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Think You’re Pretty Tech-Savvy? Let’s See If You’re Right.

Find out if you’re digitally literate. #ProjectLiteracy

When most of us hear the word “literacy,” we think about basic reading and writing abilities. Call someone “literate,” and odds are, they think you’re complimenting their fondness for great literature. But the written word is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lifelong process of literacy.

These days, the truly literate person is also well-versed in technology. If you’re taking this quiz, you probably think you’re pretty tech-savvy. Let’s find out if you’re right. (And if you are, maybe we can help you find a way to share your skills, too.)

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Teachers Are Awesome: This Bostonian's Running 155 Miles Across the Sahara For Student Laptops

Liz Byron's running the 155-mile Marathon de Sable in Morocco to raise $50,000 for laptops for her sixth grade class.


Boston teacher Liz Byron is really going the extra mile for her students—155 extra miles to be exact. In April 2013 Byron plans to run what's considered the world's most difficult race, the Marathon de Sable, through Morocco's section of the Sahara Desert. Runners carry their own food and supplies, "endure 120 degree heat, sand storms, and run between 26 and 50 miles a day." She's putting herself through such an extreme race to raise $50,000 to purchase a set of laptops for her sixth grade class at Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston.

Right now Byron's students have just four laptops to use, which makes it pretty tough to ensure that they're all digitally literate and able to access the wealth of educational resources available on the web. Given that 92 percent of Gardner's students live at or below the poverty line, it can't be assumed that they'll have access to technology at home, either. "It’s frustrating to know that technology is so embedded in our lives and then you come to school and it’s absent," Byron told local television station WBZ.

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Rahmcast: Chicago Mayor Partners with Media Giant to Bridge the Digital Divide

Rahm Emanuel and Comcast have teamed up to provide discounted computers and internet access for the city's low-income students.

Is Chicago eliminating the digital divide? On Tuesday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership between the city and the media conglomerate Comcast to provide computers and web access to the city's 330,000 low-income public school kids and their families. "Internet Essentials" will provide each family with a $150 voucher from Comcast that can be put toward the cost of a refurbished computer valued at up to $500. The company will also provide heavily discounted internet service for $9.95 a month and train families on digital literacy.

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