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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. 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:

May 22nd 2024

Our longer blocks 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. You can register for them here.

Take part in our online survey to help select the topics and times. 

Click here to read our 'house rules'

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Google and the Internet

A lot of us have Googled before, but do you know how to get the most out of your online searches? This class will cover the different components of the internet, the pros and cons of different browsers, the terminology of web addresses, links, image searches, Google maps, and copying and pasting text.

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Manage My Health

With more essential services shifting to online-only, a lot of us folks feel left behind. That’s true for lots of things, but especially healthcare. This class on Manage My Health covers the mobile app and website, the benefits of using it, how to create and activate an account, making appointments, and a breakdown of all it’s various tools and displays.

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Google Drive

Ever tried to share word a 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.

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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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Google Photos

If you have a smart phone or lots of photos, Google Photos can be a useful tool. We’ll explain and practice the differences between using it on a computer vs an Android or iPhone. After that we’ll work with uploading, organizing, editing, and sharing your photos, as well as the backup search functions.

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Intro to
Digital Banking

With closures and reduced hours, banks have cut down on the option for face-to-face business. Online options promise convenience but can be scary. The class will give you skill to bank online with confidence. We’ll cover the benefits and terms, scams and how to dodge them, website and password security, transactions and managing payees, and free places to practice online.

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Trade Me

Looking to buy and sell online? Trade Me is a convenient one-stop-shop for that. We'll go through the steps of creating an account, buying, or placing bids for items, and listing your own goods for sale. We'll also cover payment options and how to link cards as well. Afterward, we can walk through installing Trade Me on your phone.

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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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Help Desk

During opening hours, best between 12 PM and 2 PM

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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SHORTER COURSES & WORKSHOPS

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

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.

 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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