“Digital Literacy” refers to the skills people need to use technology to be able to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information (WIOA 2015). In the 21st century, performing everyday life skills, finding resources, and completing tasks happen online. Knowing how to use a computer, email, write documents, and search for jobs online are critical skills everybody needs. Here on this page you can find some resources to increase your digital literacy and gain more knowledge about how to use a computer in your everyday and work life.
One excellent place to get help is the public library. The High Plains Library District is a great place to get free help and take free classes on how to use a computer, the Internet, and other digital resources. To visit the library website page which shows the various classes, click on this link: EVENTS & CLASSES. If you go to the library, you can get help one-on-one with a librarian for 30-minutes, completely free. To “book a librarian” and make an appointment, go to this library website page: SERVICES — BOOK A LIBRARIAN.
Here are three resources to help you become digitally literate. Read through the information and visit the websites to see which is the best resource for you. Just click on the image or on the highlighted links below to learn more.
NORTHSTAR DIGITAL LITERACY ASSESSMENT
Northstar is a website where you can go to take tests on essential computer skills (parts of a computer, Internet, and email), essential software skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and using technology to accomplish tasks (social media, informational literacy, career search skills). The tests will show you what you already know and what skills you still need to learn.
Click on the “Learn More” icon below to go to Northstar’s website to take the assessments.
The Public Library Association has created DigitalLiteracy.org, a free, online hub for digital literacy support and training. On the site you can take modules (lessons) on various computer skills, including the “basics” of getting started on a computer, email, online safety and privacy, how to apply for jobs online, and many other lessons. Click on “Learn More” below to be taken to the site to explore what lessons you can take and become more digitally literate!
This webpage has resources to more websites to learn things like using a computer or mobile device, using software and apps, using the Internet, communicating on the web, and learning about Internet safety, especially for children. When you click on any of the topics, you’ll be taken to a new page with links to pages with information to teach and help you. Click on “Learn More” to access the portal opening to a multitude of resources.