distance learning and telemedicine Project
clinic and community center resources
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communities are familiar with their local Master Gardner
organization. Skilled gardeners who volunteer their time
to teach others the skills of Gardening.
RAIN has taken this model and shaped it to provide the
framework for Neighborhood level Technology Literacy education.
Working with families in each of our USDA RUS sponsored
Communities RAIN provides intensive training for volunteer
families who want to serve as "Change Agents" in this
technology era, agreeing to provide Internet skills training
for neighbors during the next year.
These "Master Technology Families" become the key tool
in bringing Internet skills out into rural and underserved
Neighbors teaching neighbors, kids teaching parents, all
working together to build new skills that will help make
a real difference in their community.
The Neighborhood Technology Master Family program is an
important investment in training infrastructure - that
will have a lasting impact in each community.
The Master Families will be positioned (via direct training
and the provision of public and home access technology)
to train, encourage and lead fellow families into the
use of technology for family and community betterment.
A core focus of this neighbor-to-neighbor technology training
method is to bring parents, children and neighbors together
at local community centers, primarily libraries and schools,
where the project has provided public access technology
and connectivity. These public library and school sites
form the end user hubs that provide direct connectivity
to the central program hub, and open communication between
all participating rural hubs.
In this way the entire community can benefit from the
installation of a low cost technology center, and economic
and social barriers to the use of the technology are more
easily overcome in a non-threatening, familiar community
you are interested in becoming a Technology Master Family
for your community, please Send