More About Digital Literacy
Computerworld honored Net Literacy as the international 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 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.”
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.
Shortly after we launched this site, we were contacted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to tell us that they were planning to launch a similar site at DigitalLiteracy.gov. We were thrilled to hear this because the government’s resources and vantage point meant that their site could become much more substantial than ours. We worked with their contractors and were grateful that they included some of our programs on their site. When DigitalLiteracy.gov was launched, we suspended building out our site. Additional information about the DigitalLiteracy.gov launch is here and here. For more information, visit www.digitalliteracy.gov.
The Digital Literacy “best practices” website is a reference and a celebration of the many good ideas that have been successfully used to promote digital literacy and digital inclusion. he site is maintained by Net Literacy as a service and in appreciation of the many NGOs (nonprofits), corporations, associations, and governments that are working to increase digital literacy throughout our planet. More about Net Literacy is depicted below.
About Net Literacy
Digital exclusion is expensive! It diminishes the quality of people’s lives, reduces their competitiveness and life options, and closes them off from a world of information, entertainment, and communications. Net Literacy, an all-volunteer NGO (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) whose board of directors is 50% comprised of students, respectfully believes that many of the best practices of how to effective approach increasing digital inclusion and digital literacy have already been established by many organizations in countries all over the world. Our organization’s successes are a result of the support by nonprofits, government, businesses, trade associations, and volunteers in the United States and around the world. Through our most recent initiative, Digital Literacy “best practices,” digital inclusion and digital literacy best practices from around the world are being aggregated in one location. Net Literacy and our thousands of partners believe that we can all be inspired by each other, celebrate our successes together, and learn from disappointments.
Net Literacy was founded by students in 2003 and has developed an integrated series of digital literacy programs: Senior Connects, Safe Connects, Computer Connects, Community Connects, the Net Literacy Alliance, Financial Connects, and the Digital Literacy “best practices” website. Closing the digital divide is an international and collaborate effort. At Net Literacy, we believe that while one person can make a difference, together, we can change the world!
The rest of this article is continued on NetLiteracy.org.