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Google & Chromebooks

Chrome Geek
From Chrome tutorials to Chrome Apps, CG is the perfect showcase for Chrome OS savvy users. You will find in-depth articles on a variety of red hot topics such as web hosting, chrome themes, chrome downloads, chrome design, chrome usability, and more.
Chrome Story
Chrome Story is a … blog dedicated to everything Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. We cover news, tips, apps, extensions and themes for Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. Includes sections such as Getting Started With Your Chromebook and 100 Chromebook Tips and Tricks.
Control Alt Achieve: Extensions vs Web Apps vs Add-ons
An explanation and a chart showing the similarities and differences between these different Chrome tools.
GCF Google Apps
You can do a lot with a Google account these days, from using Google Drive to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to using Google Maps to learn your way around.
GCF Google Chrome
Learn all about browsing, customizing, and bookmarking in Chrome, as well as personalizing your privacy and security settings.
Google: Chromebook Help
Google’s own support page for using and customizing your Chromebook.
Google Forms Template Gallery
From here you can choose from blank templates for Education, Personal, or Work use.
Google: Google Help
Google’s own support page for using Google tools and apps. Includes topics such as Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, and much more.
Google YouTube Channel
Google has a large store of videos for those who are looking for help with their various tools.
Helpful Chromebook Resources for Teachers
While this guide says it’s for teachers, the tips here could be useful to anyone learning to use a Chromebook, or looking for a reminder on something they don’t do very often.
How to Use Google for Education
…[T]his site is a resource for all students and parents to help navigate some of the key features within the Google Suite of learning tools. Each of the pages to the left house a series of short videos that will help you better understand how to navigate the numerous tools in the Google platform.
How to Use Your Chromebook
Laptop magazine writes: … as with any operating system, there are still plenty of tips and tricks for using Chrome OS. Here at Laptop Mag, we put together a list of how-to’s to help you learn the intricacies of your new Chromebook.
HubSpot: How to Set Gmail as Your Browser’s Default Email Client for Mailto Links
[E]ver click on a “mailto” link to share web content via email, only to have your browser attempt to open the wrong email client? … Here’s how to fix it so your preferred browser uses Gmail as its default email client for mailto links.
Richard Byrne: Google Tutorials (videos)
While many of the tutorials here are aimed at teachers, quite a few of them would be useful for anyone using Google apps and tools.
Shake Up Learning: 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students
In this post, you will find 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! This database is searchable and filterable by category, subject area, and grade level!
Spice Up Your Slides with 600+ Free Design Templates
Thankfully there are many websites that have created and shared hundreds of templates that can be used for your new Google Slides presentations. This article describes a few of those sites.
Some Helpful YouTube Guidelines for Teachers
While this guide says it’s for teachers, the tips here could be useful to anyone learning to use YouTube, or looking for a reminder on something they don’t do very often.

Guides & Tutorials

Cyberwise offers both subscription and free materials to help youth use digital media safely and wisely.
edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.
GCF Global
Provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
Google: Applied Digital Skills
Free videos lessons for teachers, students, and independent learners.
Google for Education: Applied Digital Skills
From creating documents through research and project management, these free video lessons use Google tools to teach vital online skills.
Home and Learn
Welcome to Home and Learn’s free computer courses and tutorials site. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.
How-To Geek
We are an online tech publisher, dedicated to explaining the “hows” and the “whys” of today’s technology and news.
In Pictures
In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects. There’s no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do. Free!
Khan Academy: Computing
Introductory and advanced classes in computer topics, each class consisting of a series of short video lessons.
Microsoft: Digital Literacy
From the basics about what computers are to browsing the web and evaluating content to online etiquette and safety to creating and sharing documents and using online tools, thie free course breaks everything to easy to digest chunks while you learn at your own pace.
PC World: How-To
Articles and information from PC World magazine.
PowerCert Animated Videos (videos)
Short animated videos explaining the basics of various computer concepts.
Tech Support
Ask Dave Taylor
CNet Forums
Computer Hope
Tech 911
Tutorials Point: Computer Fundamentals
This tutorial has been prepared for beginners as well as advanced learners who want to deal with computers. … After completing this tutorial, you will find yourself at a moderate level of expertise in the knowledge of computer basics from where you can take yourself to the next level.
The Webby Awards
Sites chosen by web experts as some of the best online sites. Arranged by category.
Wired How-To
A collaborative site filled with all kinds of projects, hacks, tricks and tips you can edit. Mostly but not entireley tech-related.


You will find over 100 programming language tutorials, lessons, and how-to’s.
Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts…. an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.
Learn to code, interactively, for free.
Free courses and learning activities. Build real working apps, games and websites using blocks, JavaScript, CSS, HTML and more.
Code for Life
Anyone can learn how to code. We will help you learn how. It’s fun, free and easy. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, our games support and guide you, making learning to code great fun.
Code Monster
Code Monster from Crunchzilla is an interactive tutorial for kids that focuses on action. Code changes immediately yield visible results. Projects start with simple boxes and colors, rapidly progressing into exciting experiments with simple animation and fractals. Important programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals, expressions, and functions are introduced by example.
CS Unplugged
CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. They also have their own YouTube Channel.
Learn to code with bite-size visual puzzles. … Grasshopper covers the foundations of JavaScript, how to create animations with code, teaches solving problem techniques needed for technical interviews and introduces how to build a website with HTML and CSS. Free for online or mobile.
Khan Academy – Computer Programming
Learn the fundamentals of programming on the Khan Academy Computer Science platform. Explore programs made by others. Write your own programs and share them!
Kodu Game lab
Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Introductory Programming Courses
Excellent introductory courses for beginners. Classes includes video lectures, handouts, homework problems, and self-assessment quizzes.
Programming Basics
Programming tutorial starting from the most basic concepts.
Regular Expressions
A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular expressions as wildcards on steroids. Describes how regular expressions work and offers a tutorial for learning the basics of how to use them.
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
Small Basic
Small Basic is the only programming language created specially to help students transition from block-based coding to text-based coding. By teaching the fundamental elements of syntax-based languages in an approachable manner, Small Basic gives students the skills and confidence to tackle more complex programming languages…
Think Like a Coder (videos)
A 10 episode animated series follows a pair of characters who …embark on a quest to collect three artifacts and must solve their way through a series of programming puzzles…. challenges the viewer to solve the puzzle along with the characters.
Tutorialspoint: Computer Programming Tutorial
This tutorial has been prepared for the beginners who are willing to learn computer programming but they are unable to learn it due to lack of proper guidance. We are confident that after completing this tutorial, you will be at a level where you can code in C Programming language and will have a basic understanding of Java and Python programming languages as well…
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