RECAP: Digital Literacy Task Force Convening | July 6, 2021
Updated: Sep 2
Digital Literacy Task Force Objective
Assessing needs and opportunities to provide ongoing culturally relevant and age-appropriate training at scale for underserved communities
The Digital Literacy Task Force convened on July 6, 2021, and included representatives from multiple sectors interested in resolving the digital divide in the Los Angeles County region. Taskforce members engaged in a fruitful discussion associated with outreach, language barriers, quality programming, digital literacy skills, and age-appropriate materials.
Conduct asset mapping to identify the communities lacking devices, connectivity, or infrastructure
Inventory outreach tools
Develop a target audience description of outcomes for digital competency (literacy versus l fluency)
Community engagement to gather information, including a survey
California Department of Education elements of a Distance Learning Curriculum: www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr21/documents/may21item02a1.docx
The task force identified common barriers associated with digital literacy. The following are the highlights:
Need to inventory existing outreach tools to determine what is publicly available
Need for materials to be available in multiple languages
Need a benchmark to measure the quality of digital programming
Digital coaches workforce gap
Develop a target audience with focused descriptions of outcomes for digital competency, digital literacy, digital fluency
The task force also identified gaps and provided recommendations related to programming and service:
Limited programs available for seniors
LAPL representatives provide phone support
Coordinate community-engagement meetings throughout the summer to learn and track needs
The Digital Literacy Task Force meets virtually monthly and includes education, health, nonprofit, education, business, city municipalities, and internet service providers. To learn more, visit: ladeal.org/events.
The third task force meeting is scheduled for August 3, 2021.