One-page overview of selected efforts
An updated version of the curricula created by the Workforce Center North. This document provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a free email account using Google's email product, Gmail.
Building Digitally Inclusive Communities
2012 Nonprofit Technology & Communications Conference, Minneapolis, MN
March 14, 2012
Track: Program Delivery
Are you relying on more technology to support your work? Do your clients need help learning technology tools to improve their lives and reach their goals? While we may view technology from different perspectives and different sectors, we need a good understanding of digital inclusion and why it’s important. In this session, you will gain definitions and perspective, an update on local and national digital inclusion efforts, and see the areas of life where technology tools and skills can have critical impact on success. Learn the key principles that communities can use to evaluate their strengths and needs in order to ensure that, per a proposed national framework, “all people, businesses, and institutions will have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.”
Elise Ebhardt, Interagency Coordinator, City of Minneapolis - Information Technology; John Richard, Adult Education Coordinator, Waite House-Pillsbury United Communities; and Mary Ann Van Cura, Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator, Minnesota State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
To view all handouts and additional information, visit the link below.
This 4 session class covers vocabulary, navigation, and basic functions of Microsoft Word. You will learn to: copy and paste, add bulleted and numbered lists, use spell check, and do basic formatting.
Required Experience: Students must have basic typing skills and be comfortable using the mouse.
PPL, Project for Pride in Living, hosted the 2010 Digital Inclusion Forum in Minneapolis, December 2010, and shared this related white paper in September 2011. This 14-page, white paper, "Digital inclusion: Bridging the digital divide to include everyone in our digital society," provides an overview of digital inclusion, its value to the community, and selected related efforts in the Twin Cities metro area (Minnesota).
Alternate Title: "Digital Inclusion: A Community Agenda for Economic, Education, and Civic Equality"
- Digital Inclusion: How do we define it?
- Digital Access: How are people using computers?
- Digital Literacy: How is coming and what are we giving them?
- Literacy and Access: Realizing their dreams
- Meaningful Content: What content is appropriate for our community?
- Logic Model: how do we include eeryone in a digital society?
- Inputs/National Broadband Plan and BTOP Grants/Research and Data/Community Leaders/Government
- Digital Technology: Is the Internet an essential service?
For context, view the page, PPL Digital Inclusion White Paper.
2011 Digital Inclusion Forum, Breakout Session 1:
Digital Inclusion (DI) Practice:Sustaining Your Public Technology Services. Learn best practices on how other practitioners have run their own computer labs including: how they found funding to sustain their labs; used the CTEP AmeriCorps program as capacity; integrated DI into current programming; and demonstrated impact of DI efforts.
Presented by Sarah Koschinska, Director of Self-Sufficiency and Youth Development Programs, Project for Pride in Living, and James Nicholson, Software Instructor, Hennepin County Library, 11/3/11
This is a list of links to presentation handouts and additional materials for this program, presented during the 2011 Digital Inclusion Forum by Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education.
2011 Digital Inclusion Forum, Breakout Session 2:
Digital Inclusion (DI) Policy: North Star Digital Literacy Standards.
Learn about a local effort that is working to create an assessment of digital literacy skills. The goal of the assessment is to create a certificate for participants that is recognized by employers.
Presented by Tom Cytron-Hyson, Project Manager, North Star Digital Literacy Standards, and Alice Neve, Public Service Manager, St.
(Part 1 of) Beginning Computer: Students will learn basic vocabulary and functions of the computer, as well as basic typing and mouse skills. Students will learn to how find web pages on the internet and perform searches using Google. Students will also set-up email accounts and practice sending and receiving e-mails.
Required experience: None! This class is best for people who have little or no experience using computers.
The following tips and tools are recommended for use within the Beginning Computer Class. Every site, students and instructors are different and will most likely need to modify the information provided to best fit their needs.
Classroom Email Account
Creating a class email account has multiple uses that will help the instructor and students. The instructor can use the class email account to demonstrate different functions of email for the students. Students can use the class email account to send their first emails and practice different tasks and receive a response from the instructor to see the process of email from start to finish. It is also a way for students to continue practicing their skills after the class and send emails to an account of someone they know. For example, Rondo Library uses email@example.com for the classroom email account.