Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a teen, or just curious about digital literacy and citizenship, Google and its partners have a list of resources to help you get to know the web.

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Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a teen, or just curious about digital literacy and citizenship, you’ve come to the right place. Google and our partners have compiled a short list of helpful resources for getting to know the web. Read on, and continue to explore the wonders of the web with us.

Resources for everyone

  • Bust those technical termsThe web can be confusing, and even the savviest Internet user has come across terms that don’t make sense. Like “WPA2.” Or “IP address.” Or “spyware.” We’ve made a list of some common technical words and explained them here as simply and accurately as we can.
  • Becoming tech-savvyExplore Internet 101 and learn more about the web and beyond.
  • Good to Know YouTube channelWant to see more videos about privacy and security? Take a look through our YouTube channel.
  • Inside SearchDiscover all the features and tricks to master Google search. Get information on Google’s newest search features and learn tips for beginners, pros, and everyone in between.
  • YouTube Safety CenterLearn how to flag videos that violate our Community Guidelines, keep personal videos private, and block users whose comments or messages bother you.
  • 20 Things I LearnedDo you have questions about web but were too afraid to ask? We have the book for you. Learn about the web and browsers in this interactive experience created by Google.
  • OnGuardOnline.gov safety videosThe Federal Trade Commission has released a series of video tips to help you protect your personal information online. The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government’s site to help computer users be safe, secure, and responsible. Here are some examples:
    • Computer Security provides simple steps to help you protect yourself and your computer from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves.
    • Online Shopping Tips can help you get the best deal and avoid unnecessary hassles.
    • Protect Your Computer from Malware provides tips on how to avoid, detect, and remove viruses and spyware that were installed on your computer without your consent.
  • Digital Literacy Portal for the entire familyAs more of our life happens online, Internet skills are becoming crucial to living responsibly. What skills do you need to navigate Internet society? How can parents and educators teach themselves, their families, and their communities about important topics like identity protection, fraud detection, and digital citizenship?ThinkB4U is a collaboration between Google and safety experts Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, and the National Consumers League. Together, we are tackling some of the biggest learning curves thrown at the average user in a fun and interactive way.There’s still a long way to go to achieve digital literacy for everyone, but we hope that projects like ThinkB4U will boost advocacy for online safety education, the importance of which is invaluable in our deeply connected world.
  • Download our Safety Center bookletOur top tips for staying safe and secure online in a format that you can print and keep.

Resources for parents

  • Now You KnowCheck out videos created for youth, by youth on topics like cyber-wellness, security, and privacy.
  • A Good Digital ParentingA Good Digital Parenting is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers, and teens connect, share, and do good online.
  • Teach Parents TechTeach Parents Tech lets you select from more than 50 basic how-to videos to send to Mom, Dad, your old college roommate, your neighbor, and anyone else who could use a little help with tech tasks—whether it’s how to copy and paste or how to share a big file.
  • Get Your Folks OnlineGet Your Folks Online, a partnership between Age Action and Google, provides several interactive courses on the basics of the Internet.

Resources for students

  • Online Safety RoadshowLike Drivers Ed for the web, the Online Safety Roadshow is a 45-minute digital citizenship assembly for teens that shares tips and tricks for being safe and smart online.

Resources for educators

  • Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship CurriculumTeach your students to be safe and smart online. We’ve teamed up with online safety experts iKeepSafe to develop a curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen.The curriculum is designed to be interactive and discussion-filled, and to allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario-based activities. On this site, you’ll find a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson, and animated videos to help frame the conversation.
  • Online Safety Roadshow ActivityThese handouts complement our Online Safety Roadshow to continue the conversation in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Spring Online: A Great Opportunity to bridge the Digital Divide!

Social housing providers are being urged to engage in “one of the nation’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns”.

The Government-backed Spring Online with Silver Surfers’ Day – delivered by Digital Unite in partnership with UK Online Centres and Race Online 2012 – is one of the biggest campaigns each year to give older people and less confident users a taste of computers and the internet.

The campaign – which has been going for 11 years – has helped more than 150,000 people get more out of life online.

Social housing providers are being urged to play their part to help residents get a taste of computers and the internet during Spring Online from 23-27 April.

Digital Unite’s mission is to promote and explain the benefits of technology.  They have been in operation since 1996 and currently offer an online community and free online content to help those new to the internet learn more about its incredible applications.

Emma Solomon, Managing Director of Digital Unite, says: “Access to computers and the internet can enhance people’s health and wellbeing – and open up whole new worlds. If you know your way round a computer why not volunteer to show someone else how to do it? Often, all people need is someone to get them started, show them the basics and make it fun. Holding a Spring Online session can really help.”

See the original article:  http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2012-03-05-Landlords-have-role-in-one-of-the-nations-biggest-digital-inclusion-campaigns

 

More information on Digital Unite:  http://digitalunite.com/about-us

And Spring Online (Apr 23-27, 2012):  http://springonline.org/

 

Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum

Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work. The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum has three levels. The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course Toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches the value of computers in society and introduces you to using a mouse and the keyboard. The Standard curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles. The Advanced curriculum features four courses that cover creating an e-mail account, creating a great resume, searching for content on the World Wide Web and social networking. These five courses are available in three versions that use examples and screenshots from different versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Version 3 uses examples and simulations from Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, version 2 uses examples and simulations from Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, and version 1 uses examples and simulations from Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003. All courses are free of charge.

Explore the courses at:

http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/citizenship/giving/programs/up/digitalliteracy/default.mspx

The UK’s Digital Inclusion Network

The United Kingdom shares a similar demographic distribution to the United States in regards to Senior Citizens and digital inclusion.  One way a group of NGOs are trying to bridge the digital divide is through their program called the Digital Inclusion Network.  This group, founded in 2006, consists of more than 200 member organizations that provides computer and Internet training to Senior Citizens.  Member NGOs sign an MOU and participate in this network by sharing best practices and local information and receive start-up support including toolkit, learning materials and resources, and opportunities to network and create partnerships.

This partnership organization is managed by AgeUK, an organization that provides information spanning financial advice and health advice, to public policy research and funding regarding Senior Citizens.  The Digital Inclusion Network is a fine example of networking local NGOs which know its constituents best, to best serve and address issues involving digital inclusion.

For more information, visit: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/professional-resources-home/services-and-practice/computers-and-technology/digital-inclusion-network1/

NGO WebOrganic Benefits from new Google Datacenter in Hong Kong

Google will inject US$300 million as a long-term investment in its Hong Kong datacenter that will go live in early 2013, said the company after the ground breaking ceremony in Tsueng Kwan O Industrial Estate last week.

The company said it will also launch a community program in Hong Kong to provide annual grants ranging from US$5000 to US$50,000 to organizations that focus on the issues such as technology literacy and innovation, renewable energy innovation, and new economy entrepreneurship.

To get this effort started, Google is making a grant of USD50,000 to Hong Kong-based NGO WebOrganic to support their efforts in providing affordable laptops and digital literacy programs to underprivileged children in Hong Kong, the company added.

WebOrganic’s main focus is to promote eLearning to the underprivileged and give those people that were formerly without access to the internet.  The company regularly teams up with organizations in the Hong Kong area to further these goals.  It also provides technical support for internet problems for the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society and supports training and mentorship programs for the YMCA and other groups.  The company supports an impressive 150,000 students from lower income families.

Google launched a website on the facility at http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/locations/hong-kong, where people can ask the firm questions and find more information on the project, and job opportunities, the firm noted.

See the original article:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/245982/google_invests_300_million_in_hong_kong_datacenter.html

Read more about WebOrganic:  http://www.weborganic.hk/EN/node/6