Digital Literacy to prepare adult learners for the 2020 U.S. Census
Submitted by David J. Rosen on May 24, 2019 - 1:35pm
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As you may know, the 2020 Census will be online. This provides another reason, and perhaps opportunity, to offer digital literacy to your adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) students.
Has your program, state, county, city or town been planning how to prepare those who lack digital literacy skills* for the 2020 Census? If so, tell us about those plans.
For example, Philadelphia has been working on this, as you can read about in this article, Philadelphia Funds Digital Literacy to Prep for the Census." Below are selections from the article:
- Philadelphia’s Digital Literacy Alliance — a coalition that works to ensure city residents have access to technology and the skills to use it — will focus its annual grant-making on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.
- This mark’s the Alliance’s third round of grant making, having previously given out a total of $350,000 — generally between $10,000 and $25,000 — to community groups, schools and others who work toward digital equity. According to Andrew Buss, Philadelphia’s deputy CIO for innovation management, a change made this year will concentrate efforts on the forthcoming census.
- Organizers aren’t entirely sure which projects — and their organizations — to back with the grants. Both Reid and Buss said that receiving creative ideas that hadn’t yet occurred to the city would be an ideal scenario. One thing Philadephia will be looking for is census-related digital literacy projects that have the potential to continue developing the city’s digital inclusion infrastructure — now roughly eight years in the making — after the census has ended.
* In another discussion, in the Integrating Technology group, we have an evolving definition of digital literacy/fluency, that expands the American Library Association definition that has served us well for many years but some believe needs updating. Here's what we've come up with: "Ability to successfully and ethically use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information, and solve relevant problems, in a person's daily living, education and work."
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology and Program Management groups