Harshman Middle School Students Learn Computer Repurposing Skills

Working with Net Literacy for a fifth year, Dr. Caren Lettofsky has engaged her students with a two week project based learning exercise that teaches students how to work in teams while learning how to repurpose a computer by assembling it’s parts. As has been the case during past years, Dr. Lettofsky said that her students started this project by telling her that “I can’t” but as they made progress and gained confidence, their I can’ts turned into “I did it!” After the computers are repurposed by the students, they are donated to Harshman families without a computer at home.

Dr. Lettofsky was recognized by the Indianapolis Public Schools in 2017 for her success in this program by being named as a semi-finalist in the Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Awards.

Said Daniel Kent from Net Literacy, “We are proud to support IPS, Dr. Lettofsky, and hundreds of Harshman Middle School students that have learned computer skills in her class or have benefited by receiving a computer!”

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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.


The Digital Divide Initiative

The Digital Divide Initiative builds bridges to opportunity through innovative partnerships to bring technology to underserved populations.

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Senior Connects on Retirement Living TV Part II

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.

Senior Connects on Retirement Living TV Part I

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.

Save the Children-Bridging the Digital Divide in Bolivia

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