Leveraging Digital Multimedia Training for At-Risk Teens

Leveraging Digital Multimedia Training for At-Risk Teens

Timothy Shea (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA) and Craig Davis (The Learning Community Group, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-953-3.ch089
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Abstract

The digital divide exists in poor countries and wealthy countries, the country side and cities, and across age groups. Useful solutions when trying to “bridge” the digital divide should include collaboration with local groups in order to better understand and meet their needs (Eglash, 2004). The most far-reaching examples of these community-oriented, information and communication technology (ICT) products and services result in social and economic impacts beyond just the use of technology—sometimes referred to as community informatics. This paper offers one such solution where an extremely cost—effective, community-based ICT program was successfully piloted in order to improve the computer and digital multimedia literacy of at-risk teenagers, provide job skills, open up new career opportunities, and begin to improve the overall economic capital of the community. While piloted in an inner-city, the program represents a best practice that is equally applicable to a small rural setting or to a regional educational initiative. More specifically, this paper describes the project, the curriculum, and— through the use of a questionnaire and video interviews —the students’ experiences taking the class.

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