The library offers FREE computer classes at the East Branch Family Learning Lab.
Register for classes online (click the class name) or by calling 817-459-6900.
Online Learning Resources
No time to come to a class? Try some of these online resources to jumpstart your computer knowledge:
Practice typing skills on TypingWeb (create a free account) or test your skills on FreeTypingGame.Net . If you need to learn 10-key typing (using the numeric keypad), here is a good place to start: Ten Key Test.
Practice using the mouse: from the very beginning: Introducing the Mouse ; more practice with Mousercising ; and even more practice with this GCF Tutorial ! Here is something for Seniors . And you get to see Abraham Lincoln in this one. Also, en español: ejercicios del ratón.
Learning Express Library Software Tutorials: Interactive video tutorials to master computer and internet basics, popular software programs (Microsoft Office), and more. It requires a library card and an account set-up (free).
GCFLearnFree.org: Online tutorials on everything from computer basics to social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). You can choose to follow a Lesson, click through an Interactive, take a quiz in the Extras, or watch a Video.
For beginners, we recommend the following sequence:
Computer Basics - Getting started with desktop and laptop computers.
Internet 101 - Tips for browsing and strategies for searching online.
Internet Safety - Avoid the most common threats and learn how to protect your data and privacy.
Email 101 - Introduction to email basics, etiquette and safety.
Beyond Email - Chat, Skype, blogging and more.
lynda.com is an excellent online learning tool offering hundreds of video courses and tutorials in software, creative and business skills. Library card is REQUIRED; at first use, you will have to create an account.
Microsoft Online Training for Office: Online tutorials for Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
Learning on Your Phone
Use these apps to learn something new on the go!