Below are some tools, websites, and documents that we have found useful.
- google – Courses on how to use Google suite (google docs, drive, etc)
- Class Central – Online digital literacy courses
- org – Skills for Microsoft Office (Please note that we are not able to offer Microsoft Office on most)
Coding Programs for Youth
- Girls who code – Free summer programs and after-school clubs for teen girls.
Typing and Mouse Control
Typing Club – Learn touch typing for free (with the option to upgrade), and save your progress. Available in several languages, including Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Instructions on one-handed typing also available.
Mousing Around: Mousercise – A simple mouse-control exercise. Relatively limited, but a great primer for the beginner.
Canva – A simple graphic design tool. A great no-risk environment to practice typing, clicking and dragging, changing fonts, text size, etc. A fun way to give context to computer fundamentals.
Useful Miscellaneous Sites:
RECE at JCHA – Computer Lab – A list of resources curated by the Jersey City Housing Authority. Perfect for discovering new websites, learning of local events, and building a more digitally inclusive Jersey City.
Electronic Access Foundation (EAF) – A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established for the purpose of donating surplus electronic equipment to other qualified charitable institutions.
National Cristina Foundation – The National Cristina Foundation works to promote technology reuse by educating the public that technology resources coming out of their first life can be given a second. The Foundation’s Cristina Network screens non-profits and schools, then provides free tools to facilitate reuse agendas that benefit people with disabilities, at-risk students, and persons who are economically disadvantaged.
Home Internet Access (To Be Updated)
Internet Essentials – A Comcast program providing a 15 Mbps connection to qualifying homes for about $10. A contract-free, credit-check-free, in-home wifi connection for households that are eligible for programs such as National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, etc.
Industry Policy and News (To Be Updated)
NDIA – The unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. NDIA is a great resource for financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs. The organization also serves as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.
EFF -The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) defends civil liberties in the digital world by championing user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. They work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as use of technology grows.