Sometimes, a proclamation is worth 1000 words….
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
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…
Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richards Talks about Net Literacy at the 2007 Killer Apps Conference.
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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.
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
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
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 builds bridges to opportunity through innovative partnerships to bring technology to underserved populations.