Learning to use your smartphone (Android)

Course Dates: 23/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Does your smartphone confuse you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? This short course will help you understand your Android smartphone, troubleshoot problems and use some of the most popular apps.
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00

Course Code: CMB06

Wed, day, 23 Jun - 23 Jun '21

Duration: 1 session

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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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 wifi 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 cano 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 bring your own smartphone. Please also 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 general digital skills programme. We recommend our Complete Course for Beginners seriesto gain a good foundation in digital skills. This programme includes:
a) Becoming confident on your computer
b) Becoming confident on the Internet: setting up, searching, security, safety
c) Becoming confident with emails and internet communication
c) Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
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
f) Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating

An excellent follow-on course from these Beginner courses is 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) 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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