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This is a partial listing of online tutorials, courses, guides, and activities which seem to have some educational value or technical focus. Not all have been tested.  Please see expanded links in this site's companion section: How To Guides

    Computer 101 - Introduction and Beyond :

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  1. What's Inside a Computer - Click on a part to get detailed data - via
  2. New User Tutorial (mouse and computer) by TLN Technology Committee (Also in Spanish)
  3. Computers Simplified - Illustrative presentation by
  4. The Computer Technology Documentation Project - Provides computer technology tutorials covering
    Linux, Windows, web programming, networking, servers, computer security, basic computer skills, and hardware
  5. Computer How-To Guides - Pages of useful topics from®
  6. Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 - See selective list of detailed lessons - in English and some in Spanish:
    Computer Basics, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Working with Windows & more (Free for personal use; teachers need permission for free classroom use - see details)
  7. The Prometheus Project - Communicating On the Web - Tutorials on Email, IRC, and Mailing Lists
  8. Free Computer Tips - Wide array of PC information from Computer Tips
  9. Bleeping Computer - Computer Help and Tutorials for the beginning (and advanced) computer user
  10. How PCs Work - Videos included in this tutorial form HowStuffWorks
  11. The PC Technology Guide
  12. Free Online Tutorials - 650 Free tutorials from
  13. Webopedia's Quick Reference Area - Find Computer-related information
  14. Microsoft DOS and command prompt - Quick links by Computer
  15. Tips for Beginning Window Users
  16. Basic PC Hardware 101 - From
  17. Free Computer Help Tutorials and Troubleshooting FAQ -
  18. Computer Troubleshooting Guide from®
  19. Free Computer & IT Training and Tutorials - Massive links and resources! -
  20. Absolute beginners guide computer basics eHow™
  21. Learn how to download new files to your computer using Mozilla Firefox - via
  22. Downloading & Extracting - Instructions from
  23. Tech Articles and tutorials - Via Exforsys Inc®
  24. What is XML? - Get detailed information from Computer Ency and other tools online -
  25. See Computer Encyclopedia, File extensions, Hacker Slang, and more at
  26. TechFAQ - Good site for Technical Info: Cryptology FAQs to Science FAQs and beyond
  27. Windows XP and Vista - Tutorial, Tips, and Help from®
  28. Computer Memory Basics - By Radio-Electronics.Com
  29. Glossary of Common Computer Ports and Connectors
  30. Computer Troubleshooting Topics - Help from®
  31. Tech Guides - Some older links
  32. Easy Tips - How do I? (extensive computer help site - like 325 Easy PC Tips)
  33. Tips & Tricks by Technology Nerd (Helpful)

    Computers 102 - Advanced Tips & Malware Protection :

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  34. List of Windows processes and files running in the background of MS Windows
  35. Basic computer troubleshooting - For software, hardware, and common error messages - via Computer
  36. Tech Podcast Network - How-to Section for computers
  37. Podnutz - Popular DIY computer repair site
  38. TechTutorials - Free Computer Reference - Thousands of free tutorials
  39. Basic computer troubleshooting - By Computer
  40. Hacking - How its done & tutorials by
  41. The Best Free Training Tutorials - In various media by
  42. Emerging Technologies Links - Wide variety from emTech Consulting
  43. Tips and Tricks from Techie Buzz - like top online storage sites, disposable e-mail tips, etc.
  44. FTP Tutorials - How to Upload and Download Website Files with FTP Tutorials
  45. Online Tech Tips - Computer Tips
  46. Killer Tech Tips Software, websites, Hacks You Can Use
  47. Tech Tips, Computer Help and News from Home Technology Solutions of Marin
  48. Tech Tips - online computer help and more
  49. Use free firewall tutorials to protect Windows PC - via
  50. Technology Tutorials found on the Web - See Windows sections from Internet4Classrooms
  51. PCMECHANIC: YOUR PC How-to Information Resource
  52. Computer Tips and Tech News to Make You a Pro (see free copy of Useful Run Commands For Windows Vista and XP
  53. Tutorial list - Offers computer, education, web ... tutorials on tons of categories
  54. Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog: Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User
  55. The project is all about spyware and malware removal
  56. Computer Networking - See all related information at®
  57. Windows Networking Articles & tutorials
  58. Uninstall Program Database - Remove dangerous and unwanted programs - help from Bleeping
  59. Free Windows XP Tutorial - Many video topics via
  60. Helping you Prevent and Remove Adware, Spyware, Viruses and Other Malware - See tutorials at Destroy

    Desktop Applications :

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  61. How to Do Desktop Publishing - Tutorial from®
  62. The Best Free Desktop and Office Tutorials on the Web
  63. Free Online Tutorials - Applications tutorials by Baycon
  64. How To for Classroom Teachers - Tutorials on basic Windows, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, etc.- from Edzone
  65. The Best Free Desktop and Office Tutorials on the Web
  66. Multimedia Tutorials
  67. Tech-Notes: covers technology and learning also see:
  68. Publishing: Useful Tools ( ®)
  69. BCT Online Tutorials and Help Pages
  70. Courseware for Photoshop beginners (First module free) via Andrei Doubrovski
  71. Free Computer Software Programs Training - See wide selections from CIS department Brown Univ.
  72. ITPRC - IT tutorials, guides, and links
  73. Search for How-to articles on Microsoft® software - Available from Microsoft®
  74. PC Help Links Page - Tutorials and support links (ECSI)
  75. Free MS Excel addin tools from ASAP Utilities
  76. PowerPoint in the Classroom - Tutorial

    Definitions - Tech Terms :

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  77. Plain English Internet Glossary
  78. List of Buzzwords - See several lists per industry - Wikipedia
  79. Find the Technology Grades K-5
  80. Technology Glossary Technology buzz words from
  81. TechEncyclopedia - Over 20,000 IT items by
  82. Computer Hope Dictionary - Convenient Browse by Category Entries
  83. A Glossary of Computer Terms with Easy-to-Understand Definitions - From
  84. Glossary of Internet and Computer Terms -
  85. BABEL - A Glossary of Computer Abbreviations & Acronyms
  86. Acronym Finder
  87. Computer dictionary, Computer terms dictionary, Definition of all Computer Terms - Free download or online
  88. Encyclopedia Index - PC Magazine (over 20,000 IT items)
  89. Netlingo - The Internet Dictionary
  90. Bugzilla Thesaurus & Reverse Dictionary
  91. Reverse Search via Wordsmyth
  92. Computing Dictionaries - Great resources from
  93. Free Computer Dictionary Online also links to Medical, law, and legal dictionaries
  94. ARTFL Project - Webster Search Form
  95. Reverse Dictionary - by OneLook
  96. Duhaime's Law Dictionary
  97. GrammarCheck - English - large archive
  98. Thesaurus
  99. TheFreeDictionary's Encyclopedia - Claims to be among the most up-to-date document ever produced

    General Academics:

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  100. Software 101: Open Source vs. Free Software Movement
  101. - Free online courses and tutorials via index or search engine
  102. Software Tutorials and Online Tutorials for Students and Teachers - by Actden
  103. TeAch-nology Tutorials
  104. Tutorials Library at MediaBuilder
  105. Tutorials from Links2Go
  106. See over 8,000 educational selections - from ThinkQuest's Library
  107. Dr. Abel Scribe's Guides to MLA Research Papers
  108. Free Tools for Writing in the MLA Format - eHow™
  109. EDU2: Education and Courses (EDUFRAME)
  110. See Random Knowledge Generator - and other items at Mad Sci Network
  111. Lesson Tutor - Free printables, lesson plans, and worksheets (K-12)
  112. Free Online Courses (business, computer, etc. from
  113. Tutorials Library at PresenterMedia
  114. Online Educational Tutorials on Microsoft® Products
  115. Free Online Courses (business, computer, etc. from

    Internet & WEB 2.0 :

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  116. Internet 101 - The world's most popular guide to the Internet
  117. Internet 101 Beginner's Handbook of Tutorials
  118. Social Bookmarking 101 - Tools for the TEKS: Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  119. Viruses 101 - Learn about viruse protection and Internet topics from®
  120. The Deep - Invisible Web - How to find information there -
  121. Web 2.0 Search Engine
  122. Best Search Engines (directories with specialized search engines)
  123. Internet Shortcut Keys
  124. Google Power Searching Tips for Students and Universities
  125. Power Searching - or effective Internet searching
  126. Operators and more search help
  127. Internet Glossary - By Education World®
  128. Using Technology to Keep You Safer - Article by
  129. A Guide to Cyberspace (Kevin Hughes)
  130. What is a blog (and how you can start one)
  131. What is a Podcast?
  132. Podcasting Tools -Everything you need to know about Podcasting
  133. Podcasts - School Computing - How to Make Podcasts - in detail -
  134. A Podcast of Your Own - Win & Mac (Macworld)
  135. Podcasting in Education - See many tools and tutorials
  136. Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites
  137. Educational Podcasting - See tutorials
  138. Kidcast Learning and Teaching with Podcasting
  139. EdTechTalk Collaborative Open Webcasting Community
  140. Podcast Recording And Editing Tools: A Mini-Guide
  141. 15 Podcasts Every Geek Should Listen To
  142. Podcasts in the Classroom
  143. Audio and Podcasting - see tips and resources
  144. Podcasting in Education
  145. Free Stock Music for Educational Use
  146. What is "I.M" and "Instant Messaging"?
  147. Internet Search Engines - A Tutorial - From Berkeley Univ.
  148. Internet Tutorial
  149. Web Developer's Virtual Library: Tutorials plus (
  150. Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology - CIL Tech Tips For Every Librarian
  151. What is RSS?
  152. What is Web 2.0?
  153. What is Flickr?
  154. A Comprehensive Guide to Wikis - See details at®
  155. The Top Social Networking Sites - List from®
  156. ONLINE TOOLS & PRODUCTIVITY SECTION has essential information

    Math & Science:

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  157. A Short Course in Trig
  158. AcroTeX: Tutorials - Calculus I and algebra, games, etc.
  159. Appetizers and Lessons for Math and Reason
  160. Martindale's The Reference Desk - Note Calculators On-line (Tremendous Variety)
  161. Frank Potter's Science Gems - Including Mathematics - *TECH LINK*
  162. Eric Weisstein's World of Science - includes Math and other subjects
  163. Gallery of on-line Interactive Geometry - University of Minnesota
  164. See Math Topics - Trig., algebra, etc. - ThinkQuest
  165. Mathematics on the Internet - *TECH LINK*
  166. On Line Finite Math & Applied Calculus Tutorials - Also while there, see:
  167. WebTrig is an online trigonometry tutorial
  168. Physics Reference
  169. Conversions See Units conversion software and online sites
  170. Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab especially:
  171. The Why Files

    Music-Audio-Video :

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  172. Music Technology Links
  173. Music Technology - Wikipedia
  174. ABC's of Using MIDI files on the Net
  175. How to Record Music on the Computer - Tutorial from eHow™
  176. Public Domain and Royalty Free Music - PD Info
  177. iTunes: convert a song to a different file format - More tips at
  178. The New User's Guide for iTunes - Details at
  179. Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
  180. Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of the Music - Learn Notation, scales, chords, etc.
  181. Glossary of Musical Terms
  182. Keyboard Magazine - See digital music articles
  183. Music - How-to lessons, tutorials & tips at Knowledge Hound
  184. HowStuffWorks "How MP3 Files Work" www.howstuffworks
  185. Music and Technology Learning - see many resources
  186. Music Education, Technology & More
  187. Standard MIDI Files on the Net
  188. Jeff Mallett's Songwriter Site ( Great site!
  189. Digital Camera Reference Website
  190. Filmmaking - Via

    Open Content: - Free Publications

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  191. Free e-books - See selections in science, engineering, etc.
  192. Online Practical Electronics Book - From WikiBooks
  193. PHP Online Manual
  194. - Download free books on Databases, Spreadsheets, Word Processing, and many other popular applications - free for anybody
  195. How to Design: Programs - Detailed programming book complete with open source software - from
  196. Free Computer Books - See titles like: Basic Computing Using Windows, Computers for Retirees, The Linux Starter Pack, and tons more from
  197. Free Books on Computer Application Software, Math, Science, Security & More - See the huge list at

    Platform Options - Working with Different Operating Systems :

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  198. WEB OS Rundown: 45 + Web Operating Systems - List from
  199. GNU - the operating system created for free software - Initially developed by Richard Stallman (per Wikipedia)
  200. Detailed Explanations of Operating Systems via Wikipedia
  201. Linux vs Windows (a comparison) - Good synopsis and guide
  202. Windows Compatibility for the Linux Desktop | O'Reilly Media
  203. Moving from Windows to Linux
  204. Running Windows on Linux (Wine is one option)
  205. Computing Linux Unix Glossary - Linux Dictionary
  206. Comparison of Windows and Linux (Wikipedia)
  207. Linux, KDE, and running Linux as 2nd OS - Explained in this tutorial
  208. Debian - Win32-loader
  209. What's the best Linux for beginners? - Tips from
  210. MacWindows Tips - for Macintosh-Windows Integration
  211. A Feature Comparison List: Mac OS X and Windows 7
  212. OS Tips How to close Unresponsive Programs in Windows and Mac OS X
  213. Technology Tutorials found on the Web - See Mac sections from Internet4Classrooms
  214. Apple® - Find Out How - Mac Basics - See Windows-on-Mac link also
  215. Education World (R) reviews Mac Tips and Tutorials site
  216. Apple Macintosh Support - By Computer
  217. Amping Up Your Web Site with the MySQL Database System - Analyzes MySQL
  218. Help for Linux users or potential users - Tutorials, articles, forum, etc.
  219. Linux Help - Network Basics - Free Tutorial

    Programming :

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  220. BASIC-256 - easy to use version of BASIC designed to teach anybody (especially middle and high-school students) the basics of computer programming.
  221. 4 ways to become a better programmer - with good links
  222. Teen Programmers Unite - Training ground for young programmers - code & tutorials
  223. WOTSIT'S FORMAT: The Programmer's File Format Collection
  224. C++ Virtual Library
  225. Yahoo Search: Programming Languages: BASIC: QBasic/QuickBasic
  226. The Tutorial Page - Programming, Internet, science, etc.

    Special Interest :

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  227. Electronics 101 - Complete free course online with glossary by Ray Dall
  228. Excellent Electronics Tutorials - wide array of expertise
  229. List of Electronics Topics - Some computer terms included -
  230. WebElements Periodic Table
  231. Printable Periodic Table (free but no selling)
  232. PowerPoint in the Classroom - Tutorial
  233. How-To articles at AARP - on Technology, Social Media, and Security

    Smartphones & Tablets :

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  234. How to Get Your Smart Phone to Pay for Itself - AARP
  235. 9 Apps With the 50-Plus in Mind - AARP
  236. Types of Smart Phones - eHow™
  237. Types of Smart Phones - Smart Phone Reviews
  238. Best Smartphones - CNET Reviews
  239. See over 100 Smartphone articles - from AARP
  240. See Smartphone Apps in FREEWARE SECTION

    USB Trends - Portable Apps :

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  241. Puppy (Linux derivative)runs on USB pen drive - This version will boot from floppy! - Puppy
  242. How to Run Linux from an USB Flash Drive - Do it in 5 minutes! -
  243. How to Install Any Linux OS on a Pendrive or USB - Tech Spikes
  244. Bootable Linux USB Drive - How To - Instructions by
  245. Linux USB FAQ
  246. Install Linux from windows - See details about dual booting at
  247. 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick - For Mac and Win via
  248. Windows XP Setup Simulator - Steps you through an simulated setup procedure
  249. - Run Linux natively inside Windows (2000, XP, Vista-32 bit only); this installation will allow hundreds of Linux programs to be run within Windows
  250. Using USB Devices in a Virtual Machine -
  251. How to Make A Thumb Drive Bootable - Details at eHow™
  252. How to choose the best Linux distribution - Details at
  253. The Ultimate Guide to Virtualization - Run two operating systems at once for free: Ubuntu on Mac OS X, Vista, or XP; Vista on Mac OS X, Ubuntu, or XP; XP on Mac OS X, Ubuntu, or Vista -


  254. Google Videos Search - Many tutorials come in video format - check it out
  255. Yahoo! Answers - Has answers to thousands of questions - includes PCs & Net
  257. FREEWARE SECTION has related FREE software
  258. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX under HOW-TO GUIDES, and WEBTOOLS (for SAFE SEARCHING), etc., e.g.-

    Note to educators:   Most "kidsafe" search engines can still access other search engines which are
    unfiltered and that restrict users under 18 - unless they are disabled in advance - See details on
    Webtools Page
    logo Click here to Search - For kids, teens, parents, and teachers

    ALA: Great Websites for Kids - and others

    Tech Terms Search Box
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