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  • Digital Literacy Ski l ls , Tools , and Oppor tuni t ies to Reshape

    Adul t L i teracy Learn ing and Inst ruct ion

    H O U S T O N , T E X A S | N O V E M B E R 3 , 2 0 1 1

  • Welcome

    David Harvey

    ProLiteracy President and CEO

  • The Panel

    • Dale Lipschultz, Moderator – American Library Association

    • Toni Cordell – Adult learner and literacy advocate

    • Lana Jackman – National Forum for Information Literacy

    • Stephen Reder – Portland State University

    • Petrice Sams-Abiodun – Lindy Boggs Center for Community Literacy

  • Digital Literacy

    • Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and

    communicate information; it requires both technical and

    cognitive skills.

  • Digital Inclusion

    • A digitally inclusive community is one where all residents have access to and a command of

    information and communication technologies so they

    can use high-quality content and online services to

    build better lives for themselves and to actively

    participate in society.

  • Who’s talking about digital literacy?

    • Government Agencies

    • Schools and Educators

    • Afterschool programs

    • American Library Association

    • Foundations and Corporations

    • Children and Adults

    • The Media

    See slides 40-42 for orgs and URLS

  • Dangerous Assumptions

    • Everyone can read, write, and compute.

    • Technology is the great equalizer.

    • A digitally literate nation is a literate nation.

  • The Reality

    • The National Broadband Plan foresees – 90% broadband adoption by 2020

    • The 2005 NAAL tells us – 90 million adults read at or below basic

    – 11 million adults are not literate in English

  • Our Task

    • Challenge the assumptions

    • Develop innovative strategies

    • Reach underserved communities

    • Close the Digital Divide

  • Promising Practices


    a few lessons learned

  • Toni Cordell

    – teacher and learner

    – passionate advocate for life-long


    – mother, grandmother, and cross

    country roller skater!

  • We love our library!

  • The Speed of Technology

  • Talking (and understanding) the Talk

  • The Good News

  • Dr. Lana W. Jackman

    National Forum on Information Literacy

  • Source:

    National Forum on Information Literacy

  • Information Literacy...Digital

    Literacy...What’s the Difference ???

    Information Literacy forms

    the foundation for the practice

    of life long learning; it is a

    teaching and learning

    strategy that empowers all

    learners to become effective

    and self sufficient users of

    any type of information, both

    print and electronic.

    Digital literacy, a.k.a. ICT literacy (information and communications technology) is “the ability to access networked computer resources and use understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.”

    (Gilster, 1997)

  • Communicate


    Integrate Manage






    Core School and Workplace Competency

    Critical Thinking Foundation

  • Source:

    Information Literacy Unplugged

    “To prosper in the Digital Age, people must

    be masters of information. “The illiterate of

    the 21st century will not be those who

    cannot read and write, but those who

    cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Toffler as cited in Rosenberg, 2001, p. 3).

  • A Lifelong Learner’s Success Toolkit

    Information literacy + digital tools

    = 21st century competencies

  • Rear View Mirror Approach

    “...that if we, as a people, continue to deal superficially with

    our educational, social, and political realities, and not only

    develop, but challenge our intellectual capacity, then look

    for us to continue to perpetuate our historical legacy as

    “the busboys and busgirls of the new space motel in the

    21st century.”

    Dr. Samuel L. Proctor, former pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, New


    “Let there be no doubt: a “skilled” minority person who is

    not also capable of critical analysis becomes the trainable

    low-level functionary of dominant society, simply the

    grease that keeps the institutions which orchestrate his or

    her oppression running smoothly.”

    Dr. Lisa D. Delpit Executive Director /Eminent Scholar, Center for Urban

    Education & Innovation, Florida International University

  • Thank You!

    Dr. Lana W. Jackman

    National Forum on Information Literacy

    359 Walden Street, Suite 100A

    Cambridge, MA. 02138 617.959.1464

  • Stephen Reder

    Portland State University

  • National Broadband Plan

    Federal Communications Commission, 2009

    Key Issues

    • Economic Opportunity

    • Education

    • Healthcare

    • Energy and the Environment

    • Government Performance

    • Civic Engagement

    • Public Safety

  • National Broadband Plan

    Digital Literacy Recommendations

    “Recommendation 9.3: The federal government

    should launch a National Digital Literacy

    Program that creates a Digital Literacy Corps,

    increases the capacity of digital literacy partners

    and creates an Online Digital Literacy Portal.”

  • National Broadband Plan

    • “Congress should consider providing additional public funds to create a

    Digital Literacy Corps to conduct training and outreach in non-adopting communities.”

    • “Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) should commit to increase the capacity of institutions that act as partners in building the digital literacy skills of people within local communities.”

    – “Congress should consider providing additional public funds to IMLS to improve connectivity, enhance hardware and train personnel of libraries and other community-based organizations (CBOs).”

    – “OMB consulting with IMLS should develop guidelines to ensure that librarians and CBOs have the training they need to help patrons use next-generation e-government applications.”

    • “Congress should consider funding an Online Digital Literacy Portal.”

    Digital Literacy Recommendations

  • Digital Literacy Working Group

    U.S. Department of


    U.S. Department of


    U.S. Department of


    U.S. Department of Health

    and Human Services

    U.S. Department of Housing

    and Urban Development

    U.S. Department of


    Institute of Museum

    and Library Services

    Corporation for

    National Service

    U.S. Department of


    Federal Communications


  • Digital Inclusion: Univeral Access

    • Requires infrastructure and training

    • FCC’s Universal Access funds can

    provide sustainable funding streams

    • Co-leads are Institute for Museum

    and Library Services (IMLS) and

    Department of Commerce (NTIA)

  • • Digital literacy as a cross-agency initiative offers CBOs and volunteer programs new opportunities for strategic partnerships

    • Focus on digital inclusion of vulnerable populations creates new demands for service coordination

    • Interests in tutoring and community partnerships should draw on adult education expertise

    Opportunity for Adult Literacy

  • Challenges

    • Digital literacy: Title I or Title II?

    • Serving vulnerable populations

    • Tutor-facilitated model – with grants from IMLS and NTIA, a tutor-facilitated


    • Learn more:

    Tutor-Facilitated, Community-Based Digital Literacy


    10:30 a.m.–noon, West Alabama

  • Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Ph.D.

    Lindy Boggs National Center for

    Community Literacy

    Loyola University

  • Current Partnership Areas • Comprehensive One Stop

    Community Center

    – CCRA at Mahalia Jackson