COMPUTER CONFIDENCE: Te Puke’s Pat Govan attended several free computer classes at Te Puke Library. The classes are being offered again between now and mid-November. © Te Puke Times

Boost your computer skills

Te Puke’s Pat Govan admits she used to be wary of using her computer — but not now. After taking advantage of the free Stepping UP computer courses offered by Te Puke Library earlier this year she is using it more and more. ... Read more

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Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Manukau

Spark and 20/20 announce subsidised pre-pay broadband is now available in Manukau through Manukau City Baptist Church so that more children can develop the digital skills necessary for today. Spark Jump is for families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage. ... Read more

Spark Jump now available through Dunedin Public Libraries

Spark and 20/20 announce subsidised pre-pay broadband is now available through Dunedin Public Libraries. As learning goes digital, students without home broadband risk being left behind. Spark Jump enables more children to go online out of class hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide. ... Read more

New record for Stepping UP set in the Hutt?

Yesterday, Patrick Harlow emailed us from Hutt City to say “Today we had 15 students in the War Memorial library. A new high for me. As it was the Gmail module I had no issues coping with this number.” Patrick has tutored 187 courses in 3 years. A quick scan though the last 1,000 Stepping ... Read more

Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Waikato

Spark and Web Access Waikato Trust has announced that Spark Jump subsidised broadband is now available in Waikato through local school Whitiora School and not-for-profit organisations Te Kauwhata Community House and Te Whare Kokonga.  More students can now keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. ... Read more

Stepping UP – the Rotorua experience

A short video from Anne Riddle, from Rotorua District Library, who has been running Stepping Up classes for two years. She shares how it went, from start-up to going mobile and now looking at the next level – and gives her advice to other libraries. ... Read more

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Spark Jump now in Waitaki: workshop 8th August

Spark and 20/20 Trust has announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Waitaki through Oamaru Library. Debbie Price-Ewen, Reference and Digital Services Librarian, says Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t. ... Read more

Eight more libraries offer Stepping UP

Eight more libraries, from Waiheke to Invercargill, have recently started Stepping UP. They join over 50 libraries and community technology centres already offering Stepping UP – free computer & internet training for adults, in easy steps relevant to their life and interests, in informal, friendly classes. Sue Kini, 20/20 Trust’s Stepping UP product manager, spoke at the Associated Public Library Managers annual conference in Rotorua … ... Read more

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Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Whangarei

Spark and 20/20 Trust has announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Whangarei through local trust Taitokerau Education Trust and Whangarei Central Library so more students can keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. Liz Cassidy-Nelson, Executive Officer of Taitokerau Education Trust, says Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t. “Access to the internet is critical in getting all our children better placed to succeed in school and later in life.” ... Read more