City of Seattle Community Technology E-Zine
|Vol. 10, No. 3||March, 2011|
Mobile Computer Training for Refugees from Burma Starting in Jan, 2011, the Coalition of Refugees from Burma’s Mobile Computer Literacy Training team began delivering computer literacy training to newly arrived refugees from Burma in languages understood by refugees. The CRB provides weekly computer literacy training. Three hour long computer literacy classes are held in Tukwila on Saturdays, and in Seattle on Sundays. This project is supported by the City’s Technology Matching Fund. Photos from the first trainings are online. Find more information here, or on Facebook here.
Wilford “Will” Saunders has been appointed as Washington State’s new Director of broadband policy and programs. He oversees coordination and planning for state efforts to enhance high speed Internet deployment and adoption. This includes work with state and federal broadband grant recipients. Before he joined the state Department of Information Services (DIS), Will was previously with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). He can be reached WilfordS@DIS.Wa.Gov. See DIS Press Release for more. Will is going to be on a panel at the Washington Technology Alliance Innovation Summit on March 18th. More info.proposed cuts
The Department of Commerce, Department of Education and other federal agencies are getting ready for an April launch of DigitalLiteracy.gov, a national online portal designed to share and enhance the tools necessary to teach computer and Internet skills. They are previewing this in D.C. on March 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST. For more info, contact DeWolfe_Lauren@bah.com Digitalliteracy.gov is an Obama Administration initiative where practitioners in service-oriented organizations, such as libraries, schools, community centers, community colleges, and workforce training centers, will be able to share digital literacy content and practices.
Universalsubtitles.org is an amazing open source web tool that enables you to easily add subtitles in many languages to your video posted online. You go to the site, play your Blip.tv, YouTube, Vimeo or other video, type in your subtitles as you watch, and then align your new subtitles with what’s on the screen. Universal Subtitles will then provide an embedded code for you to use to enable viewing of the subtitles with your video. Universal Subtitles was developed by volunteers and the non-profit Participatory Culture Foundation.archives
Back issues of Brainstorm including techtips and linkage are now available in our online archives. Previous TechTips and Linkage are also available. Click to revisit all previous issues.free internet hookups
Free cable broadband Internet service is available for organizations providing technology training to community members. The free service is offered within the Seattle city limits, based on the City's cable franchise agreements with Comcast and Broadstripe (Millennium). For more information and to download a short form to make application, go to our tech web. If you have questions, email Derrick Hall or call (206) 233-5061.sub/unsub
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Have a question for Mayor Mike McGinn? Join the conversation with Seattle Channel host C.R. Douglas as he sits down with the Mayor on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. for Ask the Mayor. Call (206) 681-8821 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. or email your questions. Also, follow their conversation on Twitter or Facebook with the Seattle Channel’s accounts. You can also submit questions through Twitter and Facebook as well.
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save the date:
technology matching fund deadline is may 18
The Technology Matching Fund will provide grants up to $20,000 for projects that support digital inclusion. The goals of the fund are:
Application and guidelines will be available online on April 6. Attend one of the workshops below for detailed information about the Technology Matching Fund and application guidelines:
Saturday, April 9, 10:00-11:30 AM
Monday, April 11, 10:30-12:00 PM
For more information and to RSVP, contact Delia Burke.datacamp! seattle
On Saturday, February 19, the fellows from Code for America's Team Seattle hosted a new kind of unconference/hackathon, a "DataCamp" at the Socrata Offices in Pioneer Square. More than 50 web developers, journalists, hyperlocal bloggers, City and County staff, and gov 2.0 advocates shared skills and developed web applications using open government data, like the datasets available on data.seattle.gov.
Projects included HearNear, an iPhone app that texts you when there's an event happening nearby, and awesome new features. Look for a calendar for the All About South Park blog. To read about all of the projects and see photos from the event, go here.
Did you know there are several places around Seattle where you can drop in and check your email or access the Internet for job searches, pay your electric bill online, or search for entertainment options around city? See these listings on our site, but call ahead before you visit, as hours may vary. (NSC=Neighborhood Service Center)
South East NSC, 3815 S Othello Street, Ste 105, 98118, (206) 386-1931
South Seattle Police Precinct, 3001 S Myrtle Street, 98109, (206) 386-1850
Delridge NSC, 5405 Delridge Way SW, 98106, (206) 684-7417
Delridge Family Services Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106, (206) 684-7423
West Seattle NSC, 4205 SW Alaska Street, 98116, (206) 684-7495
Central NSC, 2301 S Jackson, #208, 98144, (206) 684-4767
Ballard NSC, 5604 22nd Ave NW, 98107, (206) 684-4060
University District NSC, 4534 University Way NE, 98105, (206) 684-7542
Lake City NSC, 12525 – 28th Ave NE, 98125, (206) 684-7526
where & how fast is broadband?
This past month, the federal government released its national broadband map. Click on the “explore the map” button without entering any addresses to see a zoomable map. While it’s a start, there are many limitations to the quality of the map. The greatest issue may be that it only provides “advertised” speeds, not actual speeds. Usually, providers will advertise the greatest speed possible, rather than providing a minimum guaranteed speed. If you are a cable broadband subscriber, you share a “node” with many other households and one impact on your speed is how many others are online at the same time. Also the speeds listed are download only, and most Internet service is not symmetrical. That is, you can download much faster than you can post (upload) something. If you look up your address on the map, a provider may be listed because they provide service somewhere in the vicinity, but it doesn’t assure that you will be able to order that broadband service. Here are some observations about the federal broadband map from a blog.
Some small steps you can take to protect your information while online. Courtesy of SANS.org
Take time to explore security settings
Don’t leave thumb drives or other small devices lying around.
Passwords, passwords and more passwords
For more security tips, check out the techtalk blog.
Lots of documents go back and forth today via posted documents on websites or emails. You should send documents as a PDF when:
There are many ways today to save a document as a PDF. If you are using some of the latest versions of Microsoft Office or Open Office you have the option of saving your document as a PDF just by selecting "Save As." For those programs that don’t offer the option, you can still convert your documents to PDF. One of the more popular programs for Windows based machines is called Primo PDF. Their free version allows you to print almost anything as PDF. If you are a Mac user and have a software you like, let me know.
Agree or disagree with me? Drop me a note: Derrick Hall.d.o.l.l.a.r.s
Department of Neighborhoods Small Sparks Fund
Seattle seeks artist to develop artwork for West Queen Anne fire station. Seeking a northwest artist or artist team to develop a permanent site-integrated or free-standing artwork for the new Fire Station 20 in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Sparked for volunteers. Sparked is a quick “microvolunteer” site for busy people, and for non-profits to solicit volunteers for special projects and skills.
My Home Learning offers a wide variety of educational games, brain teasers and links in areas of using technology, math, science, arts, social studies, computer programming and life skills, arranged by grade cluster. Try the online kaleidoscope generator for fun and take off from there.
Intel’s Easy Steps and Digital Literacy Programs include their computer clubhouses and a very clear, simple curriculum for digital literacy programs. Their EasySteps brochure [PDF] outlines workshops and courses and the materials that Intel has available.
CNET Newbie's Guide to Flickr has a great basic intro and a few tips for power use of the Flickr photo posting site.