New to Using Computers?
If you are new to using computers, then you will want to review some free online tutorials that cover the basics. An excellent place to start is the GCF Learn Free website. This site has tutorials that cover an understanding of computer hardware, what various buttons and ports do on a computer, the difference between different types of computers, understanding how to start using a computer, staying safe on the Internet, and many more helpful topics.
Learning the Windows Operating System
When you are ready to understand all that the Windows operating system can help you with, then you may want to use the tutorials on the Home and Learn website. The tutorials review how to perform many common tasks like changing your screen background, the Windows 10 Start Menu, voice search, appropriate privacy settings, and many other topics.
Learning How to Code
If you want to start learning how to program (code) or learn about spreadsheets and word processors, then Home and Learn is the website for you. Each tutorial is targeted for the beginner and will help you understand computers so that you can use them to your advantage.
Need a Computer?
The City of Moreno Valley is partnering with the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Riverside County to distribute refurbished computers to those who need assistance. The program is called Tech for Success.
- Household income must be less than 200% of the federal poverty level.
- Applicants must take two online workshops to prepare for success online.
Learn more about the workshop topics and income requirements on the Tech for Success Guidelines.
To request a free computer, complete the application form and send it to Monica Santana from CAP at email@example.com or by calling 951.955.4900.
You can also mail the application to:
Community Action Partnership
2038 Iowa Ave., Suite B101, Riverside, CA 92507
All CAP programs can be viewed at the CAP Riverside website.
Tech for Success is an ongoing program and the availability of computers fluctuates, so submit your application soon for the best opportunity to receive a free computer.
Free MV Library Resources
Technology Center/Maker Space (coming soon) equipment featuring:
- Ultimaker 3D Printers
- Oculus Quest Virtual Reality
Online 3D design tools for 3D printers:
eBooks and Resources
Join Coursera for free and learn online. Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. Contact the Moreno Valley Library for a free subscription. Supplies are limited.
eBooks and eZines
The Library has a number of Free eBooks and eZines available to library card holders.
The Library’s eResources include these online tests, magazine articles, digital audio books:
*Some resources offered through the Moreno Valley Public Library require a library card. Library cards are free to City residents.
Free Internet Resources
Below is a list of resources available on the Internet that are free. Some links are for online classes; others are for technology clubs or organizations that will help you learn.
- Learn Computer Science and coding from Code.org
- Young girls learn to code by participating in local group from Girls Who Code
- Microsoft Imagine Academy Microsoft Imagine Academy gives students and educators the curricula and certifications they need to succeed in a tech-driven economy
- A version of the popular game Minecraft for children to help learn various school subjects - Minecraft for Education
- A non-profit children’s camp from La Sierra University to help kids learn and build robots - RobotsForFun.com
- LinkedIn Learning, free licenses are available at the Moreno Valley Business & Employment Resource Center
- Computer Applications – MS Office & Google Doc Suites – online training from GCF LearnFree.org
- Free or Low-cost Internet Service Providers:
- Get Affordable Internet
- Notable Children’s Digital Media is a collection of real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children ages 14 and younger
- Khan Academy provides free help with many kinds of school work and subjects from kindergarten through SAT preparation
- A collection of free military resources for veterans addressing a wide range of topics like education, housing, healthcare, etc.
- SchoolQuest is a website full of tools to help middle- and high-school students of military families succeed at school
- For the Sake of the Child contains over 100 pod casts to support military families and their unique challenges
- The TedEd Lessons are a collection of youth videos on many school subjects
- Internet Essentials (from Comcast) is a free collection of educational materials to help students of all ages access and be safe on the Internet. Some of the most popular topics on this site include: