A School Thanks an NGO for Building a New Computer Lab

A school thanking an NGO for building a new computer lab
A school thanking an NGO for building a new computer lab

In many countries, NGOs help schools by providing them computers for classrooms and providing other digital literacy resources to help increase student success. Parents, students, and schools’ administrators and educators understand the importance of this advocacy and support. Without access to broadband and digital literacy skills, it is becoming more difficult for students to remain competitive in school and gain the necessary 21st Century skills that will be increasingly required in tomorrow’s job market.

"Green" Digital Literacy NGOs Recycle Responsibly

Monitors are QA-ed before being distributed
Monitors are QA-ed before being distributed

Many NGOs are required to include computer refurbishing as a core competency and is a necessary function for them to complete their digital literacy and digital inclusion mission. However, computer refurbishing results in CPU components and monitors that are not usable. Rather than dumping them in landfills, “green” NGOs show social responsibility by taking the extra steps to recycle eWaste responsibly. As an example, monitors contain toxins, including lead, that can pollute communities for many years. NGOs that carefully QA monitors and dispose of inoperative ones responsibly ensure that our planet will remain “green” for future generations.

Social Responsibility and Engaging the Entire Family

Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process

Cost relevance and literacy are barriers to adoption and those barriers affect some sub-sections of our population more than other sections. Since broadband is a gateway to the empowerment that the Internet offers, it is socially responsible to encourage broadband adoption and digital inclusion. Computers for Youth has learned that it is vitally important to involve the entire family. Parents play a critical role and are the gatekeepers in the home and their engagement in the learning process facilitates home learning, digital inclusion, and digital literacy. Speakers at the Roadmap to Broadband Adoption held in Washington DC by the USIIA, Net Literacy, and Broadband for America included:

  • Karen Perry, FCC National Broadband Taskforce
  • Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Elisabeth Stock, President, Computers for Youth
Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process
Increasing Digital Inclusion is Socially Responsible and the Entire Family Must be Engaged in the Home Learning Process

NGOs Work With ISP Associations to Increase Digital Literacy Awareness

ISP organizations and NGO can partner together to increase awareness and help engage the government and other stakeholders in a discussion of digital inclusion and digital literacy best practices.  With nearly 150 attendees and speakers representing government, ISPs, and NGOs, the Broadband Adoption Summit thoughtfully discussed barriers to and catalysts that will enhance broadband adoption. The summit was held in Washington DC and co-sponsored by Net Literacy, the US Internet Industry Association, and Broadband for America.

A Roadmap To Broadband Adoption

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