Here you’ll find links to digital tools serving communities in and beyond Charlotte; some are hosted by our agency partners across Mecklenburg County, some target other cities, and others are culled from national digital and media literacy initiatives. Some of these resources are developed by non-profits and other municipal agencies and are free to use, while others are subscription-based services. Explore on your own, and let us know if you find a resource we should add to our listings. Local listings are highlighted to make them easier to find.
Center for News Literacy
The Center for News Literacy, a program of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, offers curriculum materials, lesson plans and other resources.
Charlotte Hearts Gigabit
Charlotte Hearts Gigabit is a grassroots team of entrepreneurs and tech geeks whose mission is to advocate for a residential Gigabit Internet infrastructure in Charlotte. The group provides progress updates to the community, encourages collaboration and digital inclusion, and fosters entrepreneurship and the next generation of Internet apps.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system offers instruction in literacy, computer skills and technology at its countywide labs. Classes are free and open to the public. You can search the library website for classes, events and lab locations, and find services at your nearest branch.
Chicago Public Schools Digital Media Toolkit
These tools are designed for Chicago Public Schools principals, staff, and community.
Code for Charlotte
Code for Charlotte is a brigade of the national non-profit Code for America. Both organizations are dedicated to raising awareness and demonstrating the value of open data, open source, and open government.
Code.org is focused on growing education in computer programming. Its website offers resources, tools, and a database of places to learn how to program. It’s easier to learn than you think.
Codeacademy provides free training, focus on coding for interactivity. These are advanced digital tools made easy, but mostly of interest to people looking to build interactive websites and apps.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media offers online K-12 curriculum training in digital literacy and citizenship for educators and parents, as well as other programs.
Curriculum 21 helps global educators match curriculum and school designs to the needs of 21st century learners.
Cyberwise helps parents and educators understand digital citizenship, online safety, online privacy, and reputation management, so they can help kids embrace technology safely and wisely.
Digital Citizenship Utah
DigCitUtah facilitates conversation and collaboration around the opportunities and challenges of raising children in a digital world.
This digital literacy portal is a federal initiative that serves as a resource for digital literacy practitioners, and encourages educators to share resources.
Goodwill Community Foundation
GCFLearnFree.org is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, and features online learning opportunities for individuals looking to improve their technology, literacy and math skills. Goodwill digital literacy programs emphasize educational and job training.
Grovo offers brief video lessons on a range of Internet-based and mobile-based applications. The responsive site allows registered users to indicate which online tools they use most.
iCivics provides information about government, elections, the legal system, foreign policy, citizenship and other topics, offering educational resources and games used in classrooms in all 50 states.
Khan Academy provides free lessons and tutorials in mathematics, economics, science, and other subjects.
Learning to Code
An information graphic that summarizes computer languages, from the web hosting service WhoIsHostingThis.com.
Mecklenburg County MeckConnect.org
Mecklenburg County invites citizens to share their ideas and voice their opinions through its on-line portal. Through MeckConnect, the county hopes to create a better place to live, work and recreate, and offers countless opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the community.
MediaSmarts, managed by Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy, offers educational resources in digital and media literacy.
Northstar Digital Literacy Project
The Northstar Digital Literacy Project contains tutorials to help users assess their basic digital literacy skills. The tutorials (or modules) are broken into five sections and tests users on: basic computer use, World Wide Web, Windows 7, OS X, using email, and Microsoft Word.
Newsela uses news stories to offer an innovative way to build reading comprehension.
News-O-Matic offers children aged 7 to 11 their first daily newspaper — an interactive experience filled with news about science, sports, current events and wacky stuff.
Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.