Computers have drastically changed the way we communicate and educate. (Remember when entire schools shared one giant computer that was wheeled into each classroom on a cart? I do!) This October is the 14th annual Computer Learning Month during which The Computer Learning Foundation promotes the ways technology impacts lives. Check out these free online computer classes to help expand your mind without shrinking your pile of cash.
If you feel overwhelmed, start here at GCFLearnFree.org. Begin with the basics like getting to know the buttons, sockets and slots on your desktop. Walk through lessons on computer safety, maintenance and basic troubleshooting. GCFLearnFree.org offers 750 different lessons to millions of people in more than 200 countries. And it's all free.
Turns out iTunes isn't just for downloading the latest Justin Timberlake single or last night's episode of Mad Men. From creative writing courses to a class on cognitive psychology, it's all free at the Open University on iTunes U.
Many jobs require knowledge in Microsoft applications like Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Get trained on these programs for free by visiting office.microsoft.com. You can even find free courses for older versions like Office 2007 and Office 2010.
Whether you want to retouch a photo or create an advertisement for your small business, understanding Photoshop can be extremely valuable. Check out free seminars like this Intro to Adobe Photoshop class from nobledesktop.com. Another free course offering Photoshop tips and tricks is at udemy.com.
While some devices now require you to be quick with your thumbs, typing is still a very valuable skill to have. Check out TypingWeb.com for free typing and keyboarding tutorials for all skill levels. You'll learn through typing games and typing tests. You can even earn free official typing certifications.
By Alison Storm
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