At a time when many schools are being pushed to narrow their focus and concentrate on core academic subjects like reading and mathematics, afterschool programs are being pulled in a dozen different directions. Program directors wrestle with a range of questions as they try to meet the diverse needs of funders, parents, and the young people they serve. Should afterschool time be an extension of school, focused on tutoring and homework help? Or a break from school, focused on sports, fitness, arts, and hobbies?
Formed at EDC in 2004, CMC has focused on using information and communication technologies to strengthen both actual and virtual communities and foster lifelong learning. CMC’s flagship project, the Digital Divide Network—the Internet’s largest community for educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide—will relocate its base of operations.
EDC’s Center for Children & Families (CC&F) is the recipient of
two new grants that focus on improving the quality of teaching
and professional development for early childhood educators.The grants will fund two areas of
research, science education and literacy and language.
The needs of teachers and the technological sophistication of web developers are often at cross purposes on the Internet, leaving many educators frustrated in their hunt for online materials and Web developers vexed that few teachers use their sites.
In conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the Digital Divide Network (DDN), EDC’s Center for Media & Community has launched a new interactive Web site for activists working to bridge the digital divide. The new Digital Divide Network Web site provides a unique, free online space for technology advocates, Internet activists, educators, and policymakers to collaborate with each other.
The current issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) Journal highlights an article the Journal has selected for its series of “seminal articles” about education and technology by EDC Vice President Glenn Kleiman.
While governments around the world are doing more and more public business online, large segments of the population face obstacles in accessing these resources, according to a new report released at the annual Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet) Conference in Seattle.
For EDC Senior Vice President Vivian Guilfoy, who has spent more than a decade working in the fields of community technology and youth development, one of the signs of progress is a blurring of boundaries. “The days of distinction between formal and informal education have come to an end,” says Guilfoy, director of EDC’s Center for Education, Employment, and Community (CEEC).
Larry Irving, a former assistant secretary in the Clinton administration, has been elected to EDC’s Board of Trustees. Irving is the Principal and Chief Strategist for the Privacy Council based in Washington, DC.
EDC and seven partners have been awarded a one-year, $2 million U.S. Department of Education contract to further the work of community technology centers (CTCs) in low-income areas. The America Connects Consortium, as the eight partners will be known, will provide technical and organizational assistance to the more than 400 CTCs currently funded by the Department of Education and the many other CTCs that have been established in low-income communities with other funding.
Community-based technology centers narrow the "digital divide" between the technology haves and have-nots by providing computer access and education to the unemployed and working poor, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF)funded report released this month.