Digital literacy is rapidly becoming the new literacy. Like it or not, technology has come to stay. Everything we do — from accessing healthcare, handling financial transactions, engaging with our community, and even accessing learning and job opportunities — requires some level of basic digital skills. Yet many lower-skilled adults who don’t have digital skills are being left behind. 

What better place to talk about digital equity than at SXSW EDU where the EdTech world comes to celebrate the role of technology in learning and society? We have proposed three sessions this year and would love your votes so that we can lead this important conversation.

Digital US and EdTech Center have joined with our partners to present on some of the most pressing opportunities and equity issues facing our nation and the world: How do we ensure that adults with basic skills gaps build the digital skills they need to thrive in work and life? 

See more below and cast your vote before Friday August 23rd! 

Building Equity Through Digital Skills

Digital literacy is the new literacy. What will it take to help adults with basic skills gaps build digital literacy and life-long learning skills? Members of Digital US, a consortium of national organizations aligned around digital equity, will lead a spirited discussion tackling the issue!

Select & Integrate Tech for Adult Learner-Workers

Looking for resources to increase the impact of your adult learning or workforce development program? Could you use some tips on how to get started or how to take things to the next level? Folks from ISTE, JFF and The Edtech Center @ World Education will lead this hands-on workshop.

Mobile Tech Innovations for New American Workforce

How do we use smartphones to make distance learning accessible and effective for immigrant workers with limited digital literacy? What are the UX/UI and instructional strategies for converting in-person English Language instruction offered at worksites to mobile-responsive, virtual instruction? The National Immigration Forum and the EdTech Center @ World Education will share learnings from innovating with large employers to create a rapidly expanding workplace program positioned to scale to thousands of adults in the next few years.

To vote:

  1. Follow the 3 links above 
  2. Sign in to PanelPicker or create a free SXSW account with just your email
  3. Click the thumbs up button to “up vote”

Voting ends on August 23, 2019. Please share this post with your colleagues, friends — even family — and ask them to vote for us. With more than 4,000 submissions to choose from, we need as much support as possible!

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