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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Needham Community Council Logo

570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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Tablets & Tutors

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Current Users

For existing users that are enrolled in the Tutors and Tablets program.

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New Users

Needham residents without access to technology are encouraged to apply.

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Get Involved

Learn more about how you can help the program as a tutor or with a gift. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the Metro West Health Foundation
and is a partnership with Needham Community Council and Needham Center at the Heights/Council on Aging

Current Users

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Info for Current Users

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Navigating Your New Tablet Guide

Just getting started using your Tablet?  Your tutor will have set up all your Account ID’s and passwords.  If you do not remember or have misplaced your account and password, please contact the Tablet and Tutors phone line:  339-777-6899.

The basics of getting started can be found the the Tablet Basics document:  Tablet BASICS

This document will show you how to turn your Tablet on and navigate getting on your wifi and logging in to your Tablet. 

How to Use Your Email

Accessing your email is a great way to communicate with loved ones, businesses and much more!  You should have received your email address and password when you got your Tablet.  Instructions on how to access, write and receive email can be found here:  Email BASICS

How to Zoom with Your Tablet

Using Zoom has become an essential part of staying connected to our families, doctors and much more.  Instructions on how to access Zoom:  Zoom BASICS

How Do I Get Help With My Tablet?

There are many workshops and classes available for you to get one-on-one time with one of our tutors.  See the schedule below.

Classes and Workshops

There are many opportunties to learn more about your Tablet.
They are welcome to all Tablet & Tutors program participants with no reservation required.

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Technology Under the Tent

Every Monday from 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm our team of tutors will be available under the Tent at the Council.  They will be able to answer any basic questions about using your laptop, cell phone or tablet. 

Tablet & Tutors Coffee Talks

Join us for a series of short Fire Tablet demonstrations followed by a Q & A session at the Housing Community Rooms.   Each week will be a different topic and students are encouraged to drop in and bring your questions.  All are welcome 

Chambers/Linden Community Room
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uesday July 6 at 11am
Tuesday July 20 at 11am
Tuesday August 3 at 11 am
Tuesday August 17 at 11 am

Seabeds Way Community Room
Thursday, July 8 at 11am
Thursday, July 22 at 11am
Thursday, August 5 at 11 am
Thursday, August 19th at 11 am

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Drop In Classes on Zoom

Join us for  Tablets and Tutors on Tuesday’s at Two!  

Bring your Fire Tablet questions and/or learn some Tips or Tricks for how to navigate your tablet.  The Drop In is designed for Fire Tablet users but all tech questions are welcome if you want to try a round of…  ” Stump the Tutor!”

Tablet Drop-In/Zoom-In
    Every Wednesday at 11 am
    ZOOM ID:  737 2468 4729
    Passcode:  Tablets

If you need help accessing Zoom for this session please call 339-777-6899

 

Other Resources

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What's the Hoopla About?

What is all the Hoopla about?!  Our tablet users can tell you that the Hoopla App can get you all the great digital media you get from the public library for free at HOME! You can borrow movies, ebooks, audiobooks, popular TV shows and more.  Try the Hoopla app and have fun exploring the library from your own armchair!!

Check it out here:  HOOPLA

New Users

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General Information

Who is Eligible to Get a Tablet?

Any resident of Needham who does not have access to technology is encouraged to apply.  Thanks to a grant from the Metrowest Health Foundation, Tablets are provided free of charge.

How to Request One?

To join the Tablets and Tutors Program program, begin by completing an Tablet Request and Pre-Assessment Form:  Tablet Request Form

A staff member will be in touch with you about your Tablet needs and interests.

How Do I Learn How to Use It?

Your Tablet will be customized to make it easy to use right out of the box.  A tutor will introduce you to the Tablet and it’s features during an initial one-on-one session.

Do I Get to Keep the Tablet?

With the support of the Metrowest Health Foundation and your generous neighbors, we are able to provide these Tablets to Needham residents free of charge and you get to keep them.  We do ask that you sign a User Agreement.  You may see a copy of one here:  Use Agreement.

What If I Don't Have Cable or Internet Access?

If you do not have internet access you may qualify for Comcast Internet Essentials Program reduced access rate.  We can help iniate this process and will connect your tablet to your new wifi.  Needham has many public internet access sites we can help you connect to.

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Become a Tutor

We are currently seeking volunteers that would be interested in helping to support this program and it’s participants.

While some experience with technology is important, patience and gentle learning style is what our new learners are most in need of.

We will provide a Tablet and the basic training to help you support our new users.

If you are interested, please contact our Tablets and Tutors Program Director at sfallon@neeedhamcouncil.org.

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Give a Gift

The Tablets and Tutors Program is made possible with the support of our generous neighbors and the Metrowest Health Foundation.

Join your friends and neighbors by making a gift today and help make technology accessible to all!