Technology in the Home and Parent Training
Computers for Youth (CFY) is the lead partner in the NYC Connected Learning program – helping bridge the digital divide, bring learning into the home and increase parental involvement. CFY will deliver:
Family learning workshops to train students and parents/guardians to use the broadband-enabled Home Learning Center and associated online resources to enhance leaning
- Free desktop computers – “Home Learning Centers” – for all participating families
- Every “Home Learning Center” is pre-loaded with 51 educational programs and games for the student and the parent to utilize
- Additional educational software is made available to both teachers and families via the Internet
- Total Value of software on the computer and online exceeds $700 per family.
24x7 bilingual technology help desk available to all participating families
Workshops to provide teachers with strategies for using the educational resources to extend learning to the home
- Includes training on ARIS Parent Link and on safe/ethical on-line behavior via Common Sense Media’s “digital citizenship” curriculum
Discount Broadband Program
The Department of Education, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Computers for Youth are partnering with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision to provide participating Connected Learning families the opportunity to purchase dramatically discounted broadband service for their homes – enabling access to on-line educational resources to support their children’s learning.
The Division of Information and Instructional Technology (DIIT) of the DOE and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) are leading overall program development and management, providing customer service to participating schools and managing all administrative aspects of the program.