Student Technology

There is a lot of free technology that students of all ages can use to learn, stay organized, check out free books, connect to universities, listen to speeches, and take free classes, anywhere and anytime.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and online educational videos have become a valuable tool for many people around the world. They provide an opportunity to learn on the internet for free in a flexible environment. Below are a few websites and apps to help you find online educational resources that interest you.


Coursera is an educational technology company that offers nearly 400 online courses that consist of videos and certain coursework that must be completed in a certain amount of time for a similar classroom environment.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy provides more than 3,000 online videos that break down detailed courses into smaller sections of text or videos for easy self-paced learning.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware is an online site that gives people the opportunity to take many courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for free, from your home, on your own time.

Open Learning Initiative
The Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon University allows access to many online course materials to help you learn at your own pace with a classroom like structure.

Microsoft Digital Literacy Learning Path Courses


Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library app allows you to access the HPL catalog, check your account, place holds, renew items, get information about HPL locations and events, search for books, eBooks, and other items.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg provides online access to more than 4,200 free eBooks that you can download into your computer or ereader. They consist of literature, historic documents, nonfiction books on all sorts of subjects and much more.

Harris County Public Library Mobile Phone App
This app allows you to access the HCPL catalog, library news, Ask a Librarian service and the Digital Media Catalog. You could also place requests for books and DVDs, renew items, pay library fines, get information about HPCL events, locations and GPS-assisted directions.


Mango Languages
Mango Mobile Library Edition is a powerful language learning platform that delivers fast, easy and effective language learning wherever your travels take you. With the free iPhone and Androidâ„¢ apps from Mango, you can access the same awesome courses available through your library when you’re on the go.

iTunes U
This app allows you to take free courses created and taught by instructors from leading universities and other schools, see all assignments and updates from the instructor, take notes and highlight text in iBoks, and access more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects from Algebra to Zoology.

TED Talks
This app gives users access to more than 1,200 TEDTalk videos and audios from education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends.