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Computers & Technology

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Computers and Technology courses give students the technological skills needed to succeed after school. At Idea Exchange, we have many resources that will help you with these courses, ranging from books on computer programming and software guides to recent news articles and reviews about digital devices.

Search within these ebooks from our collection to find short articles about your topic.

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports magazine is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. Access the full-text of the magazine online.

Gale Courses
Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers access to free online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere. These instructor-led courses begin every month and each course lasts for 6 weeks. Sign up using your library card and immediately gain valuable knowledge you can apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone.

Use Gale Courses | Get Started [PDF].

LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has over 16,000 free online courses in business, technology, and creative skills taught by industry experts. Courses are available in over 7 languages. Sign in with your library card number and 4-digit PIN and follow the steps to set up your account. If you previously had a Lynda.com account, your courses will be saved as long as you use the same library card number for login.

Mobile App Users: The Library ID when you log into the mobile app is ideaexchange

Use LinkedIn Learning Online Courses | Get Started [PDF] | FAQ from LinkedIn

If you don’t have access to Photoshop, Pixlr is a free online photo editor that you can use from your browser.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
GIMP is a free downloadable photo editor. The GIMP website also features several tutorials on photo manipulation, allowing you to use some of the more complex tools that GIMP features.

w3 Schools HTML Tutorial
A great resource for learning the basics of HTML, or quickly brushing up on anything you might have forgotten.

Looking to learn how to code with web fundamentals like HTML and CSS? Or are you maybe interested in more advanced languages like PHP or Python? Whatever it is, Codecademy has free lessons for you. Check them out and learn how to code on your own time.