SCP has collaborated with local bloggers, journalists, educators, and volunteers to bring you Community Voices: Digital Literacy Project. Thirteen years into the 21st century we must consider what is the most influential use of technology today. Is it tweeting, posting, pinning, blogging, application development or is it something much more primal? We believe our stories are the single most powerful piece of ourselves we have and the ability to tell and share those stories is very important.
Larry Irving, a former member of the Clinton Administration’s technology team coined the phrase “digital divide” in 1995. Irving initiated and co-authored a federal landmark survey that tracked access to telecommunications and information technologies. The results of the survey suggested that there were disparities in access to information technologies between the haves and the have-nots.
- 100 Million U.S. homes lack broadband access
- 46% of households earning $25K or less do not have a home computer
- 55% of Black households have internet access compared to 74% of white households.
Twenty years later the challenge has shifted from access to digital and technological literacy. According to an article published by The George Lucas Education Foundation, “Digital literacy means knowing how to leverage digital tools to express ideas, reach a wider audience, and engage with diverse people and ideas from around the world.” Internet access is crucial but it does not ensure participation in a digital culture.
Digital Literacy and the Impact on Communities
According to Digital Placemaking:
“Increasing the level of digital literacy in your community can have many positive benefits and can make a real difference in the daily lives of your community members. Specifically, we think there are three primary ways that increasing your community’s overall digital literacy will improve the community as a whole:Jobs, Community Online Presence and Overall Economic Capacity.”
The Digital Literacy Project hosts workshops each month to raise the digital literacy of primarily African American seniors. Ultimately, we are trying to build a generation of elderly micro-bloggers, sharing their stories and experiences for the next generation.
If you are interested in volunteering contact us.