Digital Readiness Gaps

Digital Readiness Gaps. Pew Research Center. John B. Horrigan. September 20, 2016.

For many years concerns about “digital divides” centered primarily on whether people had access to digital technologies. Now, those worried about these issues also focus on the degree to which people succeed or struggle when they use technology to try to navigate their environments, solve problems, and make decisions. The report addresss digital readiness. The analysis explores the attitudes and behaviors that underpin people’s preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for learning as we measured it in a survey about people’s activities for personal learning. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Smart Peacekeeping: Toward Tech-Enabled UN Operations

Smart Peacekeeping: Toward Tech-Enabled UN Operations. International Peace Institute. A. Walter Dorn. July 11, 2016.

As the world’s technological revolution proceeds, the United Nations can benefit immensely from a plethora of technologies to assist its peace operations. The U.N. has adopted a strategy for technology and peacekeeping and is showing the will and the means to implement it. New concepts, such as “technology-contributing countries” and “participatory peacekeeping” through new information technology, can improve peace operations. New technologies can also help U.N. field workers “live, move, and work” more effectively and safely, creating the possibility of the “digital peacekeeper.” The report provides an overview of technological capabilities and how they are being used, explores progress to date and key challenges, and offers a set of practical recommendations. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Teens, Technology and Friendships

Teens, Technology and Friendships. Pew Research Center. Amanda Lenhart. August 6, 2015.

For American teens, making friends isn’t just confined to the school yard, playing field or neighborhood – many are making new friends online. Fully 57% of teens ages 13 to 17 have made a new friend online, with 29% of teens indicating that they have made more than five new friends in online venues. Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Learning without Teachers? A Randomized Experiment of a Mobile Phone-Based Adult Education Program in Los Angeles

Learning without Teachers? A Randomized Experiment of a Mobile Phone-Based Adult Education Program in Los Angeles. Center for Global Development. Christopher Ksoll et al. May 22, 2014.

Over 755 million adults worldwide are unable to read and write in any language. Yet the widespread introduction of information and communication technology offers new opportunities to provide standardized distance education to underserved illiterate populations in both developed and developing countries. Using data from a randomized experiment of an innovative mobile phone-based adult education program (Cell-Ed) in Los Angeles, The authors find that the Cell-Ed program significantly increased students’ basic and broad reading scores, equivalent to a 2-4 year increase in reading levels over a four-month period. The program also increased participants’ self-esteem by 7 percent as compared with the comparison group.The results suggest that there is great scope for using information technology as a means of improving educational skills for illiterate adults.[Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 56 pages, 1.67 MB].

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful. Alliance for Excellent Education. Martens Roc. March 18, 2014.

The report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Evolving Value of Information Management: And Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional

The Evolving Value of Information Management: And Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional. Financial Times and Special Libraries Association. November 2013.

The report explores the evolving value of information management in today’s society. Reflecting the opinions of both information professionals (providers) and senior executives (users) worldwide, the aim is to identify the opportunities to enhance the value of information management to business and provide an actionable framework for the continuing success of the information function in any organisation. “Big data” and the proliferation of new technologies are shortening the time to an answer, and yet also causing many new challenges for both users and providers. Although this research shows contrasting perspectives between providers and users, many of the root causes of the issues are the same. Both suffer from information overload and spend too much valuable time filtering for information that is useful. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 35 pages, 2.92 MB].

Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media + Technology Landscape

Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media + Technology Landscape. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Mary Madden. June 12, 2013.

New technologies and social media have had a major impact on the way we communicate and live life. Mary Madden delivered the keynote address for the Lawlor Symposium’s summer seminar, sharing “data to live by” to aid in understanding this new social media and technology landscape. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 65 pages, 2.11 MB].