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     Helpful Resources

Direct links and instructions to access resources for:

Improving Digital Skills

Low-Cost Internet and Devices

Job Centers and More

Free Basic Digital Skills Resources

PLA Digital Learn

Basic digital literacy training courses that are less than an hour long and self-paced. Available in English and Spanish. No sign up needed.

Link: www.digitallearn.org/

Goodwill Community Foundation

Offers 200+ topics, including more than 2,300 lessons, more than 2,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, from Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Just need an email account to sign up.

Link: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS THROUGH NORTHSTAR

Northstar provides online, instructor-led, self-paced courses used to test computer and technology skills. Included are basic computer skills (such as internet basics, email), basic software skills (Microsoft, Google), and skills for using technology in daily life (such as social media, career searches). Through this platform you have the ability to earn certificates and badges. Available in Spanish and with closed captioning.

SIGN UP FOR NORTHSTAR: ConnectedCA provides direct access to Northstar. Sign up:

  1. Click this link
  2. Enter your First Name, Last Name and Email Address
    Need help setting up an email account in order to use Northstar?
    Try out a sample Northstar course
    : https://nsdiglit.org/email
  3. Check the box for I’m not a robot
  4. Click Sign up

You will receive an email with next steps. Once you’ve logged in, click on each topic to Start Practice (complete an online training) or to Take Assessment (to test your skills without practicing first) here: https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/.


ONLINE LEARNING FOR SENIORS THROUGH SENIOR PLANET

Senior Planet provides free online classes in English, Spanish, and Mandarin on digital literacy and tech support for seniors. No sign up needed.

Link: https://seniorplanet.org/

TechBoomers

TechBoomers provides free video and article tutorials in a language suited to those who may not be the most tech-savvy. These tutorials teach the easiest and most efficient ways to use the websites, as well as how these websites can improve one’s quality of life.

Link: https://techboomers.com/

LIBRARY ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

MORE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

Can be found by visiting your local library’s website: https://library.ca.gov/branches/

FIND LOW-COST INTERNET SERVICE AND DEVICES

DISCOUNTED PHONE SERVICES THROUGH LIFELINE

Lifeline provides discounts of up to $17.90 (in California) per month towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers (up to $34.25 for tribal lands). Note: Learn more: https://www.californialifeline.com/

  • Note: You can sign up with ACP through PCs for People or Human IT to get a new device with a hotspot, but you must renew the internet subscription every month and can’t change providers for 30 days in order to keep the device and hotspot.

FIND LOW-COST INTERNET AND DEVICES NEAR YOU

Everyone On provides a search engine to look for low-cost internet and device programs by zip code and requirements  (ex. Income). Link: www.everyoneon.org/

Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR)

AFTRR provides a map to locate and learn about the nonprofit device refurbishers and recyclers nationwide.

Link: https://aftrr.org/map-locator/

 

Computers for Classrooms

Computers for Classrooms provides California residents enrolled in certain government programs, college students on financial-aid, fire survivors with Red Cross assistance letter, veterans, seniors aged 65+, and non-profit organizations discounted computers starting at $40.

Phone: (530) 895-4174

Link: http://computersforclassrooms.org/computers-for-low-income-families/

Connect All

Connect All provides Non-Profit organizations and individuals making $50 per year or participating in a federal assistance program low-cost refurbished desktops and laptops, starting at $109.

Link: https://connectall.org

 

California Connects

California connects provides low cost ($19.99) T-Mobile hotspot devices to community college students in California.

Phone: (866) 325-3222

Link: https://foundationccc.org/our-work/system-support/providing-affordable-products-and-technology-to-colleges-and-students/california-connects/

Digitunity

Digital Unity provides a map of refurbished device organizations in California (primarily the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Areas)

Link: https://digitunity.org/our-programs/aftrr/aftrr-map

T-Mobile Project 10 Million

Project 10 Million provides K-12 students who get free lunches and/or are part of certain government programs, free 100GB of internet per year for 5 years and a free hotspot with free shipping. No fees, costs, or annual re-certifications.

Phone: (877) 775-1066

Link: https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/project-10-million

United Ways of California (UWCA) Broadband Initiative

The Broadband Initiative connects residents to low-cost internet through text and website in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. United Way also provides the 2-1-1 call center for general support, available 24/7 in 170+ languages.

Text “internet” to 211

Link:  www.broadband.unitedwaysca.org

California Connect

California Connect provides free communication access, including phones and devices, for Californians with hearing, vision, cognitive, mobility, and speech-related disabilities. Also provides small group, individualized training through the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP). Need a doctor’s note to be eligible.

Apply for a device, call: (800) 806-1191 or visit: https://caconnect.org/apply/

Apply for device training, call (866) 271-1540 or email: smartphonetraining@ddtp.org

Braille and Talking Book Libraries

These libraries provide assistance in reading for those with visual limitations, arthritis, dementia, etc. through a customized service that includes material and devices. 

Links: 

     

The On It Foundation

The On It Foundation provides free computers to K-12 students from low-income families with free/reduced lunch. Parent must send signed letter with letterhead from school.

Email: Info@TheOnItFoundation.org

Link: https://theonitfoundation.org/

DEVICE REPAIR AND TECH SUPPORT

DEVICE REPAIRS AND DONATIONS

The IT Club offers low-cost device repairs and refurbishes donated computers to donate to nonprofit organizations across the country. Link: https://www.the-it-club.org/

TECH SUPPORT AND CLASSES FOR APPLE PRODUCTS

IFIXIT

IFIXIT provides free repair manuals for most devices.

Link: https://www.ifixit.com/

    OTHER RESOURCES

    HELP FINDING A JOB

    American Job Center Finder assists individuals in locating American Job Centers in their area. Job Centers offer job seekers access to computers and other technology, as well as comprehensive job seeking and career preparation skills.

    Link: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/AmericanJobCenters/find-american-job-centers.aspx

      LEARN ENGLISH ONLINE (Aprende inglés en línea)

      USAlearns has several free courses to help you learn English, improve your skills, study for a job, and prepare to become a U.S. citizen.

      Link: www.usalearns.org

        FIND LOCAL SENIOR SERVICES

        The California Department of Aging has a search tool that allows you to find senior service organizations and programs by county. Link:

        https://aging.ca.gov/Find_Services_in_My_County/

        California Adult Education

        California Adult Education is a website that provides a list and search tool to find local adult schools in California.

        Link: https://caladulted.org/FindASchool

        This program was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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