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Useful Sources for Free Teaching Material

Community technology initiatives throughout the country, software companies, and other organizations have developed useful teaching material for all levels and types of digital literacy instruction. The following list includes some of the most widely-used materials:

  • NTIA’s Broadband Adoption Toolkit
  • Helpful Examples and Presentation on the Broadband Adoption Toolkit
  • Get online safely through Stop, Think, Connect
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) online tutorials at GCFLearnfree
  • DigitalLiteracy.Gov: Launched in early 2011 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), this site contains sources contributed from around the country. Consider this a one-stop shop.
  • Technology Literacy Collaborative: A Minnesota initiative, this repository contains a variety of useful materials.
  • One Economy: An NTIA-funded organization with a variety of partners throughout the country, this group has produced a good deal of training material (about 36 hours’ worth of curriculum that covers various topics). Most of the material contained in this site is in the form of PowerPoint presentations that may be useful for class overviews.
  • Connect Your Community: Similar to the One Economy site, the CYC site contains a significant amount of training material. Look to the “Computer Literacy” and “Digital Literacy” section of the site for the most relevant information.
  • Community Technology Network Resources Page: Although not as comprehensive a repository as other sites, this page contains some material that may be useful.
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy: Perhaps the largest and most robust curriculum available, the material is arranged in sequential fashion; it contains entire modules. Instructors will find, however, that most of the content focuses on Microsoft products and that it is probably too technical for students learning basic skills.
  • BBC WebWise: A repository maintained up the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), this site contains many basic Internet-relevant videos and materials, some of which is arranged in curricular form. Instructors should note that some of the video material is not available to U.S. users, and that all materials are in British English.
  • Fast Forward New Mexico: This award-winning organization has developed highly-relevant handouts and other material that are widely used. The site contains introductory material of the type that could be useful for classes with Internet novices.
  • YouTube and Vimeo: These popular video sites contain a significant amount of tutorials and other teaching resources. The quality varies widely, but plenty of videos are available that serve not only as models for teaching approaches, but also as material for classroom overviews and tutorials.

This list is not comprehensive, and instructors will undoubtedly have their own preferred sources to work with. BBRI encourages the creative use of these and other resources, and encourages trainers to share their suggestions with others in the trainer forums.

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