Friday, May 16, 2008

A Survey About the Community Technology Center

Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey from the Community Technology Center. We want to know what kind of computer/internet topics you want taught in the Fall Quarter and how our CTC can better serve you! Please click here to take the survey

So far this is what we got up our sleeves (not finalized, btw):

* Online Investment
* Intro to Photoshop Elements
* Intermediate MS Word
* Intro to OpenSource
* Intro to Linux
* Alternatives to Mainstream Software (a.k.a. "Linux Alternative Project")

Ok, so what exactly is a CTC?

As I stated in my first post, I run the CTC at the Phinney Center. CTC stands for Community Technology Center, which is under the jurisdiction of the Education Program of the PNA. Yes, you could technically call it a "computer lab", but it also a site for members of the community to connect with others through technology. It allows those with computer skills to give back to the neighborhood by teaching others such skills. Essentially, it helps reduce the "digital divide" between certain demographics.


Oh, I can go an and on and on about the digital divide, but the shortened version is this:

Simply put, the power of computers and the internet have a profound effect in our lives, affecting our decision-making, politics, purchases, education, and entertainment. Not everyone has access to computers. Therefore, many community centers, libraries and non-profit organizations have developed CTCs to give such access so that EVERYONE can benefit in this Age of Information.


"Homines, dum docent, discunt. "*
*While men teach, they learn

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