Northstar Digital Literacy Standards
The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment is a great tool for community members/residents who wish to learn basic computer skills and to obtain a certificate of achievement. The assessment focuses on six main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, and Word Processing (Word). When a community member/resident passes, they are presented with the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate.
The City of Minneapolis now hosts the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment and would like to work with community organizations to help Minneapolis residents learn and demonstrate their computer and Internet skills. If you would like to learn more about this program please contact Elise Ebhardt, 612-673-2026.
The City's IT Vision includes a component for addressing the digital divide in Minneapolis: All City residents, institutions and businesses will have the tools, skills and motivation to gain value from the digital society. Our residents and businesses need to be equipped to effectively compete with others around the world—to be smarter, more creative, more knowledgeable, and more innovative. Leveraging technology is a necessary ingredient of success.
City's Role and Focus Areas
As we move further into a technology-based society, city government can act as a catalyst to ensure digital inclusion by all neighborhoods and their residents.
- Highlight gaps between needs and capacity
- Promote digital resources
- Facilitate connecting community resources
- Engage businesses
- IT was selected for an AmeriCorps Member through the Community Technology Empowerment Project to work with us on digital inclusion and digital literacy initiatives (Sept 2013 - Aug 2014)
- Collaborating with Takoda Institute's IT Career Training program to connect students with community technology projects as part of their IT service learning experience.
- Training, Computer and Internet Access Resources Booklet providing an overview of free or low cost training, computers and Internet services.
- Wireless Minneapolis Overview
- Get Involved
- Digital Neighborhoods Workshop: Enclosed are the ideas generated by participants at the February 11, 2011 Community Connections Conference. Small groups brainstormed on building equity through technology and overcoming the digital divide.
- Notes from 2012 Community Technology Survey meetings - share your thoughts on the survey results and turn ideas into action.
- Mapping Digital Inclusion in Minneapolis
- Wireless Minneapolis Community Benefits
- Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Fund
- Technology Literacy Collaborative
See also: Data and Reports
Contact Elise Ebhardt, 612-673-2026 for more information or to get involved.
Last updated Nov. 25, 2013