Digital Literacy

Kramden’s Digital Literacy programs focuses on teaching practical, basic skills that help students use their PC for daily school and home tasks. These computer classes include four 2-hour sessions for beginners:

  • Computer Basics (Windows 10)
  • Office Programs and Productivity (LibreOffice)
  • The Internet and Sharing Safely
  • Social Media and Smart Sharing

We offer these classes for free on Monday evenings. They are open to anyone ages 12+. Families are encouraged to attend together. See the schedule and register here.

Community Education & Access

dllaptop-transparentOur Community Education & Access program is based on Kramden Institute’s unique ability to provide both computer technology (laptop and desktop computers) and digital literacy education. This comprehensive program provides participants with several sessions of digital literacy training, then awards free computers to participants upon completion. This program is aimed at underserved communities. We partner with funders, municipalities, and community groups to identify participants. Past partners include Coastal Federal Credit Union, Town of Chapel Hill Public Housing, Ahoskie Housing Authority, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Durham, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

Afterschool Programs

We offer two unique and exciting afterschool programs for middle and high school students.

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Tech Trailblazers is a 5-week afterschool computer technology education program held throughout the year. It’s designed for students in grades 6 – 9 who want to learn more about computers and explore careers in technology, but don’t have access to a computer of their own. Each week students receive both classroom and hands-on training on computer hardware, software, and networking and the Internet. In the last week, they build their own desktop computer to take home. This program is free and is open to students who do not have convenient and consistent access to a working home computer. Apply here or call us.

Coming in October 2016: Game Design Lab, a new afterschool program for grades 6-8 that teaches programming concepts and teamwork as students create and build games. More information will be released soon!

See upcoming afterschool programs here.

Camps

We offer immersive, hands-on technology camps throughout the year, including summer camps and trackout camps. Camps topics include Digital Media, Drones, and PC Building.

See our upcoming camps.

Tech Topics

Special classes led by expert volunteers on technology topics.

Past classes have included Digital Creativity Workshops (Photo Editing, Art and Animation, Sound Mixing and Editing, and Video Editing Basics), 3D Modeling and Animation, Home Networking and Security, and Windows PC Tuneup.

See our upcoming Tech Topics classes.

Train The Trainer

trainthetrainerKramden Institute offers stand-alone digital literacy train-the-trainer classes for anybody interested in helping deliver digital literacy curriculum to their community. After developing an in-house curriculum and honing classroom delivery methods, Kramden has the experience and track record to teach other providers on how to deliver an effective course to those left behind by the digital divide. To date, our staff has taught digital literacy classes to hundreds of participants of all ages and backgrounds. In our train-the-trainer classes, staff will share their expertise and experience, as well as best practices, in teaching computer skills to a wide set of audiences.

Download the Train-the-Trainer flyer for more details. Contact us for scheduling and other questions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help us teach technology and reach those who need it most. We are looking for volunteers at all levels of experience and expertise to help us further our educational mission.

Ready to help? Contact us!

Join our Education Volunteer Team by contacting Marshall Burkes, Kramden’s Technology Education Coordinator, at mburkes@kramden.org or 919-293-1133. A background check is required for all education volunteers.

Our Educational Partners

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