Digital Inclusion gets a National Alliance!
Technology For All has joined with more than fifty organizations to help launch the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
From their website, http://www.digitalinclusionalliance.org/ : “The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs. We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.
We are leaders of local community organizations, public libraries and other institutions that are working hard to reduce digital disparities among our neighbors. To improve the daily lives of all community members, we call for public policies for digital inclusion that reflect what we’ve learned from experience.
Broadband adoption is most effectively promoted by community-driven efforts that combine:
Affordable home broadband service.
Public broadband access, and
Locally trusted technology training and support”
Will Reed leads Technology For All and says, “We are pleased to join this national effort. It is aligned with our mission to empower communities through the tools of technology, especially those that are low-income and under-served. Technology For All is known for its leadership on these issues across Texas and looks forward to doing its part to assist as we are able at the national level.”
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
For an Autistic Child, TFA Class Sparks an Interest
Until now, Adam hadn’t been interested in the computer. The 3rd grader with high functioning autism preferred to walk in patterns around the classroom instead of sitting at his desk.
But on this day, the instructor was having the kids work with game-making software. The software uses a simple interface that lets students develop a basic computer game. The children are learning about technology at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bastrop County (BGBC) program in Smithville in a partnership with Technology For All (TFA).
The day started out as normal with Adam’s sister, Connie*, taking him gently by the hand and leading him into the classroom. Adam shuffled in the door and stood next to Connie as she sat at the computer, then he paced back and forth behind his sister’s chair as she worked on today’s lesson.
Then something unusual happened. Something on the computer screen caught Adam’s interest and he sat down next to his sister.
“I thought Adam had missed class, because I didn’t see him walking around”, said John Dees, TFA Training Manager who was monitoring the TFA classes.Read More
Program connects parents to their children’s education
Technology For All, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is partnering with schools in the Houston area to launch a program that encourages student success through parental engagement. Technology For All (TFA) will teach students and their parents how to use online tools which give immediate feedback on student grades and attendance and which allow the parents to communicate with their children’s teachers. Many local school districts provide these tools, but they are under-utilized.
In the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the tool is called Parent-Student Connect. It allows students and parents to monitor grades of homework, tests and overall GPA in a class, and to be alerted when those grades drop below or rise above a specified point. Additionally, the program keeps track of absences and sends notification to parents when a student is marked absent. Parents can also use the Parent-Student Connect tool to send direct messages to teachers when problems arise, and get other information about a student’s grades and attendance record.Read More