2011 Digital Inclusion Forum

Today I attended the 2011 Digital Literacy Forum at the Minnesota Department of Education. It was a well-attended event with plenty of folks from community-based organizations, a few teachers, lots of librarians, a couple of folks from the government and a handful of people from private businesses. The attendees primarily work with folks on the far end of the digital divide and/or work to develop programs and tools to promote digital literacy to form a more digitally inclusive community.

The day started with a presentation by Mary Ann Van Cura on digital inclusion – putting digital inclusion in perspective with statistics and stories. Then Catherine Settanni gave an overview of digital inclusion efforts of the last 10 years – highlighting Minnesota’s leadership in the field of digital inclusion based on collaboration.

A couple of resources came up:

  • Technology Literacy Collaborative (TLC) – a Minnesota effort to promote digital literacy and inclusion. The website includes a directory of online curriculum and tools (look here before you develop a new training session) and a map of community technology centers. Right now the map is very metro-focused; it would be nice to see CTCs outside the Twin Cities add themselves to the map.
  • Connect Minnesota Map – an interactive infographic on residential broadband access and adoption
  • North Star Digital Literacy Standards – a collaborative effort to create a recognized set of tasks that determine digital literacy (You can access the presentation on the standards online.)
  • They also handed out a Selected List of Efforts and Organizations, which I think they will also be putting on the TLC site. I’ll add a link if/when I see that go up.
[Added 11/5 Thanks to Mary Ann for sending some great links]
[More links added 11/8]

Digital Divide Statistics: Internet Use and Home Broadband Access, 2010/11
http://tlc-mn.org/digital-inclusion/presentations/digital-divide-statistics-2010-2011

Digital Nation: Expanding Internet Usage, February 2011
http://ntia.doc.gov/report/2011/digital-nation-expanding-internet-usage-ntia-research-preview

Digital Inclusion Efforts in Minnesota: Selected List of Efforts and Organizations, Revised 11/1/11
http://tlc-mn.org/digital-inclusion/presentations/digital-inclusion-efforts-minnesota

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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