Issue number one hundred and eleven (March 2010) in a series of Signposts from WorldU3A International, sent once a month to any and all U3A members anywhere in the world.

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The recent World Conference held at Chitrakoot University, in India, was neatly put into context by several delegates from abroad. Dianne Delchau, President of U3A Online Australia, said "the conference gave an opportunity for people from all parts of the world to meet and share.... it presented a wonderful opportunity to reach out to people we would otherwise not be able to reach.

Wensley Wilcox, delegate from New Zealand, commented "as U3A members, we are supporters of life-long learning and the most significant “learning” comes from being prepared to embrace new experiences as well as out of books. I think you may rest assured that we counted ourselves lucky to have attended the conference."
Our picture shows delegates from New Zealand, Australia, UK, and Iceland.

A 16-year old has created a search site called Good50, basically an enlarged-type mod of Google. Sunmee and her sister were inspired by seeing their grandfather struggle with Google, trying to make out text and distinguishing the ads from the search results.

It is especially useful for people with poor vision. Go to http://good50.com/ and try it for yourself.

Art Appreciation Groups: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has launched cutting edge 'high definition' images of its Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings collection on its websites at http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art69857 and http://www.preraphaelites.org/about-this-site/
You will need to register, and download Microsoft Silverlight.
(Thank you Ron Atkinson - Stockton U3A, UK)

From Stella Porter, U3A - UK National Storytelling Network Co-ordinator and UK delegate to the WorldU3A Conference
Recently we have seen a revival of the ancient and magical art of storytelling; with the inauguration of the first National Storytelling Laureate Taffy Thomas MBE in January 2010. I had the honour of representing U3A UK at the conference, and I was thrilled to hear the many stories of the exiled Lord Rama who spent 12 years in the surrounding area of the Chitrakoot University. And it is not surprising that so many of the delegates at the conference have now been inspired to include storytelling into their U3A curriculum. My sincere thanks to Tom Holloway & his young Team who have agreed to work on a "U3A World Storytelling Website" - Watch this space
2 Gems from GEMS - a regular newsletter from U3A Online.
Dynamic Learning Online developed the entire U3A Online introductory computing lessons as part of the U3A Online contribution to the Broadband for Seniors project. These lessons are freely available to GEMs and Signpost readers at http://www.necseniors.net.au/. Scroll down and click the button called Online lessons. Spread the word.
Learning a musical instrument is good for the brain. Here's a site with lots of free resources for those keen to learn the piano/keyboard. They've been written for mature age students and include notes, examples and exercises and also advice on what to look for in a teacher. (The site is also a further example of a simple free Google web site of the kind you could easily set up for your club or personal use - Rick) http://sites.google.com/site/carolsmusicsite/theory
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