SCHOOL & COMMUNITY
Here you will find a collection of online tools to help you Live, Learn, Earn, Work, and Play, along with basic tutorials to help you start using them.
These links will show you how to set up your Chromebook for the first time and show you where to find your settings. You will see how to personalize your new device to suit your needs. This includes how set your background image, connect to your other Google accounts, upload and edit pictures, and much more.
Google Maps is a great way to get from "here to there." They offer directions for driving, walking, biking, and public transportation. This tutorial focuses on the public transportation resources on the site, helping you find the right bus or train to get where you are going.
Need to translate an email? A document from a friend? What about a website? Google Translate can do all that for you. This tutorial will show you how to use the site to translate text and also translate websites into more languages than you can count. The translation is not perfect, but it is always getting better and will actually ask you for advice!
Boston.gov is the home for tons of City of Boston resources. This tutorial will explain how to use the site to learn about city events, pay bills, and use “How To Guides” for basic needs such as getting food assistance, finding affordable housing, and so much more!
The Department of Human Service Programs provides a wide range of services that touch almost every sector of the city: from newborns to senior citizens, from school-aged children to homeless families, from non-profit organizations to local employers.
The City of Somerville website has a ton of resources for those who reside in or do business in Somerville. This tutorial will explain how to access important information such as how to register to vote, parking permits, signing up to receive city-wide alerts, and information for renters and home owners.
The Somerville Hub website is a place to find what children, teens and their families need to learn, thrive, and have fun in Somerville. Use this tutorial to find school and after-school options for children of different age groups. Check out programs and activities by areas of interest, and view the events calendar to discover new things to do!
The City of Chelsea website is a great place to find Chelsea-specific resources and to discover events and opportunities in the Chelsea area. This tutorial will show you how to report issues to the city, how to pay bills and online services, and sign up for the newsletter.
The HHS’s website you can learn more about the Divisions of the Library, Elder Affairs, Health, Workforce Development, Veterans Affairs, and Community Schools and Recreation in Chelsea. The Health Division includes the school-nursing program and the new public health outreach pilot with Mass. General Hospital. Workforce Development includes the summer youth, after-school internship programs, and the Refugee Services Project. Elder Affairs deliver home care services to Chelsea elders in need. There is even more to learn.
U.S. Census 2020: Using the Online Portal
This tutorial covers how to fill out the census online and how to select different languages. It also reviews other details such as the letter that housing units will start to receive in mid-March 2020, instructions for homeless individuals, and guidelines for setting up a census kiosk.
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Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. The NCOA's Benefits Check Up asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.
Looking for FREE Wifi access throughout the city? Boston's Wicked Free Wifi program is all over and growing! Click the link above to see a big map of the locations where you can take your phone, tablet, or laptop to get FREE Internet.
Typing.com is a website for anyone who wants to improve their typing skills! This website is great for beginners to learn how to get used to a keyboard. Use the "lessons" feature to practice basic typing. You can also take typing tests to see how fast and accurate your typing is. You can also practice your typing by playing different games on this site.
"BOSTONavigator is the place to search for youth programs in Boston. More than 1500 programs are available throughout the city. You can find programs in more than 10 activity types including academics, arts, sports, career exploration, youth development and more."
According to their website, “The College Board is driven by a single goal — to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.” This tutorial will show people of all ages how to use CollegeBoard’s site to find the perfect school and hopefully ways to help pay for it!
Do you have a student in Boston Public Schools? Curious about your kid’s grades? Want to check her attendance? Would you like to get an email notification any time your child is absent or gets a poor grade? If so, then the BPS Student Information System (SIS) is for you!
The Boston School Finder website allows families to get information on all Boston schools in one site. Answer a few questions about what you need or want, and Boston School Finder will provide you with a list of the schools that best fit your family.
Looking for your child's school bus? You can now find a map of where it is! Check out https://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org. There you can find your child's bus and even track it as it moves throughout the city. No more wondering on snowy days where the bus is!
The Boston Public Library (BPL) website offers a wealth of online resources. Any resident of Massachusetts can register for a library card. You can use the BPL website to request books, movies, and music, download electronic books on your devices, or view upcoming events at different BPL branches.
hoopla is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.
Lynda is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. It offers courses in many topics plus step-by-step video tutorials on every software you can think of; from Google Docs to Blackboard to Photoshop. This PDF shows you how to access Lynda.com for free through the Boston Public Library.
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FastWeb is a great site that will help you find a scholarship for school. It offers an easy to use search tool with a very large database of scholarships. If you are thinking about going back to school and need help paying for it, this is a great site to check out.
"uAspire helps aspiring college students and graduates make their dream of a college education an affordable reality. Our mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education."
Applying for college and finding the right career can be intimidating. BPS has put together a College & Career Guide full of resources and links to help you naviagate this difficult process.
"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages."
GCF Learn Free hosts a free resource for learning technology basics. It provides tutorials on computer basics, how to use a mouse, using the internet, and online safety. This is a great place to start for those who are new to using a computer.
Google Safety Center
The theme of the Google Safety Center is "Working together to stay safe online." The site has resources for individuals and families, including safety basics and information on keeping your personal data secure. Check out the "Safety Tools" section to see how to use and manage Google tools with your family.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
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"Ready, Set, Bank℠ gives people everywhere the tools and confidence to start banking online. Our videos guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances electronically."
"The Coalition has provided low and moderate income taxpayers with free financial services since 2001. From January to April, we provide free tax preparation at... volunteer-staffed locations around Boston. The Coalition also now offers a year-round financial coaching program that directly involves volunteers in promoting economic empowerment in Boston communities."
Indeed.com is a top job site. The online search tool lets you use your computer or mobile device to find jobs that have been posted on 1,000’s of other websites. If the job is online, you will find it on Indeed.
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The Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a great employment website with lots of resources. These include tools to help find a job, create a resume, and much more.
According to their site, it is Snagajob's "mission to help hourly workers find jobs they love... We continually develop innovative tools to help hourly workers and employers simplify their jobs and start living their dreams."
Want to know how to make your resume stand out? Check out this "4 Steps to Writing a Job-Winning Resume" page to help you get started.
Google Hangouts lets you send messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos. Hangouts sync automatically across devices, so you can start on your computer and continue to your phone. This tutorial will teach you how to chat, call, and Hangout!
According to the city’s website, the Parks & Recreation department “create and maintain clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in more than 2,300 acres of park land throughout Boston."