If you are reading this, chances are you are doing so on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The advancement and use of digital devices is at the forefront of everyday learning. And for that reason, today we celebrate Digital Learning Day.
Digital Learning Day, started in 2012, was created as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.
Here at the Free Library, we offer resources and events every day for learners of all ages, from face-to-face homework help and other literacy-based learning activities through the Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP, for students in grades K through 12), to computer classes and help with your e-gadgets, even STEM and STEAM-based activties, just to name a few.
But even when our doors are closed for the day, our Digital Learning Portal is open 24/7!
The Digital Learning Portal is the first stop for those looking to improve their skills, get ahead at work or school, or just learn something new. You'll find a collection of great resources, a combination of paid subscriptions offered to you courtesy of the Free Library as well as the best from around the web, to help you take an online course, learn a new language, master Microsoft Office software, or even take a practice exam for the SAT, GRE, or NCLEX-RN. As always, each of these resources is free when you login with your Free Library card!
Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning)
An online training and learning tool for business, software, technology, and creative skills. Offering over 10,000 training and development courses taught by industry experts, Lynda.com offers tutorials in five languages. You will find courses and training videos on everything from web design to media production, management to entrepreneurship, Photoshop to guitar, and much more.
Homework Help Online
Connect live and one-on-one with a tutor via web chat. Upload your writing assignments to get feedback within 24 hours. Access study aides in areas like writing, social studies, math, and language learning that are all available 24/7. Live tutoring is available every day from 2:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m.
Learning Express Library
If you need a little extra help with math, language arts, social studies, or science, Learning Express Library is one of your best bets on the internet.
Student Resources in Context
Everything you need to write your best research paper can be found here. Search and download results from encyclopedias, magazines, journals, newspapers, and more on every topic.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Find unbiased, trustworthy information on a wide variety of controversial topics—exactly the kind of topics high school students are frequently assigned to research—such as immigration, climate change, online privacy, animal rights, capital punishment, and more.
This online resource simulates the experience of immersing oneself in a foreign language environment. Four conventional language components are the focus: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. You'll also be able to improve your pronunciation with audio speed adjusters and voice pattern software.
Digital Learning Day is more than just one day; it is an ongoing campaign to ensure that EVERY child gets the best possible education in today’s world economy and global society.