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Essentials

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The absolute basics

New to computers? This is the perfect place to start. Learn the essentials of how to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and find out how you can access the internet.

  • What is a computer?
  • What is a laptop?
  • What is a tablet?
  • What is a smartphone?
  • What is the internet?
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Getting to know your device

This topic will teach you the basic functions of a keyboard, mouse and computer, including how to change settings and manage your files.

  • Using a keyboard
  • Using a mouse
  • Using a touchscreen
  • Using a computer
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Getting started online

Navigating the online world can be a little tricky at first, but this course will teach you some essential skills to getting started online.

  • Using the internet
  • Using online forms
  • Using email
  • Using search engines
  • Introduction to internet safety
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Safety first

Protect your personal information and money with hints and tips to help you stay safer online.

  • Safe passwords
  • Paying safely online
  • Avoiding scams and tricks
  • Downloading and saving documents
  • Help and support
More online skills

More online skills

Develop your online skills by learning how to shop online, watch catch-up TV online, and connect with others using Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

  • Using a digital camera
  • Watching and listening online
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Connecting to others

Need a helping hand with video calls? Find out how to get set up from your phone, tablet or computer.

  • Getting set up for video calling
  • How to use Skype
  • How to use WhatsApp
  • How to use FaceTime
  • How to use Zoom  New
All about data

All about data

Everything you need to know about data: what it is, how it’s measured and hints and tips on how to get the most out of your data allowance at home, out and about or overseas.

  • What is data?
  • Choosing a data plan
  • Managing your data
  • Home data vs mobile data
  • Going overseas
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Wi-Fi and mobile networks

How do you set up a Wi-Fi network to use the internet at home? Is it safe to connect to public Wi-Fi? We answer these questions and more in these courses.

  • What is Wi-Fi?
  • Home networks  Updated
  • Wi-Fi on the go
  • Mobile networks
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Online hobbies

Time for a bit of fun. Learn how you can build your family tree, travel to places far and wide without leaving your chair, and how to create your very own blog to share your experiences and knowledge.

  • Researching family history
  • Exploring Google Earth
  • Google Earth - more than a map
  • Beyond Google Earth
  • Blogs - online journals
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All about apps

Wondering what all the fuss is about? This topic takes you into the world of apps, or Applications, the little amazing programs that can help you do almost anything.

  • What is an app?
  • Getting apps
  • Managing and deleting apps
  • App tips and tricks
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Games centre

Life would be very dull without some playtime. We have fun games designed specifically for laptop and desktop computer users, as well as for those with smartphones and tablets.

  • Games for laptop and desktop computers
  • Games for smartphones and tablets
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Practice area

We have fun, interactive activities designed to build skills and confidence using computers and smart devices. Perfect for beginners, these activities let you practise using the mouse, keyboard and smartscreen, and can be attempted as many times as you like.

  • Practice area for laptop and desktop computers
  • Practice area for smartphones and tablets
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All about Apple iPhones

Whether you are brand new to an Apple iPhone or have used them for a while, we have some great courses for you. For beginners, we recommend the Apple iPhone: Getting started. Once you have the basics down pat, or for anyone who already has a bit more experience, learn more in the Apple iPhone: Doing more courses.

  • Apple iPhone: Getting started
  • Apple iPhone: Doing more

All about Apple iPads

Whether you are brand new to an Apple iPad or have used them for a while, we have some great courses for you. For beginners, we recommend the Apple iPad: Getting started. Once you have the basics down pat, or for anyone who already has a bit more experience, learn more in the Apple iPad: Doing more courses.

  • Apple iPad: Getting started
  • Apple iPad: Doing more

All about Android phones

Whether you are brand new to an Android smartphone or have used them for a while, we have some great courses for you. For beginners, we recommend the Android phone: Getting started courses. Once you have the basics down pat, or for anyone who already has a bit more experience, learn more in the Android phone: Doing more courses.

  • Android phone: Getting started
  • Android phone: Doing more

All about Android tablets

Whether you are brand new to an Android tablet or have used them for a while, we have some great courses for you. For beginners, we recommend the Android tablet: Getting started. Once you have the basics down pat, or for anyone who already has a bit more experience, learn more in the Android tablet: Doing more courses.

  • Android tablet: Getting started
  • Android tablet: Doing more
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Windows desktop: Getting started

Set up and personalise your Windows computer (or PC) with helpful, step-by-step videos and a fun interactive guide that shows you all the features you need to know about.

  • Interactive guide
  • Setting up your new or used PC
  • Security and privacy
  • Useful features
  • Customising system settings
  • Managing files and storage
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Windows laptop: Getting started

Set up and personalise your Windows laptop with helpful, step-by-step videos and a fun interactive guide that shows you all the features you need to know about.

  • Interactive guide
  • Setting up your new or used laptop
  • Security and privacy
  • Useful features
  • Customising system settings
  • Managing files and storage
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Apple laptop: Getting started

Set up and personalise your Apple laptop with helpful, step-by-step videos and a fun, interactive guide that shows you all the features you need to know about.

  • Interactive guide
  • Setting up your new or used laptop
  • Security and privacy
  • Helpful features
  • Customising settings
  • Managing files and storage
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Apple desktop: Getting started

Set up and personalise your Apple desktop computer (or iMac) with helpful, step-by-step videos and a fun, interactive guide that shows you all the features you need to know about.

  • Interactive guide
  • Setting up your new or used iMac
  • Security and privacy
  • Helpful features
  • Customising settings
  • Managing files and storage

Introduction to myGov

Find out how myGov can make managing your online government services easy and convenient. We show you, step-by-step, how to set up and use your own myGov account safely, including claiming medical expenses and controlling who sees your My Health Record information. The courses in this topic are:

  • All about myGov
  • Setting up myGov
  • Linking services in myGov
  • Claiming Medicare with myGov
  • My Health Record and myGov

Introduction to online banking

Using your computer to control your finances can be done safely and securely at any time of the day or night. We show you how online banking works, how to get started and we have our very own pretend bank, Squirrel Bank, to help practise common online banking tasks on a desktop or laptop computer. The courses in this topic are:

  • Getting started with online banking
  • Setting up online banking
  • Online banking basics practice area
  • Managing payments online practice area

Introduction to buying and selling online

Learn everything you need to know about online shopping, from comparing prices to paying for things online securely with PayPal. We show you how to stay safer when you buy and sell online from traditional retailers and online marketplaces, such as eBay. You’ll learn about the benefits of shopping online, as well as some of the disadvantages. Importantly, these courses will teach you how to protect your personal information and details while shopping online.

The courses in this topic are:

  • Buying and selling online overview
  • How to pay online
  • How to buy online using eBay
  • How to sell online using eBay
  • Selling on eBay: case study
  • Buying on eBay: case study

Social media apps

If you have wondered about social media, but are not sure which app might suit you best, we have a nice introduction to the world of social media platforms. We also have an in-depth look at the world’s biggest social media app: Facebook. We show you how to set up your own account, and safely and confidently use Facebook to connect with friends, family and the community at large.

  • Introduction to social media
  • Introduction to Facebook
  • Using Facebook

Introduction to smart homes

Ever wondered how technology can be used to help you out with your day-to-day tasks? Learn everything you need to know about smart devices, smart speakers and setting up a smart home of your own.

You’ll learn how to safely set up a smart speaker by training it to recognise your voice, how you can use a smart TV to watch catch-up TV and how you can use the cloud to save and back up your important photos and documents.

The courses in this topic are:

  • What is smart home technology?
  • How to set up smart home technology
  • Using a voice assistant
  • Using smart home devices
  • Using smart TVs
  • What is the cloud?
  • The cloud and you