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What is smart home technology?

This course explains what a smart home is and how you can create a smart home of your own. You’ll be introduced to the voice assistant and learn how it can be used to control devices and appliances in your home.

How to set up smart home technology

This course shows you exactly what you need to set up a smart home of your own and explains that you don’t need to spend a fortune to control your devices and appliances with your voice.

You’ll be introduced to the Google Nest Mini and learn how a smart speaker is the heart of any smart home.

Using a voice assistant

This course will demonstrate how you can train your new smart speaker to recognise your voice and process your commands and requests. You’ll also learn about some of the basic tasks a voice assistant can help you with throughout your day.

Using smart home devices

Now that you understand the basics of the smart home set up, it’s time to learn some of the fun and useful things you can do with a voice assistant in your smart home. From checking weather reports and listening to news headlines and internet radio, discover it all here!

Using smart TVs

Ever wondered how to tell if your TV is a smart TV? This course explains how to easily identify if a TV is smart or not. It also explains that you can use a smart TV to not only watch free-to-air channels but also catch-up TV and view your own photos via a streamer.

What is the cloud?

This course explains what the cloud is and how it is used to store and back-up your important documents. Chances are you’re already using the cloud without even knowing it! You’ll discover how the cloud is used in everyday life and how it can benefit you.

The cloud and you

Now that you know what the cloud is, this course teaches you how you can safely and securely create a cloud account of your own. You’ll learn how cloud providers keep your personal information and files safe and how you can manage the notifications your cloud account sends you.

Apple iPhone: Getting started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned iPhone. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your iPhone and customise it to suit you. We recommend watching each of the videos on a computer so you can use your phone to complete the set- up steps as you go.

Identifying your iPhone: All iPhones have a small Apple logo on the back. If you can’t see this logo, you likely have an Android phone. If you do have an Android phone, you can set it up by viewing our Android phone courses.

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Using a mouse

The mouse controls what happens on your computer screen. It lets you click on things on the screen and scroll up and down. Using a mouse is one of the most important things you need to be able to do to use computers and the internet.

Android phone: Getting started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned Android phone. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your Android phone and customise it to suit you. We recommend watching each of the videos on a computer so you can use your phone to complete the set-up steps as you go.

Identifying your Android phone: Some of the most popular Android phones are made by Samsung and Google, but not all Android devices have easy-to-spot logos. If you’re unsure if you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you can easily find out by looking at the back of your phone. If you can see an Apple logo on the back of your phone, then you have an iPhone and should look at our Apple iPhone courses.

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Android tablet: Get started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned Android tablet. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your Android tablet and customise it to suit you. We recommend watching each of the videos on a computer so you can use your tablet to complete the set-up steps as you go.

Identifying your Android tablet: Some of the most popular Android tablets are made by Samsung and Google, but not all Android devices have easy-to-spot logos. If you’re unsure if you have an iPad or an Android tablet, you can easily find out by looking at the back of your device. If you can see the Apple logo, you have an iPad and should look at our Apple iPad courses.

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Apple iPad: Get started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned iPad. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your iPad and customise it to suit you. We recommend watching each of the videos on a computer so you can use your iPad to complete the set-up steps as you go.

Identifying your iPad: All iPads have a small Apple logo on the back. If you can’t see this logo, you likely have an Android tablet. If you do have an Android tablet, you can set it up by viewing our Android tablet courses.

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Windows desktop: Get started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned Windows desktop computer. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your Windows desktop computer and customise it to suit you.

We show you how to set up and use your computer safely, adjust its settings to suit your needs, and how to manage your files to keep things running smoothly. We also show you how to check you are using the most up-to-date operating software to help keep you safer online.

Windows laptop: Get started

The courses in this topic guide you through safely setting up your new or pre-owned Windows laptop computer. Each course contains an instructional video that you can follow to set up your Windows laptop computer and customise it to suit you.

We show you how to set up and use your computer safely, adjust its settings to suit your needs, and how to manage your files to keep things running smoothly. We also show you how to check you are using the most up-to-date operating software to help keep you safer online.

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Getting setup for video calling

In this course, you will learn what equipment you need in order to get set up for video calling. This includes a webcam, speakers/headphones, and a mic; these are commonly already built into your computer or mobile device.
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Safe passwords

This course will teach you the essentials of safe passwords, such as why we need safe passwords and how to make sure yours is as safe as possible. This course will teach you how to create safe passwords as well as common mistakes to avoid.
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Using a keyboard

In this topic you will learn how to use a computer keyboard to type text and numbers. The course will also show you how to use a keyboard to find your way around your computer and perform other simple tasks.
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Using the internet

In this course, you will learn all about browsing the internet. The course covers using a web browser to view websites, creating bookmarks and what copyright means online.
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What is a computer?

Would you like to know the absolute essentials of what a computer is? In this course, you will learn about the components of a computer, including the screen, the keyboard and the mouse.

How to use Skype

In this course, you will learn how to set up and use Skype. What is Skype? It is software you can use on your computer or device that lets you make video and audio calls.
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Paying safely online

In this course, you will learn how to pay safely online through a number of different options. We will compare the different ways you can pay online and see which you think will work best for you.
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Using online forms

In this course you will learn what an online form is, how to fill in forms on a website and how to correct mistakes on them. The course will also show you the different ways to complete online forms, such as text boxes and multiple choice answers.
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What is a laptop?

In this course you will learn about a laptop - what it is and the essentials of how to use one. You will learn about how to turn on and power a laptop as well how to use the keyboard and the trackpad. 
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Avoiding scams and tricks

We have all heard of the scams and tricks that can happen online, but in this course, you will learn that it's actually not that difficult to stay safe online, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

How to use WhatsApp

In this course, you will learn about WhatsApp. You will learn how to use WhatsApp to message your friends and family for free. This course will also teach you how to make free video calls using WhatsApp and how this may affect your data.
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Using a touchscreen

More and more phones and computers are being made with a screen that you can touch. In this topic you will learn about how to use a touchscreen on a mobile phone or tablet computer. The course will cover basic and more advanced touchscreen controls. You will also find out about getting the most out of your touchscreen smartphone or tablet.
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Using email

In this course, you will learn all about email accounts on the internet. The course covers how to set-up an email account, as well as how to open, read and send emails safely.
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What is a tablet?

A tablet is like a handheld portable computer. In this course, you will learn how to navigate on the screen, how to type as well as how to use a touchscreen.
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Downloading and saving documents

This course will teach you about how to download documents from the internet safely. This topic will look at different types of document formats and which ones are the safest to download.

How to use FaceTime

In this course you will learn how to use FaceTime - a service only offered on Apple devices. If you have an Apple tablet or phone, you can use FaceTime to video call to the other side of the road, or world, for free.
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Using a computer

In this topic you will learn about the basic functions of a computer and how to use one safely. You will learn how to turn a computer on and off, and how to change the settings so that it suits your needs. The course will also teach you about the different parts of a computer.
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Using a digital camera

In this course, you will learn about digital cameras and how they work. You will also learn how to download photos from your digital camera to your computer so that you can share them with your friends and family.
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Using search engines

In this course, you will learn how to search for things on the internet using search engines such as Google. The course covers how to search for websites, using bookmarks and saving images and other files.
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What is a smartphone?

This course will teach you the essentials of what a smartphone is and how to use one. This is the course for you if you don't know how to make a call on a smartphone or what it can do.
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