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Courses

We offer a range of free training modules to help New Zealanders use computers and the internet. Each covers a single topic. Digital Steps are designed for new computer users, take around 2 hours each and are usually delivered in public libraries.

Digital Steps

Computer Basics

2 hrs

Free

Designed for the new user, this class takes you through the basics of a computer and creates a solid foundation for continued digital literacy learning.

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Word 1

2 hours

Free

An introduction to Microsoft Word. You will learn about basic formatting and how to use Word to create documents.

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Intro to Spreadsheets

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create a simple spreadsheet

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Email 1 (Setting up an email account)

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to set up an Email account. This class is intended for people who don't already have an email account. If you have a cell phone please bring this to the class in order to receive a text verification code to set up your email account

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Email 2 (Using Email)

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use your email account.

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Employment 1 (Preparation)

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use digital tools to help you prepare for employment.

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Employment 2 (Finding a Job online)

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to search for jobs online

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Google and the Internet

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use Google for finding information on the Internet

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Internet Security and Safety

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to keep yourself and your family safe on the Internet. An essential class for all Internet users.

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Facebook

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to create and use a Facebook account.

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Skype

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use Skype and its base functions.

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YouTube

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use YouTube and access online video content

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Home Finances

2 hours

Free

You will learn about the concepts of banking online and use Microsoft Excel for creating a household budget

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Intro to Slideshows

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to use PowerPoint to create personalised slideshows.

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TradeMe

2 hours

Free

You will learn how to buy and sell goods using TradeMe

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Intro to Publisher

2 hours

Free

This course provides an introduction to digital design using Microsoft Publisher

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Digital Photos

2 hours

Free

This course will help you manage and share your photos from your camera and/or Smartphone

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Intro to Tablets

2 hours

Free

This course provides an introduction to Tablets

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Intro to Chromebooks

2 hours

Free

How to use a Chromebook and its online capabilities

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RealMe & MyMSD

2 hours

Free

Setting up a RealMe identity and MyMSD account. Learn the basics of using these platforms to better engage with government online services.

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Pinterest

2 hours

Free

Pinterest is an online network that allows people to visually share and discover new interests by posting images or videos to their own or others' boards, and browsing what other users have pinned. Find any topic in the world and share with like-minded people.

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Classroom e-Learning

2 hours

Free

You will learn what e-Learning is and how you can participate in some popular educational websites:

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Online newspapers

2 hours

Free

Learn how to access New Zealand, International and historic New Zealand newspapers online

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Photo Editing Basics

2 hours

Free

Learn how to crop, edit and colour your digital photos. In this class we will be using PIXLR Editor (free online picture editing software) to edit and fix digital photos. Most of the skills learnt in this class can be used with other photo editing software such as Paint or Photoshop

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Google Drive

2 hours

Free

Google Drive is a file storage service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with others.

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Ancestry - Library Edition

2 hours

Free

You will learn tips for effective searching on Ancestry.com, including records that are available in the UK and New Zealand.

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JUMP

Free

Skinny Jump is for homes that currently don’t have a broadband connection because cost is a barrier. Jump is specifically targeted at supporting those most at risk of digital exclusion, who have been identified in the Government's Digital Inclusion Blueprint.

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Photo Books - Vistaprint

2 hours

Free

Understand how to use the Vistaprint website, learn to upload photos from your computer, create and customise a Photobook reading for printing. Participants are allowed to bring a USB stick with stored photos to use during the lesson.

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Intro to Social Media

2 hours

Free

You will learn what social networking is and how you can participate in some popular social media sites including:

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Photo Books - Snapfish

2 hours

Free

Understand how to use the Snapfish website, learn to upload photos from your computer, create and customise a Photobook reading for printing. Participants are allowed to bring a USB stick with stored photos to use during the lesson.

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Apps

2 hours

Free

Understand what apps are, how to download and navigate them, and find apps that will be of most use to your every day life. Your Playstore or Apple ID password will be needed. Please bring this to the session - memorised or otherwise.

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Digital Banking

2 hours

Free

The purpose of this workshop is to provide knowledge and confidence to people moving into online banking. No personal financial information is required to participate.

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Instagram

2 hrs

Free

Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed.

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Office 365 Online

2 hrs

Free

Get started with Office Online in Office 365. Learn how Office Online makes it easier for you to work in the cloud because Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and PDF documents open in your web browser. You can access your documents whenever you have an Internet connection, from almost any device.

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Google Drive & Apps

2 hours

Free

GOOGLE DRIVE Google Drive is a file storage service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with others. APPS Understand what apps are, how to download and navigate them, and find apps that will be of most use to your every day life. Your Playstore or Apple ID password will be needed. Please bring this to the session - memorised or otherwise.

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Intro to 3D Printers

1 hour

Free

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people to 3D printers

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Smartphones (DS-34)

2 hours

Free

Introduction to using Smartphones

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Intro into Chromebooks (DS-22)

2 Hours

Free

Learn the basics of using Chromebooks

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JUMP

JUMP

Free

Skinny Jump is for homes that currently don’t have a broadband connection because cost is a barrier. Jump is specifically targeted at supporting those most at risk of digital exclusion, who have been identified in the Government's Digital Inclusion Blueprint.

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