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Computers & Internet

This guide provides resources for computer and internet use.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy helps you build basic skills in three areas:
  1. Essential Computer Skills
  2. Essential Software Skills
  3. Using Technology in Daily Life

You can study on your own with Northstar Online Learning or sign up to take one of PPLD's virtual Computer Skills Refresh programs. The Northstar Digital Literacy assessment gives you the chance to earn digital badges and certificates to add to a resume or show an employer. Learning progress, assessment results, digital badges, and certificates can be stored on PPLD's Northstar website by creating an account.

Account Set Up
  1. Register in Library Market for a PPLD Virtual Computer Skills Refresh program
  2. PPLD staff will create accounts 1 week prior to your class
  3. Check your email for a Northstar invitation (see below)
Proctored Assessments

PPLD Northstar Site

Testing Location Pin: E9GF

Use the testing location pin if you are at the public Northstar site and do not have access to the direct link to the PPLD Northstar site. 

How to Use Northstar Digital Literacy

Register for a Computer Skills Refresh program in Library Market to start account creation.

Basic Instructions to Finalize Your Account

  1. Check your email for an invitation to Northstar Online Learning.
  2. Click the link to confirm your learner membership with the testing location.
  3. Make a password.
  4. If you cannot find the invitation, check your spam/junk folder. 

Assessment Options

  1. Public - Visit the Northstar Digital public site and take a test. Results are not tracked in your account.
  2. Unproctored location specific- Sign into your PPLD account and take an unproctored assessment. If you score 85% or higher, earn a digital badge. Results tracked in your account.
  3. Proctored location specific - Schedule a remote assessment with a PPLD proctor. If you score 85% or higher, earn a digital badge AND a certificate. Results tracked in your account.
    1. Email Adult Education to schedule a remote proctored assessment.

Basic Instructions to Take an Assessment

  1. Go to PPLD's Northstar site
  2. Log in with your username (email) and password 
  3. Select your location
  4. Click on the test you want to take
  5. Check the test to make sure it says "Not Proctored" (this will track your results)

Northstar Digital Literacy lets you earn digital badges to verify computer skills. Passing an assessment with 85% or higher qualifies you for a digital badge.

Badging is a way to

  • Share your verifiable skills and achievements as you earn them.
  • Identify and celebrate talent and growth.
  • Build and certify interoperable tools.

Learn about Open Badges here

Claiming a Badge

Follow these steps to claim a badge

  1. Click on Claim Badge on the assessment results page
  2. Check the email address connected to your Northstar account 
  3. Find and open the Badgr email with the subject, "Congratulations, you earned a badge!"
  4. Follow the directions to download your badge

Individuals who earn 85% or higher on a proctored assessment can earn a certificate. Proctored assessments must be scheduled in advance.

Basic Instruction to use Northstar Online Learning

  1. Go to PPLD's Northstar site
  2. Log in with your username (email) and password 
  3. Select your location
  4. From the dashboard, find the module you want to study
  5. Click on Details
  6. Click on Start Practice

Basic Instructions to Use Northstar's Outside Study Resources* 

  1. Go to the Northstar Digital Literacy site
  2. Click "Build Your Skills"
  3. Click number 3 "View other resources"
  4. Click the external resource module you want to study
  5. Complete the online resources

*Some modules are unavailable in Northstar Online Learning