Check out our new overview video at the Giving Library.
Technology For All was recently selected for inclusion in the Giving Library, a groundbreaking initiative that connects donors to nonprofit organizations through online video interviews. In these interviews, our President and CEO, Will Reed, talks about the history, mission, vision and programs of Technology For All. The videos are now available on the Giving Library website for anyone wanting to view more information on our organization.Read More
Technology For All (TFA) has provided free computer training, under the banner of the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2) partnership, to rural and underserved communities in Texas since 2009. Since then, thousands of users have attended a number of classes amounting to more than 3 million total hours in training. The training, ranging from basic computer and Internet skills through social media and word processors, helps students to become empowered through computer use.Read More
Technology For All’s program specialists are always looking to help new computer users find ways to use technology to improve their life. Tom Swinnea, program specialist at the Bastrop Public Library, recently shared the success story of several of his students. Tom said, “With Technology For All, it is always a pleasure to work with someone creating their first email address. For two Bastrop Public Library patrons, their email lives started last week.”
One older gentleman’s chief need is to communicate more easily with his relatives. He also wanted to share pictures with his extended family, so Tom’s classes taught him email basics, including how to send emails with photo attachments.Read More
Bridging Cultures in Smithville
On Sept. 16, the Smithville Public Library, in conjunction with the Smithville Independent School District, hosted a book discussion at the Smithville High School. The event, titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” marked the first in a series of book discussions about literature featuring Muslim culture, led by scholars from the University of Texas and Texas State University. The first discussion, centered around the novel In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar, invited world geography students at the high school and citizens from around the community to partake in a civil discourse about Muslim culture and values through the context of literature.
Technology For All’s (TFA) contribution to the event came in the form of five laptops, used to conduct surveys before and after the discussion. John Dees of TFA helped develop the discussion surveys, which were used to gauge community awareness of and attitude towards the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program. The availability of multiple laptops displaying electronic copies of the surveys allowed attendees to quickly record their observations of the event, with generally favorable responses.Read More
Mapping project wraps up at Smithville High School
Technology For All (TFA) recently hosted a series of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) classes at Smithville High School in Bastrop County. GIS software allows users to take geographical data from a region and create maps to display all types of information graphically. For this project, students were encouraged to work on maps based on subjects that are locally important, such as local arts and crafts, the impact of the railroad on the town’s growth, and filming locations for movies, TV shows, and commercials in the area.
The GIS classes were taught in Smithville by TFA training manager John Dees. When students completed the class, they were capable of designing and developing their own map projects. Two projects have already been developed by the Smithville students: a map showing the impact of the 2011 Bastrop Complex Wildfire on property taxes in the area, and a listing of restaurants, local businesses, and art installations.Read More