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Weddin Shire Internet Connectivity Seminars

Building on its’ success over the last 18 months in providing Internet Connectivity to the farming Communities in the Weddin Shire, NB-Tec will be holding Seminars in Grenfell, Quandialla and Caragabal to advise how we can assist those in the Communities who are still seeking to obtain a better Internet Connection for Business, Education, Entertainment and Social Media applications.

The Seminars will;

  • Provide an introduction of NB-Tec Pty Ltd
  • Provide an open session for attendees to outline the issues they have with their present Internet access
  • A Description as to how NB-Tec can provide a reliable, well performing connection to the Internet using our 4G Wireless technology to resolve the current problems you are experiencing
  • Advise current trends as to how the Internet is delivering online Webinars to agricultural businesses to share profit-growing information.
  • Seek inputs from the Farming community as to their views the role evolving farm automation will play to increase productivity and profitability into the future.

Seminar Dates and Times:                           

Grenfell – 28 July 2020  10.00am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Grenfell Bowling Club

Quandialla – 29 July 2020, 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Quandialla Public School – Shed

Caragabal – 30 July 2020, 10.00am- 12.00 noon
Venue: Caragabal Country Club

In order to comply with the Government Regulations in regard to Public Meetings, we would ask that if you are intending to attend any of these Seminars, to register your interest by Friday 24 July 2020 via:

Phone: (02) 9454-7767
Email: [email protected]
Text: 0417-486367

Online Resources to Keep the Kids Entertained

Getting outside and running around is the best way for children to burn off energy and keep fit and healthy. But there are times when it may not be possible to go outside. Current social distancing rules mean that parks are off limits and if you don’t have a large outdoor area, or the weather isn’t great, you may need some other ideas on keeping the kids entertained – and yourself sane!

The internet has vast amounts of information and activities your children can undertake while stuck inside on a rainy day or social distancing. Below are just several ideas to keep your children entertained in a somewhat educational manner.

eBooks – Reading, whether they are being read to or reading themselves, is very important for a child’s education. Apple Books is available for Apple devices and Amazons Kindle can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. These apps allow you to download books directly to your tablet. Grenfell Public Library also offer a service called BorrowBox from which you can borrow ebooks as you would from the Library. The Library is also offering a ‘click and collect‘ borrowing system for physical books.

Best & Less Retro Colouring in fun – Colouring in is a popular activity among children and is a great way to get some simple ‘arts and crafts’ activities with minimal clean up. Crayola also offer some free colouring pages.

How To Make the Perfect Paper Airplane – Get creative and unleash your child’s inner Aerospace engineer. If Mum or Dad are handy on the tools there are also some plans for building a paper airplane launcher! This activity could be fun indoors or outdoors.

Create Stories, Games, and Animations with Scratch – Screen time often gets bad wrap, but technology is a great tool when it is used to create rather than consume. Scratch is an easy way to introduce your child to the world of programming. Some info for Mum and Dad can be found here.

Zoo Cams – There are plenty of Zoo’s live streaming their animals. You can see live streams from zoos close (ish) to home, such as Taronga Zoo. Or even travel abroad to San Diego Zoo. More Australian live streams can be viewed at at Typing ‘zoo live stream’ into Google brings up plenty of results.

Kid-Friendly Cooking – Cooking is a great way to teach children the importance of healthy eating. Having your child help out in the kitchen may even entice them to try those new foods – It was something they cooked after all! And with the measuring, adding up, and weighing of ingredients it counts as a delicious maths lesson. Doesn’t it?

YouTube – We all should get a chance to unwind at the end of the day. YouTube can be a great place to learn new skills with plenty of educational channels on the platform. YouTube kids is a safer version of YouTube that Mum or Dad will need to configure an account for first. If the family are going to unwind together some great channels are NasaTV, AustralianZooTube, and MinutePhysics.

These resources are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast amount of information on the internet. The internet has plenty of material that children should not see, but could easily stumble across. The best way to prevent this is to ensure devices are used in common areas such as the living room and don’t leave children unsupervised when browsing the web.

Children may have a harder time adjusting to and understanding social distancing rules currently in place. This can have its toll on the whole family. Beyond Blue have resources on talking about Coronavirus with children. They also have a dedicated portal on Coronavirus for anyone who isn’t feeling 100%.

Take care, and stay safe!

Adding a Password to your Zoom Meeting

Zoom has quickly become the virtual meeting platform of choice for those who need to attend meetings but are currently self-isolating or working from home.

The default settings for Zoom leaves meetings open for anyone to join. This make it a lot simpler for people to join – but it also leaves the chance someone could stumble across your Zoom meeting accidentally. There have been reports of people abusing this for pranks, as well as more sinister activities.

To keep your meetings safe from pranksters, eavesdroppers, or other malicious actors you can set a password. As long as you choose a secure password, you should be able to avoid anyone Zoombombing your meeting.

Setting a Password

First all open up Zoom.

Zoom Main Screen

At the bottom of the main window click on the Meetings button. This will open up the Meetings page and will list all the meetings you have scheduled. It is possible to set a unique password for each individual meeting.

Zoom Meetings Screen

After you have selected a meeting, click on the Edit button to view the settings for that particular meeting.

Personal Meeting ID Settings

In the Password section tick the box labeled Require a meeting password. A password field will then be showed. Type a password in the password field, and click Save.

You will now need to share the meeting link and the password to anyone whom needs to attend the meeting. For extra security try to send the link and password via separate communications. i.e. emailing the meeting link and sending the password via a secure messenger.

Your meetings should now be more protected from prying eyes; whether accidental, curious, or malicious. Now you just need to concentrate of the other mishaps that may occur when working from home. While you’re here feel free to browse our other Tech Tips articles!