Course 5: Know and use your Windows tablet device

The sessions in this course are specifically designed to help you familiarise yourself with your Windows tablet device. The beginner level sessions focus on the physical tablet, connecting to the internet and personalising your device. The intermediate level explores the world of apps, the internet and more advanced personalisation. The advanced level will make you truly comfortable with your device, and finally prepare you to take it to school for teaching.

How do I choose the right course for me?

Some of the sessions require that you have particular skills so that you can benefit completely from the session. The table below will quickly help you decide what your skills are. Each session indicates what level of ICT skills on a device is required to successfully complete it.

Novice ICT skills level

  • I have never used a tablet before.
  • I cannot send or receive email on a tablet.

Basic ICT skills level

  • I have used a tablet before, but need assistance in most tasks.
  • I am able to send and receive an email on a tablet.

Standard ICT skills level

  • I regularly use a tablet, but mostly for apps I already know.
  • I am able to send and receive an email on a tablet.
  • I am able to upload and download files and apps on a tablet.

Advanced ICT skills level

  • I regularly use a tablet and experiment with various apps.
  • I regularly use the email app on my tablet.
  • I am able to upload and download files and apps on a tablet and on an online storage site.
  • I understand and can use advanced settings.

BEGINNER LEVEL

Session 1:
All about my Windows tablet device

Session 2:
Making contact with the world with my Windows tablet device

Session 3:
My Windows tablet device is mine!

Learn about the different types of tablets in this session that focuses on the physical qualities of the Windows tablet device.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Tablet types (operating systems; screen size; memory; RAM; speed; brands and quality)
  2. Physical device (buttons; camera; audio player; pens)
  3. Taking care of your device
  4. The home screen, icons, pages and the app drawer: getting around (navigation, menus, pinch and zoom, screenshots, launching apps e.g. the camera and audio player apps)
  5. Tablet orientation
  6. Connectivity (WiFi; 3G; Bluetooth)
  7. Data usage (what uses the most data; how to check usage; how to limit usage)
  8. Battery life (what uses the most battery power; how to check usage; how to limit usage)
ICT skills level: Novice
Cost: R125

Learn about using email on your Windows tablet device in this session that focuses on setting up and using an email account.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Setting up an account and an email address (Outlook)
  2. Writing, reading and sending an email
  3. Opening an email attachment (security; choosing the right app)
  4. Sending an email attachment (size; choosing the best file format)
  5. Creating an email contact
  6. Sharing an email contact
  7. Tablet device security (signing in and out, lock screen, “Find my Device tablet”, sharing personal or credit card details)
ICT skills level: Novice
Cost: R125

Learn about personalising your Windows tablet device in this session that focuses on using your tablet meaningfully.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Personalising the tablet device (wall papers, settings)
  2. Organising the tablet device (home screen pages, folders)
  3. Letting others use your tablet device (multiple user login, keeping data private)
  4. A very brief introduction to social media (what it is, options, security, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube)
ICT skills level: Basic
Cost: R125

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Session 1:
There's a Windows app for that

Session 2:
Finding it on the internet with Bing and Microsoft Edge

Session 3:
Making the Windows tablet device work for you – files

Learn all about apps in this session that explores what apps are, how to use them, and where to find them.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. What is an app?
  2. App stores (with a focus on the Windows Store)
  3. Downloading, installing and deleting apps
  4. Apps and widgets
  5. Reading on a tablet device
  6. Selection of an app useful for teaching and learning
ICT skills level: Basic
Cost: R125

Learn about effectively using the internet on your Windows tablet device in this insightful session on browsing the web.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Features and functions of a browser (including the URL, tabs, windows)
  2. Effective internet searches
  3. Downloading content from the internet
  4. Microsoft Edge (Favourites, Reading list, History, Find on page, Make a web note)
  5. Bing in the classroom
  6. Bing has answers
ICT skills level: Basic
Cost: R125

Learn about different files on your Windows tablet device in this introductory session documents, spreadsheets and slide shows.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Choosing the right app (strengths and weaknesses of Google Docs; WPS Office; MS Office)
  2. Word-based documents (creation; editing; saving)
  3. Spreadsheets (creation; editing; saving)
  4. Slide shows (creation; editing; saving)
  5. Document creation (choice of office suite, e.g. Google Docs, WPS Office, MS Office)
ICT skills level: Basic
Cost: R125

ADVANCED LEVEL

Session 1:
Making the Windows tablet device work for you – calendars and data management

Session 2:
Making the Windows tablet device work for you – eBooks and eReaders

Session 3:
Taking the Windows tablet to school

Learn how to successfully use the calendar and contact apps, and how to manage your data on your device.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Calendar, using reminders
  2. Advanced features of the People app
  3. Backing up
  4. Storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive)
  5. Filing effectively (keeping personal data from school data)
ICT skills level: Standard
Cost: R125

Learn how to effectively read on your tablet device in this session on eBook, eReaders, Open Source content and Creative Commons.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. eBooks types – PDF, ePub, HTML
  2. eReaders on tablet devices (options, functionalities, copyright protection)
  3. Definition and sources of Open Source content
  4. Definition of Creative Commons content
ICT skills level: Standard
Cost: R125

Learn about how to use your tablet for educational purposes in this session on how to use your tablet device at school.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. Learning with a tablet (learning options using a tablet – as an eReader, a research device and as an additional resource generator (for example, YouTube and Facebook))
  2. Recording and record keeping by using email folders
  3. Internet safety and security
ICT skills level: Standard
Cost: R125