Broadband and Digital Literacy Office
The Broadband and Digital Literacy Office supports Department of Technology goals to promote and foster statewide Broadband and Digital Literacy initiatives. We build relationships between the Department of Technology and key private, non-profit, community-based organizations, as well as public stakeholders interested in promoting broadband expansion, adoption and inclusion.
While our state is a leader in developing broadband infrastructure, thousands of Californians remain off-line. Broadband is vital to our economic future. The Broadband and Digital Literacy Offices collaborates with state agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations and private sector entities to bridge the digital divide.
In the Spotlight
Obama to announce broadband expansion plans
(MoneyWatch). The Obama administration is set to announce new wireless broadband initiatives aimed at enhancing the country's digital infrastructure, enabling innovation and creating jobs.
The plan follows the White House's recent announcement of its ConnectED program to have high-speed broadband Internet connections available to 99 percent of American students within the next five years. These blue-ribbon projects may be commendable, but they are hampered by a serious problem: Just because you build a broadband service doesn't mean that people can afford it, especially in poorer parts of the country.
The new broadband initiatives include a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to use wireless capacity more efficiently, freeing excess bandwidth for consumer and business users and earmarks $100 million for spectrum sharing and advanced communications.
For more information: Obama to announce broadband expansion plans
Can Digital Games Boost Student Test Scores?
June 17, 2013
In the past few years, educators have been closely watching the evolution of digital games used for learning. With a huge influx of products — whether they’re individual apps for tablets or an entire suite of software — the market is already big and continues to grow, with entire game-based schools cropping up across the country.
There’s no question students are interested in digital games – 97 percent of kids play them — but what educators and industry watchers want to know is whether playing those games can actually improve student achievement. A new SRI study released today suggests they do — at least in the subjects of science, math, engineering, and technology.
For more information: Can Digital Games Boost Student Test Scores?
85 Percent of Tweens on Facebook
Gianna Palmer Reuters
June 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM ET
Most U.S. tweens, 10- to 12-year-olds, have at least one social media account and many go online without any supervision from their parents, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
Facebook is the most popular platform among tweens. Although the site says users must be at least 13 years old to log on, 85 percent of tweens said they have an account and a similar number admit they use it every day. "Younger and younger kids are going out there really unsupervised," said Michelle Dennedy of the online security company McAfee, which commissioned the poll of 1,173 young people aged 10 to 23 years old and 1,301 parents.
For more information: 85 Percent of Tweens on Facebook
Emergency room telemedicine tested by UCSD
By Bradley J. Fikes7:28 a.m.June 12, 2013
SAN DIEGO — Telemedicine is being tested at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest to cut patient waits, the hospital says.The pilot program will use off-site doctors will use high-fidelity sound and cameras to examine patients. The study is the first of its kind in California, UCSD said in a press release on the program. Long delays in seeing patients is endemic at emergency departments across San Diego. Hospitals have responded with various initiatives to reduce the wait.
For more information: Emergency room telemedicine tested by UCSD
Obama Announces National Internet Access Plan (June 2013)
President Barack Obama has announced ConnectED, a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high speed Internet within five years. Obama has also requested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize and leverage the e-Rate system and the Universal Service Fund.
For more information: Obama announces new Internet initiative for classrooms, educators
Breaking Down the Urban-Rural Broadband Divide (June 2013)Compares broadband availability in urban and rural areas in America. By David Beede, Research Economist, Economics and Statistics Administration and Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Please visit: Breaking Down the Urban-Rural Broadband Divide
Internet Essentials Helps Bridge Digital Divide – Connects more than 150,000 Families (May 2013)
Internet Essentials, Comcast’s affordable digital connection program, which offers online services to low income Americans, is reporting that 600,000 new users are on the Internet as of May 2013. Internet Essentials is expanding to reach approximately 2.6 million eligible families in its service area, and has reached out to more than 4,000 school districts nationwide. For 2013, the program is expanding its eligibility to homeschool, parochial and private schoolchildren, offering new low-cost computer options, and providing an option for non-profits to pre-purchase a year of service for eligible families.
- Internet Essentials Lifetime Connects by Metro Area (pdf)
- Internet Essentials Progress Report for 2013 (pdf)
More information available here: www.internetessentials.com
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