A new authoritative and trusted website designed to facilitate “getting seniors online” was launched today at www.getseniorsonline.org.
The idea of this website and BLOG were central to the successful submission by Connected Living to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (“BTOP” and the award of the grant in September 2010. Don S. Samuelson was the consultant to Connected Living, responsible for organizing the 14 local collaborators in the application, writing the narrative for the submission and organizing the local and State support for the application. The submission was a logical and effective collaboration. Connected Living and Don S. Samuelson of DSSA Strategies merged their experiences and skills to submit a BTOP proposal for the Illinois collaborators in December of 2009. The submission was made March 15, 2010. The BTOP application itself can be found in The Summary of the BTOP Application is in the BTOP tab.
One of the most significant contributions of this site was a vetting of all programs that teach senior citizens computer and Internet skills. The site provides names and accession information for twenty-five web-based computer and internet training and related programs. “The quality and comprehensiveness of the training programs vary considerably. Probably the best single example of best practice is Net Literacy. The Net Literacy project is based on widely-accepted design principles and makes the content of its training materials public.”
Net Literacy was gratified to be so recognized, and has been invited to be a guest blogger on GetSeniorsOnline.org.