Connect Chicago Toolkit:

As part of our effort to “Establish a smart community benchmark and toolkit for broadband access and use” we’re highlighting useful tools that teach digital skills.


One of the tools used by Wright College to teach digital skills is the the Goodwill Community Foundation‘s website.

Introduction to is a website that lets users take courses on technology, literacy, math, and other topics free of charge. The courses are aided by videos and interactive modules.

From their website: 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. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, is a worldwide leader in online education.

The site is funded in part through sales made at the Goodwill retail stores.

How GCFLearnFree Works

When you reach the homepage, the site will give three main areas of learning to choose from: technology, reading, and math. Selecting one of these options will give you another menu to choose from. For technology, the site offers over twenty different sources.

Selecting on a course area will get you to a list of short lessons. Every part of the site provides guided instructions for the user so those new to digital literacy won’t be lost.

The courses look something like this:

How to get

The beauty of this resource is that the site is free to use with no sign up required.

To learn more about GCFLearnFree, you can visit their website.