Timetable: Term 1, 2020

Page updated 10 January 2020


How to use your Smart TV

Access vast options for entertainment and information. Project the screen of your phone, tablet or PC onto the TV. Use a keyboard and mouse with the TV.

Duration: 2 weeks.
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
First group: 3 and 10 February
Second group: 17 and 24 February
Cost: $25


Get started with this popular email app.

Duration: 2 weeks
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Dates: 3 and 10 February
Cost: $25


Introduction to Android Smartphones

A smartphone can deal with so much more than speech and texting. It’s a pocket size computer too. Learn how to use your phone’s amazing features. Learn to do make phone calls and keep your Contacts List up to date. Discover how to access the weather report and the news. Take photos, edit them and share them online with friends and family — directly from your phone, no other gadgets or cables required. And that’s just a few of the many functions available on your Smartphone.

Duration: 5 weeks. Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Dates: 4 February to 3 March    or    10 March to 7 April
Cost: $60

Introduction to Android Tablets

Learn the basics of using an Android Tablet (includes Samsung, Nexus and other brands of Tablets that have the Android operating system).

Duration: 5 weeks. Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Dates:  4 February to 3 March    or    10 March to 7 April
Cost: $60

Introduction to Microsoft Windows 10 computers

Learn the basics of using your computer and writing documents.

Duration: 5 weeks.  Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Dates: 4 February to 3 March
Cost: $65


Introduction to the iPad

Learn the basics of using your iPad. Get Apps from the App Store, become familiar with the wide range of inbuilt apps, master the use of the touch screen to navigate around the screens and pages and to use the on-screen keyboard.

Duration: 4 weeks    Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Dates: 5 February to 26 February
Cost: $55

Introduction to the Internet on the iPad

Learn the basics of using your iPad when connected to the Internet.

Duration: 4 weeks    Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Dates: 4 March to 25 March
Cost: $50

Introduction to the iPhone

Learn how to use what is an amazing pocket computer that makes phone calls, sends texts, surfs the web, keeps your appointments diary (even sends you reminders about upcoming events), and lets you play games.

Duration: 4 weeks.  Time: 11:30 – 1:30
Dates: 5 February to 26 February.  Cost: $50

Computer Skills, Levels One or Two

The “Computer Skills”  courses use Microsoft Word to extend your range of computing skills considerably. You also learn how to write and format a wide range of documents and to insert pictures (photos), drawings (shapes) and decorative styles of text.
Note that Levels One and Two will take place on the same dates, with Level Two finishing a week earlier.

Level One: Duration – 5 weeks. Cost – $65
Level Two: Duration – 4 weeks. Cost – $50
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Level One: 5 February to 4 March
Level Two: 5 February to 26 February


Windows 10 – New Features

Learn to use and organise the Windows 10 Start menu and screen, download Apps from the Windows Store, switch between Apps, and use other features that are different from earlier versions of Windows.

Duration: 3 weeks.  Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon
Dates: 13 February to 27 February.   Cost: $35

Internet Banking

Learn to pay bills online, transfer money between your accounts and check your bank balances – all by using your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Duration: One lesson.  Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon
Cost $5
First group: 5 March
Second group: 2 April

File Management

Duration: 3 weeks.  Time: 10:00am – 12noon

Cost: $35

Dates: 12 March to 26 March

Picture Editing Level One or Two

The Level One course uses the free picture editing program FastStone Image Viewer to organise and edit pictures.
It enables you to adjust the levels of brightness, contrast and colour. You will learn how to crop and resize photos and to remove blemishes. Text such as labels can be added to photos, making greeting cards and similar items. This is just a brief taste of what can be done to improve your photos and alter them for particular requirements.

The Level Two course uses the free program Paint.NET. It introduces you to using multiple levels when editing and constructing pictures, much like Photoshop Elements and enables you to turn your photos into real works of art.

Duration: 5 weeks.  Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $60
13 February to 12 March (Level One)
19 March to 16 April (Level Two)


Cloud Computing

Learn how to use Cloud Computing to store documents and pictures “in the cloud”. That enables you to keep backups of your files safely in remote storage that is accessed though your internet connection. It also allows you to automatically synchronise information across all your devices. Here’s just one example – you enter an appointment into the Calendar of your mobile phone. It is immediately available on all your other devices – e.g. tablet, desktop or laptop computer.
There are separate one-day courses for the various types of devices.
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: $15 each
Microsoft OneDrive Cloud – 7 February
Apple iCloud – 6 March
Google Drive (Android) Cloud – 13 March

Club Day

Club Days are open to all SeniorNet members. Apps and skills are demonstrated, and speakers bring information about modern technology to us.
Topics are advertised to members by email several days in advance of each session, which is held on Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Cost: $5. No enrolment is required.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups meet on selected Fridays, usually monthly, during school terms. Currently there are two of these groups operating.
To be eligible to attend either of these you must have completed the relevant course for your device. No enrolment is necessary.
Group members are emailed ahead of the meeting date, with information about the programme for the afternoon. There is usually a demonstration and explanation of some feature of your device followed by a Question and Answer time, general discussion and afternoon tea or coffee.
Bring you own device, fully charged and ready for use.

Cost: $5 per session, payable at the session.


For all classes: Students with Laptops, Tablets and Phones (iPad, Android & Windows) must bring them to lessons with batteries fully charged. This is a safety issue – keeping the classroom free from trailing power cables.
For the Skills courses, your computer must have Microsoft Word 2007 or newer.
The Windows 10 – New Features course is for students who are already competent in Windows basics and who have upgraded to a Windows 10 computer.
For Internet Banking classes, students can use either their own devices or the club’s desktop computers.