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Digitally Lit: A digital literacy + coding pilot

This program is designed to help young people learn to code and improve their digital skills, preparing them for jobs in an increasingly digital economy.
Digitally Lit: A digital literacy + coding pilot

Project Team

Jessica Thornton
Senior Projects Designer
Simona Ramkisson
Senior Projects Officer​
Michelle Park
Projects Officer

Why we’re doing this project

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s digital technology becomes more pervasive — jobs across Canada are changing. Some job tasks will be eliminated through automation, while others — including the ability to create and interface with digital technology — will increase.

To support full participation in an increasingly digital economy, the next generation must have a strong digital literacy foundation.. Digitally Lit(erate) is a digital literacy + coding pilot working to change the face of Canada’s future talent pool by reaching communities that are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

 


At the moment, both formal education systems and after-school programming are responding to the need for digital literacy training. However, they face their own set of challenges. Formal curricula can be slow to change, and the necessary resources are often out of reach for schools. Community-based programs such as after-school spaces can easily adapt to the continuously changing digital landscape, but often experience capacity issues, such as limited technology or expertise, interferes with access to programming.

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Our Process

There is a clear need to make digital skill-building experiences accessible to all youth across Ontario. The Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot leverages the expertise and experience of project partners to design, implement, and evaluate a scalable model for achieving this goal. At the very core of this model is community infrastructure, such as libraries, community centres, YMCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs. By enabling them to deliver digital literacy, we’re building a model that can work in any community across Canada.

 

 

The two-year project was designed by a diverse range of experts in digital literacy programming, youth engagement, community development and education policy. The program will be assessed regularly in order to generate key policy insights and recommendations for policymakers in education and digital skills training.

Over the next two years, the pilot will operate at six sites in five cities across Ontario. They are:

  • Toronto Public Library – Centennial Branch
  • YMCA Toronto – YMCA Academy
  • Hamilton Boys & Girls Club
  • London Boys & Girls Club
  • Belleville Public Library
  • YMCA of Northern Ontario, Sudbury

Our Partners

The Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot brings together community, program delivery, industry, education and academic partners. By working together, we are working to produce a scalable model that will help open the door to digital skills for youth across Ontario.

Steering Committee

This pilot was co-created by a range of partners we convened as a Steering Committee. Steering Committee organizations include Actua, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, the Information and Communications Technology Council, Canada Learning Code, Ontario Ministry of Education, RBC Capital Markets, Ryerson University, Shopify, Toronto Public Library, YMCA, and United Way Greater Toronto. These partners continue to oversee and provide guidance on the pilot.

Steering Committee Members

Amber Knabl (Canada Learning Code)
Andrea Niles-Day (RBC Capital Markets)
Sarah Naqvi (Shopify)
Ab Velasco (Toronto Public Library)
Moira MacDougall (YMCA)
Stan Shapson (York University)
Arvind Gupta (University of Toronto)
Maureen Ford (ICTC)
Tracy Ross (Actua)
Denise Silverstone (Boys and Girls Club Canada)
Iris Mushitsi (United Way Toronto and York Region)
Greg McLeod (Ontario Ministry of Education

Jessica Thornton
Senior Projects Designer
Simona Ramkisson
Senior Projects Officer​
Michelle Park
Projects Officer

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Oct 1, 2018

With several successful cohorts behind us across our 5 sites, find out what we've learned so far and where our digital literacy + coding pilot is headed
Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot: Quarterly insights

Jun 19, 2018

A map of the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada, including the existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills
Levelling Up: The quest for digital literacy

Jun 19, 2018

Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship releases new report identifying the existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve digital literacy in Canada
Levelling up: The quest for digital literacy

Jun 5, 2018

Two years after its launch, the Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot is gaining important insights about the impact of their pilot program and the value of digital skills across Ontario
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