The Digital Literacy “Best Practices” Site
In 2004, Net Literacy constructed its first website and began freely sharing its digital inclusion and digital literacy content through the launch of the Senior Connects website. As an extension of Net Literacy’s additional initiatives, content was made available without cost on our websites through a growing number of programmatic websites that facilitated the sharing of digital literacy and digital inclusion programs.
During trips to Europe and Asia to meet with digital inclusion organizations, the Net Literacy student board began to realize that notwithstanding the vast differences between countries and cultures, digital inclusion was a shared problem, and many of the problems and solutions experienced in a wide range of countries were much more similar than different.
Since the 1990s when the Internet began being used by residential consumers, digital inclusion organizations, forums, and summits have proven difficult to sustain. However, many participants indicate that the sharing of best practices was the single most important value proposition for participating in the organizations or attending the conferences.
Why shouldn’t the digital literacy industry harness the power of the Internet to create a single website where the “best practices” of digital inclusion nonprofits from around the could be shared by all?
In August, 2010, a beta website was created and populated with over 130 digital literacy and digital inclusion best practices from around the world. In September, 2010, Net Literacy was invited to present the Digital Literacy “best practices” website at iWeek in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the presentation, Net Literacy was invited to join the I-Alliance, an international Internet alliance comprised of industry associations now representing 270,000 Internet companies on six continents. The hundreds of digital inclusion “best practice” submissions received to date will be vetted and added December, 2011.
In June, 2011, Computerworld honored Net Literacy as their 21st Century Achievement Winner at a Washington DC black tie dinner with 262 laureates from 32 counties that had been nominated for providing outstanding technology solutions to solve challenging world problems. Net Literacy was selected as the winner of the 21st Century Achievement Award in the Digital Literacy category for “the most innovative application of IT to extend the distribution of digital information and access to Web-based programs and services to previously underserved population.” Watch the 60 second video below to learn more.
More information, including the complete list of Computerworld Honors Laureates, the 55 21st Century Award finalists, and the 11 21st Century Award Winners is available at the Computerworld Honors website here: 21st Century Achievement Award Winners.
The case study on Net Literacy’s Digital Literacy “best practices” site can be viewed by downloading the PDF at the link HERE.