Computers Refurbished and Donated
Access to Broadband
Value of Service Provided
Why shouldn’t the digital literacy sector harness the power of the Internet to create a single website where the “best practices” of digital inclusion nonprofits from around the world could be shared by all? Our site was nominated by Intel and won Computerworld’s international 21st Century Award as “the most innovative application of IT to extend the distribution of digital information and access to web-based programs and services to previously underserved populations.” We suspended our program when the NTIA contacted us to tell us they were developing a similar site and are thrilled that they have created this resource. Visit them at DigitalLiteracy.gov.
Senior Connects builds computer labs and teaches senior citizens inside senior centers, retirement apartments, and independent living facilities. Friendly student volunteers “adopt” seniors and help them cross the digital divide, while the seniors help teens cross the generational divide. Everyone learns together. Included in this section is information for senior facilities, seniors, lesson plans, FAQs, and how to set up a program.
Community Connects has built computer labs or provided computers at thousands of public libraries, community centers, schools, low income and senior apartments, afterschool programs, senior centers, and other nonprofits. Tens of thousands of individuals have become digitally literate. This section includes FAQs, English, Spanish, and Russian lesson plans that includes computer, Internet, email, and social media training.
Financial literacy is a skill required for all high school students to master to ensure that they live rich and successful lives. Net Literacy has produced 175 engaging student-created financial literacy videos to help start a conversation about a variety of issues. Students have also identified some of the most engaging financial literacy tools, calculators, and games. Also, check out one of our past Financial Connects scholarship programs.
Safe Connects has trained and increased safety awareness through programs where high school students teach elementary school students in their schools, have stared in dozens of PSAs viewed by 100,000s of individuals on television, and produced 250 engaging short videos to help teachers and parents begin a conversation about safety. Watch some of the best elementary, middle, and high school safety videos in this section.
Computer Connects begun when a middle school student called the major of his city and asked if students could hold a computer drive in city hall. Since then, student volunteers have donated over 44,000 computers to K12 families, public libraries, schools, community centers, senior centers, and other nonprofits. Topics range from distribution results to a description of how to refurbish computers through imaging.
The thoughtful and responsible use of AI will transform our society. AI Literacy increases students’ critical thinking skills and teaches them how AI will impact their lives so that they can make discerning career and life decisions. It has a Parent’s Guide for for parents that are teaching their teens and resources for K12 teachers. It includes AI videos, experiments, games, career information, ethical AI, and AI for Good resources.