EDUTECHCONNECT Family Digital Literacy Workshops

EDUTECHCONNECT Family Digital Literacy Workshops

Exciting sessions on Saturdays at 10 am in February and March!

Online learning has shifted our lives, but EduTechConnect is here to teach families digital literacy.

With workshops run by motivated and caring post-secondary students, we aim to provide mentorship and knowledge for the world of technology and digital learning.

Join us for:

  • Troubleshoot 101
  • Cybersecurity 101
  • Google 101
  • Computers 101

 

Troubleshoot 101  (Computer Troubleshoot, Research & Repairs)

 

Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 10 am to 11:15 am
Parents & family members
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

 

Having a little bit of trouble with your device?

 

This workshop provides families some confidence in how to navigate technical issues they face and resources to get support. Families will travel through the troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance process that incorporates research and safety techniques to keep their devices running smoothly!  Families are encouraged to present common issues they may face with their device as well as connect with our post-secondary students to learn about student life.

 

Course pre-requisite:

 

  • Familiar with basic computer functions such as open/close files, open web browers, difference between hardware & software, taking screen shots, and attaching files to e-mails
  • Know how to connect/disconnect wifi to modem
  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • Participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

 

Cybersecurity 101 

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10 – 11:15am
Parents & family members
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

 

Ever heard of stories of cybersecurity or online threats in the news?

 

This workshop will help families develop knowledge and skills to better manage cybersecurity related issues so they can take a proactive approach against any cybersecurity or digital concerns. Participants will learn the terminology of the online cybersecurity world (i.e virus, hacking, etc)  along with tips and tricks towards preventing cybersecurity related risks.

 

Time will also be allocated for families to connect with our post-secondary students to ask any questions related to their experience in education including online learning.

 

Course pre-requisite:

 

  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • Participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

 

Google 101  

 

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10 – 11:15am
Parents & family members
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

 

There is more to Google than a simple search engine.

 

In this workshop, gain the tools and knowledge to better understand how to access Google Meet and other google-related tasks for school purposes.  Participants will also get a quick overview of the other G-Suite applications and see how they can easily be used to better support your family’s learning from elementary years & beyond.

 

Time will also be allocated for families to connect with our post-secondary students to ask any questions related to their experience in education including online learning.

 

Course pre-requisite:

 

  • Familiar with basic computer functions such as opening and navigating in a web brower
  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • Participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

 

Computers 101

 

Saturday, March 6th, 2021, 10 – 11:15am
Parents & family members
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orkshop maximum: 10 registrants

 

I want to learn how to be more tech savvy like my kids!

 

Let’s our students facilitators help your family gain more confidence using their device/computer. We will go over introductory computer terms, learn how to navigate and browse the computer, save documents, understand different file extensions, as well as basic internet browser and Microsoft word applications (Google Chrome, Word, Excel, etc), pdf files, and compressed files such as .zip.

 

Participants will also briefly discuss the importance of computer ergonomics (healthy habits and postures) that can reduce fatigue, injuries and strains, and create an overall comfortable and more relaxing learning environment.

 

Along with levelling up your computer knowledge, families will have the chance to connect with post-secondary students to ask any questions they’re curious about related to education.

 

Course pre-requisite:

 

  • Good command of English (we plan to offer this workshop in other languages)
  • participants will be asked to turn their screen on for engagement and learning purposes

 

We thank @takingitglobal for helping us make this program possible #risingyouth

INVEST IN MYSELF – Student Celebration and Showcase Event

INVEST IN MYSELF – Student Celebration and Showcase Event

Join us on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 4 pm to 5pm, via zoom, for Invest in Myself, Invest in Others, Invest in Our Future – Student Celebration and Showcase Event. We will be featuring 10 innovative projects, created by students for students, that support education, encourage involvement and showcase student success.  The event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Organizing three Tech Collection Drive events this October

Organizing three Tech Collection Drive events this October

This October, to  address the increasing demand for affordable computers and laptops, Let’s Get Together is partnering with Raptors 905, Vinyl Wrap Toronto, and Communitech Data Hub to host Tech Collect Drives at their locations.

The #LGTTechCollect Drive events are designed to allow the public and organizations in the area to drop-off their used, broken and unwanted devices (computers, laptops and other equipment) that will be safely recycled or refurbished, and circulated back to the community to help individuals and families desperately looking for access to technology to support their education and/or employment, as well as stay informed and connected with family and friends.

The drop-off events are scheduled for:

Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm – Raptors 905, Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 
Rinks Entrance A, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6 

Sat, Oct 24, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm – Vinyl Wrap Toronto,
24 Ronson Dr, Unit 1, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1B4

Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 10 am to 3 pm – Communitech Data Hub,
14 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 1S7

Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) will provide the collection bins and cages and will pick up the donated equipment to be safely recycled and refurbished.

The Region of Peel, University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement, On Point Basketball, and Peel Weekly News are also proud to support this worthwhile initiative.

PRESS RELEASE: Let’s Get Together – #LGTTechCollect

PRESS RELEASE: Let’s Get Together – #LGTTechCollect

Technology Collection Drive to kickstart flow of used computer donations in Peel Region

Mississauga, Ontario, July 20 to 24th –  Let’s Get Together with the support of Raptors 905 and Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) is launching its first Technology Collection Drive starting Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre located in Mississauga, ON. The address is 5500 Rose Cherry Place.  Drop off hours are Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24th from 10 am to 6 pm, Rinks Entrance A, Parking AThe Region of Peel, University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement are also proud to support this worthwhile initiative.  


Computers are the “New Backpacks”

Over the last 2 years, Let’s Get Together (LGT) has been working hard to help low-income families and individuals across Ontario access more affordable renewed computers through their “Creating Tech Savvy Communities” initiative.  They saw computers as the “new backpacks” and believed students should have access to them at home so they could support their pursuit of higher education.  They started by helping 20 families every few months purchase their own affordable computers through a program offered by Renewed Computer Technology.  Over the last year, they increased their efforts and have now helped over 1000 individuals and families across Ontario. Their ultimate goal is for every family and/or individual across Canada to own a computer and have access to internet service by 2024.


The Demand

The demand for computers at home increased dramatically when Covid-19 hit and most public places that offered free computer use were forced to close.  This moment served as an awakening for the greater community as many people were unequipped to continue to pursue their education, employment opportunities, and/or access essential community resources because they didn’t have access to a working computer or internet access at home.

While the demand for computers continued to increase, the number of computer donations slowed down significantly due to the province’s quarantine measures, thus reducing inventories at computer recycling companies.

“We need to kickstart the flow of donation by encouraging residents, organizations and businesses to collect their used, unwanted, broken technology and donate them to us.  By doing this, they will help both their community and our environment.” says, Alison.  She continues, “We’re incredibly fortunate to have the Raptors 905 help us by offering to host our technology drive at this time. Safety remains a priority. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place.” 


The Bigger Goal – Higher Education

The goal is to collect 100 repurposable laptops/computers/tablets that will be redistributed back to the Peel Region community at no cost.  They also aim to raise a total value of $1000 worth of other reusable equipment with a portion of the proceeds going to support “Let’s Get Talking”, a student-centred family mentorship program that supports and promotes higher education.  It was developed by five University of Toronto Mississauga students this past April when many students found themselves at home but still wanting to help their community. I wish that I had access to a resource like Let’s Get Talking when I was younger where I could talk to older students who I could relate to. Many of us are happy to fill that gap now,” says Sravani Manda, a 3rd year student at UTM.  This student-created program continues to grow and now includes over 30 Student Ambassadors from 6 universities/colleges and 3 high schools across Ontario.  

LGT is also asking corporations, businesses, schools and organizations to let them know when they plan to recycle their business laptops so that they can add them to a 4 year donation schedule as part of their ongoing strategic efforts to achieve their goal of eliminating the digital divide across Canada by 2024.

To learn more, schedule future tech donations or see a list of accepted electronic donations, visit http://letsgettogether.ca/tech-collect-drive

To apply for a computer, visit http://letsgettogether.ca/affordable-technology

 

Let’s Get Together is a Not-for-Profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access learning resources that provide educational assistance and support student well-being. Their mission is to foster healthy parent involvement, inspire youth in their learning while making it accessible and equitable. 

Raptors 905 are the NBA G League Champion for 2016/17, Conference Champions for 2017/18 and the lone Canadian team in the league. Founded in 2015, the team joined the league for the 2015-16 season, playing out of Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Electronics Recycling Association  is a non-profit organization that has been reducing electronic waste since 2004. We reduce adverse environmental contribution through electronic recycling, repurposing and through the donation of electronics and other IT Equipment. With a number of drop off locations around Canada, and an electronic pickup service, the ERA provides a meaningful way for organizations and individuals to deal with their old computer equipment in a safe and secure manner that matches or exceeds government standards.

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Drop off hours are Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24th from 10 am – 6pm.  To drop off the equipment, donors must enter Parking Lot A.  Donation bins will be located  just by Rinks Entrance A inside the door where a Let’s Get Together team member will assist. 

 

 

 

Let’s Get Talking! – Looking for Student Ambassadors

Let’s Get Talking! – Looking for Student Ambassadors

Let’s Get Together is currently looking for a group of diverse, compassionate and leadership-oriented post-secondary students or recent graduates from all backgrounds to act as Student Ambassadors for our Let’s Get Talking Initiative.

As a Student Ambassador, you will provide motivation, encouragement and guidance to the members of our community, while also providing insight into your personal experiences through online forums, webinars and more.