Learning in our information age has increasingly become a necessary lifelong process. We simply must be able to access, process, evaluate and use information. Are you ready to increase your skill level? Digital Literacy is an all-encompassing phrase for knowing about computers, basic software programs, and the Internet. It is knowing how to find authoritative information online as well as how to use various digital media and formats such as pdfs, mp3/mp4 files, digital pictures, word documents, spreadsheets, flash drives, etc. Here is a formal definition for digital literacy, from my alma mater, UIUC. These specialty dictionaries may also be beneficial as you learn: NetLingo and Urban Dictionary.
Many public and university library web sites offer valuable resources such as subject guides, tutorials, lists of reference/research resources, how-to's for citing sources, and copyright information. Check out what they offer. Their resources have often been created by their staff. When I discover a library resource that fulfills what I want to provide here, I link to it. Thank you to all those hard-working librarians!
21st Century Skills are those information skills necessary for today's society. These "college and career readiness" skills utilize higher levels of reasoning and problem-solving. Here's a link to another 21st Century Skills list which has been slightly customized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I checked out their modifications and even those are relevant to the everyday citizen. In a nutshell, possessing these skills ensures that you will be best able to function independently and successfully in your work, home, and public environments.
21st Century Skills
Resource suggestion which depicts a very detailed list of each skill.
Basic Skills Videos from Pasco County Library System in Florida, this link takes you to chapter one of the tutorial. You will be able to navigate to the other five chapters down below the video of chapter one.
Computer Basics from gcflearnfree
Online form practice filling out an online form
Mouse Aerobics from the Monroe County Library System in Michigan
Mouse Exercises perfect for seniors
Mousercise created by Chris Rippel from the Central Kansas Library System
Mouse and Keyboard Tutorial from Mesa Public Library in Arizona
Mousing Around from the Palm Beach County Library System in Florida
Dance Mat Typing for Kids from the British Broadcasting Company
Learn2Type offers lessons, timed tests, and a ten key numeric test
Peter's Online Typing Course a very thorough instructional site
Archiving Digital Photos watch this video from the Library of Congress
Adding Descriptions to Digital Photos watch this video from the Library of Congress
Keeping Personal Digital Photographs from this Library of Congress page, you can download two valuable pdfs: "How to Transfer Photos from your Camera to your Computer" and "Archiving Tips" can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page which says "download this page."
Personal Archiving from this Library of Congress index page, select either of the following to access a downloadable pdf document: "How to Scan Your Personal Collections" or "Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving."
Digital Video yet more helpful information from the Library of Congress
Cambridge in Color offers lots of tutorials
Design Instruct you will find links to lots of online resources here
Photoshop Tutorials from Smashing Magazine
Composition a youtube video tutorial, an example of what you can find by searching online. ☺
YouTube.com You can find many more youtube video tutorials on photography by typing "photography tutorials" in the YouTube search box.
General Tutorial Sites
DigitalLearn.org tutorials on learning both Windows and Mac computers, email, search engines, navigating a website, and cloud storage.
gcflearnfree.org Here is a list of topics on which they offer tutorials. There are over 90 tutorials on email, technology, Facebook 101, life skills, and career assistance. This site is a program of Goodwill Industries in North Carolina.
In Pictures screenshot tutorials for MS Office 2003-2007, Open Office, and some web development topics.
Lynda.com When you don't want the uncertainties associated with relying on youtube tutorials, purchase a membership with Lynda and have unlimited use of all their video tutorials. Subjects include technology, software, education, business, design, web development, photography, video, audio, animation, and CAD.
Tutorial Find just about any topic
Wiki How learn how to do anything
Evaluating Web Sites from the Christopher Center Library at Valparaiso University in Indiana
Super Simple Learning educational and entertaining
MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses
Internet History, Technology, and Security a free Coursera.org course from the University of Michigan
Privacy and Safety Information
"Surveillance IS the business model of the internet." Bruce Schneier, security expert
"As We Sweat Government Surveillance, Companies like Google Collect our Data" Guardian article, April 18, 2014
Center for Democracy and Technology promotes an open and free Internet
Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights released by Pres. Obama's administration in 2012
COPPA Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
CVDazzle camouflage from face detection
DuckDuckGo the search engine that does NOT track you! Read more.
EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation battles NSA's illegal mass surveillance program
"How to Block Online Tracking" ProPublica, July 3, 2014
KidRex filters bad stuff from search results
People Smart privacy education resources
PRISM U.S. Government is collecting our data, Uncrunched blog post, June 2013
Online Privacy a great action guide!
Privacy consumer information from the Federal Trade Commission
"The Right to be Forgotten" Stanford Law Review article on EU legislation
Un-Google Yourself a how-to from wired.com
"U.S. Postal Service logging all mail for law enforcement" New York Times, July 3, 2013
Web of Trust determine which websites are trustworthy
How to conduct research, whether you are in school or learning independently.
Chapter Seven "Supporting Your Ideas" of Public Speaking: the virtual text covers the basics of where to look for information.
FedWorld locate government documents
Research Project Calculator courtesy of Univeristy of MN Libraries, MNLink and MINITEX.
Bare Bones: Searching the Web from USC's Beaufort Library, Spanish version is accessed via a link near the bottom of their page.
Finding Images on the Web from Boston University Libraries
Good Tutorials Photography, Photoshop, and lots of other web development topics
Learn the Net also available in French and Spanish
Web Development Tutorials
Processing tutorials are rated for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced users
W3Schools for all skill levels
WebMonkey a web developer resource which offers tutorials and advice for people of all skill levels on web design and programming web applications.
Check these out at your local public library -- woohoo! or purchase a copy online from one of these booksellers.
Assessing 21st Century Skills: summary of a workshop 2011
50 Ways to Protect your Identity in a Digital Age: new financial threats you need to know and how to avoid them
The Complete Digital Photo Manual: Your #1 Guide for Better Photography Digital Photos Magazine, 2011
The Complete Guide to Wikis: How to Set Up, Use, and Benefit from Wikis for Teachers, Business Professionals, Families, and Friends T. Brian Chatfield, 2009
Computers for Seniors for Dummies Nancy C. Muir, 2013
Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It Robert K. Knake, 2012
Learn Digital Photography with Geoff Lawrence available as an ebook and pdf iBookstore
Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet Joseph Menn, 2010
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup, 2012
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging 2008
The Internet for Dummies John R. Levine
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