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Pew Internet & American Life Project;
Presents survey results on how teenagers communicate, define writing, and assess the impact of electronic communications on their formal writing. Explores parental views on, as well as the links between, writing, communication, and technology ownership.
Pew Internet & American Life Project;
Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are "cell-mostly" internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.
In overall internet use, youth ages 12-17 who are living in lower-income and lower-education households are still somewhat less likely to use the internet in any capacity -- mobile or wired. However, those who fall into lower socioeconomic groups are just as likely and in some cases more likely than those living in higher income and more highly educated households to use their cell phone as a primary point of access.
Technology for Good identifies ten technologies being used by charitable organizations in innovative ways. The report briefly introduces each technology and provides examples of how those technologies are being used.
Examples are drawn from a broad spectrum of organizations working on widely varied issues around the globe. This makes Technology for Good a unique repository of inspiration for the public and private sectors, funders, and other change makers who support the creation and use of technology for social good.
Pew Hispanic Center;
Compares rates of Internet use, including cell phone use, home broadband access, and types of online activities engaged in by race/ethnicity, nativity, dominant language, age, education, income, and area of residence. Discusses factors behind disparities.
Council on Foundations;
Looks at the role of IT and IT staff at grantmaking organizations, the implementation of technology policies, the use of Web sites and online grant application and grants management systems, annual spending on IT, and to what extent IT is causing change.
Public Education Network (PEN);
Recognizing a critical education reform issue, the Public Education Network applied to the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) in 1994 for a grant to improve educational access to and use of technology. The resulting initiative is Fostering Instructional Reform Through Service and Technology -- Project FIRST. Project FIRST works to integrate technology into public school curricula and to increase community involvement in the process by using the unique resources and capabilities of local education funds (LEFs) and their business partners.
Project FIRST and other similar programs are helping public schools across the country to become technologically sophisticated educational institutions. Project FIRST's considerable progress has come about, in part, because it addresses the need to modernize the instructional norms of many classroom settings. Project FIRST is effectively promoting information technology as a means of enhancing teaching and learning -- for both teachers and students.
For many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including most racial minorities, these advances will not be enough to bridge the computer experience gap. According to a study published in the April 1998 issue of Science Magazine, white students in high school and college are still much more likely than black students to have computers in their homes and to use the World Wide Web. While 73 percent of white students had a home computer, only 33 percent of black students did, even when accounting for differences in income, according to another report compiled by Vanderbilt University researchers. Elevating the level of technology use and access in schools located in disadvantaged communities to that in other schools throughout the nation is a challenge of enormous magnitude. There is still much work to be done to ensure optimum learning environments and outcomes for all students. Project FIRST's efforts are a step along the way.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation;
Reviews research on technology's role in personalizing learning, its integration into curriculum-based and school- or district-wide initiatives, and the potential of emerging digital technologies to expand student-centered learning. Outlines implications.
California Improvement Network;
This report provides an overview of technology based complex care management programs, including:
Cook County Health and Hospitals System - Computer Assisted Quality of Life and Symptom Assessment of Complex Patients
University of Missouri - TigerPlace
Wenatchee Valley Medical Center - Health Buddy -- Patient Telemonitoring Program
Public Policy Institute of California;
Presents survey findings by age, household income, race/ethnicity, and region on Californians' views on and use of the Internet, including online activities, frequency, and broadband access; use of mobile devices; and reasons for not going online.
Grants Managers Network;
The technology survey is designed to enable grantmaking organizations to make better informed, timely, and cost-effective decisions regarding the technologies that support their grantmaking and fundraising/donor operations. It also is intended to empower grantmakers to make desicions based on information about new trends and how their peers are navigating them.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched the Science, Technology and Security Initiative in 2003 to develop and maintain a cadre of scientists and other technical experts able to provide independent, authoritative advice on international security issues to members of the policy community. The Foundation's five to seven year initiative aims to provide about $50 million in grant funding to redress the perceived erosion of such expertise and to accomplish a few very specific goals.
In March 2007, as the initiative entered its fourth year, the Foundation undertook a review which both built on earlier reviews of individual grants and examined the initiative as a whole. The central findings of the review are detailed in this report.