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Sep 16

Highlight: Digital Literacy Resources for Every Level

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM by Lianne Flax

September is Digital Literacy Month, so we’d like to point out online resources from the very basics to the advanced learner.

Just starting out? Please see our Digital Literacy landing page, where we have sorted learning links by topic from various sources. We heavily rely on the GFC Learn Free project for this area, as they have quality information that is easily accessible. You will also find links to watch online presentations by Nathan Carr, the technology librarian at Newton Public Library.
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Ready to move forward? There's something for everyone through these statewide services.

 LEL_Logo_Vertical Learning Express – Computer Skills Center  While Learning Express has everything from ACT test preparation to job skills and resume creation, it also has a section of computer tutorial videos. There are basic “about the internet” videos and more in-depth tutorials on using software (like Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photoshop).

You will need to create a personal account (just choose register at upper right on any LE page) so the system can save your videos and other materials.

Universal Class is a system of online classes of various topics, and there is a generous section for computers.
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You may choose to just go over the class videos and other materials on your own, or join the class to interact with an instructor. Register the first time you access in order to save materials or join a class. Topics range from:
  • use of devices (computer, tablets, digital photography)
  • the internet (email, eBay, even Pintrest!)
  • specific software (Quickbooks, Microsoft & Adobe products)
  • HTML, MySql, and programming classes. 

Total Boox – Computer eBooks Section 
A large range of technology books with this service. You’ll find everything from books on sample projects for 3D printers to manuals on developing mobile apps and programming in a variety of languages

The benefit of checking out nonfiction books on Total Boox is that your checkouts never expire and you can check out as many books as you want. This allows you to refer back to any previously read book at need.  Available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (see instructions here). You will need a Kansas Library eCard to checkout, get one at any public, school, or academic library in Kansas.