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Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots When the F.C.C. backs telecommunications companies over local governments, low-income residents suffer the most. By Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose, CA New York Time Opinion, November 8, 2018 More than 10.7 million low-income households in the United States lack access to quality internet service. In cities like San Jose, Calif., local governments are using streetlight poles to facilitate equitable … Continue reading Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots
The Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide Iowa: Rural broadband, and the unknown costs of the digital divide By Lyz Lenz, October 15, 2018, Columbia Journalism Review “Despite bipartisan support on the issue, the crisis of America’s digital divide has failed to become a headline grabber or garner any real action from politicians as midterms approach.” The last time I almost died … Continue reading The Unknown Costs of the Digital Divide
Critical Thinking & Digital Problem Solving by Gloria  E. Jacobs, Ph.D., Research Specialist, College of Education, University of Arizona: Brian Kane is the Digital Literacy Coordinator at Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. The Digital Literacy program at LVR provides a free drop-in service where individuals can learn basic computer skills or get assistance completing  computer-essential tasks. This service is provided by volunteers who work one-to-one with … Continue reading Critical Thinking & Digital Problem Solving
Mayor Celebrates New Partnership Mayor Lovely A. Warren hosted a news conference on July 30 to celebrate Literacy Volunteers of Rochester’s (LVR) new partnership with Spectrum/Charter Communications. Spectrum News Report  WROC Channel 8 News Report  Spectrum awarded LVR a $50,000 Spectrum NYS Broadband Access and Learning Grant. The contribution allows the agency to extend its Digital Literacy program. The … Continue reading Mayor Celebrates New Partnership
Rochester: A bright light I proudly call my new home Sometimes you need an outsider’s perspective to better capture reality. As I come to the close of my first year in Rochester, I have developed a strong affection and appreciation for the greater Rochester community and all that it has to offer as a premier place to live, work and ultimately prosper. My wife, Nancy, … Continue reading Rochester: A bright light I proudly call my new home
Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society At the same time, the contours of connectivity are shifting: One-in-five Americans are now ‘smartphone only’ internet users at home Americans tend to view the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on their own lives in largely positive ways, Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years. A survey of U.S. adults conducted in January 2018 … Continue reading Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society
Digital Divide Persists Even as Lower-Income Americans Make Gains in Tech Adoption From Pew Research Center Fact Tank Blog by Monica Anderson Nearly 30 years after the debut of the World Wide Web, internet use, broadband adoption and smartphone ownership have grown rapidly for all Americans – including those who are less well off financially. But even as many aspects of the digital divide have narrowed over time, the digital … Continue reading Digital Divide Persists Even as Lower-Income Americans Make Gains in Tech Adoption
Digital Divide Spurs Demand for Volunteers An explosion in demand for computer help has led to a critical shortage of volunteers who work to meet the need. Digital Literacy, which places volunteers in local libraries to help patrons learn basic computer skills and complete computer-essential tasks, is experiencing an ever-increasing demand for its services. “Over the last three years,” says program … Continue reading Digital Divide Spurs Demand for Volunteers
Tom’s Big Heart “Experiencing students’ incremental successes, gains in confidence, and engagement in life is what I valued most as a university educator.” “That same path of accomplishment is true with adult learning, though student and tutor may meet only a couple of hours each week. I have been given the privilege of working with so many wonderful … Continue reading Tom’s Big Heart
Eric’s Story “Digital Literacy volunteers are phenomenal.” Eric chuckles when he recalls his jail cell. “I had books stacked everywhere on my bed. I spent all my time reading about careers and work, and preparing mentally to get out and get better.” He eventually left that cell behind, strongly motivated by his hopes and dreams. While living … Continue reading Eric’s Story