About Stepping UP

Microsoft Unlimited Potential logoStepping UP computer and internet training was launched in 2009 with support from Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme. Initially concentrating on Computers in Homes graduates, it is now available to all New Zealanders in a growing number of locations.  Over 7,500 people have participated in the programme and successfully completed digital steps.

Our great tutor Bec South at work with CIH students.Stepping UP is a partnership including the

When you book on a Stepping UP course, you will be contacted by your training provider. Arrangements vary with each community, but all are supported by a consistent set of professional materials and standards.

Open/Download Stepping UP Brochure (double sided A4, 1.49 MB pdf)

Digital Steps

DS1 – Computer Basics
DS2 – Word 1 (Text formatting)
DS3 – Word 2 (Editing documents)
DS4 – Email 1 (Setting up a account)
DS5 – Email 2 (Using email)
DS6 – Google & the Internet
DS7 – Internet security & safety
DS8 – Intro to Social Media
DS9 – Classroom e-Learning
DS10 – Slideshows
DS11 – TradeMe
DS12 – Employment 1 (Preparation)
DS13 – Employment 2 (Find jobs online)
DS14 – Intro to Spreadsheets
DS15 – Home Finances
DS16 – Facebook
DS17 – Skype
DS18 – Digital Design
DS19 – Digital Photos
DS20 – YouTube
DS21 – Windows 8
DS22 – Intro to Chromebooks
DS23 – Into to Tablets
DS24 – RealMe
DS25 – My Account
DS 26 – Google Drive
DS 27 – Pinterest
DS 28 – Photo Editing Basics
DS29 – Ancestry – Library Edition
DS30 – Photo Books
DS 31 – Spark JumpNote: DS1-DS10 are included in
Computers in Homes

Stepping Up in Libraries

Blenheim Mums on Stepping UPWe collaborate with public libraries in delivering Stepping UP to their local communities. The programme was piloted in Hutt City libraries in 2012.  Feedback from the community was very positive so sessions are now offered every week on a ‘business-as-usual’ basis at these five libraries with classes consistently being fully booked.

Stepping UP programmes are now running in 35 libraries and 14 regions, with more libraries joining all the time.

Participants are asked to complete a short online survey at the end of each class, with 2,592 surveys carried out 2015/2016. Most participants take more than one class and are older, with 64% over 40. Library participants also rank as ‘extremely important’ the ‘friendliness’ of the instructor (60%), having a mentor (52%) and the local venue (48%) in their experiences of the Stepping UP classes.

The next step from Computers in Homes

Since 2011, all Computers in Homes graduates have been given the opportunity to take Stepping UP Digital Steps (modules). Many have recognised this as a way to extend their competency with computer and internet applications.

You’ll find more feedback on the Computers in Homes website, in annual reports.

Dora LaunchDORA the mobile classroom

It was exciting to launch DORA, our mobile digital learning centre, in Christchurch on 18 October 2012. We greatly appreciated the support from InternetNZ and our other partners, including Meridian, Microsoft and Farmside, who together have made DORA possible. DORA has a busy life travelling the streets of Christchurch and the South Island offering digital literacy training and attending local events.

Award winning programme

Winner, ANZIA Internet Access & Digital Skills Award, Canberra 2012

DORA Award 201220/20 won this Australia and New Zealand Internet Award (ANZIA) for the DORA digital bus, our mobile classroom built for Computers in Homes and Stepping UP training in Christchurch.

The judges said DORA and the work of the 20/20 Trust stood so far ahead of other entrants that they did not award a ‘highly commended’ in this category.

Read the press release or visit the ANZIA 2012 Winners page here.

Human Rights Commission 2010 – Superior Award for Computers in Homes and Stepping Up

te rangi tahi - together we grow - NZ Diversity Action ProgrammeThe Trust also participated in 2014, 2013, 2012  and 2011.