museums, art galleries and aquariums!
- Start an online learning course
- Check out some Geography quizzes or ‘podcasts’
- Music Arts and Culture links ( although I guess the ‘live streaming’ of concerts will not be working at this time.
- Online Literature Lots to read here and free!
- And More including free Broadway musicals to stream free of charge and ways to look after your mental health
MORE RESOURCES RECOMMENDED BY OUR MEMBERS
- 12 World Class Museums You Can Visit Online
- FUTURE LEARN: Online educational site providing online courses for free on a wide variety of subjects. There are two levels, a free one where you do the course online, enjoy and learn, and another where you pay a fee and get a certificate at the end.
- Jodrell Bank Science Learning at home!
- Rick Steves Travel TV shows: Explore Europe with these videos and TV shows.
- Luxury Travel Expert: Tips and links for virtual exploration.
- Historic maps of London Explore unique, historic map layers.
- The Internet Archive a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
- The Internet Archive eBooks and Texts a direct link to this page.
- Gransnet Perhaps the busiest online community for over 50s.
- The British Museum The BM which now exhibits 4.5 million objects free online.