Free Internet access & computer courses

We have 19 desktop computers in our community computer suite all connected up to the internet and ready for you to use! If it's your first time at Smart Newtown you'll need to Register online here or at the office. We aim to be a welcoming and safe place for all community members so we will ask you to agree to our house rules.

Smart Newtown provides free computing classes for the community with the three core courses outlined below. We run these courses five times per year and each course is seven weeks long. At the completion of the course we will present you with a certificate and share a "pot luck" lunch together to celebrate your learning! We also offer a help-desk service for one on one support and offer shorter workshops from time to time.


 

OUR NEXT BLOCK OF COURSES START:

Wednesday, 9th of November

Our usual block of courses will not be running this term. Instead, we will be teaching one-off, 2-hour classes every Wednesday and Friday, provided by Stepping Up. To find out more and to sign up, click here.

 

Click here to read our 'house rules'

Setting Up Email

In this course, we walk through the process of setting up a Gmail account, getting familiar with the interface, and managing your email contacts list. It’s designed for complete beginners, and those that need a refresher.

Email Essentials

The course covers sending, receiving, replying, and forwarding emails. We also work with email attachments, which is useful if you’ve ever needed to forward an image or a scanned document. Finally, we will get familiar with folders and groups, and learn how to recognize spam and block it.

Google Drive

Ever tried to share word document or a collection of photos, but emailing back and forth was too cumbersome? Google Drive can be a solution. This course provides an overview of what Google Drive is, how to upload, create, and share files, and some of the basics of using Google Docs for writing. It also covers file folders for organizing your work, and how to move files between them.

Google Docs

Need to write a word document but don’t have Microsoft Word at home? Want to access the same document on multiple computers and collaborate it with others? Google Docs makes it easy. This course gets you familiar with the interface, setting up pages, and working with text and images. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word, some of that knowledge will transfer.

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Intro to Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with others. This course covers the basics of setting up an account with Facebook and Twitter. We work with profile and privacy settings, and practice posting, tweeting, and private messaging. The Facebook section also covers uploading images and organizing them into albums. The final section features a brief discussion of LinkedIn for job profiles.

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Intro to Smartphones

New to smartphones? This course provides a comprehensive overview of the wide array of apps, settings, and utilities that your phone holds. Among other things, we will briefly go over the power settings, camera, wi-fi connection options, notifications, typing, and making phone calls.

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Zoom

Zoom is fast becoming the most popular option for video calls, both for work and for keeping in touch with friends and family. This course covers joining and leaving meetings, and changing the audio, video, and display settings. We also work with text chat, sharing your screen, and recording meetings.

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Internet Safety and Security

Zoom is fast becoming the most popular option for video calls, both for work and for keeping in touch with friends and family. This course covers joining and leaving meetings, and changing the audio, video, and display settings. We also work with text chat, sharing your screen, and recording meetings.

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Introduction to Computing
ON HIATUS

The 'Introduction To Computing' course is designed to introduce you to skills that will enable you to benefit from using a computer and the internet, such as setting how to set up an email account. 

 

It is intended for people with little or no computing skills.

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Microsoft Office
Level 1: Beginner

ON HIATUS

This course is designed to introduce you to the most useful and common features of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

 

These skills should also provide you with a basis with which to advance your learning in these areas.

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Microsoft Office
Level 2: Intermediate

ON HIATUS

This is our follow up course to Microsoft Office Fundamentals. This course is designed for people who have some basic experience of using Microsoft Office. 

 

This course will help you to become more confident and improve your level of skill from basic to intermediate or advanced. 

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Help Desk

During opening hours

Got computer or Internet issues? Perhaps you’re having trouble transferring files from a USB stick? Can’t figure out how to log into Facebook!? Want to make sure your computer has no viruses? 

We offer one-to-one free short training sessions through our help desk service. Just pop in during office hours  or contact our friendly staff to book in a time.

Other Services we offer

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The best way to find out about these upcoming courses is to sign up to the Newtown Community Centre's fortnightly e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook.

SHORTER COURSES & WORKSHOPS

 From time to time we offer shorter courses or one-off                                                                             workshops. Previous topics have included: 

 Is there something you'd like to learn? Please get in touch!

BLACK & WHITE PRINTING

20 Cents per page - single sided

30 Cents per page - double sided

COLOUR PRINTING

$1.00 per page

LAMINATING

A4 $1.00 per sheet

A3 $1.50 per sheet

SCANNING

Free

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