IT Resources

Multi-Search Engines

How to Use the Internet

Dogpile - multi-engine semi-parallel search interface. Searches logically through several search engines until 10 matches are found. Allows use of boolean and proximity operators.

Family Friendly Search - searches several kids-safe sites at the same time.

5 Minute Guide to the Internet: This page covers definitions, navigation, and other basic necessities to be a successful "InterNaut".

Learning to use the Internet and the World Wide Web: On-line textbooks for beginning or intermediate users, with examples and exercises.

Yahoo! Internet Life Surf School: Comments, advice and tips on how to surf the net. was developed to make information about the Internet available to as many people as possible. This site isn't fancy, but is a good current site on how to use certain Internet tools including Electronic Mail, Internet Relay Chat, and Multi-User Dimensions (MUDs). More advanced users will be able to find specific information without going through a long tutorial.

Literacy Resources



Home Work Support Sites

Career Development and
Job Search


My Virtual Reference Desk" offers dozens of links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference/research materials, thesauruses, atlases, sport, entertainment and much more.

B.J. Pinchbeck's "Homework Helper" is a wonderful guide to dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference materials.

Need to translate a word from English to Spanish, use the on-line VOX dictionary.

Comparative CyberLexicon - a compilation of English terminology peculiar to computer culture and technology and its equivalents in Spanish.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian - information about a variety of topics, from Smithsonian Institution sources.

Knowledge Adventure Reference Section - bugs, dinosaurs, space -- you name it! Plus interesting information that can also help with your homework.

Web Directory: Encybe rpedia - Information website which links together encyclopedias throughout the internet.

EdHound Español - Everything for Hispanic primary and secondary education. - guide to job interviews with strategy and job specific tips, sample interview questions and answers, and practice/mock interviews.

Able Career Planning - know yourself, find the right training, research specific occupations, plan a move, get recruited and ace the interview.

Curriculum Vitae Tips - includes advice on cover letters and resumes, salary surveys, and more

Resume Resources - career and job-hunting resources guide including scannable resume fundamentals. .



Links to Other CTC's

College Financial Aid


CTCNet - this organization groups most of the nation CTC's.

US Dept. Of Ed. - CTC Program The purpose of the CTC program is to promote the development of model programs that demonstrate the educational effectiveness of technology in urban and rural areas and economically distressed communities.

Byte Back is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which collaborates with other DC organizations to provide services to inner city residents. The main service we provide is computer training for low-income DC area youth and adults in order to increase their skill sets and marketability.

Neighborhood Networks is a community-based initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that encourages the development of resource and computer learning centers in privately owned HUD-assisted and/or -insured housing. These centers work to build self-reliant neighborhoods that meet the needs of lower-income families and seniors where they live. Review a verified listing of active Neighborhood Networks Centers across the nation.

Help is at Hand; web site of the United Kingdom centers.

Somos Telecentros: The Telecenters network of Latin America and the Caribbean


The main tool, the LoanFinder, sorts through a database of lenders and finds the best fitting Private/Alternative loans or federally guaranteed Stafford and Parent (PLUS) loans, with a minimum of effort on the user’s part.

fastWEB: Financial aid search on the Web.  A database of 275,000 available scholarships.

TheStudent Guide 1999-2000 tells how to apply for grants, loans, & work-study, the 3 major forms of student financial aid available through the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs. This guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Financial Aid Forms: To download financial aid forms from the U.S. Department of Education click here.   If you need help filing US Department of Education financial aid applications forms click here.

MOLIS: Minority On-Line Information Services is a ground-breaking on-line database of 164 minority institutions which includes in-depth information about the educational capabilities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's). MOLIS delivers information on scholarships & fellowships, faculty profiles, research centers, degrees and other information.

The Scholarship Resource Network: The Scholarship Resource Network is a one-stop resource for financial aid. The web site provides an overview of financial aid resources available to students with a special focus on scholarship information. It includes information on the scholarship process, calendars, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ's) on scholarships, scholarship scams, Federal and State programs, and other useful links.

Saludos Web & Shy; Scholarships & Internships for Hispanics: Saludos Web is a World Wide Web site devoted exclusively to promoting Hispanic careers and education supported by Saludos Hispanic magazine. In their site, Saludos has gathered information on scholarships and internships available for Hispanic Students, Saludos Web's exclusive internship and scholarship listings, and links to other internet financial aid resources.

The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and services to Hispanic students across the US and Puerto Rico. It is the largest Hispanic Scholarship organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1975 it has awarded over 31 million dollars to nearly 32,000 Hispanic American scholars in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Hardware and software information sites
Teachers support sites


C/net - questions and answers regarding software and hardware.

C/net hardware reviews - are you about to buy new equipment? This site will help you make the best choice.

C/net software riviews - Looking for software reviews? This site will help you make the best choice.

The MarcoPolo program provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom, developed by the nation's content experts. Online resources include panel-reviewed links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, and classroom activities. Sites include materials to help with daily classroom planning, brief and extended lesson plans, reviewed and expert-approved links to related high-quality sites, and powerful search engines.

CTC Managers Resources
Resources for Non-Profits


Network Premier - The Network Primer provides an introduction for educators to network management and technology. You don’t have to know anything about these subjects to read (and, I hope, enjoy) it. If you are a manager with no technology background and you are responsible for technology planning, then this book will provide you with enough technical information so that you can ask the right questions and identify good answers.

The Consortium for School Networking (COSN) has compiled a great web site that presents ongoing technology costs (total cost of ownership [tco]).

Computers In Our Future (CIOF) has released several new resources based on
nearly four years of work with community technology centers in 11 low-income
communities throughout California. These resources include a series of
"Toolkits" with practical tips and examples for practitioners, and a newly
published report of lessons learned that was written for corporate and
community leaders, funders and policy makers.

Tech Atlas: TechAtlas is a web-based planning tool that your nonprofit can use to assess your current technology use and to receive recommendations on how to better implement technology to achieve your mission.

StargazerNET, a project of the nonprofit Stargazer Foundation, is intended to support nonprofit activities and organizations in sharing knowledge and experience throughout the world, at no cost.

Compumentor: The web site, powerd by CompuMentor is a comprehensive collection of information available for nonprofit staff involved in information technology related activities.

Verizon Foundation Technology Resource Guide: the Verizon Foundation Technology Resource Guidewas designed to help you keep pace with potential partners and tools to stay on the cutting edge. This Guide provides up-to-date information on web sites that we consider the best-in-class in helping you transform your organization with new technologies.

America Connects Consortium: The America Connects Consortium is a collaboration of eight partners and allied organizations, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, who are working together to bring information, training, technical assistance, public attention, and new resources to community technology centers across the country.

CTC Sustainability Tool Kit: Developed with funds from an America Connects Consortium Field Innovation Grant, LTC and the Lowell Community Technology Consortium were able to develop the CTC Sustainability Toolkit to
aid CTCs in assessing their sustainability.

Parents Resources


ParenTech is a unique technology education campaign that provides free resources for families and educators of middle school kids (grades 6-8).

Learning Networks: their site provides great resources for teachers, parents and students.

Free education on the Internet - Complete courses and tutorials for more than 120 different information technology, vocational and academic disciplines