Digital Literacy Resources

Digital literacy is a person’s ability to find, evaluate and communicate information through digital resources. There is no one best path or program to achieving a desired digital literacy level. However, program experience has confirmed that without training opportunities and technical support, many older adults will simply not be able to use a device provided to them or know how to successfully connect to the Internet and the digital divide will persist.

Free Resources

Free or low-cost resources. Some resources may limit or have special conditions for those who qualify (ex: only for low-income, limited by geographic area, requires a subscription, etc.)

  • CDA Digital Connections Program Home and community-based programs to help bridge the digital divide for older adults including purchasing digital devices, service plans, and training. Contact your local AAA, CBAS, MSSP, or PACE program. Visit the Find Services in My County Page.
  • CDA Access to Technology (ATT) For digital devices, service plans and training for older adults and individuals with disabilities through your county. To connect with your county: call 1-800-510-2020 and when prompted, state your County name clearly; or visit the Find Services in My County Page.
  • California State Libraries Career Pathways supports a variety of digital learning platforms. Sign up for a library card in person or online to access services. Search the map for services available at your local public library.
    • Coursera Build skills for in-demand jobs with access to more than 5,000 courses and certifications with subtitles in more than 50 languages.
    • GetSetUp Classes covering digital learning, physical health, mental health, social health, and vocational health.
    • Job & Career Accelerator Easy-to-use search tool to find, apply for, and get hired into ideal positions
    • Learning Express Library Occupational certification, prepare for college, high school equivalent diploma, find a job, become a U.S. citizen, and much more.
    • LinkedIn Learning Focuses on the skills needed to land the most sought-after jobs.
    • Northstar Focuses on support for people with no, low, or limited technology skills.
    • Skillshare For creatives and others wanting to build or grow a business and/or learn new skills.
    • VetNow All-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career and veteran needs.
  • California State Libraries Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)
  • Alexa Support from Oasis SD Staying home, Staying Connected Guide: Resources to Engage and Connect in Times of Social Distancing.
  • Cyber-Seniors Free technology support and training for older adults.
  • How to use Google Hangouts Communication platform which facilitates messaging, video chatting, or phone calls.
  • Public Health Degrees Tips and Tricks to Using Technology: Four questions to help get older adults online, Helping Seniors learn new technology from a distance, and How to adjust to daily life online.
  • Senior Planet Technology Helpline Mon-Fri 6:00am-2:00pm and hosts free online classes for older adults.
  • Find a variety of books to help you learn about technology at your local public library or bookstore.