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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.

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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.

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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.

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Safety first

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

More online skills

More online skills

Learn how to use a digital camera and watch catch-up TV online.

Connecting to others

Connecting to others

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Windows desktop: Getting started

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Windows laptop: Getting started

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Apple laptop: Getting started

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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.

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:

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Internet banking

Using your bank’s website on a laptop or desktop computer to bank online is known as online banking. Using your bank’s app on a smartphone or tablet is known as mobile banking. Whichever device you prefer to use, you can pay bills, transfer money and check your balances and more, all from the comfort of home.

We show you how to do this safely and each topic also has our very own Squirrel Bankpractice activities where you can practise key banking tasks in a safe environment.

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:

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 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: