Digital Literacy SKills Redux

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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 What might be differnt if you were teaching this class today

Cell Phone Literacy Ideas in China

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. 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.

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Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

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. It’s all about teaching digital literacy and citizenship: the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically, behave safely, and interact responsibly in a digital world. Teaching them to use creative tools responsibly?

Teaching Online Safety: Building Curriculum

Tech Soup Blog

Last week, TechSoup for Libraries held a webinar called Public Tech Instruction: Teaching the Public on Internet Safety. The presenters, Austin Stroud of the Monroe County Public Library and Crystal Schimpf of TechSoup for Libraries, shared resources for teaching online safety and security. The Northstar Digital Literacy Project has 33 questions, but only a few touch on safety and security. Do you teach online safety to staff, volunteers, or the people you serve?

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E-Readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips Webinar

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Learn more about e-reader teaching tips during TechSoup's free 30-minute webinar. 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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Healthy Fear, Healthy Habit: Teaching Privacy to New Internet Users

Tech Soup Blog

Privacy has always been an important topic in digital literacy. Scott Pinkelman, digital literacy innovation specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia , recently presented on this important topic at the Digital Shift online conference. The study concludes that education about privacy and surveillance needs to be incorporated into digital literacy education. Simple Steps for Teaching Privacy. Teaching Online Safety: Building Curriculum. Digital peeping toms.

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Social Media Basic Literacy Skills In the Nonprofit Workplace

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Michele Martin and Tony Karer have been blogging at the Work Literacy blog for several months now. Work Literacy is a network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks, skills, methods and tools of modern knowledge work. The topics they look at are what I might call social media literacy skills.

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. Access to technology is important, but teaching computer and information technology skills is just as vital. Defining Digital Literacy. But first, what exactly is digital literacy? American Library Association's "Digital Literacy Libraries, and Public Policy" report.

Weaving the Web Into Teaching and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Emily at Emily's World offers her thoughts about "Integrating Web Sites into Teaching." Starting way back in 1995-96 when the web was just starting to explode with content, I focused a lot on searching skills, information literacy skills, how to organize and retrieve your finds, etc. " She asks: "As a web designer, I am very interested in the future of educational websites.

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Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

The idea is to engage these residents and wherever possible to teach them how to use digital devices, provide Internet access through computer labs or classes, and provide them with very low-cost home computers. 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.

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

Tech Soup Blog

For example, summer camps or after-school programs located in these parks can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to teach computer classes or stream educational movies. 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

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. Highlights of this Letter: SocialCoding4Good CityOptions Read2Go and Route 66 Literacy Selected Program Updates Human rights: Legal victory in Guatemala, PBS NewsHour stories Literacy: Major milestones for Bookshare at home and abroad SocialCoding4Good Just funded by the John S.

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. It has been amazing to see the impact financial literacy can have on a person, and just how crucial financial literacy is on the future of our young people. integrate financial literacy into our school systems, or at least make.

Opposing attempt to TM "Social Enterprise"

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. Kevin and the SEA today launched an Initiative To Protect the Meaning of Social Enterprise , supporting the efforts of our peers with Social Enterprise UK in their "NotInOurName" campaign.

Le Web, C???Est Moi


They are keys to web literacy and innovation. There are many organizations fueling the maker movement and teaching web literacy. Alan Rosenblatt. Director of Digital Strategy. turner4d. What do words and phrases like Webmaker, Maker Parties, and Thimble have in common? The Web is fundamentally the creation of the people that use it. Almost everyone contributes to it in some manner.

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

Connection Cafe

American Literacy is Iffy. Peters, principal of Beverly Hills High School, announced today that the entire school faculty will travel to Sacramento next Thursday for a colloquium in new teaching methods. In this case, students care far more about getting a day off school than a teaching conference. The Internet is bloated. Your users have miniscule attention spans. And nonprofit websites everywhere are filled with clichés and ambiguity. Words matter.

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

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. Here, he draws from the work of Howard Rheingold when talking about data literacy and attention fitness as well as others and lays out an information diet that is intended to help us change in our daily habits. He doesn’t recommend quick fixes like “unplugging” which is the metaphorical equivalent to a crash diet because it doesn’t work.

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. The second (and larger) component of the campaign was asking teachers to commit to adding an extra 60 seconds of literacy-focused activities in their classroom for 60 days. It was a link to a story on our blog, “Should We Be Teaching 100 Sight Words to Kindergartners?”

Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We discussed literacy and access for the blind, and I learned about one of Mr. Kohli's passions, which is adult literacy. Citing a lack of trained teachers, TCS had built a PC-based curriculum for teaching reading in 40 hours. The program focuses on mainly teaching a core vocabulary of sight words in the the desired language, so that adults are able read the local newspaper.

Upcoming Webinar March 26: Public Tech Instruction - Internet Safety

Tech Soup Blog

Internet safety can be a tricky subject to teach. essential skill to include in basic digital literacy instruction, but. determining what content to include and how to teach it can present many challenges. design curriculum and teach classes without a fear of becoming outdated. will share best practices for teaching Internet safety in group and. How does your library address questions about Internet safety?

Association Social Media: International Reading Association


On Thursday, July 10, 2014, we chatted about using mentor texts to teach writing. 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. The second (and larger) component of the campaign was asking teachers to commit to adding an extra 60 seconds of literacy-focused activities in their classroom for 60 days.

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.

#40BetterHours: The Art of Single Tasking

Beth Kanter

” This week, the Poynter Institute Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Ren LaForme joined forces to host a series called #40 Better Hours , a project to improve newsroom culture by looking at things that cause stress like workflow and communication and teaching journalist skills to combat information overload, part of a technology wellness routine.

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Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

Tech Soup Blog

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. Eastern) for Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile , where you can learn how libraries can help meet the need and demand for mobile-device assistance through creative programming. Come to this free webinar to gain ideas for integrating mobile-devices into new and existing adult programs.

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Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?

Beth Kanter

And while I haven’t done an in-depth map of this space, I keep thinking that a network of intermediaries (people who teach skills, connect skilled volunteers, generate discussion — those data nerds ) is missing. (I 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.

Make Your Nonprofit Board Meetings Magical


Ideas include financial literacy training, fundraising discussions, or a presentation about a political or economic issue that affects your organization. Susan’s practical approach to fundraising and board development has made her a frequent presenter at conferences and in classrooms, including a course she teaches at Johns Hopkins University. No one likes a dull board meeting, or a long one, or one that doesn’t start on time.

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President's Update

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Highlights of this Letter: * The MacA (!) * Recruiting technical talent * Selected Project Updates o Route 66 Literacy demosite launches o is going international o Guatemalan secret police archives The MacA Getting an award like the MacArthur Fellowship is pretty humbling, especially one that embodies the built-in challenge that justifies the confidence shown by the awards panel. Here's my latest President's Update. Benetech's momentum continues with some fantastic news.

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

Operation Hope : This financial literacy nonprofit uses Box as its primary content management system for all employees. Teach for America , The International Rescue Committee , and Kiva all use Box for content management and collaboration. TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. See the Donation Program for details about this offer.

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NTC in Review


We also led a special collaborative session designed to help foundations understand the importance of funding technology and to teach nonprofits how to best ask for support. May 16—Today, the explosive growth of mobile devices and wireless technology has reframed the conversation to one concerned with the quality of access provided, information literacy, and technological parity for young people.

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Book Review: iPhone Millionaire


For the past 25 years, I have been in the business of teaching media companies to use small and inexpensive cameras and edit systems to create their own television and video content. During this time, he has led a drive for video literacy, and the complete rethinking of how television and online video is made and controlled. This is a guest post from Michael Rosenblum , author of iPhone Millionaire.

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Human Rights Trainings in Nigeria

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The MacArthur Foundation provided key support for the project by not only financing our work, but also funding computer literacy training for NHRC staff. For five days, we focused on teaching the NHRC staff to use the Martus software.

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.). The money raised from my birthday campaign would help us hire one of the college students that the Sharing Foundation has sent to school to teach the kids. First of all, stand back and admire that image.

Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative Seeks to Close the Opportunity Divide

Tech Soup Blog

Year Up is just one of the five nonprofit organizations Microsoft has partnered with along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Junior Achievement USA (JA), and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. At the Pueblo City Library, also in Colorado, librarians are teaching patrons how to use iPads and e-readers as well as introducing them to basic apps.

Tech2Empower: The Llama Pack Project

Beth Kanter

They teach local families healthy llama breeding practices, tourism services and environmental literacy. Last week I was got to work on a week-long service trip in Cusco, Peru as part of Wake: Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange #Tech2empower program where womwn in who work in technology volunteer to share their professional skills and knowledge with women-run business owners.

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Online Collaboration: Taking Education to New Heights

Tech Soup Blog

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. … Without GoToMeeting, there would have been no way to teach the kids. If you are reading this right now, you are more fortunate than one-fifth of the U.S. population.

Harry's First Fundraising Video: Why Donate $10 To Support the Sharing Foundation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Making media together is another way to teach your children about various causes. Since her parents work in the Sharing Foundation's farm program, she attended the Foundation's Khmer Literacy School which helped her enter the local village school. Blogger Roger Carr of Everyday Giving Blog has written a beautiful post about the Khmer Literacy School ! Click To Play. Harry and I are enjoying making media together.

Tips for monetizing your nonprofit work

ASU Lodestar Center

If your nonprofit works to teach adults to read, for example, you are definitely working on a natural capital issue. In the US alone the effects of low literacy cost at least $225 billion annually in crime, loss of tax revenue due to unemployment, and non-productivity in the workforce. posted by Karla Lant Lead Writer, Museum of Science and Sustainability.

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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. Our talks covered a wide range of topics including AIF's work around helping people obtain good livelihoods in general, as well as challenges around adult literacy. My last stop in New Delhi was to visit the American India Foundation, which is the largest Silicon Valley/India foundation.

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Leading the Participant

Museum 2.0

If the point of the Discovery Center is to teach students the facts of the Grenada invasion, it's reasonable to create a program in which there's a right and wrong answer about what happened in history. As Mira explained: The goal is for students to experience presidential decision making, and then debrief, discuss, and share, utilizing historical and civic literacy skills. Remember the last time someone said to you, "this is entirely your choice?"

Nonprofit Commons Recap: Will Play Games for Peace

Tech Soup Blog

" Joseph's initiative, the Online Leadership Program , integrates a "youth development approach when tackling international and public policy issues with youth media programs that build digital literacy, foster substantive online dialogues, develop resources for educators, and promote civic participation." Barry Joseph of Global Kids recently came to visit the Nonprofit Commons to discuss the potential of gaming for social change.

#GivingTuesday Champions

Tech Soup Blog

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. As a strong advocate of children literacy for the past 24 years, Reach out and Read has established a network of 5,000 partners in 50 states and distributes 6.5

America's Giving Challenge Days: Bloggers Campaign!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. The literacy school runs three sessions a day for 130 children of Roteang village???s Ten bilingual Cambodian college graduates teach English to 500 students in 19 sections offered daily after school hours at the village school.

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.