Digital Literacy

Our Digital Literacy course 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 at our office. They are open to anyone ages 11 and up. Families are encouraged to attend together. We also welcome groups from community organizations. See the schedule and register here.

Free computer for participants: Thanks to the generous sponsorship of MetLife, participants who attend all four classes will receive a free, refurbished desktop computer system. Limit one per household.

Looking for computers classes for your organization or group? Contact Marshall Burkes for information.

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 and awards free computers to participants upon successful completion of the training. This program is aimed at underserved communities.

We partner with funders, municipalities, and community groups to identify participants. Our partners include Coastal Federal Credit Union, Town of Chapel Hill Public Housing, Durham Housing Authority, Raleigh Housing Authority, Ahoskie Housing Authority, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Durham, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, and Communities in Schools of Wake County.

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.

Afterschool Programs

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

TTB logoTech 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.

Game Design Lab is an 8-week afterschool program for grades 6-8 that teaches programming concepts and teamwork as students design and code games.  The program teaches computational thinking, introduces programming terminology and methods, and lets students explore how their creative ideas can be coded into enjoyable, sharable games. Guest speakers talk about entry points into the software development and gaming industry and a game release party lets participants how off their games to friends and family. Game Design Lab is held in the spring and fall. Need-based scholarships are available.

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.

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