Do you know someone who has decided they don’t need the internet? A loved one, friend or acquaintance who is afraid to even touch a computer? As more and more companies go digital, it can become a nightmare to apply for a job, pay bills, or even make a doctor’s appointment, especially for those who have decided computers aren’t for them. At Irving Library we believe digital literacy is essential for everyone.
The American Library Association defines digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills." It’s important to note that digital literacy is more involved than the ability to read on a computer screen. The first step may be learning how to use a mouse and keyboard, to gradually learning how to navigate the internet. Once you have a grasp on these basic skills it may seem like enough to get by, but what about email and passwords? What is social media and do you need it? What’s a virus? What about your online privacy? These are all things you should know and understand to be digitally literate.
Because there is so much to consider when going online, we understand how it can be overwhelming to new computer users. With DigitalLearn.org we hope to help reluctant library patrons gain a newfound confidence with computers. Digital Learn offers short video tutorials on a wide range of topics for beginners including, Starting Out – Why Use a Computer?, Being Safe Online – Accounts & Passwords, Being Productive – Online Health Information and Job Skills – Creating Resumes. The tutorials range from 5 to 22 minutes and are divided into shorter, easy-to-follow sections. Tutorials can also be viewed as PDF documents for those who prefer to read at their own pace.
Get started with DigitalLearn.org on our online courses page.