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.

ENTRY LEVEL – NOVICE

  • I have never used a tablet before and don’t know how a tablet works.
  • I cannot send or receive emails on a tablet.
  • I cannot upload or download files (e.g. a PDF or images) on a tablet.
  • I cannot download an app from the relevant online app store (e.g. Google Play Store).
  • I have never used a tablet for teaching and learning.

ENTRY LEVEL – BASIC

  • I have used a tablet before, but need assistance in most tasks.
  • I am able to send and receive an email on a tablet.
  • I cannot upload and download files (e.g. a PDF or images) on a tablet.
  • I cannot download an app from the relevant online app store (e.g. Google Play Store).
  • I don’t use a tablet for teaching and learning.

ENTRY LEVEL – STANDARD

  • I use my tablet for teaching and learning.
  • I show YouTube videos on a tablet as part of my lessons.
  • I use tablets in class mainly for drill-and-practice exercises.
  • I use eBooks on my tablet, while the learners use print books.
  • I decide when and how we use technology in class.

ADOPTION LEVEL

  • I use my tablet for teaching and learning, and also for management and administration.
  • I embrace the use of tablets for teaching and learning.
  • I use blended learning techniques, such as eBooks, but I also use print books and paper.
  • My learners and I use eBooks on our tablets in class and watch videos on our tablets related to the topics we learn about.
  • I always use tablets for specific tasks, but not all the time.
  • My learners have their own tablets OR our school has a shared set of tablets, that I use as often as I can.
  • Although I decide how and when we use technology in class, I am gradually guiding my learners towards independent use of tablets.

ADAPTATION LEVEL

  • I am used to technology and I use my tablet for teaching and learning, and also for management and administration.
  • I have a cloud-based system such as Google Drive, or a learning management system, that is linked to my tablet when I teach.
  • My learners and I use tablets in class and I push content to them using our learning management system.
  • My learners use tablets in class, and this helps them develop future-oriented skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking.
  • My learners come up with new ways of using tablets in their group work and individual learning.
  • My learners are growing closer to the time when they’ll be able to use their tablets independently.

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)
Skill level: Entry 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)
Skill level: Entry 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)
Skill level: Entry Level – Novice
Cost: R125

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Session 1:
There's a Windows app for that

Session 2:
Finding it on the internet

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
Skill level: Entry 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
Skill level: Entry 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)
Skill level: Entry 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 device 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)
Skill level: Entry 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
Skill level: Entry 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
Skill level: Entry Level – Standard
Cost: R125