Digital Literacy

Libraries Work Toward #CSForAll during CS Education Week

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When this year’s Computer Science (CS) Education Week launches on Monday, December 5, we will celebrate the progress of CS and coding organizations, tech companies, youth-serving organizations and school and public libraries over the last year to help youth gain access to CS Education and develop computational thinking skills. Libraries are also active in developing coding programs for youth and ... Read More »

Living in a bubble: Lawmakers clash with technology

Today the R Street Institute’s Zach Graves moderated “When Lawmakers Clash with Technology,” a panel discussion exploring the consequences of a technology-illiterate Congress. I think most people would understand that Congress (with everyone else they have going on) might not be early adopters of technology, but learning that some do not yet use e-mail is disconcerting. When asked to make ... Read More »

One more week to join the Congressional App Challenge

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Libraries around the country held workshops over the summer to teach students coding skills – now is the chance to show off those skills! This is the last full week for  students (high school and below) to submit entries for the Congressional App Challenge, which ends on Wednesday, November 2. The Challenge was created in 2014 by the Congressional Internet ... Read More »

Libraries Ready to Code: Charting the course

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In D.C. in OITP, we dread hearing the words, “While walking up Connecticut Avenue…” as this often results in the development of a concept paper on a new policy topic, a half-day planning meeting, a flurry of emails changing a course of action, or a mandatory glass of wine on the way to the metro because it’s actually all three ... Read More »

Pew: A generation gap for digital readiness

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“Digital Readiness Gaps,” a new Pew Research Center report, explores a spectrum of digital readiness, from digitally ready to unprepared. Researcher John Horrigan finds that more than half (52%) of U.S. adults may be considered “relatively hesitant” and the least likely to use digital tools for personal learning. The research explores three dimensions of digital readiness: (1) the digital skills ... Read More »