Hello everyone! As you might now by now, I work at the Los Angeles Public Library as a cybernaut. I love helping others with their technology. Now, the program has relaunched as Virtual Cybernaut services. Cybernauts are there to help us with anything library-related, especially for topics beyond the scope of my ESL Digital Literacy classes.
In this lesson, you are going to learn how to bookmark important language learning sites, sign up for a library card to access free resources and practice using the LAPL cybernauts help feature.
Bookmarks are items you put in the middle of a book so that you can remember what page you are on when you finish reading. Browser bookmarks do the same function; they let you easily save pages so that you can go back to them later.
For phones, a useful feature is also the “Add to Home Screen” option, which turns any website into an app for easy access. For example, here is Beautyined.com after I added it to my home screen:
Now, go ahead and practice!
- Look through my list of recommended language learning websites.
- Pick one or more that you like, and add it as a bookmark. If you are on your phone, you can also see if there is an app for it, or add it to the home screen.
Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library is a great common good, available for free to anyone living in the state of California. For out-of-state residents, the fee is $50 a year. It grants access to up to 30 physical resources at once, as well as a variety of online resources. For language learning, the Los Angeles Public Library offers free access to Mango Language and Transparent Language.
Transparent Language is part of RB Digital. This means you will have to make an RB Digital account to access the program. To use Transparent Language on your phone, make sure to download the RB digital app before the Transparent Language one. This will avoid the common problem of it not being able to work.
Getting a library card is easy! All you have to do is go to: http://Lapl.org/ecard to get an ecard. The ecard can be used for immediate access to online resources, and, during times of pandemic, physical resources as well.
LAPL Cybernauts are here to help you with anything tech-related, be that questions with LAPL resources, or your issues with your computer or smart phone. They are available by phone, text and chat, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm. If the service is offline, you can leave a message or text a message and they will get right back to you when they re-open.
Visit LAPL cybernauts at: lapl.org/cybernauts
Text them at: (213) 510-2898
Call them at: (213) 228-7160
The final exam is coming up, so make sure to study up all of our previous weeks!