Training

Subpages within this site include:

  • People’s Resource Center Course Material – instructor-led course material on a variety of computer topics from Introduction to Computers, Window Fundamentals, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, email, miscellaneous.
  • RAILS Training Material from Reaching Across the Illinois Library System. Many topics including Android tablet, Cloud Computing, Cutting the Cable, Excel, Macbook, Photoshop, Windows
  • NDIA training suggestions – links to a wide variety of classes, some of which require subscriptions which may be available through local public libraries or state library systems (noted as such)

Links to other general training sites:

  1. Digital Inclusion Resource Library – a collection of documents, reports, teaching aids and other assets used by digital inclusion practitioners. The platform can point to interactive content as well. Can sign up to participate here.
  2. Chicago’s Digital Learn – Short video lessons (in English and Spanish) on a variety of topics. Registration required, but open to everyone.
  3. Digital Learn– Tools and Resources for Trainers
  4. NDIA training suggestions – see above
  5. Connected Nation’s Drive Your Learning (self-paced on-line courses in computer and life skills- requires registration)
  6. Denver Public Library has posted the course material from their technology classes, including a subset of Computer introduction classes in Spanish
  7. GCF LearnFree (on-line self paced courses on computer, education, life skills). See also the GCF Learnfree South American websites: GCFAprendeLibre.org for Spanish, and www.gcfaprendelivre.org for Portugese.
  8. TechBoomers (a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites)
  9. Tech Goes Home has a set of material (in English and Spanish) for:
  10. Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum – A set of 2-3 hour courses in over ten languages introducing topics in computer literacy.
  11. Excel Easy, a rich set of instruction pages on Excel, from basic to advanced topics with 300 examples.
  12. New York Public Library tech guide handouts in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian.
  13. New Mexico digital literacy resources include training toolkit, and training materials supporting their curriculum
  14. Common Sense Media is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. It includes a section highlighting concerns for parents.
  15. A set of technology classes from Gail Borden Public Library, which uses the “Gail’s Toolkit” framework. https://training.digitallearn.org/courses.
  16. For financial literacy, the FDIC provides instructor-led curriculum at Money Smart for Adults and Money Smart for Young People.

Targeted toward seniors

These resources are specifically focused on digital literacy for seniors:

  1. TechBoomers – a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites
  2. Cyber-Seniorsa membership fee provides access to the training material to for mentors or organizations to support training of seniors
  3. Generations On Line is a free program (for tablet and PC) to assist older users in basic on-line access.
  4. Oasis Mobile Accessibility Guide

Tools to help with training

A couple of good resources for people involved in computer literacy training include:

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – a website providing computer skill assessment tests and can allow partner organizations to provide certificates to end users.

Peer 2 Peer University provides a framework for peer to peer learning using on-line courses. There is a wealth of information to help plan for and run a peer to peer class. It also includes tools for developing on-line courses and to help with the mechanics of enrollment for a class.

Gail’s Toolkit, a structure for technology classes developed by Gail Borden Public Library, now owned by digitallearn.org, with templates for instructor guides, activity sheet, handouts, plus presentation and additional material.

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