Let me be the first – or better yet – maybe I’m not the first to wish you a Happy Digital Inclusion Week. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) has created a host of resources to help you celebrate – including a database of existing events. So you can join an effort in process or promote your own.
It is a good time to think about what you can do to better use technology yourself. Digital Inclusion is a continuum; there’s always something more we can learn. Or if you’re reading this blog, it’s likely you have some tech skills you could be sharing. Or combine the efforts – teach a kid how to use a spreadsheet and have them show you SnapChat. Or combine efforts with Mother’s Day and help your mom make better use of that iPad.
Here are some of NDIA’s ideas for projects for folks who work in the field – or maybe for folks who work with groups of folks who aren’t strong technology users:
- Digital resource fair– bring together digital inclusion providers for a family-friendly fair that promotes opportunities to learn and raffles devices or services to participants
- Door-to-door outreach– canvass an area of the community with low rates of access to educate residents about low-cost broadband options and your organization’s services
- Device donation drive– collect and refurbish used desktops and laptops to disseminate to program participants
- One-day workshoprelated to a specific technology training need in your community (e.g. smartphones, cloud applications, computer basics)
- Resume rally– help people learn how to create a resume and search online for job openings
- Open house– to promote the work of your organization to the community and key stakeholders
- Internet enrollment event– partner with a low-cost internet service provider to get people signed up for affordable broadband