Mark Lloyd, Executive Director of the Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy, said, “Being disconnected in the Information Age is not like being deprived of a Mercedes or some other luxury. Being disconnected means being disconnected from the economy and democratic debate.” I found his comment in an edutopia.org article on the “digital divide,” defined as “the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to the information technologies that are transforming our lives.” The article is worth reading.
The gap, as Lloyd realizes I am sure, cannot be closed simply by handing people access. Training is key to provide the keys for novices to access the rich sources of information and debate in the world of Web 2.0. For that reason, Aretao is launching “Using Internet Tools,” a class for users, not developers of internet tools. We designed this especially for those users Left Behind when the digital tidal wave swept through. If you, or someone you know, are not sure how to make a podcast, how to set up RSS feeds, or what an LMS is, join us. Using Internet Tools covers these and many other practical topics, as well as why they matter to you.