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.
Details of Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. The plan includes three phases, which reflect several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden.
The Mass.Gov page lists the different types of COVID-19 vaccination sites and links to a vaccine finder tool for individuals currently eligible to be vaccinated. Additional locations will be added in the coming weeks. Appointments at mass vaccination sites are released weekly on Thursdays. Individuals will need to confirm they are eligible to get vaccinated in the current phase.
MCDHH provides accessible communication, education, and advocacy to consumers and private and public entities so that programs, services, and opportunities throughout Massachusetts are fully accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Also available is the Coronavirus Visual Tool to assist Medical Professionals and Deaf and hard of hearing individuals communicate better during medical appointments.
CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation. The tutorial above will introduce you to the CDC website and how to use it.
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 to set your background image, connect to your other Google accounts, upload, and edit pictures, and much more.
Google is a search engine that can be used to find information such as websites, images, directions, or just an answer to any question you might have.
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 the advice!
Creating a Password
The most common way for a hacker to steal your information is by guessing passwords. A strong password provides the best protection from hackers. This link will help you create strong passwords for your accounts.
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!
Learn to live a healthier life, both for yourself and your family
There are many items offered on WebMD one of which is “Living Healthy”. Living Healthy offers information and tools to help you discover new ways of living an inspiring life through natural beauty, nutrition and diet, better relationships, and an active lifestyle.
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 a 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.
On 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.
This tutorial covers how to place an order over the Internet on the DoorDash.com website. DoorDash is a food delivery service that has a wide variety of restaurant options. Free delivery is available from many restaurants on DoorDash, typically with a minimum spend of $10 or $15.
CVS: How to Order a Prescription
Here are instructions for placing an order over the Internet on the cvs.com website. CVS delivers within 1 - 2 days or the same day of your delivery. CVS’s website allows you to order or refill medicines prescribed by your healthcare provider.
You can shop online with Amazon with a free account. Amazon also offers "Amazon Prime" which is a paid service that includes free shipping, and access to Prime Video along with other perks. The tutorial above will show you how to sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime and place your first order. After your trial, Amazon prims is $12.99 per month. College students may sign up for Prime Students for $6.49 per month. Prime is also available for $5.99 for people who receive EBT, Medicaid and some other forms of government assistance.
Amazon wants to make Amazon Prime membership more affordable to low-income households. Regular Amazon Prime membership is $119 a year or $12.99 a month. However, EBT cardholders & Medicaid cardholders can now get prime at $5.99 a month. That’s more than a 50% discount on the regular price.
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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.
Google Classroom is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Google Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
Zoom provides an easy & reliable service for video, voice, screen & file sharing, and chat. You can use zoom from a web browser or app/application on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or from telephones and room conferencing systems. You can air pre-record sessions or a live stream (which you can set to record for future use e.g. to provide a shareable link to watch or download).
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!
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Schools everywhere trust the free digital citizenship curriculum and edtech ratings. Educators get access to lesson plans, edtech ratings, tools, and more.
Clever es una extensión de Chrome que permite a los estudiantes y maestros iniciar sesión en sus aplicaciones. En este tutorial lo guiaremos a través de los pasos para iniciar sesión en Clever con el correo electrónico de BPS de su estudiante.
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!
Curious about coding? What about programming? Want to be able to make your own apps for your phone and other mobile devices? Code.org is the place for you! This site offers great tutorials on how to learn basic coding. Have some fun and let us know what you come up with!
"With [thousands] of videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, [Khan Academy is] on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
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."
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 the 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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"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.
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.
Get started by typing http://www.etsy.com/sell in your web address bar. This will bring you to the Etsy seller page, where you can learn more about how to get your business on Etsy. Scroll down the page to read about what you can sell, the benefits of Etsy, and other FAQs. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. It connects sellers and buyers across the globe on a single platform. Sellers turn their ideas into businesses and buyers can purchase something with a personal touch.
This tutorial assumes the user has an Etsy account and profile.
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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."
Gmail is a free communications tool featuring email, chat, video chat, calendar, an office suite, and much more. This tutorial will help you create a Gmail account and send your first email! Good luck!