Connections course descriptions

Introduction to Computers with Windows 10

*New version includes Windows 10

NOTE: This new version includes only Windows 10 and replaces word processing with Internet safety (phishing/ID theft). When you need a comprehensive course that starts with the basics – start here. This course is a ground-level introduction for the student who needs to learn what a tower and mouse is, how to properly turn a computer on and off, how to use windows in Windows, an introduction to the Internet and email, and includes Internet safety. For a shorter version of this course see Meet the Computer.

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Introduction to Computers with Windows 10 eliminates references and screenshots for Windows 7. An addendum for Windows 7 is available. Microsoft ended main support for Windows 7 in 2015 and will end extended support soon. Students should learn Windows 10 to future-proof their instruction. This version also replaces Microsoft Word with a section on staying safe online with a focus on recognizing and avoiding phishing and identity theft attempts.

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Introduction to Computers
Ready to take that first step and learn about computers? This course will introduce the new user to computers, beginning with the components that make up a computer system and how to use a mouse and keyboard. This course also covers basic Windows 10 skills including starting apps, the Start menu, and working with the desktop and windows.

Versions

Introduction to Computers with Windows 10
Current version: March 25, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 139

Class Resources

Practice Files

Download zip file Introduction to Computers Practice Files

Meet the Computer

This shorter introductory course is perfect for introducing the new user to basic computer systems and Windows. This manual is taken from the first 3 chapters from Introduction to Computers.

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When you want the basics in a shorter format, download this shorter course that contains an introduction to hardware and and the Windows 7 and Windows 10 desktop environment (taken from Introduction to Computers course: “Meet your computer” and “Working with Windows 7 and 10”.)

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Meet the Computer
Ready to take that first step and learn about computers? This course will introduce the new user to computers, beginning with the components that make up a computer system and how to use a mouse and keyboard. This course also covers basic Windows 10 skills including starting apps, the Start menu, and working with the desktop and windows.

Versions

Current version: March 29, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 74

Windows

Windows has undergone significant changes and everyone needs a guide to learn the ins and outs of the new operating system. Microsoft issues major updates every six months, and some security updates more often.

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This course will show your students how to easily and quickly use the Start screen, download apps, customize their computer, add accounts, and enjoy all the latest features in no time. Note that Microsoft feature support for Windows 7 ended in 2015, and that extended support, including security updates, ends January 2019. Oasis is not updating Windows 7 material.

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Windows 10
This course covers the basics of setting up Windows 10 securely and getting the most out of the most common features. This Windows 10 class assumes the student has some experience of a previous version of Windows.

Windows 8.1
Want to know how to get around in Windows 8.1 like a pro? This class is for you. This class will show how to get around with a few simple gestures and keyboard shortcuts. You’ll learn how to customize the look, find and download apps, and use OneDrive. Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 are due to be replaced in the summer of 2015. This class will show you the concepts that will remain in Windows 10, putting you ahead of the curve!

Versions

Windows 10
Current version: May 31, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 57 pages

Windows 8.1
Current version: v2.1
Published: March 2015
Translations: English / Spanish
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 46 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about Windows 10

Windows Performance and Maintenance

We all know how Windows computers slow down over time. This can be caused by programs that add themselves to the boot process, temporary files, and disk fragmentation. Microsoft provides a number of tools to help, including settings for updates that are important for security and safety. This course is designed for students who want to understand a little more about the operating system and the tools that are provided to optimize performance and security. File cleanup, defragmenting, auto-updating, setting restore points, and general maintenance are all covered in this class.

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Choose the book for your local operating system (Windows 7/8.1 or Windows 10.)

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Windows 10
Does your computer seem slower than when it was new? Does it take longer to start up? Do you have questions about backing up your system and how Windows 10 installs updates? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this class can help answer your questions and set you on the path to understanding how to clean up unnecessary files, optimize your hard drive,  and maintain your computer for peak performance. This class is specifically for Windows 10.

Versions

Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance
Current version: February, 2019
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 19

Archived Introduction to Computers with Windows 7/10

Versions

Version: v2.61
Published: August, 2016
Translations: English, (Korean V2.3, April, 2014 and Spanish V2.61 August, 2016)
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 124 pages


Archived Meet the Computer


Archived Windows Performance and Maintenance

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Windows 7/8.1
Does your computer seem slower than when it was new? Does it take longer to start up? Are you confused by the updates that are always showing up? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this class can help answer your questions and set you on the path to understanding how to clean up unnecessary files, optimize your hard drive, set up your system for the proper updates, and other skills to return your computer to peak performance.

Versions

Windows 7/8.1
Version: 1.0
Published: Feb 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 17


Blogging with WordPress

Blogging is the new way to express yourself, share stories, and show off those beautiful pictures you took! This course will introduce your class to the WordPress platform – home to more than 74 million sites! Students will create a free basic account and learn about posting, sticky posts, themes – even copyright issues. It’s a fun course that can be used to get started blogging for personal or professional purposes. Students will need a valid email address.

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Blogging with WordPress
Toss out that diary and blog online! Blogs are the new platform for self expression, family vacation diaries, musings, and businesses that want to connect with customers and grow. The new Gone Blogging course is completely new and based on the WordPress.com platform.

Versions

Current version: 1.0
Published: March 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 3
Number of pages: 39

Class Resources

Download PDF Blogging with WordPress v1.0 revised March 2015

Google Photos: Your Guide to Storing, Editing, and Sharing with Google Photos

Google has some of the world’s most popular applications for desktop and mobile use. This course focuses on the Photos app, which features unlimited free storage, editing functions, and an assistant that creates fun GIFs out of your photos.

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Google is no longer supporting Picasa. Most of the features that were in Picasa are now in Photos, but Photos is fully optimized for today’s mobile device users. Note that Picasa can no longer be considered “safe” without support to fix bugs and potential hacks.

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Google Photos
Google Photos offers free, unlimited backup of your mobile phone’s pictures! It’s automatic and comes with a host of features too. Google Photos’ Assistant will even create collages, animations, and albums you will enjoy. And that’s only the beginning. This class is a great introduction to these features and will teach you how to install and use the app on your mobile device as well as on your desktop or laptop.

Versions

Current version: February 5, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1-2
Number of pages: 28

Class Resources

Download PDF Google Photos English

Download PDF Google Photos Spanish

Buying and Selling on eBay

Buying and selling on eBay can be addictive. It’s a virtual treasure trove for collectors and hobbyists. It is the business platform of choice for millions of entrepreneurs who use eBay to free themselves from the hassle of creating and maintaining their own Internet site. From that retro Coca Cola bottle set to a mansion on its very own island, eBay has it all.

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This class covers both creating both personal and business accounts although for class purposes a personal account might be preferable unless the student has a clear need for a business account. Add some spice to the class by searching for super-expensive estates on private islands (yes there was one), private jets and James Bond level sports cars!

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Buying and Selling on eBay
Buying and selling items online is a fun and easy way to shop and sell. eBay is the largest and most active auction site on the Internet featuring everything from books to cars. This class will help you navigate your way through the ins and outs of eBay, whether you want to buy, sell or simply browse.

Versions

Current version: v1.0
Published: February 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 22 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about eBay

Buying and Selling on eBay PDF Manuals

Download PDF Buying and Selling on eBay

Me, My Family and I: An Introduction to Genealogy

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Me, My Family and I: An Introduction to Genealogy
Genealogy can be fun and rewarding. But there’s so much information on the Internet that you may be asking, “Where do I begin?” and “What will work for me?” This course is designed as an introduction to online genealogy to help you learn vocabulary, get organized and begin to sort through all the possibilities. You will go on to do your own research and make your own discoveries.

Versions

Current version:
Published: July 2011
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 1
Number of pages: 17

Class Resources

Download PDF Introduction to Genealogy revised July 2011

Smartphone Photography

What is your go-to camera? Most likely it is the convenient and versatile smartphone in your pocket. Many of today’s smartphones have features you won’t find even on very expensive cameras and camcorders. This class is all about learning what these wonderful creative features are and how to use them.
Please promote and teach the new Smartphone Photography course instead of the earlier Digital Photography course.

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Smartphone Photography
Chances are you use your smartphone for pictures and videos. Smartphone cameras are not only convenient, they have features not found anywhere else. If you want to know more about slo-mo, panoramic, time-lapse, even augmented reality, this class is for you. Bump your smartphone skills up a notch and learn how to use the full complement of camera features for fun and creative photography and videography.

Versions

Published: April 2018
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 3 sessions
Number of pages: 39

Class Resources

Download PDF Smartphone Photography published April 2018

Wellness on the Web

The web is a great place to learn about maintaining your health and managing illness. Apps connected to mobile devices can really help track progress toward goals and motivate activity. This course will help you introduce a wide range of possibilities to your audience and steer them away from less credible sites as well.

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This course is an introduction to the types of web-based resources there are to discover health information and use that information to improve ones health. Sample websites from government, nonprofit, educational and research facilities, and blogs are introduced, as are alternative and healthy eating sites. The course includes several mobile apps that the student can use to track fitness activities and food reference, and YouTube where one can find lots of videos to work out with.

Flesch Reading Ease 53.8/ FK grade 9.5

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Wellness on the Web
The web is a phenomenal resource for health information. This course will introduce you to the types of websites you can use to learn about health issues, blogs that you can follow to learn what’s new, online resources you can work out with, and mobile apps that can help you in your journey toward a healthier tomorrow.

Versions

Current version: v2.1
Published: September 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 1-2 sessions
Number of pages: 27 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about health

Wellness on the Web PDF Manuals

Download PDF Wellness on the Web v2.1 revised February 2018

Beginners Guide to the Cloud

This module is extracted from the longer course Introduction to the Internet.

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Beginners Guide to the Cloud
Increasingly we are relying on services in “the cloud” for our entertainment, file storage, and backup. This module will introduce the cloud and some of the popular services for file storage and backup, entertainment, and Productivity. Services covered include Dropbox, Pandora, Evernote, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.

Versions

Current version: 1.1
Published: October, 2018
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 1
Number of pages: 18

Class Resources

Download PDF Beginners Guide to the Cloud revised October, 2018

Exploring Google

Google has some of the world’s most popular applications for desktop and mobile use. This course focuses on 3 of the most popular: maps, calendar, and Google Drive.

Instructor Instructor information

Students will need a Google account. Google changes the process used to create accounts from time to time. Currently, if you use the CAPTCHA there doesn’t seem to be a requirement for a verification number. However, Google may limit the number of accounts that you can create from a single IP address, so we recommend that when possible students create an account prior to coming or that instructors have dummy accounts that they can use for instructional purposes. All email providers are similar and change their requirements at will.

Note that Gmail is covered in Introduction to Email.

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Exploring Google
Come explore some of the most helpful apps that Google offers. This course will introduce you to storing and backing up your files in Google Drive, finding your way around and viewing the world in a new way with Google Maps, and keeping your personal and professional life scheduled in Google Calendar. These apps are all free to use and are available for both desktop and mobile devices. This class will introduce you to the desktop versions of each app.

Versions

Current version: February, 2019
Translations: English and Spanish
Recommended course length: 3 sessions
Number of pages: 48 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about Google

Exploring Google PDF Manuals

Download PDF Exploring Google
Download PDF Exploring Google Spanish

Exploring the Internet

Exploring the Internet takes two of the most fun and important chapters from Introduction to the Internet for partners looking for a shorter Internet class.

Instructor Instructor information

We suggest having a simple Wi-Fi password and posting it prominently to reduce time and errors for students logging on.

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Exploring the Internet
The Internet is a vast resource that can educate, inform, and entertain you. And it can be a pretty good place to shop too! This course is geared to the new Internet user, and begins with an overview of websites and browsers and online safety. Then it’s off to discover some of the best the Internet has to offer including sites for lifelong learning, entertainment sources for streaming music and movies, the best of shopping, and more. Appropriate for desktop, tablet, and smartphone users.

Versions

Exploring the Internet
Current version: March, 2019
Translations: English and Spanish
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 41 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about Using the Internet

Download PDF Manuals

Download PDF Exploring the Internet English
Download PDF Exploring the Internet Spanish

Going Wireless: How to Use Wi-Fi

TVs, streaming media devices, even refrigerators can be connected to the Internet. And our mobile population wants to connect on the road. This course helps students understand and set up Wi-Fi while staying safe.

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Set your lab Wi-Fi up with an easy public password and post it prominently for class use.

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Going Wireless: How to Use Wi-Fi
Want Internet access on the go? Wi-Fi is the wireless Internet connection available at many coffee shops, libraries and airports. You can also set up a Wi-Fi system at home. In this course, you will learn all about Wi-Fi, where and how to get it and important safety precautions you need to know. (If you have a laptop computer or cell phone with Wi-Fi Internet access, you can bring it to class. However, this is not required.)

Versions

Published: February, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 sessions
Number of pages: 17 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts tagged Wi-Fi

Download PDF Manuals

Download PDF Going Wireless: How to use Wi-Fi
Download PDF Going Wireless: How to use Wi-Fi Spanish

Introduction to Email

Practically everyone needs an email account these days, and this course is an introduction to all the things you need to know about creating and using one. Based on the Gmail system, the skill set is transferable to any email provider.

Instructor Instructor information

Google changes the process used to create accounts from time to time. Currently, if you use the CAPTCHA there doesn’t seem to be a requirement for a verification number. However, Google may limit the number of accounts that you can create from a single IP address, so we recommend that when possible students create an account prior to coming or that instructors have dummy accounts that they can use for instructional purposes. All email providers are similar and change their requirements at will.

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Introduction to Email
Want to know more about email? This course will teach you how to create an account, send and receive messages, attach pictures, avoid spam, create and organize folders, use email safely and lots more. The course is based on Gmail, but the concepts are the same no matter what provider you use.

Versions

Current version: February 5, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 3 sessions
Number of pages: 43

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about email

Downloads

Photos
Introduction to Email practice photos

PDF Manuals
Download PDF Introduction to Email PDF
Download PDF Introduction to Email Spanish PDF

Introduction to the Internet

This course teaches students how to learn, find entertainment, and socialize on the Internet – and do so safely. This is a comprehensive course with material for 6 sessions. If you need a quicker shorter course then check out Exploring the Internet, which takes the two most important chapters (“Beginning Internet Skills” and “Shopping & “Entertainment, & Learning Online”) from this manual. The chapter Beginner’s Guide to the Cloud is also available as a module from this text.

Instructor Instructor information

We suggest having a simple Wi-Fi password and posting it prominently to reduce time and errors for students logging on.

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Introduction to the Internet
The Internet is a treasure trove of information. Introduction to the Internet covers all the basics of why you want to be there. You’ll learn how to use a browser to safely surf the web. You’ll learn to techniques to help you recognize and avoid phishing schemes and frauds. You’ll also learn about the fun aspects of the Internet, including popular sites for video and music, sites that will entertain and challenge you, and opportunities for continued learning and mental growth. You’ll also be introduced to the most popular social media sites that are all the rage. Use a smart phone or tablet? You’ll also learn how many popular apps cross over from device to device.

Versions

Introduction to the Internet
Current version:  March 12, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish (Korean 2015)
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 135 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about Using the Internet

PDF Manuals

Download PDF Introduction to the Internet English

Download PDF Introduction to the Internet Spanish

Download PDF Introduction to the Internet Korean revised March 2015

Skype

Skype is an amazing tool for Internet calling and especially video calling. Microsoft bought Skype and is integrating it into nearly all of its products. A wonderful new feature is on the horizon – soon Skype will be able to translate in real-time between callers that do not speak the same language.

Microsoft has made many features that used to be available only to premium customers free. Desktop users (only) can share screens, files, and use the chat feature for instant messages during calls. Calls to more than one person are also free, but very dependent on Internet bandwidth. Changes are frequent, check the blog for posts on the latest updates.

Instructor Instructor information

We’ve had reports that the Skype app won’t show up when searching the App Store by name. If you run into this, go to skype.com on the student’s device and follow the links to the download page.

Skype is owned by Microsoft, and users will need to create a Microsoft account. This has been very problematic in the past because of Microsoft’s limitation on the number of accounts that can be created in a 24-hour period from any single location (IP address.) If possible, have students create an account before class, and remind them to bring their log-in information. If Skype is being taught from lab computers, check for the latest version updates prior to class. Skype has been changing rapidly.

Also, for those teaching from Windows 8 computers, I would suggest teaching the desktop version and leaving the Metro version alone. The Metro (tiled) version lacks several of the desktop capabilities, and will be changing regularly until the next version of Windows (Windows 10) is released in 2015.

Skype takes a lot of bandwidth. Users will need to log on to your lab’s Wi-Fi if bringing personal devices. Check ahead of time to make sure that adequate web speed can be attained for the expected number of students, or plan to use 2 devices as demonstration and practice devices.
Note: Download and install Skype, run and install updates, and test online with cameras and microphones before class.

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Skype
Skype is the world’s most popular video calling app. This course will cover the types of devices you can use, how to set up an account and add contacts, and how to use Skype to talk with anyone in the world who also has Skype, for free.

Versions

Current version: v2.0
Published: November 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 18 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about Skype

PDF Manuals

Download PDF Skype revised November 2014

Cybercrime Fighters: Password Managers

There are more online threats than ever before. Ransomware, fake tech scams, large-scale database thefts and more all pose security risks to anyone who uses the internet. In this series of courses, learners will learn how to recognize and avoid scams, create and manage strong passwords, and how important it is to install anti-virus protection and security updates.

Oasis Connections has been teaching people online safety and privacy since 2004. The Cybercrime Fighters series can also include Safety and Privacy Online, Going Wireless: How to Use Wi-Fi and Introduction to Email. Introduction to Email features use of an encrypted email program–Gmail.

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Your students are targets for scammers, hackers and con artists world wide. You can use these manuals to teach them how to look for and avoid some of the most common threats.

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Cybercrime Fighters: Password Managers
Frustrated with all the long incomprehensible passwords that you need to stay safe online? Are you using the same password everywhere, or using passwords that are not secure because it’s so hard to keep track of them? This class will show you how to really ramp up your online safety easily by using a password manager app. You’ll learn what popular apps to look for, and how to install and use one of the most popular apps on your desktop and mobile device.

Versions

Current version: February, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 27 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read more about cybercrime on our Connections blog.

Brochures

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Cybercrime Fighters: Password Managers PDF Manuals

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Download PDF Cybercrime Fighters: Password Managers Spanish

Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft

There are more online threats than ever before. Ransomware, fake tech scams, large-scale database thefts and more all pose security risks to anyone who uses the internet. In this series of courses, learners will learn how to recognize and avoid scams, create and manage strong passwords, and how important it is to install anti-virus protection and security updates.
Oasis Connections has been teaching people online safety and privacy since 2004. The Cybercrime Fighters series can also include Safety and Privacy Online, Going Wireless: How to Use Wi-Fi and Introduction to Email. Introduction to Email features use of an encrypted email program–Gmail.

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Your students are targets for scammers, hackers and con artists world wide. You can use these manuals to teach them how to look for and avoid some of the most common threats.

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Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft
If you have email, use social media, or even text on your mobile device, you are a target for phishing. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into divulging personal confidential information a cybercriminal can use to steal money or even your identity. This course will teach you to recognize the hallmark signs of phishing and how to stay safer online.

Versions

Current version: January 28, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 18

Class Resources

Blog

Read more about cybercrime on our Connections blog.

Brochures

Download our Tech-Wise brochure

Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft PDF Manuals

Download PDF Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft

Download PDF Cybercrime Fighters: Phishing and Identity Theft Spanish

Cybercrime Fighters: What’s the Best Browser for Me?

There are more online threats than ever before. Ransomware, fake tech scams, large-scale database thefts and more all pose security risks to anyone who uses the internet. In this series of courses, learners will learn how to recognize and avoid scams, create and manage strong passwords, and how important it is to install anti-virus protection and security updates.

Oasis Connections has been teaching people online safety and privacy since 2004. The Cybercrime Fighters series can also include Safety and Privacy Online, Going Wireless: How to Use Wi-Fi and Introduction to Email. Introduction to Email features use of an encrypted email program–Gmail.

Instructor Instructor information

Your students are targets for scammers, hackers and con artists world wide. You can use these manuals to teach them how to look for and avoid some of the most common threats.

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Cybercrime Fighters: Password Managers
Frustrated with all the long incomprehensible passwords that you need to stay safe online? Are you using the same password everywhere, or using passwords that are not secure because it’s so hard to keep track of them? This class will show you how to really ramp up your online safety easily by using a password manager app. You’ll learn what popular apps to look for, and how to install and use one of the most popular apps on your desktop and mobile device.

Versions

Current version: March, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 33 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read more about cybercrime on our Connections blog.

Brochures

Download our Tech-Wise brochure.

Cybercrime Fighters: What’s the Best Browser for Me? PDF Manuals

Download PDF Cybercrime Fighters: What’s the Best Browser for Me?

Download PDF Cybercrime Fighters: What’s the Best Browser for Me? Spanish

Safety First: Privacy and Safety Online

Safety Online is one of our most popular and important classes. The Internet and all of technology is an unfamiliar world for many seniors and new users, but even savvy users can use a refresher now and then. This course will help you help your students learn to recognize danger signals and avoid phishing attempts and Internet scams.

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This course begins with a discussion of antivirus software and firewalls, then how to read URLs and recognize secured (https) websites. Other topics include phishing, ID theft schemes, and email scams, a primer on effective passwords and how to use them, and scams that specifically target job seekers.

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Safety First: Privacy and Security Online
The Internet is a daily part of our family, social, and business lives. The Internet is also where scammers and identity thieves lurk. Protect yourself by learning to recognize phishing and fraud attempts in this class designed for Internet users of all ages. You’ll learn how to create and use effective passwords, develop and practice good security habits, and reduce your exposure to threats. The class also covers virus protection, firewalls, top scams, credit monitoring, job search scams, and much more.

Versions

Version: 2.2
Published: February 2018
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 26 pages

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about online security

Brochures

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Safety First: Privacy & Safety Online PDF Manuals

Download PDF Safety First Privacy & Safety Online v2.2 revised February 2018

Resumes and Cover Letters

Connections offers two courses that can help your students in their job search. The Complete Job Search includes two chapters on resumes which are available as a separate manual Resumes and Cover Letters.

Looking for a job can be a frightening experience, especially for older adults. This course is about preparation and planning, finding your interests and skills, and the computer skills you need to succeed in finding a job in today’s environment. This course will introduce students to the realities of online searches, email communication, social media networking, and cleaning up public social media accounts that might prove embarrassing as a job applicant.

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This course recognizes that some students will be faced with having to make career changes, and uses the O’NET OnLine resources to help determine personal strengths, interests, and traits. There are sample resumes, reference logs, job logs, and other organizational resources that the student may want to print additional copies. This course was co-authored by librarians who work daily with job seekers, and works well in a setting with career counselors and other job help resources.

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The complete Job Search, Resumes and Cover Letters
Successful job searching requires preparation. This course will guide you through an assessment of your personal strengths, and teach you how to complete effective applications, resumes, and cover letters. You will learn to use the Internet to search for jobs and learn effective skills for interviewing and follow-up. Prior to taking this course, you should already have basic Windows, Word, Internet and Email skills.

Versions

Current version: 2.0
Published: Dec 2013
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 3-4 sessions
Number of pages: 52

Class Resources

Documents

Templates, logs, and resume samples.

Resumes and Cover Letters PDF Manuals

Download PDF Resumes and Cover Letters revised December 2013

Download PDF Resumes and Cover Letters Spanish revised December 2013

Resumes and Cover Letters

Connections offers two courses that can help your students in their job search. The Complete Job Search includes two chapters on resumes which are available as a separate manual Resumes and Cover Letters.

Looking for a job can be a frightening experience, especially for older adults. This course is about preparation and planning, finding your interests and skills, and the computer skills you need to succeed in finding a job in today’s environment. This course will introduce students to the realities of online searches, email communication, social media networking, and cleaning up public social media accounts that might prove embarrassing as a job applicant.

Instructor Instructor information

This course recognizes that some students will be faced with having to make career changes, and uses the O’NET OnLine resources to help determine personal strengths, interests, and traits. There are sample resumes, reference logs, job logs, and other organizational resources that the student may want to print additional copies. This course was co-authored by librarians who work daily with job seekers, and works well in a setting with career counselors and other job help resources.

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The complete Job Search, Resumes and Cover Letters
Successful job searching requires preparation. This course will guide you through an assessment of your personal strengths, and teach you how to complete effective applications, resumes, and cover letters. You will learn to use the Internet to search for jobs and learn effective skills for interviewing and follow-up. Prior to taking this course, you should already have basic Windows, Word, Internet and Email skills.

Versions

Current version: 2.0
Published: Dec 2013
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 3-4 sessions
Number of pages: 52

Class Resources

Documents

Templates, logs, and resume samples.

The Complete Job Search PDF Manuals

Download PDF The Complete Job Search revised December 2013

Download PDF The Complete Job Search Spanish revised December 2013

Microsoft Excel courses

This page is for Introduction to Excel, Intermediate Excel, and Excel Online

Our library partners are seeing increased demand for Excel courses from the job-seeking public. Connections offers courses for both the traditional Excel and the new online version that, while lacking the power of traditional Excel, is free and available to anyone via a browser. The online version of Excel is perfect for the user who needs a spreadsheet for personal, club, or other light organizational use. Excel Online is stored in the cloud, making it perfect for those who need to share a spreadsheet with club or work groups so that all can add and edit data.

Instructor Instructor information

We recommend using the Excel 2016 manuals for all classes. Functionally Excel 2010, and 2013 are almost identical, but the newest version will have the most up-to-date information. Class practice files are available for Introduction and Intermediate Excel. There will be a few functions that won’t work on older Office versions, but learning what they are will prepare students for the future updates.

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Introduction to Excel
This course teaches Microsoft Excel basics. Excel is a spreadsheet program that helps you manage mathematical information. It is frequently used in today’s workplace. Once you begin to understand the basics, you will find it is an easy and fun application to use. For example, you can use Excel to budget your personal finances and keep track of your investments. You can also use Excel to follow loan repayments, compare different mortgages, create invoices and more. Prior experience with the computer and an understanding of the Windows operating system is recommended.

Intermediate Excel 2013
This course explores intermediate-level features and tools in Excel that can help you create, process, analyze, and calculate complex business data. Topics include graphics and Smart Art, formatting for presentation and printing, relative cell references, popular formulas, Pivot tables, macros and more. Based on Excel 2013 but valid for users of Excel 2007 and 2010 as well. This class is not for beginners. Introduction to Excel 2013 or equivalent experience is required.

Excel Online
Excel Online is a free, online version of the best known spreadsheet program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of Excel, it is a great app for the casual user. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create and format, print, and share simple documents.

Versions

Introduction to Excel 2016
Current version: 1.0
Published: December 2017
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 85

Introduction to Excel 2013
Version: 1.0
Published: March 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 89

Intermediate Excel 2013
Version: 1.0
Published: June 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 5 sessions
Number of pages: 73

Excel Online
Current version: 1.0
Published: Aug 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 23

Class Resources

Download Files

Introduction to Excel 2016 practice file (Excel workbook)

Introduction to Excel practice files

Download zip file Intermediate Excel exercises workbook

Video Tutorial


Blog

Read blog posts about Microsoft Office

Excel PDF Manuals

Download PDF Introduction to Excel 2016 published December 2017

Download PDF Introduction to Excel 2013 revised March 2015

Download PDF Intermediate Excel 2013 revised June 2015

Download PDF Excel Online revised August 2014

Microsoft PowerPoint courses

PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software in the world. Whether you need a comprehensive course on the standard Office software or a course on the free PowerPoint Online version, we’ve got you covered.

Instructor Instructor information

We recommend using the Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 manual for all classes. Functionally PowerPoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 are almost identical, but the newest version will have the most up-to-date information. There will be a few functions that won’t work on older Office versions, but learning what they are will prepare students for the future updates.

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2016
Microsoft PowerPoint is the most widely used presentation format in the world. This course is a comprehensive overview that will teach you how to create presentations that include video, charts, animations, and more. You’ll learn to save your documents and collaborate in the cloud via OneDrive. Students should already have a working knowledge of Windows and basic computer operations.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online
PowerPoint Online is a free, online version of the best known slide presentation program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of PowerPoint, it is a great app for the casual user. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create, format, and share simple slideshows.

Versions

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
Current version: 1.0
Published: September 2017
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 87

PowerPoint Online
Current version: 1.0
Published: August 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 20

Class Resources

Download Files
Course pictures and resources

Blog
Read blog posts about Microsoft Office

Download PDF Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 published September 2017

Download PDF PowerPoint Online revised August 2014

Microsoft Publisher 2013

Back by popular demand, this course will prepare students to use Microsoft Publisher for newsletters, brochures, manuals, and other simple documents.

Instructor Instructor information

We recommend using the Publisher 2013 manual for all classes. Functionally Publisher 2010 and 2013 are almost identical, but the newest version will have the most up-to-date information.

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Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Publisher helps you easily create and publish newsletters, brochures, flyers and catalogs. In this course you will learn how to create documents from scratch or templates, add and edit text and graphics, use master pages and much more.

Versions

Introduction to Publisher 2013
Current version: 1.0
Published: August 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 5 sessions
Number of pages: 62

Class Resources

PDF Documents
Download PDF Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013 – August 2015

Blog
Read blog posts about Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the industry standard for word processing. Word is now available at no cost as an on-line application for those who don’t need the full power of the Office version. We offer a course for both versions including two levels of Word for students looking to add to their marketable skills.

Instructor Instructor information

The newest Introduction to Word 2016 course covers the latest version of Word that students will encounter. It is recommended for all introduction-level classes.

Note: Tip sheets that describe the basic differences in 2010 and 2013 are included at the back of the Microsoft Word 2010 manual.

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Introduction to Word 2016
This course focuses on the basics of creating Word documents. You’ll learn how to navigate the Word window, add text and pictures with formatting, and the basics of tables, charts and text boxes. This course also covers the basics of preparing a document for publishing as a Word or PDF document, including proofing tools and an introduction to  the powerful Find and Replace tools. You should have some experience with Windows and basic computer skills prior to taking this course.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010/2013
In this course you will learn valuable word processing skills like creating, saving and retrieving documents; inserting and deleting text; formatting text; and using cut, copy and paste. Before you take this course, you should have some experience with the computer and the Windows operating system.

Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010
This course focuses on intermediate word processing skills like formatting longer documents, using clipart, using templates and styles, creating and editing tables and creating mail merges. This is a follow-up to the Connections course Introduction to Microsoft Word. If you haven’t taken that course, you should at least be familiar with the basic features and functions of Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word Online
Word Online is a free, online version of the best known word processing program ever. Even though it lacks the advanced features of Word, it is a great app for the casual user to create letters, resumes, newsletters, and more. In this class you’ll learn the basics of Office Online use, including the use of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution. You’ll learn how to create and format, print, and share simple documents.

Versions

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016
Current version: 1.0
Published: Nov 2017
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 90

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010/2013
Current version: 1.0
Published: Nov 2013
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 86

Microsoft Word Online
Current version: 2.1
Published: December 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 38

Class Resources

Downloads
Introduction to Word 2016 Practice Files

Introduction to Microsoft Word Practice Files

Introduction to Microsoft Word Clip Art

Introduction to Microsoft Word Graphics

Introduction to Microsoft Word Recipe Graphics

Intermediate Microsoft Word Practice Files

Blog
Read blog posts about Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word PDF Manuals

Download PDF Introduction to Word 2016 published November 2017

Download PDF Introduction to Word 2010/2013 revised November 2013

Download PDF Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 revised September 2014

Download PDF Word Online revised December 2015

Excel

Versions

Introduction to Excel 2010
Version: n/a
Published: March 2013
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 94

Download PDF Introduction to Excel 2010 revised March 2013


PowerPoint

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2010/2013
Microsoft PowerPoint is the most widely used presentation format in the world. This course is a comprehensive overview that will teach you how to create presentations that include video, charts, animations, and more. You’ll learn to save your documents and collaborate in the cloud via OneDrive. Students should already have a working knowledge of Windows and basic computer operations.

Versions

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010/2013
Current version: 1.0
Published: August 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 74

Download PDF Introduction to PowerPoint 2010/2013 revised August 2014


Publisher

There are no archived Publisher courses


Word

There are no archived Word courses

Android Essentials

Introductory course to Android phones and tablets.

Instructor Instructor information

Android devices are updated based on schedules dictated by device manufacturers and carriers. Google releases new updates, which can take months to be implemented on devices–if ever. We suggest using the latest manual available even though you may encounter some older devices. The newest manual covers the latest changes in Ok Google, Duo, and Google Now, among other recent changes to the Google and Android ecosystem.

Android Oreo features the Pixel smartphone. Earlier versions feature the Nexus tablet. Manufacturers (HTC, Motorola, LG, etc.) and carriers (Verizon, ATT, etc.) customize their phones and tablets. As instructors, you are likely to run into variations of all kinds in the classroom.

If possible, contact students and remind them to bring a fully charged device and their Google login information.
Students will need access to a Wi-Fi network.

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Android Essentials
This course will teach you the basic skills of using your Android-based device including initial setup, gestures, organizing apps and Home screens, finding and installing useful apps, and using Maps and the Camera functions. It also covers using Gmail and Google calendar.

Versions

Android Essentials: For tablets and phones with the Oreo operating system
Current version: V2.0
Published: April 2018
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 57 pages

Download PDF Android Essentials: For tablets and phones with the Oreo OS v2.0 published April 2018

iPad courses

Connections iPad classes are in-demand with some partners reporting waiting lists of several months. The class material for iPad is comprehensive, covering all of the stock apps with plenty of classroom exercises.

Instructor Instructor information

Class scheduling note:  Apple releases a new operating system every year in mid-September. It can take 2-3 weeks to update the manuals to reflect changes. iPhone and iPad users usually adopt new operating systems very quickly, around 50% at the 4 week mark at least. Be aware that scheduling classes either immediately before or after the release can result in issues with training manuals.

Apple’s iOS upgrades tend to be adopted very quickly, and iOS 12 will be no exception for users with compatible devices. Note that iOS 12 is compatible with iPad Pro, iPad Air and Air 2, iPad 5th and 6th generation, and iPad mini 2, 3 and 4.

If you have the ability to contact students ahead of class, remind them to:

  • Bring a fully charged device to class.
  • Update their OS before class.
  • Make sure they bring their Apple ID and password if they have one.
  • Make sure they bring password information for any other email or social media accounts to class.
  • Bring any iPad accessories they want to share.
  • We suggest having a simple Wi-Fi password and posting it prominently to reduce time and errors for students logging on.

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iPad iOS 12
iOS 12 is here with new features and improved performance. This course will introduce you to all the basic apps including changes to the Control Center, Bedtime, Books, News, Maps, TV, Do Not Disturb and more.

iPad iOS 11
iOS 11 introduces some of the biggest and best changes for iPad users yet. This course has something for new and experienced users alike. All of the big changes are covered including the new “persistent” Dock, a new Control Center and App Switcher, the new keyboard that saves keystrokes, the all new TV app, Siri translations and much more.

iPad iOS 10
Apple’s latest release includes updates to nearly every iOS app. You’ll find new and creative ways to communicate with iMessage, smarter Maps, more health-oriented features, and much more. This course is a comprehensive introduction to iOS 10 and will help you master the wealth of features to be found in this release.

iPad iOS 9
Apple continues to enhance the iPad’s usability with the release of iOS 9. Notes, Music, News, Maps and many other apps have new features you’ll want to learn and use. This course is a comprehensive introduction to using the iPad including all of the included standard apps that come with iOS 9. Haven’t upgraded to iOS 9 yet? Don’t worry, this class will still teach you all you need to know, your device will just lack some of the new features.

iPad iOS 8
Apple’s iOS 8 for the iPad introduces a ton of exciting new features including enhanced security, Family Sharing of apps, calendars, and photo albums, panoramic and time-lapse photo, Flyover tours, and much, much more. This course is a comprehensive introduction to using the iPad including all of the included apps. Still on iOS 7? Don’t worry, this class will still teach you all you need to know, your device will just lack some of the enhancements.

Versions

iPad iOS 12
Current version: February, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 5-6 sessions
Number of pages: 126 pages

iPad iOS 11
Version: V1.0
Published: October, 2017
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 113 pages

iPad iOS 10
Version: V1.0
Published: September 2016
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 102 pages

iPad iOS 9
Version: V1.0
Published: September 2015
Translations: English / Spanish
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 88 pages

iPad iOS 8
Version: v1.0
Published: October 2014
Translations: English / Spanish
Recommended course length: 6 sessions
Number of pages: 89 pages

Class Resources

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Download PDF iPad iOS 12 English

Download PDF iPad iOS 12 Spanish

Download PDF iPad iOS 11 English published October 2017

Download PDF iPad iOS 10 English published September 2016

Download PDF iPad iOS 9 English published September 2015

Download PDF iPad iOS 9 Spanish published September 2015

Download PDF iPad iOS 8 revised October 2014

Download PDF iPad iOS 8 Spanish revised October 2014

iPhone Essentials

Apple iPhone owners love their phones. Our iPhone Essentials courses will help you teach your patrons how to use their phones and avoid frustrations. The current course covers changes in iOS 12 and features of different phone models (fingerprint readers vs. facial recognition etc.).

Instructor Instructor information

Class scheduling note: Apple releases a new operating system every year in mid September. It can take 2-3 weeks to update the manuals to reflect changes. iPhone and iPad users usually adopt new operating systems very quickly, around 50% at the 4 week mark at least. Be aware that scheduling classes either immediately before or after the release can result in issues with training manuals.

This course covers iOS 12 and includes iPhone use and features. Note that the iPad and iPhone course cover the save iOS 12 material but each also includes features unique to the iPhone or iPad.

Instructors may run into users of older iOS versions in any class, especially since not all older devices are eligible for this new operating system upgrade. Users with older operating systems or devices may not have all of the functions but most of the course will still be relevant. We recommend using the iOS 12 manual in all cases, but have left legacy versions available for download.

If you have the ability to contact students ahead of class, remind them to:

  • Bring a fully charged device to class.
  • Make sure they bring their Apple ID and password if they have one.
  • Make sure they bring password information for any other email or social media accounts to class.
  • Bring any iPad accessories they want to share.
  • We suggest having a simple Wi-Fi password and posting it prominently to reduce time and errors for students logging on.

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iPhone Essentials
Want to know more about the new features in iOS 12? This class will help you master all of the functions you need to get started including how to set up email accounts and connect to the Internet, download apps and organize them using Home screens and folders, how to take pictures and share via social media, how to use maps, and Siri. And, of course, how to make and answer calls. This course covers new features in iOS 12 including Emergency SOS calls, the new Control Center, Do Not Disturb while Driving, apps that are connected to iMessage and more.

Versions

iPhone iOS 12
Current version: February, 2019
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 5-6 sessions
Number of pages: 138

iPhone iOS 11
Current version: 1.0
Published: October, 2017
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 4 sessions
Number of pages: 81

Class Resources

Blog

Read blog posts about the iPhone

iOS 12

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 12 English

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 12 Spanish

iOS 11

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 11 V1.0 published October, 2017

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 11 V1.0 Spanish

Mobile Accessibility: Making Your Phone and Tablet Easier to See, Hear, and Use

Mobile devices have features to assist users with vision, hearing, and dexterity loss or decline. This class is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular features that can help overcome these issues and help a user get more out of their device.

Instructor Instructor information

Android and iOS devices are covered in separate manuals beginning in 2016. Students bringing Apple iPads and iPhones to class will tend to be on the latest operating system. Android devices, on the other hand, will vary widely.

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Mobile Accessibility for Android Phones and Tablets (Nougat operating system)
Android phones and tablets have settings and features that make them easier to see small text and use touch screen technology. These features also make it devices easier to use for anyone with a vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges.  This class will introduce you to options and features that your device offers to make things larger, enhance audio, add captions, and much more. This class covers Android devices with the Nougat operating system.

Mobile Accessibility for iPhones and iPads (iOS 10 operating system)
Apple phones and tablets have settings and features that make them easier to see small text and use touch screen technology. These features also make it devices easier to use for anyone with a vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges.  This class will introduce you to options and features that your device offers to make things larger, enhance audio, add captions, and much more. This class covers Apple devices with the iOS 10 operating system.

Versions

iPads and iPhone iOS 10 V1.0
Published: October 2016
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 28 pages

Android V1.0
Published: November 2016
Translations: English (Spanish coming soon)
Recommended course length: 1 session
Number of pages: 26

Android (Lollipop) and iOS 9
Published: August 2015
Translations: English, Spanish
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 29 pages

iOS 10

Download PDF Mobile Accessibility iOS 10 October 2016 English

Download PDF Mobile Accessibility iOS 10 October 2016 Spanish

Android Phones & Tablets

Download PDF Mobile Accessibilty for Android Phones & Tablets V1.0 November 2016

Download PDF Mobile Accessibility for Android Phones & Tablets V1.0 (Spanish) November 2016

iOS 9 and Android Lollipop

Download PDF Mobile Accessibility (iOS 9 and Android Lollipop) August 2015

Download PDF Mobile Accessibility Spanish (iOS 9 and Android Lollipop) August 2015

Android Essentials

Versions

Android Lollipop
Version: V1.0
Published: October 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 36 pages

Android Jelly Bean
Version: v1
Published: January 2014
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 26 pages

Download PDF Android Tablet Essential Jelly Bean revised January 2014
Download PDF Android Tablet Essentials Lollipop published October 2015


iPad

Archived Class Resources

Download PDF iPad 1 iOS 7 revised October 2014

Download PDF iPad 2 iOS 7 revised October 2014

Download PDF iPad Generation 1 iOS5 revised October 2014


iPhone Essentials

Versions

iPhone iOS 10
Version: 1.2
Published: January 2017
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 69

iPhone iOS 9
Version: 1.0
Published: November, 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 43

iPhone iOS 8
Version: 1.0
Published: Mar 2015
Translations: English
Recommended course length: 2-3 sessions
Number of pages: 43

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 10 V1.2 published January 2017

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 9 V1.0 published November 2015

Download PDF iPhone Essentials iOS 8 revised March 2015


Facebook

Facebook is by far the largest and most popular social media platform in the world. They are two of the most popular Connections courses ever.

The Connections courses are geared to users on desktops, but do touch on mobile app use.

Facebook has also shown to be valuable for seniors and others who are may be limited in their ability to interact socially because of mobility issues. It’s a way to reduce the sense of isolation and the depression that can accompany loneliness as well as stimulate cognition through interaction. Connections Facebook was used in a study at the University of Arizona that showed that users increased cognitive ability as well.

Facebook is currently published as two manuals, Facebook 1 and Facebook 2. Both are available in Spanish.

Instructor Instructor information

If you have contact with students ahead of class, remind them to bring their log-in information and urge them to bring in their own photos (USB drive) to use for posting.

The Facebook courses focus on the desktop version (running Facebook in a browser.) Facebook 2 makes several references to mobile Facebook apps, including Messenger which, for mobile users, is a separate app, and the new Groups app.

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Facebook 1
Facebook is the most popular social networking website in the world, with over 1 billion active users. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. In this course, you will learn all about Facebook, become a member of this free website and post messages and photos online. After this course, you will be able to continue making friends and using Facebook on your own. This course covers Facebook as currently found on desktop and laptop PCs.

Facebook 2
Are you one of the millions of Facebook users saying to themselves, “I’m on Facebook, now what?” In this course, you will learn how to customize your Facebook profile, create important Life Event posts, work with the Facebook photo albums, chat, groups, and more. This is a follow up to the Connections course The Facebook 1. If you haven’t already taken that course, you should at least have a Facebook account and know how to post on Facebook. Be sure to bring your Facebook login information to class.  This course covers Facebook as currently found on desktop and laptop PCs, not mobile devices. Note to instructors, there is a special folder of images for this class that includes photos sized for Facebook headers.

Versions

Facebook 1
Current version published: January 16, 2019
Translations: English and Spanish
Recommended course length: 3 sessions.
Number of pages: 47

Facebook 2
Current version published: January, 2019
Translations: English and Spanish
Recommended course length: 3 sessions
Number of pages: 27

Class Resources

Read blog posts about Facebook

Facebook 1 and 2 PDF Manuals

Download PDF Facebook 1 English

Download PDF Facebook 1 Spanish

Download PDF Facebook 2 English

Download PDF Facebook 2 Spanish

Connections Curriculum

About our curriculum

Connections teaching materials are research-based and designed for the needs of adult learners. Each student receives a handbook to use in class and take home.

We recommend course sessions be limited to 1 ½ to 2 hours in length. Each course has a suggested number of sessions. These are broad guidelines and sufficient time should be given for your particular class size and the age and technical skill level of the participants.


Translations: Eleven courses are available in Spanish.

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