Tech: Websites and Resources

Basic Computer Resources: 1/23/2017

Local Resources:

The Goodwill training center: These classes are free of charge. They focus on employment and have schedules online.

Bellingham Senior Activities Center: Computer Lab open Fridays from 1-3:00 for BSAC members. Sign up at front desk for 30 minutes of volunteer assistance or 1 hour using a computer.

Bellingham Library: One-on-one Technology Coaching regularly on the Skillshare schedule. Click on “online calendar” in the second paragraph. Call for an appointment.

Ferndale Library: If you need basic help to use their computers, they will try to provide it. Another source is one of their reference tools: The Testing and Education Reference Center has some basic computer courses under Career Tools. The courses are focused on Microsoft products such as Windows 7 (not 10), Word, Excel, etc.

Books: Computers for Seniors for Dummies: Info from choosing a computer to using applications. At Whatcom County Library System shelved with other books targeted at specific systems at Dewey Decimal System 005.

Online Resources:

Digital Learn provides computer basics, e-mail, internet searching and more. It has an easy to access format with point and click slide shows with audio descriptions for learners who are new to computers.

GCF Learn Free offers over 750 lessons in technology, reading and everyday life. Computer courses include typing, computer basics including practice using the mouse, internet basics, e-mail basics, Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, etc., social media etc. Has mouse exercises.  Free service provide help, tips, dictionary and forums to ask questions.
Some are an hour long.  Make sure your video is the same version of Windows that you use.

ARRP TEK recorded videos:   Mostly phones, tablets and social media.  I didn’t find the AARP TEK website easy to find things on.

YouTube- Computer Literacy Basics: DeAnna Williamson, computer and internet

Compiled by Judith Culver

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