Computer Literacy Links

Basic Microsoft Office Tutorial -
http://www.fgcu.edu/support/ office2007/Word/index.asp.
Typing Programs -
http://www.sense-lang.org/ typing/tutor/index.php?lang=EN
Finding Information on the Internet / Evaluating Web pages - Tutorial from UC Berkley Library -
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html

Plain English Computing

Common & Basic Skills - Provides other links for specific skills, but the information is mostly text and not tutorials.
http://www.geekgirls.com/category/basics/
Some selected links from the Common & Basic Skills webage listed above:
Handy Dandy Computer Jargon Decoder
http://www.geekgirls.com/2010/02/handy-dandy-computer-jargon-decoder/
Spreadsheet 1: Basic Concepts
http://www.geekgirls.com/2010/04/spreadsheeting-basic-concept

MacBooks

We now have MacBooks for Odyssey students to use while they are in class! Never used a Mac before? They’re just as easy to use as a PC! Here’s a couple links to get you started

You Tube -
How to Use a MacBook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IX8dmXWTXo
A PC User’s Guide to Mac
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=147oZh3mMMo&feature=related
Mac Tips for New Users
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfOitK_V7bA&feature=related

Social Networking

How-to guide for using Facebook (includes videos)
http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-use-facebook
How-to's on using Facebook in a list form
http://facebookstalker.wikia.com/wiki/Category:How_To's
Social Media in Plain English
http://www.commoncraft.com/socialmedia

Helpful Computer Software/Programs

Drop Box -online file storage and sharing
http://www.dropbox.com/
Google Documents for education; Once the domain is secured
Google __http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html__
Open Office - Open-source word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphics and more
http://www.openoffice.org/
Picasa - offers to store photos for the world to see. There are several free photo storage sites online, this one is highly rated alongside Flickr
http://picasa.google.com/
Skype - Communications tool (video, audio and chat)
http://www.skype.com/
Slide Rocket - Online presentation software
http://www.sliderocket.com/
YouTube - allows for you to upload videos, such as lectures and experiments. This can be instrumental in describing something that would not be completely understood from printed material or photos alone.
http://www.youtube.com

Online Research Tools

Digital History -
Includes information on how to write a history research paper, e-lectures, and visual histories
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/default.htm
CalTech Archives
http://www.archives.caltech.edu/index.cfm

U.S. History/ History of Photography Tools and Links
http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog (FSA project photos I presented on last week are here)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ usnationalarchives/
National Archives Flickr photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ library_of_congress/
Library of Congress Flickr photostream
http://www.eastmanhouse.org/ collections/photography.php
George Eastman House Photography Collection (also links to Flickr)



Local Computer Resources

Douglass Branch Library - Every Tuesday 6pm-8pm
“Need help with email or Microsoft Office? Want assistance with your job search online? Don't even know where to start? Drop in for free computing help. Volunteers from the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the Illinois Informatics Club will be on hand to answer your questions”

Urbana Adult Education -
http://www.usd116.org/adult/commed.html
Offers several introductory computer classes (creating web pages, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) as part of their community education classes. Most of the classes are offered for a fee.

Other Links

The Daily Grammar - Grammar Instruction and Quizzes -
http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.shtml
Various Literacy Links -
http://literacyworks.org/lw/links.html
Purdue Owl: MLA/APA Citation -
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Web 2.0 - Tools to know -
Links with how to set up a blog, use Flickr, RSS feeds, tagging and wikis.
http://classroomlearning2.csla.net/
Tech Learning -
Information on Educational Technology
http://techlearning.com/