Guide to this Website

  • To search site and admin posts use the spyglass on the right.
  • To search apps posts, click on “The Digital…” in APPS BLOG box below to access the Faceblog blog and enter keywords after page name in search bar.
  • Note this is a device responsive site, adjust graphics overlaps by moving the border in until it clears and then move it back..

The SEARCH menu page contains instructions for using all of the search resources of this site.

Blog posts

Computer and Online Skills Training, Online Digital Coaching, Small Business Saas and Paas Cloud Integration Services, and Applications Support.

Contact form in which to enter information to contact me or setup customized classes and workshops for digital literacy training for any population.

Web page on Google Searching. Submenus include related Google Apps
Google Alerts
Monitor the web for interesting new content using your google account to send results in email.
Google’s Office Blog Site
Insights from Googlers into our products, technology and the Google culture
Custom Searching Tips
Custom Searching Tips when using Google Search Tools
>>Custom Forum
Google Custom Search Help Forum
>>Search Tools
Google Custom Search Home Page
Custom Search basics The following documents introduce you to basic concepts and guide you through the creation of your first search engine. Getting Started is a tutorial that shows you how to create and manage a custom search engine. Custom Search Help Center answers frequently asked questions. The glossary lists some Custom Search terms.
>Google Coach
Blog on Google Products
Google Products Link Page
Index of links with short descriptions
>>Support Forums
Web page link to Google Product Forums
Members help other members with product-specific questions. Members earn badges based on their level of participation.
Google Search Help Center
Google Search Education Center
Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners. With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.
Google Search Help Forum
Learn about Google Search Report an issue Ask a question unrelated to Google
>>Query Operators
Google Power User Tips: Query Operators
various commands: the search operators, also known as query operators
>>Results Page
Google search results page
Use this page to learn about the different parts of a Google Search results page, including what different icons and buttons mean. Click on one of the links below to learn about that part of the results page. Top of the page
Search Better Google Search Tips
Google is the go-to search engine for most people on the Internet. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s changed the way many of us talk about searching for information online. Have you ever heard someone use the word “google” As a verb, for example?
>>Voice Searching
Google Voice Search Page
Ask your questions out loud and get answers spoken back whether you are out and about or sitting at your desk. Just tap the mic on the Google search bar and speak up. This works on the Google app for iOS, Android and chrome browsers for laptops and desktops.
>Web History
Your Google Search History Page
Google Search History saves information about your searches along with details about your browser including: Searches on Google from both browsers and apps, including where the search originated Results that are returned, including results from on-device data and private results from Google products like Google+, Gmail, and Google Calendar

Resource Main Menu Link
Resources Submenu Links (NorthStar is the starting resource)
>Computer Guides
Digital Unite Devices Guides
This is the place to get up to speed with the technology that can help enrich your life. Whether you’d like to improve your computer skills, emailing, use of the internet or generally to boost your digital confidence, our simple guides are here to help. They’re free, print friendly and also a great way to support other learners
>Digital Citizens
Also, we all know the world is different now. We’re all globally connected by technology, so the responsibility of making the world a better place by fostering a compassionate and mindful citizenry isn’t just the responsibility of a chosen few anymore. Now, it’s on all of us. We’ve compiled some useful support on digital citizenship, covering these important categories:

  • Digital Footprints/People Searching
  • Citing Sources
  • Cyberbullying
  • Detecting Plagiarism
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Global and Cultural Awareness

>Digital Learning is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools
Edudemic was created in 2010 and has since grown into one of the most popular destinations to cover teaching, learning, and how technology positively shapes our education. We publish these types of stories: Research and evidence-driven strategies for professional and self-improvement. Expert guides and how-tos for the newest education apps. News re-caps of the most important updates for each week Compilations of the most useful edtech tools and tips. Reviews of valuable and innovative products for educators. Special features such as college reports.
>GCF Learn Free
Free Learning Tutorials
For the past decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
Materials for Teaching Digital Literacy
Adult Basic Education staff in the Cambridge-Isanti program created the following instructional materials for their computer basics class
>>Minnesota LC Resources
Computer Literacy Instructional Resources
A helpful resource for teachers and volunteers who are new to this field is the Effective Computer Education Strategies manual prepared by members of Minnesota’s CTEP (Community Technology Empowerment Project).
>Microsoft Digital Literacy
Computer Skills Assessment
Learn Essential Skills with the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum The goal of Microsoft Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet to sending e-mail or creating a résumé, the Digital Literacy Curriculum helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence.
>Microsoft Help
Browse or search for Windows Help Topics. Or ask for help in the forums or from support professionals.
>NorthStar Digital Literacy *
Individuals who take a Northstar assessment receive a results page at the end of every assessment (sample below). Use the results page to identify the skills that need improvement. Each skill listed on the results page corresponds to a Northstar standard.The skills listed under the left-hand (green) column are skills that have been mastered while the skills listed under the right-hand (red) column are ones that need to be improved. After the skills needing improvement have been identified, navigate to the appropriate module page using the tabs above (for example, the learner in the sample below would navigate to the tab for Module 4: Using Email). Use the table on each individual module page to identify the needed skills, and then simply follow the links to online learning resources that will provide instruction on those skills.
NorthStar Assessment
>PC Literacy
Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
These lessons are an attempt to fill in the missing pieces and to tie it all together. The “Illustrated” part means there will be lots of pictures. Other sets of lecture notes I have seen online are pretty much bare text. While the writing is often great, such text-only notes do not take advantage of the possibilities of web pages. So you will see some animations and graphics that enhance the text and, hopefully, make it clearer.
>The Basics
Build Digital Literacy Skills
Using a Computer or Mobile Device: Learn how to use the mouse, keyboard, icons, and folders. Using Software and Applications: Use software applications: word processing, creating spreadsheets, tables and databases. Using the Internet Search the Internet, use email, register on a website Communicating on the Web: Share photos and videos, communicate using social networks, learn to be an informed digital citizen. Child Online Protection: Help children learn to be responsible and make informed decisions online.
>Typing Tutorial
From GCF LearnFree
>>Free Online Typing Course |
This typing course will guide you step-by-step from the beginning. You will be typing quickly and accurately, without looking at the keys, in just a few hours.
>>Keyboard Explanation
Jan’s Computer Basics: Input: Keyboard

List of Reference Links for Research
With one line descriptions. See submenu links
>PubMed Help
Help for Pubmed including free full text
PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
>Government Resources
List of some Government resources
Microsoft Academic Site
Academic Search with fields of study
Microsoft Academic Search is an experimental research service developed by Microsoft Research to explore how scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities.
>Invisible Web
Links for Invisible Web Resources
Finding resources not visible in normal searching
A few science resources
See submenus
>Science Directories
List of science directory links
>Science Processes
Web page on the scientific process
>List of Sites
Wikipedia’s list of academic sites
This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles. As the distinction between a database and a search engine is unclear for these complex document retrieval systems, see: the general list of search engines for all-purpose search engines that can be used for academic purposes bibliographic databases for information about databases giving bibliographic information about finding books and journal articles.

Web page on Internet Searching
Internet Searching Literature, Procedures and Tools
>The Healthcare Advocate Site
Healthcare Information, Research
Use the links provided above and to the right to research medicine, healthcare services or explore professional advocate services for yourself and your family.
>Online Searching Guide
Some Help Tips

Skills for Living, Learning, and Working
Providing resources for developing effective skills for living. learning and working.


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