How to use our Chromebook laptops
Our new laptops are Chromebooks, providing very safe and very fast access to the Internet. So far, people using them have logged in as Guests.
But we can offer you a better way to use our laptops. A User login would allow you to personalise your Chromebook experience and save your workspace, so next time you log in (from any computer), you can carry on where you left off.
If you have an email address at Gmail, seniors.org.uk or bold.org.uk, you are ready to be a User now. If you have an email address somewhere else, we can give you a free G Suite account at either seniors.org.uk (if you are retired) or bold.org.uk (if you are still in the job market). Or, if you prefer, you could just create your own standard Gmail account. Either of those options would allow you to add yourself to our Chromebooks as a User.
So the workshop on Wednesday morning, 29 August, will be about claiming a G Suite account, adding yourself as a User to our laptops, understanding how everything works, and maybe exploring G Suite features. It’s really very easy. The workshop will be short: 10 am to 11 am. Of course, afterwards you may continue using the laptops until 1pm.
When and where
New laptops in the Community Room
Escape from the IT Room
We are finally out of the tiny IT Room that has space for only 8 people. We have expanded into the much larger Community Room with 9 new laptops, and space for you, your laptop, and 20 other people.
So on Wednesday mornings, the Community Room is the 50+ Laptop Café (the name we used at The Lawns computer centre and Piccadilly Community Centre). That’s in addition to the large Meeting Room that we have been using for about 2 years. Now we can accommodate about 40 people in two large spaces. connected by the garden and the kitchen.
The new laptops are all Chromebooks — very fast, very safe and very easy — giving us instant access to the Internet — and exactly what we need to resume workshops and short courses.
We had more than 50 people at Whitmore Community Centre — easily the largest attendance ever.
But we managed, thanks to the help of our regular volunteers, plus corporate volunteers Coralie, Lerica and Mia from Aecom, and John from Carey Group — all via Benefacto.
Drop-in Friday afternoons, 2 to 5 pm
We have switched the drop-in sessions from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon
Nothing else has changed. We will still be at Whitmore Community Centre, filling both large spaces.
Our February schedule
- Friday 1 Feb, 2 to 5 pm
- Friday 8 Feb, 2 to 5 pm
- Friday 15 Feb, 2 to 5 pm
- Friday 22 Feb, 2 to 5 pm