Today, more than 60 million Americans still aren't using the Internet at home. Most organizations have neither the know-how nor resources to address key barriers of digital literacy, awareness of affordable options for access and devices, or even availability of digital trainers.
“EveryoneOn,” is a nationwide public education campaign aimed at helping Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers. Along with a three year media campaign which launched in March Everyone On has a hotline 1-855-EVRY1ON and a free class locator on the visually appealing website.
Research shows that optimal technology integration into adult education classes is SAFE: Seamless, Appropriate, Facilitated, and Empowering. In this series of blog posts, I'll explore each of these characteristics in turn.
A recent rash of password thefts from major online services such as LinkedIn and Yahoo! remind us that understanding online safety and how to set a secure password is a vital piece of digital literacy. As Adult Basic Education and ESL teachers, we must first educate ourselves and model good habits, and then instruct our students and help them develop those good password habits, too.