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.
An initiative to close the technology gap between low-income and high income families.
Save the Children’s Technology and Education Program addresses the poverty and educational challenges facing Bolivia’s children and youth by providing innovative technology training for them and their teachers. Learn more: http://tinyurl.com/tw-000011
Did you know there are lots of disadvantaged school kids, about 2 million, who can’t get access to a computer or the Internet at home. This means they are missing out on everything computers have to offer. To find out why computers are so important, Miles decides to conduct an experiment.
Government, academic and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos discussed how to bridge the mammoth ‘Digital Divide’ between western society and developing countries of the third world. The digital revolution has established broadband Internet in well over 60% of industrialized countries, but below 1% in the rest of the developing world.
In Egypt, Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the digital transformations are underway. These high-speed Internet links and computers into classrooms and medical clinics have already been installed in several small communities. A few are in some of the most remote inhabited places on Earth. Healthcare workers can now remotely diagnose patients too, access training programs, and receive advice from specialists hundreds of miles away over video links using an advancement called Telemedicine. Children in schools also now have access to the vast knowledge resources on the web.
The digital divide or access to the latest technology, is far from being equal. An attempt to remedy this is the Digital Equalizer programme of the America India Foundation, started at the initiative of President Clinton in 2001. “We have learnthow to use the camera to record, edit and make a movie from what we have edited and to burn a CD,” said J M Manu Kumar, a student.
A video on information technology related projects and activities in Uganda. Interesting use of a tele-center that includes broadband, a library, telephone access, fax, and photocopying.
The Internet is selling La La Mountain peaches in rural communities in Taiwan. This is a transferable example showing how the Internet can empower all world citizens…and especially those in rural communities.
1. 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 (www.seniorconnects.org).
2. Safe Connects Program – With Internet predators and chat room bullying, finding effective ways to educate children about Internet safety has become a critical issue that is not often addressed in our schools – and this Net Literacy program has established a “student-teaching-students/parents” model program for school systems throughout America (www.safeconnects.org).
3. Community Connects Program – Computer Connects’ is another Net Literacy program that has built hundreds of computer labs to increase computer access to the underserved (www.communityconnects.org).
4. Computer Connects – Every Saturday, from many schools gather to work together to repurpose thousands of computers in support of the Community Connects and Senior Connects programs. Student volunteers dispose of unusable computers in an EPA compliant manner, preventing computers and monitors from being delivered to landfills (www.computerconnects.org).
5. Financial Connects – Financial literacy is a critical life and job skills and this website includes 200 “best of web” financial literacy videos and interactive games after an exhaustive research project that included a review of more than 5000 financial literacy websites (www.financialconnects.org).