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.

Read2Go Tops iTunes Literacy Charts!

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The first one shows the Special Education category on iTunes, with the Read2Go logo being used to represent the Literacy and Learning section. And, the second one shows why: our Read2Go application is at the top of the Literacy and Learning section!

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Daily DoGooder: Fighting to Bring Literacy to the World

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Change the world, one video at a time.Fighting to Bring Literacy to the World | 2:00 fightingfor.nd.edu Established by two Notre Dame undergraduates with the help of seed money from the University’s Social Venture Plan Competition, Better World Books has sold more than 30 million unwanted, used books, contributed over $10 million for literacy initiatives [.].

National Family Literacy Day

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This Sunday while you're finishing off the Halloween candy, think about doing something for National Family Literacy Day. The idea behind the day, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy is to promote family literacy. Sunday, really, is just another reminder that every day can be literacy day. Tags: Reading facebook Bookshare National Family Literacy Day literacy

Literacy for a billion: PlanetRead

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One of the most exciting literacy social enterprises that I've run into is PlanetRead. They have also done extensive measurements of their impact and see real progress on advancing literacy.

Route 66 Literacy Beta Users

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Route 66 Literacy began its first beta at Community Association for Rehabilitation, Inc. (C·A·R) C·A·R) in January, here in Palo Alto, California.

Benetech Truth #1: Social Change Through Technology

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Our work to date repeatedly demonstrates bridging this market failure gap: Our Literacy team has reinvented the traditional library for the blind, reducing the cost of producing an accessible book by a factor of 100 and ending the book famine that people who are blind or print disabled have faced for years. Beneforge social entrepreneurs Benetech a11y social enterprise Benetech Truths Bookshare socent accessibility human rights environment lucre literacy

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

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

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Bookshare today is part of a broader effort by Benetech’s Global Literacy Program to improve the lives and learning of students with the biggest challenges. This post originally appeared on Arabella Advisors'' Greater Good blog as part of the series Impact 2014.

Twitteracy (Twitter Literacy)

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Howard Rheingold has an interesting post titled "Twitter Literacy ( I refuse to Make Up a Twittery Name for It ). Rheingold suggests that is an example of social media literacy: Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. The phrase "Twitter Literacy" made me think of this pretty funny syllabus called " Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era.

Building a Digitally Literate Community

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A few months ago, I attended Microsoft Citizenship's YouthSpark Connection event and heard first-hand from recent high school graduates about how dire the need for digital literacy is. Defining Digital Literacy. But first, what exactly is digital literacy?

Member Round Up: A busy September with new research, a cure for website obesity, and world literacy day

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On September 8, Unesco observed its 40th International Literacy Day, from which Care2 highlights some shocking statistics on literacy around the globe and reminds us that the ability to read and write is a human right. Flickr: Juushika Redgrave This past weekend saw the first offical day of fall which means we can all look forward to months of potted mums, candy corn, and annual conferences.

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

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Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion digital literacy tspubliclibraries I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund. It addresses the thorny problem of bringing the 25 percent or so of people in the city who are still not participating in the information age to inclusion. I say thorny because despite the nearly $300 million in stimulus funding awarded by the U.S.

Mayrie ReNae Annual Valentine's Day Scholarship

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accessibility volunteers Bookshare literacyLast November, Mayrie ReNae, a beloved colleague and part of our Bookshare extended community, passed away after a battle with cancer. Mayrie was a Bookshare member, volunteer and staff person, who contributed hundreds of books to the Bookshare collection and provided invaluable guidance to our volunteer crew for many years.

Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

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Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries. Read our blog about it, check out our literacy micro-site , and tweet with the cool widget we made.

Cell Phone Literacy Ideas in China

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I just had a great meeting with Jenny Zhao where we talked about the cell phone industry in China. Jenny manages the China operations for a global cell phone technology company. One of our dreams for the Route 66 technology is that it could be used to teach reading to people all over the world, in English as well as other languages.

Will Facebook’s Internet.org Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

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Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion tslibraryorg digital literacy Facebook’s new Internet.org initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news.

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Social Media Basic Literacy Skills In the Nonprofit Workplace

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Michele Martin and Tony Karer have been blogging at the Work Literacy blog for several months now. The topics they look at are what I might call social media literacy skills. Source: Pew Internet and America Life Project: " Networked Workers " Study.

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

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His chapter on “Data Literacy” describes what sounds a lot of good content curation skills minus the social sharing part. This is good, basic digital literacy principles that have been taught by educators and librarians taught in the early 2000′s and continue today.

Thank You, Gerardo!

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Gerardo’s contributions related to the Benetech Global Literacy Program include: Overseeing the building of the tech infrastructure that has taken Bookshare from serving tens of thousands of members to over 300,000 members, with a rapidly growing collection of 280,000+ accessible ebooks.

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Listening Literacy Skills: What keywords or phrases have brought you some insights?

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The most important listening literacy skills are. Reiteracy is Social Media Listening Literacy. What else makes up listening literacy skills? What are your stories about how your organization's listening literacy skills have returned value?

New Media Literacy Site from MIT - and check out the great Vlog Tutorial!

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The new media literacies web site is working to integrate new media materials into compelling activities for K-12 students for use in or out of school. From Steve Garfield's Flickr Stream.

Women Ingenuity is Powering Solutions for the Digital Divide

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There are digital literacy trainings for women springing up in Bangladesh, Internet cafés for women opening doors in Argentina, and women leaders in Kenya prototyping mobile apps that send out alerts if a woman’s safety is threatened.

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

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Security symantec digital inclusion tssymantec digital literacy tscommunity org According to a Pew Internet report in mid-2012, over half of American adults older than 65 are using the Internet and email, and about a third of them are using social networking sites like Facebook as well.

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

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project is focused on teaching digital literacy to young people so they can be prepared for 21 st. Digital Divide libraries digital inclusion digital literacy

#40BetterHours: The Art of Single Tasking

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It featured a ten minute video by journalist Manoush Zomorodi sharing some ideas and tips on new digital literacy skills of managing information overload and overwhelmed. The challenge was to focus solely on listening to the video and not multi-task and reflect on the experience.

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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

The Librarian of Marrakesh

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book caravan books librarians literacy Marrakech Marrakesh Morocco women women''s rights One of the joys of my role is meeting other social sector leaders: people with a powerful passion for good. We learn from each other, and try to help each other when we can.

Research Friday: Financial literacy: understanding money for today’s activities and tomorrow’s security

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1 This study, Financial Literacy and Knowledge in the Nonprofit Sector (PDF) , "engaged a random sample of primarily human service nonprofits, as well as health, civic, environmental, arts, and education nonprofits." The report is divided into five areas of study: I) financial knowledge and literacy, II) indicators for programmatic and financial decision-making, III) the board role & governance, IV) controls and procedures for financial management, and, v) some closing thoughts.

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.

Benetech: President's Update

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I want to unveil several of these new initiatives, as well as sneaking in some of the incredible things happening in our core programs in literacy and human rights. President’s Update Fall 2011 Don’t be surprised, but we’re picking up the pace of change at Benetech!

Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?

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But, everyone can raise their data literacy, especially visualization. So, as I curate resources on this topic, I was excited to discover Rahul Bhargava – a data nerd who writes the Data Therapy Blog for the MIT Center for Civic Media.

Embrace the Data, Change the World

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of ”data literacy” lately. @ kdpaine gets her hands on the book right before #emetrics keynote instagr.am/p/QTTfRJlZjl/. p/QTTfRJlZjl/. Beth Kanter (@kanter) October 3, 2012.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

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Interfaith literacy events and interesting learning opportunities. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang. I’ve been busy interviewing people who work for nonprofits for my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , with Aliza Sherman.

Exciting Benetech Leadership News!

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Betsy Beaumon, formerly of BEA Systems and numerous other high tech roles (including founding her own social enterprise in the 1990s), has joined us as our new Vice President and General Manager of Literacy Programs. Over the last year, I've spent half my time just on Bookshare, but Betsy Beaumon's arrival will allow me to worry less about the day-to-day operations, while gaining a partner for strategizing the future of our Literacy programs.

Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Imitate the Art of Corporate Branding

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Her career has been dedicated to helping students and professionals reach their full potential, including years of service in English and literacy at the secondary and higher education levels. As an instructor, her primary areas of focus included reading, writing and literacy advocacy for students of all abilities. Robert Antell and his wife, Marguerite, decided to make a break from the norm in their rural town of Perinton near the Canadian border in New York State.

How Text Messaging Closes the Word Gap in Young Children

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The results: Literacy rates improved for children whose parents received literacy text messages. The study found that the parents who received the literacy text messages were far more likely to engage their children in learning how to read.

Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Cause Awareness Days

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8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay. Social network communities are highly responsive to giving and promoting your nonprofit on cause awareness days provided that your nonprofit prepares at least one month in advance.

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.

Tweets to Bring in the Money

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Please donate today to raise literacy of deaf children! link] #nonprofit #literacy #deaf. Want to raise funds via Twitter this holiday season? You’re not alone. But in order to be successful your tweets need to stand out from the rest of the noise on Twitter.