Lesson 1: Getting started


Welcome to Lesson 1 of Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility. This lesson will cover everything you need to know to get started even if you are a complete beginner. We begin by exploring the various parts of a computer. In this course, we use the word ‘computer’ to mean either a desktop or a laptop.

Key words and concepts are in bold. There is a course glossary [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   you can refer to if any of these are unfamiliar to you.

This lesson is in four sections:

If you already feel confident on the basics, you can skip to the second or third section, or go straight to Lesson 2.


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The materials below are provided for offline use for your convenience and are not tracked. If you wish to save your progress, please go through the online version.

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