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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 Tablet is set up with all new 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 at:  781-444-2415 ext, 2120.

The basics of getting started can be found in our 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.

Give us Feedback

How is your Tablet Experience going?

If you have received a tablet from us, we would love your feedback on how and how often you use your tablet.  We may be calling you for feedback or you can complete the survey at this link:  Fire Tablet Feedback

Classes and Workshops

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

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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
Tuesdays, September, 7th and 21st at 11 
Tuesdays, October 5th and 19th at 11 am
Tuesdays, November 2nd and 16th 11 am

Seabeds Way Community Room
Thursdays, September 9th and 23rd at 11 am
Thursdays, October 7th and 21st at 11 am
Thursdays, November 4th and 18th at 11am

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Drop In Classes on Zoom

Join us for  Tablets and Tutors on Tuesday’s at Two at the Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave in Needham!

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!”  And, you can come to the Center in person, or attend via Zoom. 
See link below:

Tablet Drop-In/Zoom-In
    Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM
    ZOOM ID:  737 2468 4729
    Passcode:  Tablets

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

Classes at the Center at the Heights

Join us for  Tablets and Tutors at the Senior Center on Tuesdays!

You can drop in either in person or by Zoom and get help with your Tablet (or other tech) questions. 

Tablet Drop-In/Zoom-In
    Every Tuesday at 2 pm
    Meet in Room 213

If you need help accessing Zoom for this session please contact the Center at the Heights reception desk.

You can learn how to:

  • Access and use library apps so you can access the Needham Public Library anytime day or night.  
  • Use Zoom on a Fire Tablet (or other devices)
  • Search the internet
  • Send and manage emails
  • And More….

 

Other Resources

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Quick Reference Tips

The Tablets and Tutors team will continue to create quick reference guides to help with some of our most commonly asked questions.  To open a guide, just click on its link below:

How to Turn Your Tablet On

How to Connect to WIFI

How to Change Tablet Brightness

How to Change Your Gmail Password

How to Change Your Amazon Password

How to Turn Your Tablet Off

 

Amazon Fire Help Page

To get help troubleshooting common issues with Fire Tablets you can access Amazon’s help page by clicking here:  Fire Tablet Help

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.

Do I Need WIFI? And, are there Affordable WIFI Options?

Yes, to use the Amazon Fire Tablet (or any other device that requires the internet) you need to have WIFI.  If you are not sure whether you have WIFI in your home or Apartment, call your cable TV provider, Comcast, Verizon, etc. and ask if WIFI is included in your service. 

If you do not have internet access you may qualify for Comcast Internet Essentials Program reduced access rate.  We can help initiate this process and will connect your tablet to your new wifi.   See the tab below for information on income eligible programs.

Comcast Internet Essentials:  Home Internet service for $9.95/month with no term contract, no cancellation fees.  For more information, click here:  COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS

AT&T Access:  Internet service for $10/month with free installation, no annual contract and no deposit for eligile households.  For more information, click here:  AT&T ACCESS

Emergency Broadband Benefit:  A federal government program that provides a temporary benefit on home internet or wireless service for eligible households.  If you currently have WIFI service, your bill could be decreased by up to $50 per month.  See below a list of local providers:

Cleo Communications:  614-285-4869
Comcast Cable:  1-800-XFINITY
Cox Communications:  866-439-1289
Earthlink:  888-327-8454
GCET:  413775-6400
Hughes Network Systems:  844-737-2700
Otelco:  833-683-5261
RCN:  800-746-4726
T-Mobile:  1-800-937-8997
Verizon:  1-800-837-4966

 

Get Involved

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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!