Silver Surfers Day 2011

This Friday, the 20th May, is Silver Surfers Day where hundreds of volunteers will be available to provide free taster sessions on surfing the internet. The sessions are located in local libraries and other venues throughout N. Ireland.

To learn more visit http://www.silversurfersni.org.uk/ or watch the video below.

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The power of Social Media Marketing

This is a nice, simple video showing how social media actually works – it’s all about people sharing what they like.

Charities urged to boost efficiencies through technology

The NCVO and Big Lottery Fund are calling on charities to improve their use of technology to save money and reach their target audiences more effectively.

To help with this a free ebook has been created: Survive & Thrive.  Edited by the Race Online 2012 team it contains a very useful collection of case studies from a variety of charities as well as a valuable list of resources.

Martha Lane Fox has said:

It has never been more urgent that charities think internet first.
Source: Sector gets behind Race Online 2012’s digital drive

An excerpt from Survive & Thrive:

Put technology at the heart of your organisation and you can maximise your resources, raise money, communicate more powerfully and to a wider audience, and deliver services to end users more efficiently.
Survive & Thrive

Given the current economic environment this is a timely and important resource to help organisations to continue delivering efficient services and get others online.

From our experience in EGSA of deploying efficient IT systems, we have seen great benefits being realised both internally and externally and all resulting in a better and more informed service to clients and partners.  For instance, this blog/website is provided free through Wordpress.com.

Ronnie Corbett’s Blackberry is not working

Here’s a little Christmas cheer before we break for the holidays.

Ronnie Corbett brings us this hilarious clip on technology from his new show on Christmas Day – The One Ronnie.

As many of you will have guessed it appears to be an update of the Two Ronnie’s classic ‘Four Candles’ sketch.

(Thanks to @Marthalanefox for tweeting)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Digital Literacy an important factor in Career Success

The University of Derby’s International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) have produced a report entitled ‘Careering through the Web‘ which explores the potential of web technologies for career development and support services.

Inadequate ‘digital literacy’ could jeopardise your future career prospects
Will ‘Digital Literacy’ Determine Your Future Career Success?

The report acknowledges the accelerating influence of the internet in career and learning exploration and job searching. It stresses the need for the public and careers professionals to maintain and grow their digital skills so resources can be better deployed within this changing environment.

Probably the most observant statement came form Ian Kinder, Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills when he said:

The web is now an integral part of many people’s lives. But there is more information, advice and guidance available on there for people buying a television than there is for people considering their career choices.

It’s important to remember that Digital Literacy is not only important for seeking career opportunities but is often a criterion for obtaining them as well.

Get Online Week Oct 2010

Get Online Week starts today (18 – 24 October 2010). Its aim is to help people get started with computers and the internet. Visit http://www.getonline.com to learn more and check for events in your area (plus there’s a fun Splash and Grab game to test your mouse skills).

Do you know someone who needs a reason to get online?

Watch this inspiring Youtube video by Christine on how digital technology has changed her life and the benefits it has brought her family (read the captions).

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Social Media Workshop for Continuing Professional Development

The University of Ulster, School of Education is holding a workshop on social media for continuing professional development and improving professional practice.

With the emergence of social media, a new approach to learning and professional development has opened up. This workshop will help show you how it works.

Basic Workshop details:

Title: Social media for continuing professional development and improving professional practice

Date: Thursday 25 November 2010

Time: 10am -1pm

Location: University of Ulster, Coleraine campus

Enrolment Fee: £55 (£10 for University of Ulster Staff)

Facilitator: Anne Peoples (guest blogger here on the Media Literacy NI blog: CROSSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: a basic kit for the adult learner)

Full details and application form can be accessed from the link below (pdf document):

Library and Information Workshops

(Lifelong Learning, UU: Tel: 028 9036 6680)