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. Is it about keeping students safe?

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?

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Benetech: President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. Route 66 Route 66, our online platform for teaching reading, has officially launched thanks to support from the Peery Foundation.

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

Connection Cafe

American Literacy is Iffy. I’m going to give you all the same facts, and I want each of you to write the ‘lede’ of the story if it was going to appear in the student paper.”. In this case, students care far more about getting a day off school than a teaching conference.

Changing lives through financial empowerment

ASU Lodestar Center

For the past six months I have worked with YWCA Maricopa County , expanding its Own It Financial Education program , which provides low-income women and families a free education teaching them how to become financially stable and independent. posted by. Kristen Coco , Program Developer.

Opposing attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The great majority of social enterprises are nonprofit organizations dedicated to the social good through employing disadvantaged people, educating students, improving the environment, advancing health care, respect for human rights and so many other beneficial activities. I've been working closely with Kevin Lynch, the CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance, on countering the efforts of to attempt to trademark the name of our entire field, Social Enterprise.

Association Social Media: International Reading Association


The past two years we’ve launched a campaign around International Literacy Day. This year, we worked with NASA on a “Lift Off to Literacy” campaign. W e asked them to share photos, videos, and stories about what their students were doing using the hashtag #ILD14.

Leading the Participant

Museum 2.0

The Discovery Center is a one-hour simulation in which groups of students (grade 5 and up) role play in a realistic, interactive environment. The students are each given roles on one of three teams--the Oval Office, a military command center, and a press room.

Announcing… 29 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2012!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Prevent students from dropping out of high school and increase literacy: @ CISNational , @ FirstBook. Expose racism and teach tolerance in America: @ Tolerance_org. Teach human history, art, and culture: @ Smithsonian. Every January Nonprofit Tech 2.0 selects a new set of nonprofit avatars to be featured in the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 banner. The selection process is a personal one.

American India Foundation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

To my delight, the Akshay Pratishthan school had a focus on teaching students with disabilities: roughly half the students had disabilities and were mainstreamed with students without disabilities. Students get at least two computer sessions a week.

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Online Collaboration: Taking Education to New Heights

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It was there that she discovered her passion for teaching others: "When I was working with kids with autism or ADHD, something happened within me where I identified with their experiences. New Heights, by promoting literacy through a wide range of programs, has produced radical results.

Birthday Campaign Update: $2,929 Raised From 50 People - Need $2,321 for Matching Money - Can We Do It?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We have an opportunity to receive a couple of OLPCs for our literacy program at our farming project (we school the kids of farmers who we train to farm the land, sell vegetables, proceeds go into micro loan fund.). First of all, stand back and admire that image.

9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success

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New Heights Educational Group is an educational support and literacy center for families with children who are struggling in school. New Heights also uses Citrix GoToMeeting from TechSoup to connect teachers and tutors with students.

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Typing to Learn

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I found some excellent lesson plans where the emphasis is on integrating typing into learning, early literacy skills. The teaching aids or props are lots of fun too! As the students learn a letter name and sound, they learn the correct finger to use to type it.

#GivingTuesday Champions

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By providing students with funds for school supplies, coats, eye care, class trips, test fees, and athletic gear, InvestED has encouraged over 16,500 youngsters to stay in school in the state of Washington. Since 1993, GRuB has been using its farming programs to reduce high school drop-out rates b y teach low-income youth about proper nutrition and sustainability. It has grown into an organization that meets the needs of over 1,500 student athletes annually.

America's Giving Challenge Days: Bloggers Campaign!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may remember that my family and I sponsor a college student, Leng Sopharath, with the help of many of you. Our project on Global Giving focuses on literacy which is key to education and jobs for poor children. The Sharing Foundation's Khmer Literacy program helps farm children learn their native alphabet and numbers well enough to attend elementary school.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Research Friday: What It Takes to Lead.

ASU Lodestar Center

The study reveals that current leaders in the local nonprofit sector believe the skills most needed in the nonprofit workforce are financial literacy, communication (verbal and writing skills), knowledge of laws pertaining to the nonprofit sector, information technology, volunteer management, and donor cultivation. Responses from NMI students and alumni reveal that 94% say NMI courses are relevant to their daily work. We too dersire more instruction on financial literacy.

Working Wikily: Establishing A Giving or Gifting Culture in Wiki Community

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past two weeks, he has been teaching ??? Another point about goals: Community Literacies esp. Maybe the most important part of the of a course like this are the community literacies that are accumulated through a community enquiry into new material.

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Finding the Great Impact Story

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We had a similar experience recently here at Microsoft when we heard a story about a student who participates in our Technology Education And Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program.

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Durff's Slide Show: Why Integrate Blogging

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The title slide - "Teaching to Transform" should be a second or two longer and then hit me a visual that shows "transformation" -- maybe a bored student and then an engaged one. The point that blogging builds literacy - you show me a bunch of photos of kids at computers and a screenshot of the Starbucks campaign. What are you trying say about the connection between blogging and literacy? My twitter friend Durff asked for feedback on her slide show.

Writing to Change the World

Have Fun - Do Good

Anya Achtenberg will be teaching an online workshop, Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World, later this year. This August they will co-teach a workshop on memoir, “The World Outside-The World Within, Living and Writing Your Story," at the Leaven Center in Lyons, MI.

Writing and Speech Assistance Tools Are Now Available at TechSoup

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These tools can help organizations that work with individuals who have general writing concerns, English language learners, people with learning disabilities or physical handicaps in typing, people with dyslexia or recovering from strokes, and even those learning literacy and spelling.

Solutionary Women: Viet-Ly Nguyen

Have Fun - Do Good

Here is a partial transcript from my interview with Viet-Ly: Viet-Ly: Streetside Stories is a nonprofit literacy arts program based in San Francisco and we work with the middle schools -- the public middle schools -- of the San Francisco Unified School District. The students get offended.

Back to School at TechSoup

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Whether you're educating yourself or your staff, or teaching others technical skills, we can help you stay up-to-date on the latest technology, fundraising tools, or development strategies. September's here. The kids are back in school starting their education, but what about you?

An Interview with Silvia Tolisano of Langwitches Blog

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The past five years I have been teaching Spanish at an Elementary School and serve as the school???s I wanted to combine my two passions in teaching: Foreign Languages and Technology. I enjoy sitting down with my girls and teach them about the tools that I am experimenting with. They are teenagers and are in the middle of MySpace, IMing, text messaging, etc , so they are my first hand source for what is happening and are teaching me.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One corporate chief executive offered extensive in-kind support for our digital literacy enterprises that provide the disabled access to talking books and teach reading to teenagers and adults who are not yet literate. My last Davos Diary piece for BBC News was published this week, 'Meetings of Minds'. This was fun to write, and this Davos was incredible.

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Games for Change 2007: Funders Perspective Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is a new form of teaching, not just skill-based learning. Solicitation on the streets for programs at the k-12 level to train students to use cyber tools for science. Emphasis is on digital literacy. Photo by Rikomatic.

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Abby Rosenheck, Urban Sprouts, Interview Transcript

Have Fun - Do Good

Urban Sprouts teaches youth to grow, harvest, prepare, and eat vegetables from the school garden in order to help them to become more engaged in school, eat better, exercise more, and connect with the environment and each other.

"Leveling the Playing Field" Through Broadband and Public Computers


He spoke about FCC's expansive efforts to increase "digital literacy" for both individuals and small businesses. Some rural areas, like the Missouri county mentioned by Kelvin Simmons, Commissioner of the Office of Administration, have "absolutely no broadband access," which keeps students from doing homework assignments that are placed on school websites. He also teaches classes on podcasting and social media. Matt Quinn, IT Manager, Harvesters.