Monday, December 10, 2007
On Saturday December 8th, the San Francisco and East Oakland Digital Connectors installed the Lion Creeks Crossings Computer Lab. The Computer Lab will provide technology resources to the residents living @ Lion Creek Crossings Affordable Housing. Phase II has been completed and the computer lab will be introduced to the community very soon.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Even though I would of rather of been in bed on a Saturday morning I have to say that it was pretty fun to of gone to Malcolm X academy and of installed all of the computers for them. We had to mess around with the stuff that we didn't understand and test out some new ideas if something didn't work the way we wanted to. It was really exiting to know that you can do something like that for someone.
We separated into 2 groups, one that organized the computers, and another one that help find the Internet connection. After we did that, we help cleaned up the computers and then started setting up the computers. When we were done, the teachers came in and thanked us for our services. They did a dance for us, and then we took a bunch of pictures.
It was fun going to Malcolm X, and I can't wait to see how the next project will turn out.
We then had some digital connectors test the Internet before we setup the computers, We then got split up into teams of two. We had top get our computer parts and set them up. I thought I didn't know how to setup a computer but surprisingly i did! The day went by fast and we fixed up the lab pretty fast. There were some moments where we had fun and we had an problem/accident but every one makes mistakes. After that mistake we went back so work and got everything done just in time. Doing this computer lab made me feel like i can do other things in life and I feel proud of myself after doing something good. I really liked setting up a computer lab and I'm looking forward to another one.
Especially when the Malcolm X staff sang us a song and took pictures with us the staff was really funny and silly so it was easy for us to be our selves and be more comfortable. That also made it easy for us to get the job done it didn't feel like we were working it just felt like we were having fun. This made us finish faster then we thought we would and we had help from other digital connectors to so we met new people and had fun while doing our job which is to help the community I like my job I'm glad i took it working here makes me have a sense of accomplishment
Mission Digital Connector
On Monday December 3rd the SF Digital Connectors were invited to participate on a KQED Channel 9 Tour Visit.
The learned about what type of technology is being utilized to broadcast programming for one of the most impressive public channels in the San Francisco area. Digital Connectors also learned about KQED radio station and learned about the type of skills you need to have in order to work in TV and Radio business.
We would like to thank Katheelen Acord and Steve for accommodating our Site Career Exploration Activity to KQED. The youth were amazed that the shift to digital production just happened four years ago. Steve was great, and offered great advice about breaking into a competitive field.
Monday, December 3, 2007
On Saturday 11 members from the SF Digital Connectors came installed a computer lab inside SF Malcolm X Elementary School. Malcolm X Elementary School is located in the heart of the Hunters Point Neighborhood. One of the roughest neighborhoods in San Francisco.
The youth installed 10 computers that will accommodate approximately 400 kids between the grades of K-5. We would like to thanks Principal Foster for letting us come and provide a Community Service Opportunity to the San Francisco Unified School District.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Teresa Zavala, Mission Resident earned a laptop for being an excellent student @ Caminos Pathway Learning Center. The Laptop was awarded by the SF Mayor Gavin Newsom; thru a project between the Mayor's Office and Caminos Organization.
Teresa is taking Introduction to Computer Classes @ Caminos and would like to start using her laptop. She came into our program and asked if one of the Digital Connectors could help her out how to use her brand new laptop.
Elizabeth Garcia, Mission Digital Connector offered herself to assist Teresa. She will be helping her how to use the laptop as well how to use the Hot Spots around the Mission District.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
On Wednesday November 14th, the Mission Digital Connectors Program was introduced to the Community, Family Members and Partners.
Digital Connectors Presented to the community their program activities and goals plus program objectives. After the presentation guest had the opportunity to learn about the Beehive, Zip Road and spoke to kids about their intended work in the Mission District.
See you in the Community!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Digital Connectors have been working in teams developing PowerPoint Presentations for the Community Orientation Night on Wednesday November 14th, 2007
On Orientation night Digital Connectors will present to their parents and community members the PowerPoint Presentations that will highlight the training they have received so far and future program activities.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
On Tuesday Nov 6th, the SF Digital Connectors were invited to participate in the Electronics Arts Institute Showcase.
Two SF Digital Connectors, Adriana Morales and Juan Leverman participated in the showcase that highlighted local nonprofits.
The purpose of the Showcase was to raise funds for the Bay Area Digital Connectors Program and accept hardware and software donations from EA.com employees.
Monday, November 5, 2007
On Friday November Bank of America Employees, Josue Balladares and Gabriel Lemus came to speak to the Mission Digital Connectors about Financial Literacy and the benefits of having a bank account at a early age.
The Digital Connectors were really happy withe the Visit and had ask a lot of questions for both of the Guest Speakers.
Also Digital Connectors were eligible to sign up for a free checking Bank of America with a $25.00 deposit.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Today at work Leo had presentors from Bank Of America telling us about their student account imformation. I found it very interesting becuase i got alot of imformation about student loans and fixed interest rates which were thing i wanted know for my future.....
They taught use that we need to keep track of our money and not go over of what we have or eals we are gonna need to owe money to the bank. We asked questions and they answered them and after they told us if we get people into the bank we will get $25 bucks for every person we get. So for me that is a good thing making money off other people. In the end we took pictures with Josue and Gabriel and ate some DONUTS!!!!!!.
This was a great experience learning about the banking system and i thank them for taking time to come and talk to use.
They came in suits they looked like pros. They gave us free stuff like a frisbee and a poster and also a cd holder.they were very funny people.they was cool.
They came to offered us free checking accounts. It is free for 5 years because we are minors. Also they give us 25$ if we help someone open an account at the bank.
They also taught us to be smart with our money,because in the future the money we are earning right now is going to be very useful in our daily routine. If you open a saving account the first five years is absolutely free. They covered the subject that every high school student would be concerned about,and that would be with money that you would need for college.
Josue made it very clear and told us that we have to shop around with the branches that would be affordable to us, and he told us that in general. IF it comes to the point when we are going to purchase our car,house,etc. We have to go and shop and then when you gather information from the different places you have been searching you sit down and compare the prices,rates,and the benefits that would be useful to you.
Mission Digital Connector
this was a good experience for the digital connectors were going to try working with them.So you guys should try making a account in the bank of America i think it would be a good idea.
Digital Connector Deborah Estrada is preparing the Mission Digital Connectors Marketing Toolkit. The toolkit includes Beehive and Zip Road collaterals as posters, postcards, brochures, magnets, pencils and other souvenirs that the Mission Digital Connectors will start passing out in the community.
The San Francisco Digital Connectors will participate in a Mission District Marketing Campaign that will increase traffic to our main SF websites: www.beehivesf.org and www.ziproad.org
Digital Connectors will also be trained on how to promote our products and will collect valuable information about the campaign. This campaign will start on November 5th and will continue all the way to May 2008.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
On Friday October 26th, 2007 the San Francisco Digital Connectors participated in the Caminos Pathway Learning Center Wireless Workshop that was offered to the Mission Community. The Mission Digital Connectors were invited to provide tech support to questions from the residents in regards of the Mesh Meraki Wireless Network installed by Caminos Non-Profit Organization.
Digital Connectors also introduced Zip Road to the Latino families that came to learn about the services that Caminos has to offer to the Mission Community.
The Mission Digital Connectors will continue to provide to tech support to the Latino families that live in the neighborhood with questions regarding the Wireless Network, the Beehive and Zip Road.
Friday, October 26, 2007
On Thursday October 25th, the Mission Digital Connectors started to test the signal strength for the Camino's Mesh Wireless Network. The Meraki Wireless Network has been installed by Camino's in order to provide Free Internet Services to the Latino families in the Mission District.
The Digital Connectors went out from their computer lab and took laptops to test the signal and locate access points. Some of the weaker access points could get a booster on the Wireless Workshop that will be provided by the Mission Digital Connectors on Friday October 26th, @ 4:00pm.
Digital Connectors will create a map that will highlight the apartments near Caminos Pathway Learning Center that might have access to the Mesh Network.
Digital Connectors will also give away Wireless Cards for residents that sign up for Zip Road (www.ziproad.org) and Beehive (www.beehivsf.org) Training as part of the Web Content resources Digital Connector's Program has to offer to the Latino Families of the Mission District.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Before learning about the wire less net work we got to see a website called Zip Road. I think that Zip Road is very useful website. It lets us be able to see rating in schools and to see other programs in school that we do not know.We could use this website to look into college. We could find tutoring and homework help if we need it. it is a way for our parents to try to help us find help or to help us do good in school. The website could help us find the right way to go after high school. I found some news that would help and a map of each school and the location of them. this website is really useful.
Some information that i would like to see on his website is some pictures of the school so we could see what it look likes. I would like to see a little more information about the schools and what they are rated. I would like to see how kids and parents are involved in schools and programs. Maybe see some ratings from parents on schools and programs. I would like to see if they had extra enrollments from the school,so other kids could try to get in the school they want.
Other resources i use to see schools is SFUSD to find a little bit more on schools. I do not use any other site about schools and i have not known any other website until we learned about Zip Road. I use the websites that are available at my school and i talk to teachers about different schools to see if they have anything to say about them. I find Zip Road very useful and it has more information about a lot of subjects that come in handy. I haven't seen any other website like this and it is useful to other people to use this website to get information.
So far it was been going great we are learning about wireless routers and how to connects to the wireless net work and how to set it up around your house and installing it in your computer and adding the program needed so that wireless Internet will work.
This training has also thought me about the website ZipRoad and how it works and helps people in the community. Such as helps people evaluate schools without visiting the school showing them the amount of students in each class and their test scores. Also tells you about tutoring homework help after school programs and Summer camps . And also gives you information and helps you get scholarships for colleges.
Overall this might not be lots that I've learned but its only been the first week their is still lots to learn. I have a whole lot ahead of me. I will be able to do many things by the time I leave from this program I will have lots of knowledge in me in technology.
somethings that i will like to check out on your web site like resources would be like how many students are in the school and if theirs any more room in the school maybe u do i just didn't find it but if not that would be a great thing to add in. and maybe more information like after school summer programs for kids that are 12 and older that are around their community and maybe some pictures of the school, but still its a great web site and i will be checking in to find more info about colleges thank you
Mission Digital Connector
It is kind of hard trying to keep balance with everything that i have to do daily. School, homework, Digital Connector work an on top of that tutoring help. But its actually kind of fun to be acting like a grown up that had a busy day. My parents and teachers tell me to act my age but now I'm acting older than that. It feels very good to of known you can do so much.
This web site is helpful like i said before but something I would like to see in the website is a picture of the school the outside of the school and inside.for example like a tour online of the school so if someone doesn't have time to go see it in person they can see it online. I'm just saying because i think that would be good for the parents to have but the website is good you should check it out.
Other resources that I have used is SFUSD but I like this website better because it tells you the things straight forward and makes it easy to find what you want. In the SFUSD its kind of harder to find information and its more complicated. In ZIPROAD its more easy and simple that a kid can use it for there own needs and not ask there parents to help them they can be independent. Even though they can do it alone they should have there parents there so they can both learn something knew.
SF Digital Connector
Learning about the wireless internet has been extremely helpful and fun Thanks to
Leo cause if it wouldn't of been somebody else i don't know where i be... Its not hard to learn just Pay Attention! There is a lot things you have to comprehend about the Internet and The Wireless Network which takes time but luckily I've been catching on quick. Like for instance yesterday we learn about Meraki and Links(Wireless Routers) with was interesting because my mommy been paying money for comcast when it free..... Know that i learned that I'm going to be more of a Educated consumer.....
Somethings that I will like to check out on your web site like resources would be like how many students are in the school and if theirs any more room in the school maybe u do i just didn't find it but if not that would be a great thing to add in. And maybe more information like after school summer programs for kids that are 12 and older that are around their community and maybe some pictures of the school, but still its a great web site and I will be checking in to find more info about colleges!
Mission Digital Connector
San Francisco Digital Connector
So far working as a S.F digital connector has been very excited. Even though a week has past by I have learn somethings that I have never thought about. I remember learning about the Meraki is a device that helps you to connect to the internet but you have to have a DSL line to connect it to. Its a small device but it shows you how strong is your internet signal in whatever part you are in. In this training that I'm in I am decided to learn everything about computers that I'm still not familiar with, that way when i go out to the community i would help people and explain anything they want to be informed about based on what i learned.
It's exciting for me to know that i would help families, people with low income that can't afford internet access to get one for free. And to see how useful it is for every member in the family to know anything they want just a click away.
Mission Digital Connector
The San Francisco Mission Digital Connectors started working this week in the Caminos Computer Lab. The lab offers around 30 computers that Digital Connectors will use to provide Computer Workshops to the Latino Families.
Digital Connectors are learning this week about Zip Road (www.ziproad.org) and how to Set up a Mesh Wireless Network in preparation of the Wireless Open House on Friday October 26th, @ 4:00pm.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Mission Digital Connectors will focus on providing technology services to the Latino families that live int the Mission District. Digital Connectors will provide computer workshops, distribute ATT DSL lines for families that qualify for that grant and will distribute Computers thru the OE computer purchase program.
Phase I of the program will happen during Oct-Dec 2007. During this phase Digital Connectors will receive training on the Areas of Internet, Wireless Networks and Computer Training.
Phase II of the program will happen during Jan-March 2008. During this phase Digital Connectors will receive training on Hardware Components and Youth Content.
Phase III of the program will happen during April-May 2008. During this phase Digital Connectors will receive training on Multimedia Applications.
During all phases the Mission Digital Connectors will also participate on Community Events providing Computer Workshops @ their computer lab and provide tech support to families in need.
Another aspect of the program will be to collect digital stories from the Latino families that we have helped in the community.
One Economy will build on the activities of the summer 2007 Program and leverage our four-year investment in San Francisco to expand and institutionalize the San Francisco Mission Digital Connectors program as a vehicle for youth-led Beehive (www.beehivesf.org) and Zip Road (www.ziproad.org) marketing and training, technology instruction and support, youth media and civic journalism.
1. To promote technology via a youth-led Buzz marketing campaign:
- Computer training and Tech Support to local CBO’s
- Community events to promote Technology Services
- Youth-developed ‘guerrilla marketing’ strategies to promote Internet Safety
2. To use Digital Storytelling to document how technology has helped improve the lives of low-income San Franciscans
3. To provide technology education and leadership development experience to 10 young people, ages 14 – 17, living in the Mission District