Topic: Digital Inclusion

Overcoming barriers to digital literacy programs

June 12, 2017
What are the barriers to implementing digital literacy programs at your organization? Panelists from a 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference session on the subject discuss challenges and solutions, and offer resources to overcome those barriers.
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Digital Empowerment

June 7, 2017
My job as a teacher is to envision a future for our students that includes technology as a tool for realizing their dreams. It's an educational investment that’s worth the time: Students emerge from our program confident in their ability to use technology to be problem solvers and motivated to become lifelong learners of technology. Here are some key aspects of our program design.

6 ways to be cooler than school

May 22, 2017
The daunting task of dealing with new technology can feel so overwhelming to adult learners that they need a space designed where they can take a breath, have a laugh, and try again. Digital Inclusion Fellow Jamie Littlefield shares how she learned to help clients feel more at ease and make more progress in her Computer Help Lab.

Building digital inclusion from the ground up

May 18, 2017
In San Antonio, the digital divide is just one of many hurdles our city’s population is facing, and a multifaceted issue requires multifaceted approaches. Digital inclusion is often depicted as a three-legged stool with training, broadband access, and devices as its interdependent legs. During my Fellowship year I have aimed to keep this model in mind, understanding that no single entity can resolve this issue alone.

Refurbished technology: an insider’s guide

April 18, 2017
There is a way to connect clients to the digital tools they need without spending thousands of dollars on new technology. Tech refurbishers—often nonprofits themselves—are repurposing unwanted electronics for digital inclusion programs, aiming to lower the cost to clients and curb the environmental impact of e-waste.

Why Digital Inclusion is a Part of Your Work

March 20, 2017
Digital inclusion cannot be won by digital inclusion organizations alone. No matter what our cause or focus, when we find ways to weave inclusion into our work, we increase our ability to do the greatest good.

Three Steps to Include No-Tech and Low-Tech Folks in Your Work

March 9, 2017
Technology can be a great tool for nonprofit practitioners, but it can also create a barrier to reaching the communities we care most about. Programs must be accessible to low-tech and no-tech populations, groups that are still widespread both in rural and urban areas. Here are 3 steps your team can take to include no-tech and low-tech communities in your programs.

5 Tips for Community Building through Digital Inclusion

February 22, 2017
In digital inclusion work, we often stress the importance of digital inclusion to things such as education, financial stability and economic mobility, and career advancement. As a Digital Inclusion Fellow, I’ve seen firsthand another perk to digital inclusion: community building.
3 people sit at a table in a bakery, with laptops in front of them and cupcakes on a stool beside the table.

Within Reach: Partnering with Retailers To Provide Digital Literacy Access

February 16, 2017
Digital Inclusion Fellow Felicia Tillman shares her story—and helpful tips—on partnering with local retailers to provide digital access in the community.

Welcome, new Digital Inclusion Fellows

January 31, 2017
Meet the NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellows for 2017. These community-driven leaders will build and produce digital literacy programs in their neighborhoods.