Technology literacy – Acts INC Wed, 28 Sep 2022 08:13:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Technology literacy – Acts INC 32 32 NITDA trains 100 government workers on digital literacy and skills Wed, 28 Sep 2022 08:13:32 +0000

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has continued to display its commitment to the sustainability of a digitally transformed Nigeria by engaging approximately 100 workers from various Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) in skills development programs. capabilities to create a digitally formidable federal public service towards the realization of a digital Nigeria.

This was revealed during the closing ceremony of a capacity building program organized by NITDA for 100 participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), military and paramilitary agencies who were trained on literacy and skills technologies, cybersecurity basics and cloud computing.

In his closing speech for the event, NITDA General Manager Kashifu Inuwa expressed appreciation to the participants for their active participation and contribution to class activities throughout the program while urging them to be good ambassadors of the knowledge acquired in their various fields. organisms.

The DG, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions, Dr. Usman Abdullahi, said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy , has developed initiatives to ensure that the digital transformation of the country is achieved.

Echoing the agency’s ambitious goal of achieving 95% digital literacy by 2030, the DG said digital literacy and skills are a key pillar of the National Policy and Strategy Strategy Paper for the Digital Economy (NDPES) which was launched by Mr. President in 2019. .

He said, “For Nigeria to achieve 95% digital literacy by 2030, we need your collective effort to ensure that the NDEPS serves as a guide and guideline in all our processes in our various workplaces” .

Speaking on NITDA’s efforts for the implementation of the NDEPS, Inuwa said the agency has developed its 2021-2024 Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) document in which literacy and digital skills, cybersecurity and emerging technologies are among the seven pillars that it is anchored on.

“Among the pillars are digital literacy and skills, cybersecurity and you have been trained in the basics of cybersecurity. Another pillar is emerging technologies and you have been trained in cloud computing. There are 7 pillars in total and each pillar is key to our journey towards realizing the digital economy,” he noted.

While emphasizing the agency’s commitment to implementing and complementing the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through the development of the SRAP, Inuwa affirmed that the agency is focused on building the skills and capabilities of people, which is very essential in digital transformation. the nation.

He added that NITDA has set up Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) in 200 MDAs nationwide with the aim of driving the digital transformation agenda and adding value to their processes for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“The importance of this program cannot be overstated and now that you have been taught, you are expected to return to your various organizations and implement all that you have learned,” he asserted. .

For her part, the Acting Director of the Department of Digital Literacy and Capacity Development, Dr. Amina Sambo-Magaji, appreciated Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) for starting the journey and expressed her gratitude to the DG NITDA for creating the right environment to make the program a success.

She congratulated all participants and urged them to be ambassadors of the program by implementing everything they learned and spreading the program to their colleagues so that all citizens can harness the benefits of technology. digital.

Why students need to know about digital literacy Sat, 24 Sep 2022 18:41:00 +0000

Digital literacy helps students know how to use the internet safely and responsibly

Digital literacy helps students know how to use the internet safely and responsibly

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) defines digital literacy as “the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful action in life situations”. With the pandemic accelerating the pace of adoption of digital technology across sectors, students need to know how to use it safely and effectively. Many young people use a range of technology tools, but that doesn’t mean they use the same tools to learn. Here are some ways to teach students about digital literacy:

Promote critical thinking for online content: The Internet is a vast resource containing all kinds of information, which students have easy access to. Therefore, they are more vulnerable to fake news and misinformation. Encourage students to ask questions and finalize answers after comparing information from multiple sources.

Social networks to learn: Most students are active on social networks and know how to use them. They should be aware that platforms like Twitter can be used to conduct research polls and Facebook and LinkedIn can be used to connect with peers.

Avoid plagiarism: Students often quote a quote or paragraph without giving due credit to the original work. They should learn to use quotations and quotations correctly and to support their answers by attributing information to the original author.

Teaching Internet Safety: If personal or sensitive information is stolen, students should know the need for a strong password, what to do when using a public network, what phishing is, and more . Internet theft is a serious problem and digital literacy can help counter it.

Effective use of search engines: Students should learn how to get relevant results for their queries. Techniques such as using “OR” between two search queries can combine the results. A “related” in front of a web address can help to get other similar sites.

Manage digital distractions: Constantly being near digital tools can make a person feel distant and exhausted. Digital literacy can help students learn distraction management techniques such as taking multiple breaks and turning off notifications while studying.

All of this should be taught through concrete examples to make it more effective and to help students in their academic and professional life.

The writer is the CEO and co-founder of CollegeDekho

WRL receives grant for digital literacy workshops Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:30:44 +0000

A patron uses a computer at the Williamsburg Regional Library. (Provided by WRL)

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) has been selected to receive a $7,000 grant from the Public Library Association (PLA) to conduct digital literacy workshops as part of an effort to build essential skills in community members and bridge the digital divide.

WRL says it will use PLA’s DigitalLearn training materials for the free workshops funded by the grant. The workshops will run from October to February and will be taught in community locations by WRL outreach staff.

“During the pandemic, WRL held a listening session with the community and identified three key areas of need around technology: Wi-Fi access, device availability and digital education,” said the director. from the library, Betsy Fowler. “The library is working with community partners to help address these issues.”

The workshops will be divided into three sessions each month (to be repeated monthly) which will cover general computer skills such as website navigation, mobile device use, online security and privacy, storage cloud, online health information, online job search and skills, and Suite. Workshops will be offered in Spanish upon request, and WRL will provide laptops or tablets for use during each session.

“These digital literacy workshops will give adults the skills they need to be more successful in the workplace, as citizens and in their personal lives,” said Eletha Davis, Director of Outreach Services. “Parents will also be better prepared to help their children navigate an increasingly digital world.”

All workshops will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located at the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, unless otherwise noted on the webpage. Individuals can view the course schedule and register to attend by visiting or calling 757-741-3324.

How to increase data literacy in your organization Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:39:00 +0000
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Just as Gutenberg’s movable-type printing press turned a largely illiterate European population into a body of readers, we also need an equivalent printing press for corporate data. As much as we like to proclaim the possibilities of data to enable digital transformation, without increasing data literacy, those possibilities will not materialize. Fortunately, there are ways to improve data literacy among employees and customers.

Why Data Literacy Matters

Although we often focus on technologies that enable big data, from Apache Iceberg to Google BigQuery, these technologies fail without people understanding the data behind them. As Svetlana Sicular of Gartner said over a decade ago, “Learning Hadoop is easier than learning the business of the business,” or its data.

The nuances of data – knowing what questions to ask that data and getting a sense of the signal among all the noise – are essential to master and serve as a precursor to mastering data technologies. Thus, a more recent Gartner article continues:[B]Being data savvy – having the ability to understand, share common knowledge, and have meaningful conversations about data – can enable organizations to seamlessly adopt existing and emerging technologies.

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Unfortunately, as an extensive survey by Accenture revealed, only 21% of the more than 9,000 respondents feel they are in control of data. Without data literacy, the data deluge will drown us, rather than transform the way we care about customers or engage employees. So how can we increase data literacy?

Tips for increasing data literacy across your organization

Among other sources, Gartner offers a series of suggestions for how data managers can build a data literacy program for their organizations. Other tips for increasing enterprise-wide data literacy include focusing more on data rather than technology, especially in decision-making processes.

Focus more on data rather than technology

As an analysis from the MIT Sloan School of Management has described, it is important to understand the purpose. Data literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyze and argue with data. The focus should be on understanding and using the data, not necessarily on the tools used to ingest or analyze that data.

“If we’re spending 80% on tech, 20% on data, flip it — make tech super easy so you can spend more time on data,” said Cindi Howson, chief data strategist at ThoughtSpot.

The foundation of any good data literacy plan is a strong focus on data, not technology.

Establish data skills training

With this in mind, the next step is to establish a data skills academy within the organization, preferably with management support. Rather than trying to instill a general view of the importance of data, the program should be tailored to the particular needs and data sources of a given company.

Similarly, the business should use examples that are cross-functional in nature and clearly communicate how the data can be useful across the business. Although some skills, such as statistics or research, can seem daunting, emphasizing their successful use can make learning them both desirable and achievable.

Include data in decision-making processes

Next, make sure data is a key and obvious part of decision-making. Data literacy is as much a cultural phenomenon as anything else, and when leaders insist on questioning their own decisions with potentially adverse data, it sends the message that data matters.

This becomes doubly true if the company puts data in the hands of employees through dashboards and other means, so that they are empowered to use the data to support or challenge the decisions made. In other words, the more managers and other executives demonstrate a reliance on data, the easier it becomes to instill a data-driven culture more broadly.

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How to increase data literacy among your customers

Savvy customers can be your most loyal customers if data is used to help them make informed decisions. For example, I love the US federal regulations that require national restaurant chains and other food vendors to provide calorie information. It helps me make informed decisions about what to eat.

Yeah, that means I’ll almost never eat that 1000 calorie burger from Shake Shack or at least grab the fries and shake them, but it gives the seller more data on what want potential customers. By offering data to inform customer decisions, it helps the business become even more data-driven.

The food example is simple to understand, which is the cardinal rule to help increase customer data literacy. Much like data literacy within the business, customer data literacy depends on making data accessible, easy to find, and easy to interpret. This is one of the first innovations AWS brought to cloud computing: easy-to-understand, easy-to-use pricing. You didn’t need a Ph.D. to understand the model or the data behind it.

In short, successful companies will treat data literacy as a key part of the product they sell. By empowering employees and customers to make more informed, data-driven decisions, companies are positioning themselves to earn employee loyalty and customer trust.

Disclosure: I work for MongoDB, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Raspberry Pi Takes Root in Elementary Schools to Boost Computer Literacy Tue, 20 Sep 2022 00:11:21 +0000

Sarawak aims to train 1,265 primary school teachers on Raspberry Pi by the end of this year.

Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, credit card-sized computer that lets students explore computing and learn programming languages ​​like Scratch and Python.

National Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Datuk Roland Sagah said to achieve the target, his ministry plans to train at least one teacher from every primary school in Sarawak, spread across 30 school districts.

“This means that by the end of this year, we would have trained 1,265 teachers in the basics of using Raspberry Pi,” he said when presenting the certificate for a Raspberry Pi program.

The three-week program was jointly organized by Sarawak University of Technology (UTS) and Swinburne University of Technology in Sarawak.

According to Sagah, his ministry had achieved an ambitious goal in 2021 to foster innovation and digital skills in young children through the use of Raspberry Pi.

“To date, our ministry has provided over 9,000 Raspberry Pi sets, including monitors, keyboards and mice, to primary schools across Sarawak.

“This is in line with our goal to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) education to students across the state. “, he added.

Over the past two months, UTS has conducted six pilot training sessions for 221 teachers in Sibu, Sarikei, Julau, Kanowit, Song, Belaga, Meradong, Selangau and Betong.

The training of the UTS and its partners includes four levels spread over three years.

“It has been conducted in the southern and central region but will also be extended to the northern region of the state,” he said, adding that the program would encourage students to learn computer skills and become confident in problem solving.

Grayson College marks 4,000 services during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 18-24 Sun, 18 Sep 2022 03:03:43 +0000

Denison, TX- As of July 1, 2020, 4,000 students have enrolled in free adult education classes offered by Grayson College in Collin, Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties. This milestone comes during the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, scheduled for September 18-24 to remind us that reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target for millions. adults nationwide, including 21% of Fannin County residents.

According to ProLiteracy, an organization advancing the cause of basic education in the United States to which Grayson College belongs, more than 43 million adults in the United States cannot read, write or do mathematics beyond third year level. Grayson College uses funding provided by the Texas Workforce Commission to improve these skill levels for adult learners and help them meet the demands of today’s workforce.

“Here in Fannin County, we know that literacy helps families be healthier and safer and provides adults with the opportunity to support themselves through work, contributing to Texoma’s economic growth” , said Ashley Trevino, director of adult education and literacy for Grayson. Middle School.

Adult education students and instructor Carrie Stell.

“Low literacy costs the nation more than $2.2 trillion each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional $100 billion to $200 billion in health and safety issues,” said Mark Vineis, president. and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Every dollar spent on adult literacy and education generates revenue through increased employment, additional tax revenue, reduced social benefits and reduced crime.”

Prospective students interested in earning their high school equivalency diploma, improving their English skills, or simply brushing up on their math and reading skills can sign up for free classes anytime by calling (903) 463-8784 to make a registration appointment. . Walk-in registration is available Wednesday, October 5 or Wednesday, October 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Interested students simply need to enter the Advanced Technology building on the main campus of Grayson College in Denison with proper identification to enroll. Registration can be done in most languages ​​with Spanish-speaking staff immediately available to assist registrants.

For more information about Grayson College’s adult education and literacy services, visit or call (903) 463-8784.

]]> National Information Awareness Campaign launched to counter misinformation and empower the public Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:43:13 +0000

Backed by Microsoft, the campaign promotes the Trust Project’s 8 Trust Indicators®

PACIFIC, CA., September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This morning, The Trust Project, a global consortium of news organizations responding to crisis of trust and misinformation through the 8 Trust Indicators®, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and from the Center for a University of Washington Informed Public (CIP) Leadership Program and Accelerating Social Transformation (AST) jointly announced a powerful new national information awareness campaign supported by Microsoft. The non-partisan campaign uses the Trust Project’s 8 Trust Indicators® to strengthen democracy by allowing the public to easily assess the reliability of information.

“Our goal is to build the public’s ability to resist misinformation…” said Sally Lehrman, CEO of Trust Project.

“With the global threat of misinformation so widely known, a great ‘anxiety community’ has emerged that we believe will welcome and greatly benefit from our simple system to assess news with confidence,” said Sally Lehrman, Founder and CEO. of Trust Project. “Thanks to Microsoft and our wonderful partners at the University of Washington and RTDNA, millions of Americans will learn about our Trust Indicators®. Our goal is to build public capacity to resist misinformation and increase public participation informed to civic life.”

“Microsoft firmly believes in the importance of media literacy and is pleased to extend the work of the Trust Project to the millions of users of our news platform. Microsoft sees an urgent need to help consumers improve their ability to evaluate information online and become more informed consumers of news and information,” said Teresa Hutson, vice president of technology and corporate responsibility at Microsoft.

Collaborating partners, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and UW’s Accelerating Social Transformation leadership program all share the Trust Project’s belief that knowledge is power.

About trust indicators

Created by the Trust Project, the 8 Trust Indicators® are a widely accepted standard for assessing the integrity of a news site. These are transparency disclosures that show who and what is behind a given story, including the standards, policies and expertise that ensure the site produces honest journalism in the service of the public interest. Since their creation, hundreds of news sites have adopted them.

About the campaign

A collaboration between four influential organizations, the nonpartisan media literacy campaign exposes millions of Americans this fall to smart calls to action across multiple Microsoft platforms, drawing attention to the Trust’s 8 Trust Indicators® Project. Additionally, the campaign leverages more than a dozen “Trust Indicator Ambassadors” who will evangelize the 8 Trust Indicators® in their communities. Throughout the campaign, collaborators aim to better understand which ad creatives and messages generate the best results and to share this information. Compose[d]a New York-based, B-Corp certified agency, handled creative production and media.

To learn more about the partnership and the 8 Trust Indicators®, visit:

About Accelerating Social Transformation (AST):

Accelerating Social Transformation (AST), a professional development program offered by the Evans School for Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, catalyzes and amplifies an individual’s potential to generate transformational social impact. Dr. Akhtar Badshah, an expert in the field of social impact, leads AST with individuals from nonprofits, corporations, universities and governments around the world to build their potential for change positive.

About the Center for the Informed Public (CIP):

The Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington is a nonpartisan research center whose mission is to resist strategic disinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. We have brought together world-class researchers, labs, thought leaders and practitioners to translate misinformation and disinformation research into policy, technology design, program development and public engagement. This interdisciplinary effort is led by the Information School, Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the School of Law, with collaboration from many other academic and community partners.

About the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA):

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA champions the First Amendment rights of broadcast journalists nationwide, honors the profession’s outstanding work through the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and innovation in the industry.

About Project Trust:

The Trust Project is a global network of news organizations working to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy and inclusion. The project created the 8 Trust Indicators®, which are a collaborative journalism-generated standard for news that helps both ordinary people and tech company machines easily assess the authority and integrity of news. Trust Indicators® are based on solid user-centered design research and respond to the needs and wants of the public. To learn more, visit:

CONTACT: Rebecca Nowacek[email protected]210-589-2756

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Orange County Libraries and Youth Literacy to Receive $185,000 in Funding to Support Programming Tue, 13 Sep 2022 22:47:45 +0000

New or enhanced programming with a primary focus on youth offerings at multiple Orange County libraries will be supported by
funding totaling $185,000, Sen. James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) announced Tuesday. He joined library leaders from across Orange County at the Goshen Public Library & Historical Society. for the occasion.

“Libraries are no longer just a place where books are taken out,” said Senator Skoufis. “They are the community center. If you are looking for a job, if you are a student in need of research tools, if you are a community group in need of space to gather…the role and technology available in libraries have changed over the years.”

“With this new state funding,” Skoufis continued, “we are directly supporting these libraries as they continue to evolve to meet programmatic needs, particularly with respect to youth programming. I am honored to bring back local taxpayer dollars to support these vital community centers across the county.

“This increase in our budget will allow for continued expansion of our programs, and we thank Senator Skoufis for this generous funding,” said Goshen Public Library Acting Director Michelle Muller. “Children become readers on their parents’ laps, and we must do everything we can to facilitate that by helping parents and children learn the joy, love and community of reading. This funding will allow us to add more programming, such as visiting authors to show children what it takes to write a book. This funding will allow us to ensure that literacy at all ages is achieved.

“We are often the cornerstones of our communities, providing connections to local families: with each other, with first friends, with parental resources, with virtual worlds, and so much more. We will make good use of this critical funding,” said Greenwood Lake Public Library Director Jill Cronin.

Other funding recipients include Florida Public Library, Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, Greenville Resource Center, Port Jervis Free Library, Thrall Library in Middletown, and Cornwall Public Library.




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Students are accelerating “STEAM” for financial literacy Mon, 12 Sep 2022 03:56:33 +0000

By Monica Martinez, MBA – Director of Operations and Community Relations

Arizona Council of Economic Education (ACEE)

Thursday, September 1st the Arizona Council of Economic Education supported Heritage Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District to host its first post-pandemic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) family night. ACEE brought the M into STEAM by bringing math and connecting it to money through a hands-on financial literacy exercise for school-aged students and their families. Ashley Schmidt, Accounting Manager for Muscular Moving Men, a returning CEAA volunteer, said, “The event was a wonderful experience! There were so many different kids we were able to interact with. It was fun to be able to count money, calculate taxes, and budget with the kids. Kudos to our community partners and volunteers like Muscular Moving Men and Midwestern University for your commitment to financial literacy.

The youngest K-2 learners explored money and math through a coin counting activity. A first-grader shared that he had never handled coins before. When Monica Martinez, Director of Operations and Community Relations, heard this student speaking in Spanish, she took over with a bilingual lesson. The student quickly gained confidence as he started naming parts in English and Spanish. At the end of the activity, the mother and the student were beaming with pride.

Nearby, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders shared their thoughts on the importance of saving money and why saving can be difficult. Their business was a game based on the book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, a story about a black barber during the Depression and how his perseverance and resilience help him reach his savings goal. In this activity, students worked toward a savings goal of $50 to purchase a hypothetical video game. Students chose a card with a scenario and determined whether it represented a savings or an expense. Then they used the result of multiplying two number cubes to determine how much was saved or spent. Students would then add or subtract the amounts to their balance. A fifth grade student proclaimed, “You can make money, save money AND lose money!”

The 6 oldeste,sevene, and Grade 8 students learned why we have taxes and how to calculate sales tax. Students and parents took a crash course in the US tax system. Students learned how taxes are collected through sales tax and how taxpayer dollars are reinvested in the community. Students practiced calculating 10% sales tax on low and high value items. “My children will be more ready for adulthood than some adults with this lesson,” said one parent. ACEE’s mission is to reach and teach ALL students in Arizona to be financially literate. To accomplish this mission, diversity and inclusion are essential.

Parents received tips and resources for talking to their children about money. Every parent we spoke to agreed that conversations about money need to happen more often. Many said they were glad they participated because they learned something new that will help them teach their children about money.

Anambra Library Board Commemorates International Literacy Day – Voice of Nigeria Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:47:38 +0000

The Anambra State Library Board has joined its counterparts around the world in commemorating International Literacy Day.

The celebration which took place at Professor Kenneth Dike Awka’s Central Library, attracted pupils and students from primary and secondary schools in Awka and surrounding areas who presented different presentations to mark the day.

Speaking at the event, Anambra State Library Services Director Dr. Nkechi Udeze said that literacy is one of the essential facilities of life.

She noted that literacy makes individuals useful to themselves and to society.

Schoolchildren at Kenneth Dike Awka Central Library

Dr Udeze said the essence of celebrating the day with schoolchildren was to bring them together, educate them on the need to be literate and encourage them to be serious about their studies. According to her, literacy is the wheel that will take them to a higher pedestal in life’s endeavours.

Dr. Udeze explained that acquiring literacy in this century goes beyond classroom instruction.

She said that people can be at home and receive lectures since the world is a global village with the help of information and communication technologies ICT.

She urged them to comply with ICTs and develop the habit of reading to broaden their knowledge and be able to contribute to the development of society.

Fundamental rights

A keynote speaker from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Dr Amaka Nwofor, said the day was instituted by UNESCO in 1967 to raise awareness of people’s basic rights to literacy.

She noted that literacy is the hallmark of all human activity in society, as education, growth, health, societal development, empowerment, economy and family growth depend on literacy.

Dr. Nwofor argued that literacy has evolved from reading and writing to multilingualism, including information and communication literacy, cultural literacy and digital literacy.

She urged education stakeholders to raise awareness about the need to be literate.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Transforming learning spaces into literacy”.

Emmanuel Ukoh