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DIY Technology

 

  • Do you need to fix your car? We have books & a database for that!
  • Do you want to learn how to make a bookshelf? We can point you in the right direction!
  • Do you want to research how DNA works? We can show you where to find that information!
  • And now Calvert Library is bringing you computer software and resources on Calvert Library computers to learn at your own pace!
  • Use it for your business! Use it to add a new skill to your resume! Use it just to have fun!

Lynda.com

You can now access lynda.com online classes free with your library card! lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

GCF LearnFree.org

For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. 

Tech Boomers

Free online courses for over 60 of today's hottest websites and apps! Learn about Pandora, Google Hangouts, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Uber, Dropbox, Airbnb and more! Don't forget the courses on Internet Safety and Privacy!

3D Print Modeling

We recommend the free, browser-based program called Tinkercad for beginners. Other free programs are BlenderSketchup or 123D Design. Blender is available on the public internet computers at all Calvert Library locations. Designs can also be downloaded from Thingiverse, a design community for sharing 3D printable objects.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 – Video editing software

Edit your videos to perfection. You don't need to be a video expert to transform your recordings into real movies. The beginner-friendly storyboard mode in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 displays only the most essential elements needed for editing videos, and you can switch back to a more advanced view at any time.


Automatic wizards for video editing, audio dubbing and image optimization make the video editing process easier and more fun than ever before. In this way you can successfully create videos quickly and easily.

GIMP - Image editor

A powerful and up-to-date image editor. GIMP is modular in appearance and structure and accepts all kinds of plug-ins and tools. It's a paint and drawing tool, a photo retoucher, and a batch processing and conversion tool, all in one, with sophisticated features like layers, filters, and effects.

You can script virtually anything GIMP does, too. But don't be put off by GIMP's considerable talents: Not only is its layout logical, intuitive, and even attractive (in a form-follows-function way) but it also comes with tons of assistance; from multiple Help files (Help; Context Help; User Manual) and considerable online resources such as a forum, FAQs, documentation, tips, source code, and much more. - CNET


VirtualDub - Video capturing

A free and easy to use application for video capturing and processing. It is designed to process linear video streams, including filtering and recompression. While VirtualDub lacks some of the editing power of a general purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, it is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.

VirtualDub tutorial

7 Video Editing Tasks VirtualDub Handles with Ease

 

Blender logoBlender - Animation software

Blender is a free, open source program for creating professional-quality animations. Learning to use it can be time-consuming. Detailed tutorials on the Blender website and the extensive online Blender community provide excellent resources.
Blender website
Blender tutorials

Pixlr logoPixlr - Photo editor

Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. Founded in Sweden in 2008 by
Ola Sevandersson, it was intended for non-professionals. (Wikipedia)

Pixlr tutorials and Templates

Pixlr website

 

Scratch try it logoScratch - beginning coding

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. (about Scratch)

Scratch Help

Scratch website

Audacity - audio editor

Audacity is a free, open source, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio or computer playback, convert analog recordings into digital recordings, edit, cut, copy, splice or mix sound files, and more!  With Audacity you can create a podcast, preserve old recordings, convert file types, layer sounds, and edit audio and sound effects for video.

Audacity help page

 

Minecraft

Calvert Library now has MinecraftEdu on our public computers! Lots of Minecraft players have created great tutorials to get you started if you are new to it or are trying to figure out some new component to the game like farming, resource generation, buiding mechanisms and more.

Lots of links to various written tutorials sometimes with links to videos as well.

Computer Coding

Create an account on codecademy.com and start learning to code. Lots of interactive courses to get you started and a whole community to learn from.

Drop in Coding (kid-friendly) login pages:

Hour of Code - STAR WARS

Build your own Star Wars computer game in this awesome Hour of Code!

Hour of Code - Angry Birds

Try the basics of computer science. Millions have given it a shot.

Hour of Code - Frozen

Let's use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice.

Course 1

Start with Course 1 for early readers. Students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share. Recommended for grades K-1.

Course 2

Start with Course 2 for students who can read and have no prior programming experience. In this course students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games or stories they can share. Recommended for grades 2-5.

Course 3

Course 3 is designed for students who have taken Course 2. Students will delve deeper into programming topics introduced in previous courses to flexible solutions to more complex problems. By the end of this course, students create interactive stories and games they can share with anyone. Recommended for grades 4-5.

Course 4

Course 4 is designed for students who have taken Course 2 and 3. Students will delve deeper into programming topics introduced in previous courses to flexible solutions to more complex problems. By the end of this course, students create interactive stories and games they can share with anyone. Recommended for grades 4-8.

Infinity Play Lab

Use Play Lab to create a story or game starring Disney Infinity characters.

Play Lab

Create a story or make a game with Play Lab!

Artist

Draw cool pictures and designs with the Artist!

Flappy Code

Wanna write your own game in less than 10 minutes? Try our Flappy Code tutorial!

Beginning Computer Science