New Learning & the Web site shows how eLearning is for you

Online learning means that you can gain knowledge and skills (often for free) to help you complete your GED, get a job or help in getting a better job.  Some courses can lead towards degrees and certifications, while others are where you can simply learn something new.

Visit our Get Online Learning & the Web page to get answers and solutions to:

  • What do I need to get started on my online learning journey?  Take an assessment to gauge your eLearning readiness.
  • Where can I go to learn online?
  • What resources are available for school age kids or for help in GED or college prep?

Visit our site and take our short survey and we will send you a free 4GB flash drive – www.seattle.gov/getonline (see site for limitations).

If you are interested in promoting online learning at your organization, contact Vicky Yuki by email or at 206-233-7877 for more information and distribution material.

Cinema and civic tech at Civic Cocktail, May 6

It’s cinema and civic tech at the May Civic Cocktail, featuring a panel discussion about how technology can impact civics in Seattle and a preview of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

Join the conversation, Wednesday, May 6 at Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program is at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $20 to $25. Register at Seattle CityClub.

Across the country, big cities are investing in technology to connect people, improve cities and make government more effective. Cities are hosting hackathons, developing technology plans and innovating alongside entrepreneurs and startups. What makes Seattle unique in civic tech and what can we learn from other cities? Microsoft’s directors of technology and civic engagement/innovation in Boston, Cathy Wissink, and Chicago, Adam Hecktman, will join Rebecca Lovell, the city of Seattle’s startup liaison, to discuss how technology can power civic engagement and innovation.

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Then, SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence will talk with host Joni Balter about the popular film festival and what to expect this year. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, SIFF (May 14 – June 7) is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States reaching more than 150,000 people annually.

A panel of journalists will join the discussion: Crosscut’s Drew Atkins and Florangela Davila, Geekwire’s Monica Guzman, The Stranger’s Charles Mudede, Puget Sound Business Journal’s Emily Parkhurst and KIRO Radio’s Tom Tangney. 

Civic Cocktail – presented by Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut – offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar.

Watch past Civic Cocktails here.

CodeDay Seattle: An Invitation to students May 23-24

CodeDay Seattle is a 24-hour programming marathon (or hackathon) for students from middle school to graduate school. Come to Zillow’s new headquarters in downtown to hang out with friends, meet new people, build something awesome, and become a better programmer in 24 hours. Previous experience is definitely not a must.

CodeDay will run from noon-noon on May 23-24, at Zillow’s headquarters located in the Russell Investment Center, 1301 2nd Avenue #18, Seattle, WA 98101. A variety of food, snacks, and fun activities will be provided throughout the event!

Registration is now open at: https://codeday.org/seattle-downtown, and if you register with the promotional code: SEATTLE, you’ll get a 20% discount. In addition, scholarships are available to cover the full cost on a need-basis; please email us at nick@studentrnd.org for more information.

RecTech at Rainier Beach Welcomes Marcus Goodsell

image In January, the Associated Recreation Council’s RecTech program, housed in the Rainier Beach Community Center,  was proud to welcome Marcus Goodsell as the new Site Lead. No stranger to the RecTech program, Marcus worked as Assistant Site Lead in the Yesler Terrace lab years ago and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Between his prior RecTech stint and now, Marcus has been busy. For eight seasons, he served as a Lead Instructor of Graphic Design, Video Production and Game Creation at ID Tech Camps in the Silicon Valley – one of the country’s leading providers of tech camp experiences for youth. Following his experience with ID Tech, Marcus returned to Seattle to teach Motion Graphics and Web Design at Bellevue College and ITT Technical Institute.

In addition to this experience and technical knowledge – truly an asset to enhancing digital literacy in the Rainier Beach community – there is another side of Marcus that has the kids who visit the lab excited. For the last nine years and in his spare hours, Marcus has pursued his passion as an electronic music artist (music producer and DJ). This side-pursuit has taken him to most major cities nationwide and his music has aired locally on both BCC Radio and KEXP 90.3 FM.

Back in the RecTech lab, Marcus plans on bringing a host of media production classes to Rainier Beach Community Center, including graphic design, digital music production and the effective use of social media. If you’ve ever in the neighborhood be sure to stop in, say hello, and see all that Marcus and the RecTech program have to offer.

Remembering Charles Benton, honoring media and tech diversity

Charles Benton passed away April 29th. He was an important film distributor and philanthropist. Charles was also a huge champion of participatory and open democracy and public policies that supported local media and digital equity. His personal time and the Benton Foundation’s work has been critical, providing plain language interpretation of policy making and updates, and supporting education and advocacy for community technology and media makers across the country. He will be sorely missed, but his daughter, the Benton Foundation and many others are carrying Charles’ spirit forward. See comments from Bill Moyers, former FCC Chair Michael Copps and others at the Benton Foundation web site.

Wave Cable Customers – Save the Date June 8

The City’s Office of Cable and Broadband invites Wave cable customers to a community meeting to give your input on Wave’s performance as a cable service provider.  Wave’s current franchise with the City expires in 2017.

Event details:

Monday, June 8, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Douglas Truth Library, 23rd and Yelser

For more information on this meeting, franchise renewal, or to share your thoughts on Wave’s performance, email cableoffice@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-8498.

New report on smartphone use

African Americans and Latinos are more dependent on smartphones as their only access to Internet; low-income users risk intermittent access. The Pew Research Center has released a new report on smartphone use. Their finding on the number of African Americans relying on smartphones as their only Internet access is similar to what we found in the Seattle technology adoption study.

Feds seek comments on how they can help promote broadband

How do you think the federal government can best promote broadband adoption, deployment and competition? President Obama has created a federal Broadband Opportunity Council composed of 25 federal agencies. He has instructed them to come up with plans for increasing broadband access and adoption. They are seeking comments on how to do this. The deadline for submitting comments is June 10, 2015. Written comments can be submitted by email to BOCrfc2015@ntia.doc.gov. See more about the Council and the comments in the press release. This effort is being led by the US Department of Commerce NTIA and Department of Agriculture, which has worked on rural broadband deployment.

Seattle Community Media: LIVE Programming!

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2015, Seattle Community Media (SCM) public access TV will offer a special live showcase, Seattle Community Media LIVE!, where producer-members can bring their program to a live audience.

The showcase program will be a one (1) hour long, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  SCM staff will take care of many of the technical aspects of the program and will work with producers during pre-production for your live show.

All SCM member-producers will have access to request the live showcase on a first-come, first-served basis two weeks prior to show time.  To be scheduled as a live showcase program, you will be required to have viewers call into the studio during the show with comments or questions.

SCM membership is available to residents living in Seattle/King County. The annual fee for basic membership is only $35, and small additional annual fees give you access to HD video cameras, microphones, light kits, other production gear, as well as access to SCM’s Studio B for use in creating content for broadcast on Comcast cable Channel 77/Wave cable Channel 23.

If you have an expertise to teach, an important message to be heard, or a hobby to share, become a SCM member-producer and share your message! At SCM, you are in control! You control your program’s content.  You get to schedule your programs. You can upload your finished programs from anywhere you have internet access.

It’s easy to join. Just visit SCM’s website, www.seattlecommunitymedia.org, and click on “Membership.”  You’ll have ala carte access to different levels of membership and will pay for your membership online.  When you become a member you become an independent member-producer of SCM!