Old National Bank Donates Hundreds of Computers to Net Literacy Which Will Increase Computer Access to Thousands of Hoosiers

NL student board member Agni Dhanabal (R) thanks ONB's Dan Nord (L) for braving inclement weather to deliver computers
NL student board member Agni Dhanabal (R) thanks ONB’s Dan Nord (L) for braving inclement weather to deliver computers
In keeping with Old National Bank’s ongoing commitment to community and sustainability, the company recently donated 370 computers along with printers and other electronic equipment to Net Literacy, an Indianapolis-based, student-founded digital inclusion nonprofit.

“I’m thrilled with Old National Bank’s donation because we’ll be able to increase thousands of students’ access to computers and the Internet throughout Indiana. We have donated computers to more than a thousand schools and nonprofits and ONB’s donation will help us expand our program,” said Net Literacy student board member Agni Dhanabal. And it’s terrific that ONB’s Dan Nord braved a snow storm and below freezing weather to deliver them and helped off load the donated equipment!” Dan Nord is Old National Bank’s IT Asset Manager.

“This donation is a win for Indiana communities because of Net Literacy’s ability to repurpose this equipment for use by schools and nonprofits,” said Bob Jones, Old National president & CEO. “It also signals progress for Old National in our efforts to create a more sustainable work environment with less energy and paper usage.”

“Old National Bank’s partnership with Net Literacy began over five years ago when ONB supported the launch of our Financial Connects initiative through a summer program where students produced videos to teach other teens about financial literacy,” said Dan Kent, Founder of Net Literacy. “ONB’s Indianapolis Regional President Randy Reichmann met with our student volunteers to explain the importance of financial literacy and help students understand the tools and services that financial institutions like ONB makes available to increase financial literacy throughout the state. And with this latest donation of computers and printers, ONB showed once again that it is a company that continues to give back to the communities that it serves!”

About Old National Bank. Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana. With $9.7 billion in assets, it ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the United States. Since its founding in Evansville, Ind., in 1834, Old National has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with its clients. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Western Kentucky and Louisville, Southern Illinois and Southern Michigan. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, wealth management, investments and brokerage, Old National owns Old National Insurance, one of the 100 largest brokers in the nation. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at oldnational.com.

About Net Literacy. Net Literacy (www.netliteracy.org) is a student-founded all-volunteer digital inclusion and digital literacy nonprofit whose board is 50% comprised of students. Students have repurposed more than 28,000 computers donating them to schools, afterschool programs, and other nonprofits in 73 Indiana counties increasing computer and Internet access to over 250,000 Hoosiers. Three of its programs were included in the National Broadband Plan presented by the FCC to Congress and two American Presidents have honored Net Literacy’s accomplishments.

Net Literacy Teaches Internet Safety with Mrs. Pence and Indiana’s Teacher of the Year

Five Net Literacy student volunteers taught internet safety to 120 third and fourth grade students at Zionsville Community Schools together with Mrs. Karen Pence, wife of Governor Pence and Indiana Teacher of the Year Suzanne Whitton.

Net Literacy students completing safety training to 3rd and 4th graders pose with Indiana's  teacher of the year and with Mrs. Pence, the wife of the Governor of Indiana

For more information, contact [email protected]

Bright House Networks and Net Literacy Help Students Speak Out Against Bullying

Students from Carmel Clay Schools and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) were recently honored for their winning ideas in Bright House Networks and Net Literacy’s Students Against Bullying Contest. The campaign is part of Bright House Networks and Net Literacy’s push to promote young people as active allies and advocates in bullying prevention.

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Elementary, middle and high school students were challenged to develop messages that could address bullying through the question, “If you had 25 seconds, what would you say to others about bullying or cyber bullying?”  Winners received the opportunity to present their message in a professionally-produced public service announcement.  The short videos will be used by teachers, parents and nonprofit organizations to reinforce effective and safe ways for kids to step in and help others from being bullied. More than 200 student entries were submitted for the contest.

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“When it comes to taking a stand against bullying, engaged teens are the most effective spokespersons and can best disseminate the message to other teens,” said Dan Kent, Executive Director of Net Literacy, a student-founded and student-managed nonprofit. “And that’s why our student leadership decided to work together with our partner schools to ask students what is most important for teens to know about bullying.  We received hundreds of heartfelt responses from students who were bystanders, had bullied others, and had been bullied.  The videos help provide a better understanding of the bullying problem and will promote civility throughout our community.”

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The student-produced PSAs will air on Bright House Networks in October, in recognition of National Anti-Bullying Prevention Month. The PSAs can also be viewed on IPSTube, SafeConnects.org, and Net Literacy’s YouTube Channel.  Bright House Networks has supported Net Literacy since 2005 and was recently honored with a proclamation issued by the Indianapolis City Council.

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For more information, please email [email protected]

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]

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.

Net Literacy Presents to the UN Broadband Commissioners

On September 23, 2012, Net Literacy discussed its student-empowered digital inclusion and digital literacy model to the United Nations Broadband Commissioners in New York City.

Woven throughout the presentation, Net Literacy referenced its support of the Broadband Commission’s “B more” campaign and we asked the Commissioners to consider adding a fourth objective for the Working Group on Youth – to engage youth-managed and focused organizations to innovate, propose, and test practical and effective sustainable development solutions that engage and mobilize youth in support of digital inclusion, broadband development, and the MDG’s.