Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

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The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. Route 66 Literacy Did you know that we have another fabulous online service that helps adolescent and adult beginning readers learn to read?

Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

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As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do. Three reasons kids need digital literacy and citizenship education — and three ways to provide it – Guest Post by Emily Esch. Photo by WhiteAfrican.

Is your Digital Strategy Conservative or Revolutionary?

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Digital Strategy is my passion, but less from the perspective of technology implementation and more from the perspective of embedding digital knowledge and literacy throughout an organization. What is a digital strategy? Digital is the what and the why.

Digital Literacy SKills Redux

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Seth Godin has a post called " The Growing Productivity Divide " where he lists some basic digital literacy skills that incorporate social media tools. Digital or Internet literacy skills are nothing new - my first introduction was over ten years when Doug Johnson developed the Mankato Scale. I used to teach " Digital Literacy Workshops " in 1997 to introduce Web 1.0

Women Ingenuity is Powering Solutions for the Digital Divide

Connection Cafe

But while global experts search for solutions to bridge the worsening digital divide for women, it turns out the answers are at our fingertips. It’s time to take a closer look at how we can boost the feminine digital revolution—a revolution that is already underway.

Building a Digitally Literate Community

Tech Soup Blog

Libraries, nonprofits, and schools are already working hard to teach digital skills and competency, but they need support of the entire community to help people thrive in the technology age. Defining Digital Literacy. But first, what exactly is digital literacy?

Announcing the Digital Inclusion Fellowship

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Most organizations don't have the know-how or resources to address key barriers of digital literacy, awareness of affordable options for access and devices, or even availability of digital trainers. digital inclusion

New Pew Research Report: The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being

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The Pew Research Center has released a research report called “ The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being.” ” Pew interviewed technology experts and scholars (including me) about the benefits and drawbacks of our digital lives. Positive Personal Impact of Digital.

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

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I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to address the digital divide, one in five American adults still do not use the Internet. So why is Kansas City investing more money on digital inclusion? Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion digital literacy tspubliclibraries

Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

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Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs. The Vice President of Global Literacy leads Benetech’s biggest program, standing at the confluence of some of the most active and rapidly evolving fields: digital content, EdTech, domestic and international education, and user-centered design. Benetech Bookshare human rights jobs Labs literacy social enterprise social entrepreneur social entrepreneurship

Corporate Citizenship and Digital Inclusion: Empowering Communities, Nonprofits, and Public Libraries

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Since 2007, San Francisco has been striving toward becoming a digitally inclusive city. The San Francisco Digital Inclusion Strategy (SFDIS) was part of former Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign promise to provide all San Franciscans with free Wi-Fi.

How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program: Free Webinar on June 30

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How to Evaluate Your Digital Literacy Program Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. computer-related programs, those who support digital literacy programs, or BTOP. Access to the Internet and computer training are key services. public libraries and some nonprofits provide. To bolster their efforts, the. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $7.2 billion to expand access to. broadband services in the United States. Many groups received BTOP funding.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

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I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Thousands of ebooks are pouring into the collection each month thanks to the dedication of our volunteers around the world and partnerships with more than 500 socially responsible publishers who donate their digital files.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Digital Strategy Innovation Summit. Digital Strategy Innovation Summit. This summit will gather the world’s most dynamic and high level executives operating in digital strategy. Data on Purpose 2019: “Navigating the Digital Now.”. It's finally here!

How Digital Democracy Empowers Marginalized Communities

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" Digital Democracy (Dd) was a prize winner in that challenge. " Digital Democracy's approach to achieving this mission is based on the following three stages: Digital literacy: Getting individuals to understand the tools and how to use them.

Bridging the Digital Divide? Tell Us About It!

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We are offering a Dell Latitude 10 tablet refurbished by our friends at CDI to the best “ Digital Connector ” story lead. We want you to tell us how you are using TechSoup product donations to promote digital literacy.

Bridging the Digital Divide? Tell Us About It!

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We are offering a Dell Latitude 10 tablet refurbished by our friends at CDI to the best “ Digital Connector ” story lead. We want you to tell us how you are using TechSoup product donations to promote digital literacy.

Digit: An SMS Program That Saves You Money Without You Noticing

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But a new program called Digit is changing that intersection of money and technology. Digit is a proactive banking tool that uses text messaging to help users save money, rather than just tracking their spending habits. How Digit works to save you money.

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Martus 4.5: Lowering the Barrier to Better Information Security through Strong Crypto

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can now be configured in less than 10 minutes by anyone with basic digital literacy skills, so that even less tech-savvy users can easily and quickly implement Martus’ secure documentation capabilities with distributed backup.

Infographic: The Internet is Important to Everyone

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If you're interested in building more digitally inclusive communities, share this great resource with your local government, schools, businesses, and other digital inclusion activists today! digital inclusion tslibraryorg digital literacy

Are You Sending an E-Card to Mom or Dad This Holiday?

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Although facilities like these help immensely with addressing the problem of digital inclusion , hands-on training – and trainers – is still lacking. Security symantec digital inclusion tssymantec digital literacy tscommunity org

Three Barriers to Getting Online: Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 1/2

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affected by the digital divide and the real problems they face, every. The costs of digital. digital divide are often the ones who need it most. ” Another reason for low Internet adoption is a lack of digital literacy skills.

Partnering to Break Down Barriers: Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 2/2

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One thing experts agree on is that the digital divide has far-reaching consequences at the individual, community, and. national nonprofit focused on eliminating the digital divide. information on low-cost computers and digital literacy training brings.

How to Write Effective Web Copy (Part 1): Make It Readable

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Let’s start by surveying the digital landscape. Countless usability tests have shown that users don’t consume digital content the same way they consume printed content. American Literacy is Iffy. When setting out to create some digital copy—e.g., The Internet is bloated.

E-Readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips Webinar

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Digital Divide eLearning Event Online Seminar Training library libraries nonprofits webinars nonprofit education online training e-book tablet literacy e-readerMore than three-quarters of the nation's public libraries offer e-books, but most Americans don't know that this service is provided by their local library.

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The End of the Beginning of Online Giving

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Let’s start embracing the fact that the next 20 years will bring tremendous digital transformation in the nonprofit sector. While many nonprofit professionals are digital immigrants , we’ve had 20 years now to learn the language and customs of the digital native world.

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MacArthur Foundation Digital Learning Briefing

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I would love to hear Howard Gardner talk about digital learning. MacArthur Foundation will make a major announcement that will generate a greater understanding of the impact technology and digital media has on today's youth.

Who's Responsible for the Digital Divide? The Answer May Surprise You

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Did you know that defining the digital divide in different ways can actually change public perception of who's responsible for addressing the issue? An article I read recently, Who's Responsible for the Digital Divide? Defining the Digital Divide.

Digital Beginnings: Parents As Scaffolds

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and new technolgies in early literacy development. understanding about techno-literacy practices such as blogging and texting, in. As you can see, Harry was exposed to technology at a young age. At age six months, he could sit on my lap while I updated web sites.

Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide

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One of the big pieces of digital divide news in the U.S. Subscribers will also be given access to free digital literacy training. What Is the Digital Divide? The digital divide in the United States has persisted over the years despite the inexorable march of technology. The digital divide is basically the large number of people who do not use computers or mobile phones to effectively access the Internet and so do not participate in the information economy.

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Doing the Right Stuff Right for Human Rights

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Our breakthrough in the conception of Martus came in 2000, when I was looking to expand Benetech to new frontiers of social good beyond our origins—helping disabled people access books in what is now our Global Literacy program.

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Stop What You're Doing NOW and Celebrate the FCC's Decision

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In The Tech That Will Change 2016 , I boldly predicted that this is the year that the digital divide will finally be bridged in the United States. " According to the FCC, 64 million Americans still live on the wrong side of the digital divide. FCC digital inclusion digital divide

Stop What You're Doing NOW and Celebrate the FCC's Decision

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In The Tech That Will Change 2016 , I boldly predicted that this is the year that the digital divide will finally be bridged in the United States. " According to the FCC, 64 million Americans still live on the wrong side of the digital divide. FCC digital inclusion digital divide

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

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Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech’s Global Literacy Program. With the goal of promoting braille literacy, this landmark meeting brought together braille experts from around the world to Perkins’ campus in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

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The big recent digital inclusion news is the Federal Communication Commission's ( FCC ) proposal to extend the Lifeline Program , which has supplied discounted phone service to low-income people since 1985. digital divide than anything I can think of since the invention of the Internet.

The Birth of a Field: Digital Media and Learning

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This morning I attended the MacArthur Foundation Digital Learning briefing that was taking place at the Natural History Museum in NYC. It was the ultimate digital media multi-tasking experience. Digital media is being shaped by the private sector (YouTube, MySpace, etc).

Structural Poverty and the Non-Adoption Tax

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She pointed out the sad irony that while Internet literacy is a key ingredient for fighting poverty in New Mexico, building up that literacy is more expensive in poor communities than in wealthy ones: read more. Tags: Community Tech Centers Digital Divide This post originally appeared at TechSoup for Libraries. I recently spoke with Alice Loy, co-founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

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Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Join us next Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m.

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

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The next time you set your digital device of choice to record your favorite show so you can watch it whenever you want, take a moment to be thankful that you’re protected from lawsuits from the entertainment industry. Furthermore, the legality of digital fair use continues to be challenged.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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Bookshare , our flagship literacy program, is the world’s largest accessible library and currently serves more than 230,000 members with visual and learning disabilities.

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Young Nonprofit Leader Award Winners Announced

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She's also the executive director of Community Technology Network , a nonprofit that brings information access and digital literacy to underserved Bay Area populations. Tags: Community Tech Centers Digital Divide News

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

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My favorite practical principle from Shenk was “Give A Hoot, Don’t Email Pollute” when talking about the need for developing will power in consuming and sharing digital information.). To increase digital literacy of our communities with good digital literacy skills.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. Global Literacy Sixth Grader and Bookshare member Kevin Leong with Jim Fruchterman at Benetech''s offices. 10X: ten times the impact.