Learning Services

Learning Services

Mousing Around

Need to practice your mouse skills?  Click HERE to select from the full tutorial, the mousercises, or the practice games!

Have you tried a MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are everywhere teaching everything.  Many are free, others will cost you.  Some are offered for college credit or continuing education certification, most are offered for personal enrichment.  Courses cover topics from food and fashion to calculus and economics.  Georgia Tech recently announced they will be offering a full Master's program in Computer Science online and the Wharton School of Business is posting much of its first year MBA content as a MOOC.  So if you want to find the right MOOC for you, take a look at MOOC List, a comprehensive list of massive open online courses available for you to enroll in immediately.

Class Handouts

 We're posting the handouts for our lab classes so if you've been our student and lost your handout, you can retrieve it here.  If you haven't been our student, you're still welcome to download these handouts and use them.  Perhaps one of these handouts will move you to take a class with us.

icon Facebook Basics
icon File Management Basics

icon Pictures on the Web

icon Web Browser Basics

icon Windows Basics

icon Word 2007 Basics

alt Word Next Steps

Supplemental Materials for Lab Classes

Here are copies of the documents used in our File Management: Basics class, Word: Basics class, and Word: Next Steps class.  These documents are in PDF format, so you'll need to copy and paste the contents into a blank Wordpad file to edit it.  Instructions on how to do that are available on pages 16 through 20 of the "Windows: Basics" handout.  You'll find that handout elsewhere on this webpage.

Hope you find these helpful!

 Review of To Kill A Mockingbird
alt Samuel Success Work in Progress
alt Samuel Success: Example
alt Word Next Steps - Recipe for Fourth of July Cake
alt Word Next Steps - Recipe Page

Take a look at Universal Class

Universal Class demonstrates that web classes don't have to be cold boring readings carried out alone and without input.  Instead, Universal Class creates an environment of fun, with easy stimulating readings, multiple choice and essay tests with a real teacher to provide insights on your work and a social network, enabling the user to have a real campus experience.  Learning the way it should be, filled with fun yet with an eye to responsibility.  Try Universal Class

Overdrive Instructions

We have placed these handouts here to facilitate the use of the Overdrive ebook collection, provided to you free of additional charge through the Hernando County Public Libraries.  If you have any problems, contact any member of the library staff for assistance.

iconOverdrive and Adobe Digital Editions
icon Overdrive and Kindle
icon Overdrive and Audiobooks
icon Overdrive on Tablets
icon Overdrive 3.0

Thinking about taking a library class?

Still wondering if a library class might be for you?  Read this!

Top 10 Benefits Of Lifelong Learning
according to Nancy Merz Nordstrom

10. Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities.  “We all have innate natural abilities,” says Nordstrom. “Some of which might not be readily apparent. Once we’re no longer working full time, we have the opportunity to fully explore and develop these abilities.”


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Learning Recommendation: GCFLearnFree.org

Whenever we find reliable free resources on the Web, we can't wait to share them.  This page is terrific.  Sponsored by Goodwill Industries, GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.  The style of class differs based on the material being taught, and may be presented as a reading, a video, an interactive exercise, or a simulation.  Many of the classes are instructor supported, meaning that at the other end of you computer connection is a real person, ready and willing to help you and support your needs.

Give it a try.  We have.  Just click here.

Socrates Café

The Hernando County Public Library System announces the formation of two Socrates Cafés, one to meet the first Thursday at Spring Hill Branch Library from 5 pm to 7 pm; the other, the second Thursday at the West Hernando Branch, also from 5 pm to 7 pm.

What is the Socrates Café? Simply a group of people getting together for a couple of hours and, with the help of a facilitator, applying the Socratic method to some question that troubles them.

A Socrates Café is nontechnical, and though it may become erudite, it welcomes folks who've never read a word of philosophy in their lives.  What is important is that you come to the meetings with questions and a willingness to search for answers wherever they may be.  When in doubt, just ask yourself: "What would Socrates do?" Remember, Socrates presented himself as a perplexed inquirer who knew only that he knew nothing; by example, he showed that the proper business of the philosopher-and, by extension, a Socrates Café facilitator is to help us see that we don't know nearly as much as we think we know, yet more than we suspect.

Do Socrates Café participants ever arrive at an answer to their questions? Sometimes, but it's not about coming up with answers but finding a way to ask the questions. 

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