Low cost technology for Community Resource Centres

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  • Discover how your NFP can benefit from low-cost and free technology, applications and online tools, and access donations from major software providers.
  • 31 year old not-for-profitAdelaide basedPrograms in Australia, New Zealand and Asia PacificBest known for our technology donations program, formerly known as DonorTec
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  • Online notebooks are a great invention. Using the power of the cloud, you can write notes to meetings up on your laptop, and have them instantly available on your phone, tablet and desktop computer. You can then email your notes directly at the end of a meeting, saving time.Evernote is one of the most popular versions, which is free for the basic version, but they offer a premium version that supports shared notebooks and offline viewing of notebooks.OneNote is Microsoft’s version, which integrates with Microsoft Office and has many of the same features.
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  • Popular titles included Windows licences, Office 2013.More enterprise grade solutions include Windows Server
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  • Low cost technology for Community Resource Centres

    1. 1. Low cost technology for community resource centres Ryan Jones
    2. 2. Online Notebooks
    3. 3. Cloud File Sharing
    4. 4. Donation and Discount Program
    5. 5. Computers
    6. 6. Networks
    7. 7. Social Media Management
    8. 8. Questions

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