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Examples of Knowledge Communities

Alliance for Digital Inclusion
The Alliance for Digital Inclusion (ADI) is an industry body of core and associate members committed to the Digital Inclusion agenda. It recognises that individuals and communities who are not making use of information and communication technologies (ICT) are likely to become increasingly marginalised. ICT can be used pro-actively to promote social inclusion and community regeneration.

Beep Social Knowledge System
_Provides free access to a 'good practice' knowledge system of cases and learning resources describing the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support a large number of social, economic, environmental and cultural goals. Funded by the European Commission's IST Programme. _

E-Learning for E-Inclusion
An EU project that aims to compile and link, evaluate and disseminate experiences and knowledge about e-Learning favouring digital inclusion. By involving disadvantaged excluded groups in the digital literacy, they will get more possibilities to avoid digital divide and be included into our society.

Promoting innovation in lifelong learning is a portal established by the European Commission to promote the use of multimedia technologies and Internet at the service of education and training.

The Elder Storytelling Place

JISC Cetis: Center for Educational Technology & Interoperability Standards

Accessible E-Learning

Skills for Access
The comprehensive guide to creating accessible multimedia for E-Learning.

Web Accessibility in Mind.
A leading provider of Web accessibility expertise internationally._

W3C: Web Accessibility Initiative
Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Implementation by Knowledge Communities

Aging By Design III

BBC Webwise
This website contains an online training course for using "the net" as well as access to BBC's accessiblility articles. It is led by "Bruce", the purple spider.

E-Learning for E-inclusion

E-Learning in Later Life: A European Project

Everybody Online
Working at grassroots to bridge the Digital Divide
The EverybodyOnline Project helps communities and individuals in disadvantaged areas across the UK to engage with digital technology. We aim to help communities overcome any barriers they may have to computers and the Internet so they can take advantage of the wealth of opportunities digital technology and the Internet has to offer._
Silver generation loves email - their grandkids not so much

Generations On Line Software
Internet Literacy and Access for the Paper Generation.

Seniors Training Seniors

Silver Surfer
A Digital Inclusion Network, Silver Surfer Week is a week-long campaign to help older people get in touch with the world through computer technology. Throughout the week, taster sessions are held by approximately 1900 local community organisations throughout the UK. In 2006, 17,000 older people attended.

Service-oriented Programmable Smart Environments for Older Europeans
To design highly innovative context-aware, smart home environment services with natural and confortable interfaces for older people at affordable cost._

United Hebrew Geriatric Center Gerontechnology Program

Seniors Using Knowledge Media

The Ageless Project - Born in the 1910s metasite

The Ageless Project - Born in the 1920s metasite

The Ageless Project - Born in the 1930s metasite

The Elder Storytelling Place

A Mis 95 años / 95 years old blogger Maria Amelia
Once claimed the world'd oldest blogger. Site includes YouTube video newcast interviews in Spanish
English Language interview

wikiGranny SondraC
Article on SondraC

References and Resources


Challenges to Learning

Creating Barrier-Free Broadband Learning Environments
For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient, for people with disabilities, it makes things possible.

E-Learning for Accessibility

E-Learning for E-Inclusion Manifesto

Digital Divide

Teens Teaching Seniors: The Digital Divide on a Local Level

The Grey Digital Divide: Perception, Exclusion, & Barriers of Access to the Internet for Older People

E-Learning / E-Inclusion

Beep Social Inclusion

E-Inclusion Research Network

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day

NEMO (Non-Excluding Models for Web-Based Education)


Internet Use Information/Statistics

A Typology of Information and Communication Technologies Users
Includes Web 2.0 Users

Demographics of Internet Users (Americans surveyed April 2006)

Generations Online (Americans surveyed 2004-2005)
See page 3 for a chart of generational differences in online activities

The Internet is not Grey: Survey

Online Learning for Seniors: Barriers and Opportunities - 52k

The Savvy Boomer

Seniors, Third Age, Later Life

Appeal and Interest of Video Game Use Among the Elderly

Are "Wired Seniors" Sitting Ducks? April 2006 Pew Internet & American Life Memo

CREATE: Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement

Gerontological Society of America Technology and Aging Group

The Internet: It's Easier Than You Think (BT).pdf

Make Surfing Easier: Free Adaptive and Assistive Resources

Instructional Resources

Basic PC Techniques for Dear Mom

BBC Webwise
This website contains an online training course for using "the net" as well as access to BBC's accessiblility articles. It is led by "Bruce", the purple spider.

Mousing Around Tutorial

Tips on Teaching Seniors
Presentation with cognitive processes and physical characteristics for seniors learning included

Teaching ICT Skills to Third Agers

Making E-Learning Friendly: the BBC Strategy

Senior Corps. Tech Center - Online Learning Center
Various resources and training for all levels of users

Studies and Surveys

e-Learning for Seniors - eLSe, SOCRATES Programme, User Needs Analysis

Older People and Information Society Technology: A Global Analysis
A market study about the specific IST needs of older and disabled people to guide industry, RTD and policy

Data From SeniorWatch Surveys
Handout for the ISTC Working Party Meeting on Persons With Special Needs

Older People & Technology
Results from the European SeniorWatch surveys

Online Learning for Seniors: Barriers and Opportunities

Seniors in Cyberspace
Public Libraries-based Powerpoint presentation

73 and Loaded With Friends on Facebook New York Times

Techniques for Enabling the Older Population in Technology
Case Study published in the ``Journal of eLiteracy``

Tom Masters' new book aimed at making blogging simple for "gray generation" Link to resource:

Usability for Senior Citizens
46 Design Guidelines Based on Usability Studies with People Age 65 and Older

Web Usability and Age: How Design Changes Can Improve Performance

Wired Seniors: A Fervent Few, Inspired by Family Ties

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