Technology Classes & Programs
Library technology classes are free and are a great way to refresh your skills or pick up new ones. Classes are offered on a regular basis and cover a variety of topics from computer basics to Microsoft Office software. Hands-on classes are limited to Indian Prairie Library cardholders.
Classes will begin in July with iPhone/iPad & Android basic classes. Indian Prairie cardholders can register four weeks before the class. View & register for classes.
Learn on your own time with videos from our expert technology instructors. View all technology videos on YouTube.
1-on-1 Tech Help - Resumes This Fall
Free customized technology session that will help you learn about a specific topic. Indian Prairie cardholders can book a 1-on-1 30-minute technology training session. These sessions are educational in nature, and students should have a clear goal of what they would like to learn during their session.
- iPhone & Android Phones: install an app, prepare your current phone before getting a new phone, moving pictures from your phone to your laptop.
- Laptops & Chromebooks:
- Software: Microsoft Office, Google Docs,
- Basics: e-mail, social media,
Instructors cannot troubleshoot/fix malfunctioning devices or software. Contact the Technology Desk at 630/887-0829 for more information.
- Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) offers thousands of video tutorials taught by industry experts. Topics cover business, technology, Microsoft Office, communication, leadership, and web design.
- Niche Academy - Online video instruction for using our eLibrary collections, research databases, and technology.
- Computer Basics
- Google - Access all of these free web-based programs with a Google e-mail account, Gmail.
- Google Docs - A word processing application. With Google Docs, you can create, share, and edit documents in your web browser.
- Google Sheets - A program for creating and editing spreadsheets. With Google Sheets, you can create, share, and edit spreadsheets in your web browser.
- Google Slides - A program for creating and editing presentations. With Google Slides, you can create, share, edit, and present slideshows in your web browser.
- Google Drive - A cloud storage service wiith up to 15 GB of space for free, you can store photos, documents, videos, and more in just a few clicks.
- Google Photos - An online storage service that allows you to save, organize, and share all your favorite photographs.
- Google Forms - Create free online surveys, polls, and quizzes. With Google Forms, you can create, edit, personalize, and share surveys in your web browser.
- Pinterest - A social network that allows users to share and discover ideas, interests, recipes, style and DIY guides, and more.
- Twitter - A social media site that lets you interact with other Twitter accounts via “tweets”. For the latest information, follow news outlets, politicians, chefs, athletes, artists, or even your local weather service.
- Learn Free offers free self-paced tutorials to help with technology.
- Zoom - Learn this free online video meeting software the library uses for its online programming by watching this step-by-step tutorial.
Handouts & Resources
Computer & Tablet Basics
- Windows 10 - Presentation, Keyboard, Mouse, Shortcut Keys, and books on Windows 10
- Email Basics - Email Terms, Attachments
- Internet Basics - Presentation, Internet Terms, and Books on the Internet
- iPad/iPhone Basics- App Guide, iPad Quick Reference Guide, and books on iPhone & iPad
- Samsung Galaxy/Android Basics - Quick Reference Guide, App Guide, and books on Samsung and Android
Microsoft Office 2016
- Excel Formulas & Functions - Handout, and books on Excel
- Excel Sort & Filter - Handout, and books on Excel
- PowerPoint Introduction and Books on PowerPoint
- Word Introduction and Books on Word
- Cutting the Cable Cord/Streaming Services - Streaming Devices and Guide to Free Streaming
- Online Video Software - From free to low-cost options for having online video meetings. The library is using Zoom for online programming.