Digital Literacy – Access, Affordability, Adoption

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About Digital Literacy

We live in an increasingly digital world. Here in the heart of Silicon Valley, all of our residents should have access to the jobs, tools, and skills that our innovative region can provide.

Program Stats & Outcomes

 

From coding to job searches, robotics to social connection, digital access and literacy is key for our City. SJPL and our partners are already hard at work on pilot programs such as our Coding 5K Challenge, which seeks to provide 5,000 students per year with access to quality coding experiences; and the School2Home project, which provides middle school students with a laptop that can be used for homework at school, home or anywhere! These efforts, as well as many upcoming projects and programs, will help San Jose fulfill its potential as the heart of Silicon Valley.

 

 

Highlights & Impact

Coding5K is a city-wide initiative designed further enhance access to FREE, quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) learning programs for students in grades, K-12. It began with a simple goal: 5,000 SJ students to participate in coding classes at SJPL by the year 2020. It's only grown from there. In Fiscal Year 2020/2021 alone, we had 4,038 participants in our 251 offered programs.


Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.

 


Highlights & Impact

The Library's digital literacy classes offer in-person and self-paced workshops and courses on basic computer skills. The in-person offerings were composed of four workshops per session. These workshops taught vital digital skills such as online safety, cloud storage, how to set up an email account, and Google suite. These classes were held in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.

 


Using Federal funding, SJPL was able to purchase and lend Wi-Fi hotspots and computing devices, including Chromebooks, laptops, and iPads, in order to address the digital divide in San Jose.


Note: Numbers in these charts are from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Data will be updated annually.

 

More Info

Digital Literacy Quality Standards

Learn more about the City of San José's digital literacy strategy.

Coding5K Challenge

Join our coding revolution! We started Coding5K with this mission: We wanted 5,000 SJ students to participate in coding classes at SJPL by the year 2020.

Computer Classes for Beginners

Do you want to learn computer basics and online searching? We have an 8-hour Digital Literacy series for you. Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

We have free Wi-Fi (wifi) hotspots for library customers and members to borrow. Use the internet wherever you go.

SJ Access Computing Devices

Check out a free Chromebook, iPad, or laptop through our SJ Access lending program.