ICT: Getting Connected to Sustainability

Appropriate information and communications technologies can facilitate sustainable development in developing nations by improving the flow of information in sectors such as healthcare, education, and business. By placing these tools in the hands of struggling populations, you empower them with tools to solve their own problems and rise out of poverty, instead of simply making them dependent on aid. Let’s close the digital divide…

Mayor Richards Explains the Impact of Digital Literacy NGOs

Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richards Talks about Net Literacy at the 2007 Killer Apps Conference.

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age

Forty years after the “War on Poverty” and twenty-five years after “A Nation at Risk,” a new forum has been designed to advance a new paradigm for learning by harnessing the largely untapped potential of digital media. Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age brought together 200 of the nations top thought leaders in science and technology, informal and formal education, entertainment media, research, philanthropy, and policy to create and act upon a breakthrough strategy for scaling-up effective models of teaching and learning for children.

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – Revolution in Learning

Opening remarks by Connie Yowell, Director of Education, MacArthur Foundation
Opening Panel moderated by Brad Stone, New York Times
Gary E. Knell, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop
Mizuko Ito, Research Scientist, University of California, Irvine
James Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media
Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – New Learning Designs

Moderated by John Merrow, Education
Correspondent, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Jason Levy, Principal, New York City Intermediate School 339
Larry Rosenstock, Founder, High Tech High School Network
Katie Salen, Executive Director, Institute of Play, Professor of Design and
Technology, and Director of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons the
New School for Design
Rey Ramsey, CEO, One Economy Corporation

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – Geoff Canada

Geoff Canada

Description: Geoff Canada, of the Harlem Children’s Zone talks about the danger of allowing technology to widen the gap between rich kids and poor kids and our responsiblity to ensure that this does not happen.

Ethical Issues in eLearning – Digital Divide

In an information society, information accessibility is a critical issue which must be discussed in terms of the gap between the digital haves and have nots, a gap expressed in the term digital divide. Digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to the Internet and other information technology and those who do not.

There are many reasons why a digital divide exists. The barriers are evident when individuals (1) are unable to afford Internet access from home, (2) find e learning content that is difficult to comprehend, (3) find e learning content that is not culturally-relevant. It is important to note that people with disabilities often confront more barriers in e learning than others.

The Digital Divide Initiative

The Digital Divide Initiative builds bridges to opportunity through innovative partnerships to bring technology to underserved populations.


Senior Connects on Retirement Living TV Part II

Senior Connects Program – This program promotes senior citizen computer and Internet literacy by supplying computers and training materials; or by building public computer labs and teaching senior citizens (and especially those seniors that are mobility impaired or lack reliable transportation)computer and Internet skills. Senior Connects (www.seniorconnects.org) has provided many residents with their first access to public computer labs within their own facilities. The students do all of the installation, computer and software set-up and training – while the management of the facilities must agree to install and maintain Internet access for its residents. Many seniors are excited to learn basic applications and are especially enthused by the prospect of sending email to family members. Just as importantly, these extensive community service activities have provided the student-volunteers with invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills to complement their technical expertise. The program is changing and each Senior Connects team will be anchored in a high school. Some high schools are piloting programs that invites senior citizens into the schools and use the school’s computer labs.