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:
- 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.
- Chicago’s Digital Learn – Short video lessons (in English and Spanish) on a variety of topics. Registration required, but open to everyone.
- Digital Learn– Tools and Resources for Trainers
- NDIA training suggestions – see above
- Connected Nation’s Drive Your Learning (self-paced on-line courses in computer and life skills- requires registration)
- Denver Public Library has posted the course material from their technology classes, including a subset of Computer introduction classes in Spanish
- 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.
- TechBoomers (a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites)
- Tech Goes Home has a set of material (in English and Spanish) for:
- Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum – A set of 2-3 hour courses in over ten languages introducing topics in computer literacy.
- Excel Easy, a rich set of instruction pages on Excel, from basic to advanced topics with 300 examples.
- New York Public Library tech guide handouts in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian.
- New Mexico digital literacy resources include training toolkit, and training materials supporting their curriculum
- 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.
- A set of technology classes from Gail Borden Public Library, which uses the “Gail’s Toolkit” framework. https://training.digitallearn.org/courses.
- 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:
- TechBoomers – a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites
- Cyber-Seniors– a membership fee provides access to the training material to for mentors or organizations to support training of seniors
- Generations On Line is a free program (for tablet and PC) to assist older users in basic on-line access.
- 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.