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Courses

Essentials

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What is an app?

In this course, we take a look at what apps do, why we need them, which apps need the internet access, and which ones can work happily without it. We also learn how to stay safe when downloading and using apps.
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What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a convenient way to use the internet without having to connect your devices to your internet with cables. Learn more about how to connect to Wi-Fi in your home and what the difference is between Wi-Fi and 4G or 5G mobile networks.
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Getting apps

With more than five million apps available, it's easier than you might think to find what you are looking for. In this course, we find out how to search for and find different types of apps using the App Store (for Apple devices) and the Google Play Store (for Android devices). We also learn how ratings and reviews help you select the best app for your needs and budget.
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Home networks

A home network lets you use any number of devices on one home internet plan. Read about what you need for a home network, how to set it all up, and different ways to connect to it.
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Managing and deleting apps

What do you do if your app isn't working properly? In this course, we find out how you can close or delete a misbehaving app, the importance of keeping apps up to date, and how to control how much mobile data your apps are using.
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Wi-Fi on the go

You can connect to the internet from Wi-Fi that isn’t your own, and in this course you’ll read about how to connect and safely use Wi-Fi in places such as shops, libraries, cafes and airports.
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App tips and tricks

If you have a lot of apps on your device and are finding it difficult to locate the one you want, then this is the course for you. We show you how to organise your apps so you can find what you are looking for quickly. We also show you how to manage those little messages that pop up from time to time - known as notifications, plus handy hints for saving money by controlling app costs.
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Mobile networks

Mobile networks are similar to Wi-Fi but are specifically for small and mobile devices such as smartphones. This course will teach you about which mobile internet plans you can purchase and how to choose one to suit your needs and budget.
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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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Online shopping overview

In this course, you will learn all about shopping online. The course covers how you can use the internet to compare prices, your rights when buying online and secure payment methods you can use when shopping online.
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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.
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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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Socialising online

In this course, you will learn about different social networks such as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. You will learn how to connect with people and share things online, what a social network can offer and what a social network looks like. This course will also show you how to stay in control of your information and stay safe.
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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. 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 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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