Technology Blog

Manage Your Money - Online!

It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances.  Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, September 1, at 2 pm and 3 pm

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, September 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Ask the Gadget Guy!

Have a new or old tech toy and wish you had someone to help you figure it out? Want to know more about Android apps? Trying to make the most of your iPad? Dying to know what a Nook is? It's time to Ask the Gadget Guy!

On Saturday, August 27, the Community Technology Center's Gadget Guy will be available to answer all of your gadget questions. Don't have a gadget yet to bring with you? Not to worry. Devices like the iPad, Motorola Xoom, Nook and more will be available for you to try out.

Ask The Gadget Guy
Saturday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 4
Community Technology Center
Free and open to the public

Presenting with panache!

PowerPoint logo

Everyone likes to be a show-off once in a while!  You can learn to make fabulous visual presentations that will knock the socks off your classmates or colleagues using PowerPoint or Prezi!

Students are often asked to present research or report to classmates on subjects for school.  Business professionals sometimes find themselves speaking in front of clients or colleagues.  Don't get caught off guard the next time you're asked to speak.  We can show you how to create a visual component to accompany your oh-so-eloquent voice!

Blog! Blog! Blog! Learn how to Blog!

blog

What is a “blog” anyway?  For starters, you’re reading one right now.  Denverlibrary.org has several blogs, and they seem to be popping up all over the internet; they have been for years.  But what are they?

“Blog” is short for “web blog.”  Typically a blog will have some sort of theme, whether it’s an organization’s blog like this one, a blog about a specific topic (say, cats saying absurd things, or things to do in Denver when you're broke) or a personal  diary (not too personal though because it’s being shared with the public).  Some blogs are text-based while others tend to post videos and images.&n

Tips to Manage your Holds for Books, CDs and DVDs

My Account: Holds

In the new library catalog, you have a lot more power over your account than you used to have. Here are some tips to manage your Holds.

Use My Account to keep track of your holds. Select Holds in the My Account submenu.

To Cancel Holds

Connect with eMedia at a branch near you!

Volunteer Dawn assists a patron learning how to use the iPad.

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done.

The Community Technology Center will be heading out to several branch libraries to give you an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

We will be visiting the following branches on the following dates and times:

Virginia Village Branch Library: Wednesday 7/27, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

How to Buy a New Computer

Buying a new computer can be overwhelming, but a little research can go a long way.

The first step is to think about what you will be using your computer for. If you will only be surfing the internet and checking your email, a very basic machine will probably suit your needs, but if you are going to be doing a lot of gaming or video editing, you may need something more powerful.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Performance

  • Hard drive capacity for storage
  • RAM for speed
  • CPU/Processor for multi tasking

Types of computers

Practice your tech skills at home!

gcflearnfree.org

Maybe you're the son or daughter of a parent who has just begun attending classes at the Community Technology Center. Or perhaps you have recently decided you'd like to create Excel spreadsheets or Tweet about your business. Whether you'd like to practice what you learned in class or you are hoping to master something new, there are free online lessons and tutorials that can help you improve your skills!

Goodwill Community Foundation has an outstanding website, www.gcflearnfree.org, that has self-paced instruction and videos on everything from creating a brochure in Microsoft Publisher to adjusting your privacy settings on Facebook. You can also create an account and register for free online classes, which earn you accredited Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion! Over two million people have expanded their repertoires wtih GCFLearnFree.org. Give it a try!

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

Denver The Mile High City

Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

Docent with student

UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

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