Computers & Technology Resources
Formerly Lynda.com. Learn the skills you need through instructional video courses in education, technology, business, and creative fields. To get started, log in with your library card number and PIN. (Learn more about the transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning.)
Find resources including practice tests and tutorials for school success; college, career, and citizenship preparation.
You'll be able to:
- Improve your skills in elementary, middle, and high school subjects, or study for your high school equivalency credential.
- Prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP tests and more, and search for scholarships.
- Explore careers and prepare for entrance and occupational exams and military tests.
- Find a college, review your college skills, or prepare for for college placement exams and grad school admission exams.
- Learn computer and internet basics, and master popular software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Windows operating systems.
Some features require free registration in order to save your work, revisit your tests, or store scores. You'll need a valid email address and PIN to register.
Funded by the Washington State Library. Create a learner account to test your computer skills and build your understanding in needed areas through self-paced, online learning.
To sign up as a Northstar learner and keep track of your progress, use your name and email address to set up a learner account online.
To sample Northstar before creating a learner account, you can take the tests without recording your progress through the Northstar Digital Literacy page. At this time, you can also sample the following Northstar online learning topics without a learner account: Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, and Career Search Skills.
Want help getting started? Library staff can help you get a learner account (and an email address if you need one). Fill out a Learner form or call: 360-906-5000, 1-888-546-2707 (area code 509), or 1-800-921-6211 (Yale Valley) during phone service hours.
Wherever you are on your journey with computers, we are here to help! See all the FVRLibraries computers and technology learning options.
Tests and certificates
Northstar has tests to help you see how much you already know about:
- Basic Computer Skills*
- Internet Basics*
- Using Email*
- Mac OS
- Microsoft Word*
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Google Docs
- Social Media
- Information Literacy
- Career Search Skills*
- Your Digital Footprint
- Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
*You can learn more about these topics through Northstar's self-paced learning modules.
If you would like to earn a certificate for a test that you've passed in your learner account, you can request to retake the test with an online proctor. Fill out this form and library staff will contact you.
Updated 10/2/18. Learn anything from Microsoft Office, computer science, data science; even IT infrastructure.
This resource is intended for Washington State residents only. To access this resource you will need to:
▪ Provide your zip code and certify you're a resident when asked.
▪ Have access to a computer or cloud storage with sufficient space to save the OneNote or Excel files containing the learning resources.
Access online tutorials for computer basics, office software, job hunting skills, money management, social media, online security and more. Find your specific area of interest under one of these headings: Technology Basics, Living in the Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work & Career. Follow these links for practice using a mouse or to learn about email. Most tutorials also available in Spanish.
Acceda a tutoriales en línea para obtener información básica de computación, software de oficina, habilidades para buscar trabajo, administración del dinero, medios sociales, seguridad en línea, inglés, matemáticas y más.
TechConnect Washington Community Helpdesk provides FREE basic technical support, Learning Management System support, internet connectivity guidance, and referrals for hardware fixes to all Washington residents in Spanish, Tigrinya, Afaan Oromoo, Amharic, Sidamo, Wolaytta, Vietnamese, and English. Open 7 days a week, 8 AM - 8 PM, via chat at the link above, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 800-216-1132.
Tip: find online resources for learning computer basics
Here are some basic resources besides the others on our Computers & Technology resources page: