Net Literacy Supports ItsEasierThanYouThink.org Digital Inclusion Campaign

ItsEasierThanYouThink,” a new national digital literacy awareness campaign, kicked off Monday, September 2, 2013 with a White House petition and several public service announcement (PSA) videos addressing the education factors that contribute to the online education and skills gap in America.

The Goals of the “ItsEasierThanYouThink” Digital Literacy Campaign:

– Raise awareness with the public about the issue of digital literacy;

– Urge the Obama Administration to adopt a national digital literacy policy;

– Empower non-Internet users with the tools they need to get online; and

– Providing the online community with resources to take action on this important issue

Visit http://www.itseasierthanyouthink.org/ – It’sEasierThanYouThink Digital Literacy Awareness Campaign

Digital Literacy Facts & Figures:

60 MILLION AMERICANS
do not know how to use the Internet. This figure is surpasses over 5 billion people worldwide who cannot participate in our information economy.

THE US RANKS 7TH
when it comes to Internet adoption worldwide. We are the world’s largest economy, and we are not the leader when it comes to Internet adoption.

OVER 80 PERCENT
of Fortune 500 companies require that applicants submit job applications online. This means the largest companies in the United States require digital literacy skills.

ONLY 57 PERCENT
of African-American households use the Internet compared to 67% of White American households according to the Department of Commerce.

SLIGHTLY OVER HALF
of Americans ages 65 and older use the Internet. They are missing out on critical services and opportunities.

27 BILLION DOLLARS
in economic opportunity could lie ahead if we work to get the world’s population online and using the Internet.

1 IN 5 AMERICANS
say they don’t know enough about technology to start using the Internet on their own. They have no one to teach them how to get online.

ONLY 43 PERCENT
of those without a high school education are online and only sixty-two percent of those who make less than $30,000/year are online.

DIGITAL LITERACY IS
a gate skill, demanded by many employers when they first evaluate a job application. It is also a catalyst for many other important life skills.

UK Website “Know The Net” Cites Net Literacy’s Student Created Videos as a Top Resource

Click on this link to find additional resources from “Know The Net” – http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/knowledge-centre/advice-parents/resource-list

Click on this link to download the PDF from “Know The Net” entitled “Net Speak” – http://www.netliteracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/NetSpeak-PDF-2013.pdf

Net SpeakNetSpeak PDF 2013

Congresswoman Susan Brooks Talks With Student Volunteers at Fishers Junior High and Joins Net Literacy’s Honorary Board!

Net Literacy’s Fishers Junior High chapter was honored by a visit from Congresswoman Brooks (Indiana’s 5th Congressional District), and the 15 student volunteers that met her and talked with her were thrilled!

“I was so impressed when I learned about your leadership and what you were doing,” said Representative Brooks as she explained to the students why she felt what they were doing for the community is so important.

Rep Brooks Talks to Student Volunteers

“You are the reason that I ran for office,” she said, talking to the middle school students.  “Do well in school and keep growing and learning.” Representative Brooks explained that the digital skills that the students are learning will help them find jobs, and later help them create jobs.

Students Show Representative Brooks How They Repurpose Computers

The students showed Congresswoman Brooks how they refurbish computers.  This year, 50 computers have been completed and 20 have been donated to the families of students that don’t have a computer at home and 6 have been donated to a local nonprofit so they can teach others computer and Internet skills.   Additional computers will be donated to other families with students and to doctors that provide medical services in Haiti.  The student volunteers also teach younger teens online safety skills.

Representative Brooks Joins Net Literacy's Honorary Board!
Representative Brooks Joins Net Literacy’s Honorary Board!

After explaining how their chapter was impacting the community, the students asked Representative Brooks if she would consider joining the Net Literacy Honorary Board. 

When we asked her, she didn’t hesitate, she immediately say yes!  That was really cool and we presented her a Fishers Junior High Net Literacy shirt and took a picture together.

As part of Net Literacy’s service to Hoosiers, more than 23,000 computers have been donated to almost 1000 nonprofits and to more than 13,000 families with students in more than 70 Hoosier counties.  A video of Representative Brooks’ discussion with the students will be posted shortly.

Indiana’s Largest School District Uses 46 Student Created Videos to Teach Online Safety

Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana’s largest school district is using 46 Net Literacy student-created videos to help teach online safety.

The videos were uploaded to IPSTube and can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://ipstube.ips.k12.in.us/search/?search_id=internet+safety&search_type=search_videos&x=0&y=0

They were also loaded to the IPS’s Curriculum Resources and their Technology Competencies.

IPS is using the voice of net savvy teens to help students be safe while having fun online.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Lone Eagle Consulting’s “People Ready” Broadband Entrepreneurship and Digital Literacy Curriculum

One size does not fit all and Lone Eagle Consulting helps provide online training for rural remote, at-risk, and indigenous learners. We especially liked this focus on indigenous learners and wanted to share the following:

The Self-directed Digital Literacy Training and Resource Guide for All Learners

Lone Eagle Online Courses

Community Training Resources

Social Media Training Resources

For additional information, please visit: http://lone-eagles.com/guides.htm

Collier, Lordan, Sheburne, and Kent Co-host “How Today’s Digital Natives Can Enhance their Online Reputations” on Google Education On Air

click on the link to watch Google Education On Air: http://youtu.be/gNjnqwJdwt4

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Hangout information
Saturday, December 8, 6pm Eastern
Live on the Google+ page of Dan Kent
Hashtag #netlit
Send online reputation questions to: [email protected]
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Session description

This Google Education On Air provides practical and actionable strategies to students enhance their online reputation as they seek scholarships, employment, and admission to competitive colleges. We’ll also discuss today’s online reputation landscape and what’s in store for the future. What are best practice examples of engaging students when talking about online reputation and where are the most useful resources? Tune in, join the discussion, and ask your students’ toughest online reputation questions.
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Presenter information

Anne Collier is a journalist, a writer, a youth advocate, founder and executive director of the Net Family News (www.NetFamilyNews.org), and co-director of Connect Safely (www.ConnectSafely.org). Anne serves on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and the advisory boards of Family Online Safety Institute and GetNetWise.org.

Tim Lordan is the executive director and council for the Internet Education Foundation (http://www.neted.org/) and developed Net Safety Tips on the go (www.NetSafetyApp.org). Tim also manages GetNetWise.org, the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, and the State of the Net.

Sue Sheburne an adjunct faculty member in the Biobehavioral Health Department and an Assistant Director at the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes at Penn State University (http://www.gopsusports.com/genrel/sherburne_sue00.html). Sue also oversees or advises the Athletic Department’s Nagle CHAMPUS/Life Skills Program, the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.

Dan Kent is founder and executive director of Net Literacy (www.NetLiteracy.org) and oversees the Net Reputation (http://www.netreputation.org/) initiative. He is a student at Yale School of Management.

Dave McClure’s Perspectives on the Internet for South Africa’s iWeek 2012

Click on the video below to listen to Dave McClure’s sage insights and perspectives about the Internet, produced for South Africa’s iWeek 2012.

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Dave McClure was elected a “Net Literacy Hero” in 2010 and is a member of Net Literacy’s Honorary Board.