Free, on demand, self-directed education at your fingertips
|brainHQ: An interactive brain training program built by Posit Science. Think of it as a personal gym, where you exercise and improve your memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence, and navigation instead of your abs, delts, and quads. Each exercise automatically adapts to your unique skill level. Create an account on the brainHQ web site and then continue using the web site OR download the free brainHQ mobile app.|
Learn a Language
|Little Pim: Expose young children up to age 6 to foreign languages with these video vocabulary lessons in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Hebrew.
* Requires Adobe Flash Player. On HCLS computers, please use Firefox to access this resource.
|MUZZY Online: Kids ages 6 and up can watch videos, play interactive learning games, and get animated vocabulary lessons.|
|Mango: Teens and adults can engage in fun conversational online lessons in more than 70 languages. Create a free account to keep track of your learning progress. Free mobile app available for Apple & Android devices.|
|Rosetta Stone Online: Engage in the proven language immersion method that more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses have trusted for over the last 20+ years. Select from 30 languages structured around core lessons in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Microphone required for speaking lessons.|
Personal & Professional Development
|ArtistWorks: Learn an instrument, vocal techniques, or art skills from award-winning teachers with these free self-paced online video classes. Classes include traditional instruments such as piano and guitar as well as less common ones such as mandolin and ukulele. Enter the same username and password that you use for Zinio digital magazines or create a new account if you’ve never used Zinio before.|
|Cisco Networking Academy: Prepare for a new career in a technology field or brush up on your digital literacy skills. Available classes cover topics of Digital Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Linux Operating System.|
|Gale Courses: More than 300 six-week structured online classes on topics ranging from business to hobbies. Take quizzes and complete exercises to reinforce the material.|
|lynda.com: More than 3,600 streaming video tutorials taught by experts on technical skills, creative techniques, and business strategies.|
|LearningExpress Library: Practice tests for AP exams, the GED, the SAT, grad school entrance exams, and various jobs. Also find tutorials for grades 4 – 12 on math, reading, and writing skills. Create a free account to keep track of your learning progress.|
|Testing & Education Reference Center: Practice tests for entering private high school, the AP exams, the GED, the SAT, grad school entrance exams, various career tests, and the U.S. citizenship test. Also includes a scholarship and college search tool.|
|Driving-Tests.org: Prepare to take the written Maryland driving exams for cars, motorcycles, and a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with this series of free online tests.|