Learning to use your smartphone (Android)

Course Dates: 16/10/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
Does your smartphone confuse you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? Understanding and navigating your way round a smartphone is now as important as being able to use a regular computer. This short course will help you understand your Android smartphone, troubleshoot problems and use some of the most popular apps. By the end of the course you will be confident you can use or find out how to use the key features of your phone.

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Learning to use your smartphone (Android)
  • Course Code: CMB04
  • Dates: 16/10/24 - 16/10/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: CMB04

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Wed, day, 16 Oct - 16 Oct '24

Duration: 1 session

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course will help you make the most of your smartphone. Many users are unaware of a smartphone’s full potential. You will learn some key terminology to help you understand how the smartphone works and identify for example the version of the ‘operating system’ you are using and what is SIM card. We will focus on some of the key features of the phone and how to use them - home screen, status bar, notifications and navigation bar. We will look at the settings including the initial set up and how to transfer information between phones including contacts and other key data, changing the display, using Wi-Fi and customising various features. We will focus on managing your apps – how to add them and delete them from your phone, where to put them, how to organise them so they are easy to find, how to navigate between different screens, how to pin apps to certain screens, what the difference is between an app and a widget. We will look at data storage – how to control this, how to free up space on your phone, how to make sure you don’t go over your limit, how to store large files such as photos and music. You will learn how to maximise the battery life of your phone and control which apps are running at any one time on your phone. You will also learn about security and how to make sure the data you access via your phone is safe and private especially when syncing. Finally you will look at a variety of popular apps you can use for example to make group video calls.

What will we cover?

We will aim to cover all or most of the following:
• key terminology about how a smartphone works to help identify for example the version of the ‘operating system’ you are using and what is SIM card
• key features of the phone and how to use them - home screen, status bar, notifications and navigation bar
• settings including the initial set up and how to transfer information between phones including contacts and other key data, changing the display, using Wi-Fi and customising various features
• managing apps – how to add and delete them from your phone, where to put them, how to organise them so they are easy to find, how to navigate between different screens, how to pin apps to certain screens, what the difference is between an app and a widget
• data storage – how to control this, how to free up space on your phone, how to make sure you don’t go over your limit, how to store large files such as photos and music.
• maximising battery life and controlling which apps are running at any one time on your phone
• security and how to make sure the data you access via your phone is safe and private especially when syncing
• a variety of popular apps you can use for example to make group video calls.

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

Most or all of the following:
• identify and use key terminology about how a smartphone works
• identify the version of the ‘operating system’ you are using and what SIM card is
• identify and use key features of the phone - home screen, status bar, notifications and navigation bar
• change key settings including during initial set up, transfer information between phones including contacts and other key data, change the display, use Wi-Fi and customise your phone
• manage apps – including adding and deleting them from your phone, know where to put them, how to organise them so they are easy to find, navigate between different screens, pin apps to certain screens, and identify the difference is between an app and a widget
• control data storage so you can free up space on your phone, make sure you don’t go over your limit, store large files such as photos and music.
• maximise the phone’s battery use life and control which apps are running at any one time on your phone
• make your phone secure including all the data you access via your phone especially when syncing
• back up your files
• use a variety of popular apps for example to make group video calls.

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

This is a course for those who wish to improve their general digital literacy and in particular those looking to become more confident on their smartphone – a computer in your pocket!

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

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks and functions, with guidance from the tutor. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can achieve challenging aims in an enjoyable and productive way. You will have lots of opportunities to practise as well as understand what you are doing and why. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and interact in a way that is best for them, including working in pairs and groups, as well as on your own. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

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

You will need to have your own smartphone. There are no additional costs.

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

This course is part of our general digital skills programme. We recommend our Becoming Confident series to gain a good foundation in digital skills. This programme includes:
• Getting started: becoming confident on your computer and online (complete beginner)
• Getting started: learning about your smartphone (complete beginner)
• Getting started: becoming confident on Instagram and TikTok (complete beginners)
• Getting started: becoming confident on Facebook and Twitter (complete beginners
• Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
• Becoming confident in file management and Windows 10 on your PC (beginners)
• Becoming confident in file management and Windows 11 on your PC (beginners)
• Making sense of Windows 11
• Becoming confident on the cloud: OneDrive and Google drive - a new way of sharing and managing your files (foundation)
• Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone
• Becoming confident and secure with mobile data: safely managing and syncing your files and accounts across your computer, smartphone and tablet (foundation)
• Becoming confident in digital skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (beginner)
• Becoming confident on PowerPoint 365 (beginner)
• Becoming confident on Outlook 365 (beginner)
• Becoming confident on Word 365 (beginner)
• Learning to use your iPhone
• Becoming a confident online citizen: developing your problem-solving and research skills for inside and outside work (foundation)
• Becoming a confident online citizen: staying safe and protecting your data on your PC and smartphone (foundation)
• Becoming a confident online citizen: from bills, banking, and shopping to government services, job applications and streaming (foundation)

You can also do classes in the maths and English areas.
For more information, talk with your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 4582 0423.

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