Computers and Technology

For Beginning Users

GCF Learn Free

Developed and supported by the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC, GCFlearnfree was created to increase basic literacy in 21st century skills such as reading, math & technology.  Tutorials are very easy to follow with beautiful graphics and clear navigation.  Many lessons incorporate video or interactive practice sections.  Highly recommended for beginners.

DigitalLearn.org

Free self-paced lessons in both English and Spanish covering all the basics such as how to use a computer and the internet; communicating online with email, Skype or Facebook; online privacy and safety; and cloud storage.  Developed by the Public Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it is very easy to navigate with clearly identified units.  Highly recommended for beginners.  

CyberSmarts

A collection of five interactive eBooks that provides hands-on experience in navigating the online world in a safe, controlled environment.

For Intermediate and Advanced Users

Popular Software Skills Center

Achieve you career and educational using LearningExpressLibrary to learn to use the most popular computer programs.  You will need to use your library card to set up a free account to access tutorials at home.  Resources include tutorials, ebooks and assessments.  

In Pictures

Computer tutorials based on pictures of each screen as step-by-step instructions for a variety of software programs - primarily Microsoft Office products.

Learn How to Code

Codecademy

Learn to code interactively, for free.  Learn Java, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python, HTML/CSS, Git, SQL, Ruby on Rails, and make a website.

Coursera

Enter "coding" or "programming" to search a growing list of free courses offered by colleges and universities around the world.  

Girl Develop It

An organization fostering coding skills for women.  Includes introduction to web concepts, JavaScript, PHP/MySQL, Git/GitHub, and HTML/CSS.  The Philadelphia chapter hosts local meetups.

Living in the Digital Age

Virtual Privacy Lab

Learn about privacy in a digital world and the issues that accompany your online life in business and at home.  Developed by the San Jose Public Library to help people better understand their digital footprint and learn how to control their personal information in a digital world.  

Digital Citizenship

Help kids learn the ins and outs of living online.  Common Sense Media has developed this extensive curriculum to empower K-12 students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online.  An excellent resource for both educators and parents.