Community

Below you will find a collection of online tools to help you Live, Learn, Earn, Work, and Play, as well as many tutorials to help you get started.

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Live

Get involved in your community, be healthier, find services, and more!

Common Sense Media

"Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology."

Anti-Spam Tips

While the Internet offers endless resources and opportunities, it also holds serious hidden dangers. Here are some examples to help you avoid theft or computer damage. 

Benefits Checkup

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. The NCOA's BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

Bike Chattanooga

An eco-friendly, economical public bike transit system, Bike Chattanooga offers quick, fun travel in and around the city. Ride as many times, on as many bikes as you want. All rides under 60 minutes have no usage fees.

Chattizen

A citizen's guide to local government in Chattanooga, TN.

Craigslist

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website helpful for job searches, housing searches and more such as finding free stuff and activities in your local community.

EveryoneOn

Helps you find low cost Internet options available in your area.

Gmail

Gmail is a free communications tool featuring email, chat, video chat, calendar, an office suite, and much more. This tutorial will help you create a gmail account and send your first email! Good luck!

Google Maps

Google Maps is a great way to get from "here to there." They offer driving directions, along with walking, biking, and directions by public transportation. This tutorial focuses on the public transportation resources on the site, helping you find the right bus or train to get where you are going.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a free tool that helps you organize your schedule, keep track of appointments, and set reminders. Plus, you can share specific events or your whole calendar with others. Never miss an appointment again!

Google Translate

Need to translate an email? A document from a friend? What about a website? Google Translate can do all that for you. This tutorial will show you how to use the site to translate text and also translate websites into more languages than you can count. The translation is not perfect, but it is always getting better and will actually ask you for advice!

Google Safety Center

The theme of the Google Safety Center is "Working together to stay safe online." This site has resources for individuals and families, including safety basics and information on keeping your personal data secure. Check out the "Safety Tools" section to see how to use and manage Google tools with your family.

Growing Wireless

Growing Wireless provides parents with tools and information to help kids use wireless technology responsibly.

Kids Health

If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

Know your Chromebook

Want to know all about your new TGH Chromebook? The link above is for you! There you will see how to personalize your new device to suit your needs. This includes how set your background image, connect to your other Google accounts, upload and edit pictures, and much more.

Open Chattanooga

The Open Chattanooga Brigade empowers citizens with City data to tell stories, solve problems, and better interact with their government.

SuperKids Nutrition

Developed by nutrition experts, the SuperKids Nutrition website content, books, and other educational resources can be utilized by parents, teachers, dietitians, physicians, nurses, educators, kids, and anyone else looking for tools that help raise a healthy family.

StopBullying.gov

"StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying."

Skype

Skype lets you stay in touch through video and voice calls and instant messaging. Users can even send files and text messages.

TN Department of Veterans Affairs

The TNDVA works to serve as an effective and efficient conduit for Veterans of all eras to connect with resources and services that improve their quality of life, access to education, business resources and high quality jobs.

Travelocity

Travelocity is an online company that can help you book plane tickets, car rentals, hotel rooms, and other aspects of your next vacation. Travelocity allows you to compare deals and choose the plane tickets and hotel rooms you want.

WebMD

WebMD has created an organization that we believe fulfills the promise of health information on the Internet. We provide credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you.

Learn

Learn new things at any age and make the most out of your education.

Hamilton County Schools + PowerSchool

Curious about your student’s grades?  Assignments?  Attendance?  You can find this and other important information on the Hamilton County Department of Education's website and PowerSchool system.

Anti-Spam Tips

While the Internet offers endless resources and opportunities, it also holds serious hidden dangers. Here are some examples to help you avoid theft or computer damage. 

CK-12

CK21 is a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, and real world applications: all standards-aligned and customizable.

Code.org

Curious about coding? What about programming? Want to be able to make your own apps for your phone and other mobile devices? Code.org is the place for you! This site offers great tutorials on how to learn basic coding. Have some fun and let us know what you come up with!

College Board

According to their website, “The College Board is driven by a single goal — to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.” This tutorial will show people of all ages how to use CollegeBoard’s site to find the perfect school and hopefully ways to help pay for it!

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a resource for finding royalty-free pictures, video and music to use in reports or presentations.

Fastweb

FastWeb is a great site that will help you find a scholarship for school. It offers an easy to use search tool with a very large database of scholarships. If you are thinking about going back to school and need help paying for it, this is a great site to check out.

Funbrain

Fun Brain offers engaging online math and reading games to help children practice and hone important academic skills.

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. 
 

Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to create documents, upload existing files, and share them with friends, family, and co-workers. Google Docs comes free with your Gmail account. This tutorial will show you how to create, share, and even translate Google docs.

Google Search

Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google. You can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results. You can filter and customize your search results to find exactly what you want.

Google Slides

Google Slides is very similar to PowerPoint. However, Google Presentation is online, sharable, and most important, FREE! This tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy presentation.

Google Safety Center

The theme of the Google Safety Center is "Working together to stay safe online." This site has resources for individuals and families, including safety basics and information on keeping your personal data secure. Check out the "Safety Tools" section to see how to use and manage Google tools with your family.

A Guide to Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online

To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.

InstaGrok

InstaGrok allows users to research any topic using an interactive map, where concepts are linked to key facts through relationships.

Khan Academy

With [thousands] of videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, [Khan Academy is] on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."

Kids.gov

KidsGov: Money features facts, games, and information about saving money: all geared towards students grades K-5.

KidRex Search Engine

KidRex.org is a family-friendly search engine for kids. It is powered by Google and all the results are generated towards kids. Students can use this to complete research projects safely.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids provides educational videos, reference material, news, and games designed to entertain kids while learning.

PEF’s Map to College

Planning for college can begin as early as middle school, but don’t worry if you’re just getting started! We’ve put together some handy checklists and a downloadable guide to help you through the college process.

TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Tennessee Electronic Library

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is an online library that gives everyone in Tennessee access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, practice tests, e-books, primary source materials, and more! TEL is available free of charge, 24/7 from any computer with access to the internet.

Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee Reconnect is an initiative to help more of our state’s adults enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.

TN Literacy Coalition

The Tennessee Literacy Coalition initiates, promotes and supports adult literacy service producer programs. Through information and shared resources, we advocate in the community for adult literacy, emphasizing the importance of volunteerism. It is our goal to assist providers in offering every Tennessean the fundamental ability to use language- empowering adults to read, to write, to speak, and to ultimately succeed.

Typing.com

Students will love our fun and entertaining typing curriculum. Featuring engaging exercises, interactive typing games, and positive reinforcement, Typing.com is perfect for all age ranges and skill levels.

uAspire

"uAspire helps aspiring college students and graduates make their dream of a college education an affordable reality. Our mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education."

What You Need to Know About Social Networking

Social media isn't simply a way of life for kids -- it's life itself. To help them keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, we offer the most up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting, and avoiding digital drama.

Youth & Family Development

The Department of Youth and Family Development's top priority is providing a better quality of life for the citizens of Chattanooga, through education, recreation, social services, leadership and career development. Chattanooga YFD offers a large variety of programs, activities, classes, and opportunities for youth, adults and seniors at numerous locations all across Chattanooga.

Earn

Tools to help you save money and make smart financial choices. 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Do you have a money questions? 'Ask CFPB' is the place to go! Run by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's financial experts, this site can find answers on a whole range of topics. Answers are presented in understandable terms that are accessible to everyone.

Financial Entertainment

According to their site, "Financial Entertainment is a library of free online and mobile games that aim to improve personal financial capability, self-confidence, and knowledge. The world is complicated enough, but getting the know-how and skills to manage your personal finances doesn't have to be!"

Mint

According to Mint.com, “Money is for living. That’s why we’ve created the simplest and most effective way to manage, save and grow your money... and why Mint.com is free.”

Money as You Grow

According to their site, "Money as You Grow... offers 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow. Written in down-to-earth language for children and their families, Money as You Grow will help equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives."

Retail Me Not

Retial Me Not offers over 500,000 free coupons from 50,000 stores. Retail Me Not is out to save the world (some money).

Work

Useful resources to help you develop new skills, network, and find employment. 

Careerbuilder

Search for jobs or careers using 13 different criteria, or post resumes and let employers with job openings find you.

Gmail

Gmail is a free communications tool featuring email, chat, video chat, calendar, an office suite, and much more. This tutorial will help you create a gmail account and send your first email! Good luck!

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a free tool that helps you organize your schedule, keep track of appointments, and set reminders. Plus, you can share specific events or your whole calendar with others. Never miss an appointment again!

Google Calling

Did you know you can make phone calls right from your Gmail account... for FREE?!? Using the Google Calling resource within your Gmail you can call any phone in the US or Canada for free and internationally at very low rates. This tutorial will help you explore how to get started and make your first Google phone call!

Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to create documents, upload existing files, and share them with friends, family, and co-workers. Google Docs comes free with your Gmail account. This tutorial will show you how to create, share, and even translate Google docs.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts allows you to easily communicate with friends, family, teachers, and more. You can do both text and video based chatting right from within your browser. This tutorial will show you how to invite your friends to chat, set your status, and start your first chat. Have fun!

Google Slides

Google Slides is very similar to PowerPoint. However, Google Presentation is online, sharable, and most important, FREE! This tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy presentation.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a free, cloud-based tool that can help you manage finances, track inventory, and more. Like Docs and Presentation, you can access it from any device with Internet access through your Google Drive.

Google Translate

Need to translate an email? A document from a friend? What about a website? Google Translate can do all that for you. This tutorial will show you how to use the site to translate text and also translate websites into more languages than you can count. The translation is not perfect, but it is always getting better and will actually ask you for advice!

Idealist.org

“Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.” It’s also a great way to find a job! This tutorial will show you how to search the site for the perfect career.

Indeed

According their site, "As the world's #1 job site, with over 180 million unique visitors every month from over 50 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.

Jobs4TN

Tennessee job seekers and employers now have a more powerful tool in searching for jobs and job candidates, the result of an upgrade to the Jobs4TN.gov website.

LinkedIn - Register

With millions of members, LinkedIn is a great way to "Manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights and opportunities." This tutorial will show how to register for an account.

LinkedIn - Manage

Now that you've set up a LinkedIn account, use this tutorial to start managing it and connecting with people and organizations to grow your professional network.

Monster Job Search

Monster is your source for jobs and career opportunities. Search for jobs, read career advice fromMonster's job experts, and find hiring and recruiting advice.

Snagajob

According to their site, it is Snagajob's "mission to help hourly workers find jobs they love... We continually develop innovative tools to help hourly workers and employers simplify their jobs and start living their dreams."

Play

More ways to have fun online and in your community!

Bike Chattanooga

An eco-friendly, economical public bike transit system, Bike Chattanooga offers quick, fun travel in and around the city. Ride as many times, on as many bikes as you want. All rides under 60 minutes have no usage fees.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a fun and addictive way to learn a new language (including English for non-native speakers), completely for free! Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Many users will learn with Duolingo on their smartphone or tablet, but let’s see how to use it on the computer.

Free Rice

“FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.” More than that, it is a fun and competitive game site! You can try out multiple languages, cruise the famous painting game, or even try to find countries on a map.

A Guide to Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online

To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.

Outdoor Chattanooga

Our mission is to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga's residents and visitor population, which, in turn, will maintain and enhance the value of the region's natural and built resources, and help grow the region's economy.

Skype

Skype lets you stay in touch through video and voice calls and instant messaging. Users can even send files and text messages.

What You Need to Know About Social Networking

Social media isn't simply a way of life for kids -- it's life itself. To help them keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, we offer the most up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting, and avoiding digital drama.

YouTube

YouTube is a robust resource for finding instructional videos as well as uploading, editing and posting your own.

Yelp

Yelp is a great place to get reviews and information about local businesses, including restuarants, hair salons, retail stores, and much more!