Becoming confident on your computer and the internet

Course Dates: 25/02/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you have lots of questions about your computer? Too afraid to ask them? Is the Internet a mystery to you? Do you want to searchthe web efficiently and safely? This complete course will guide you through the key aspects of using a PC or laptop as well as how to make the most of the Internet from setting up an internet connection, understanding key terms and jargon and searching effectively and securely. You will build up your confidence in computer use and learn how to use free applications, save and organise files, delete and recover them, and keep your work secure. To enrol, all you need is enthusiasm and basic skills with a mouse and keyboard.

This course is FREE if one of the following applies:





a) You are employed and earn less than £20,572.50 . You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.





Or





b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment.





Or





c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.





Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is for those who lack confidence in their use of a PC/laptop and the Internet whether you are just starting or have been doing so for while but don’t feel able to make the most of them. You will learn essential jargon and terminology - byte, operating system, ram, drive, url, hyperlink, router, search engines, extensions, plug-ins - and use this knowledge to operate your computer and search the Internet more efficiently. You will learn the key elements of your computer, the different settings and where and how to change them. You will practise using free applications on your computer and learn about different types of files, what the endings mean (.doc, .tif, etc.), how to save, store and find them, share them, copy them, recover lost ones. Very importantly, we will focus on how to keep your files and other information safe and maintain cyber security. You will learn about setting up an internet connection. You will practise using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches. You will learn how to organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar. We will look at some popular and useful webpages and sites and learn where to go to access the news, TV programmes, listen to the radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line. And you will learn how to do all this and maintain your security, understanding your privacy status, and remaining lawful.

What will we cover?

• understanding essential jargon and terminology and using this knowledge to operate your computer and search the Internet more efficiently
• learning the key elements of your computer, the different settings and where and how to change them
• using free applications on your computer such as Google Docs and Dropbox – for example to create letters, share pictures
• learning about different types of files (text, pictures, sound, video), what do the endings mean (.doc, .tif, etc.), how to save, store and find them, share them, copy them, recover lost ones
• how you keep your files and other information safe and maintain cyber security using antivirus, firewalls and other security devices
• setting up an internet connection – what makes a good internet provider, what different types of services are available, connecting to a public network such as in a café or college
• using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches
• organising your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar
• accessing popular and useful webpages and sites and learning where to go to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• downloading, uploading and copying material
• maintaining your internet security, understanding your privacy status and remaining lawful – including assessing the merits of anti-virus software, firewalls and various cyber-security software.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• use a computer with confidence
• use essential computer and Internet terminology and use this knowledge to operate a computer more competently and search the Internet more effectively
• identify the main elements of your computer operating system (Windows) and use these to perform key computing tasks such as adding and removing programs, changing screen size and resolution, adding and using hardware such as printers or scanners
• create documents and share pictures using free applications on your computer such as Google Docs and Dropbox
• identify different types of files (text, pictures, sound, video), recognise file endings, identify their size, save, store and find them, share them, copy them and recover them
• sett up an internet connection and judge what makes a good internet provider and identify the different types of services available
• use different search engines, understand and use their results and adoptthe best ways and words to use for searches
• organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar
• access popular and useful webpages and sites e.g. to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• download, upload and copy material
• maintain your computer and internet security, understanding your privacy status and remaining lawful.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners’ course and aimed at those who need to build up their confidence on a computer or the Internet whether you are completely new or you have had a PC for a while but been reluctant to use it. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This will be a practical hands-on course. Each student has their own computer and you will be encouraged to practise as much as possible. An interactive whiteboard will help make demonstrations easy to understand. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course is part of our Complete Course for Beginners series. We recommend completing these courses to gain a good foundation in digital skills. Other parts of this programme are:
a) Becoming confident on the Internet: setting up, searching, security, safety
b) Becoming confident with emails and internet communication
c) Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginniners
d) Becoming confident in file management on your PC
e) Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet

An excellent follow-on course would be Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating. A digital citizen: becoming MORE confident on your computer and the Internet is especially good if you have completed the initial Computer and Internet courses. Other good progression courses include: Level 1 ECDL award (with a qualification), Digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and Smartphone, Learning to use your smartphone (Android), Learning to use your iPhone and Digital skills to find a better job. We also run a range of introductory courses in Microsoft Office programs. Your tutor will advise you on the best course to do. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.

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Book your place

Course Code: CAB01A

Tue, eve, 25 Feb - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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