Every day the Computer Resource Centers bridge the “Digital Divide” when members of the communities we serve learn how to use the Internet, word processing, web design, desktop publishing and much more. We do this by introducing children to more productive ways of utilizing computer and technology resources than recreational web surfing, or by helping seniors become acquainted with technology and learn to navigate through Windows and other programs. However, we have reached that point where “bridging the divide” is no longer enough. Now, we need to supply members of our recreation centers with the vehicles to cross it and bring the world to them.
The Computer Resource Centers offer free computer access and instruction to New Yorkers of all ages. We bridge the digital divide by bringing technology, career services and academic and arts programs into all communities throughout New York City.
December 2007 – January 2010
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Hamilton Fish Recreation Center (New York City)
Computer Resource Center / RECYouth (Reel Education & Communication for Youth) Coordinator & Multimedia Teacher:
• Coordinated Multimedia Education Program Development in a community based computer lab, maintaining facility of 10 iMAC G4s, 12 Dell PCs, printers, scanners, photography/digitalAV production equipment.
• Developed & Implemented Curriculum for elementary school aged youth (After School Program), teens (RECYouth multimedia program), adults & seniors learning computer basics, media literacy, multimedia skills, including: digital photography, stop motion & Flash animation, electronic music & video production, web & graphic design.
• Established and maintained partnerships with alternative education programs at City As School High School, Henry Street Settlement, New Museum, Rhizome and the MIX NYC “A Different Take” LGBT Video Production Program.
• Developed student assessment rubric tracking system, currently used by other RECYouth staff.
• Trained staff individually & through presenting at staff development workshops; managed interns.
• Authored DVDs, developed & maintained websites, created online galleries of students’ productions.
• Co-produced multimedia showcase events, screenings and exhibits.
• Led Elementary and Middle School Students (in our After-School Program) to create a comic book about recycling, which got the attention of NYC Parks & Recreation’s upper management, resulting in their providing our park with recycling bins and scheduling weekly pick-ups for the recyclables we collected around our park.
• Facilitated the production of student multimedia projects: over 35 videos, over 40 music tracks, several photography / graphic art portfolios and websites.
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