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Calendar of Digital Inclusion Week Community Events

The Digital Inclusion Network is pleased to present a snapshot of the collective efforts of our local partners (community-based organizations and non-profits on the front lines of digital inclusion efforts, and businesses, schools, libraries, etc.) that are focusing services and resources on traditionally underserved and vulnerable residents to achieve digital equity.

Some of our local Digital Inclusion practitioners include:

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Welcome to Computers, 10:00am-12:30pm. MetroEast, FreeGeek, and Rosewood Initiative have teamed up once again to offer a 6-week computer and digital literacy program. Participants will learn how to navigate the internet including browser anatomy, email management, data privacy and security, and more! At the end of the 6-weeks participants receive a free laptop and a year of technical support provided by FreeGeek.

Fake News Survival Guide, 10:30am-12:30pm, Central Library, U.S. Bank Room. Are you puzzled about telling real news from fake news? Learn the tricks and tools to evaluate the credibility of news stories and information online. Target audience: Adults, 50+

Android Basics, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Central Library, Computer Learning Center. Learn the basics of using your Android smartphone or tablet. We will cover text messaging, taking/attaching pictures, installing apps, using the Play Store, accessing the Internet, managing your contacts and more! Bring your questions and your fully charged Android smartphone or tablet - Oregon Lifeline participants are welcome!

Ready, Set, Bank℠, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Hollywood Senior Center. Ready, Set, Bank℠ gives people everywhere the tools and confidence to start banking online. Portland YouthBuilders students will mentor learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help seniors learn the skills to manage their finances electronically.

Resume Help, 1:30pm-4:00pm, Hollywood Library. Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Come meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. Target audience: Adults, 50+, Teens

Tech Help, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Midland Meeting Room. Do you have technology questions? Meet one-on-one with a friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helper who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more. If you need help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop please bring it with you.

Computer Help, 3:00pm-5:00pm, North Portland Computer Learning Center. Friendly, patient assistants are available to help you practice your computer skills. You may also ask for basic assistance writing reports, making flyers, creating résumés, establishing an email account, searching the web, preparing research projects, filling out online application forms, and locating library and Internet resources. Participation is free. No library card required.

Open Lab for Teens, 3:00pm-5:30pm, Rockwood Makerspace. What will you create? Bring your ideas and make them a reality with the 3D printers, craft cutters, laser cutter, sewing machines and more. For teens, grades 6th-12 only.

Podcast Workshop, 6:00pm-9:00pm, MetroEast Community Media. MetroEast and Wisdom Agriculture Business Incubator (WABI) have joined forces to create a series of podcasts that highlight the importance of food sovereignty. WABI provides guidance and supports developing Native American agricultural/horticultural microenterprise businesses in rural Oregon. WABI is a project of Wisdom of the Elders, an organization that preserves indigenous traditional cultural values, knowledge, and oral history.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Using Craigslist, 9:15am-11:15am, Albina Library. Craigslist is like online classified ads. Come to this two-hour class to learn: How to post an item to sell on Craigslist, How to search for a job on Craigslist, How to search for a rental home on Craigslist, Tips for staying safe when you use Craigslist.

Advanced Linux Command Line, 10:30am-12:30pm, Free Geek. Go further with the command line! Get to know grep, bash shortcuts, and other resources for working quickly and accurately in the command line. Basic proficiency required.

TAO Inclusivity Lab – Digital Inclusion in 2020, 11:30am-1:00pm, Ruby Receptionists. Community agencies are partnering to ensure that digital inclusion prevails in Portland. Join us as we hear from our Digital Inclusion Panel: A community conversation hosted by AT&T, the City of Portland and TAO about digital inclusion in our city, region, and state. Moderator: Morgan Collins, VPGM, AT&T. Panelists: Deena Pierott, Founder, iUrban Teen & Black Women in STEM 2.0; Adelle Pomeroy, Digital Inclusion Manager, Free Geek; Lindsey Davis, Employment Program Manager, New Avenues for Youth.

TAO Tech JobSeekers, 11:00am-12:00pm, CENTRL Office, 1355 NW Everett St, Suite 100. Tech JobSeekers group is a place for tech workers looking for new opportunities to help other unemployed tech workers open doors, find leads and share unannounced job opportunities.

Tech Help, 12:00pm-12:30pm, Central Library. Do you have technology questions? Meet one-on-one with a friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helper who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more. If you need help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop please bring it with you.

Linux Command Line: File Management, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Free Geek. People think that only wizards can type a bunch of letters into a single line and make stuff appear. In our File Management class, we want to show that you can do that too! This class will teach you how directory entries and file information is handled.

Job Seekers Support Group, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Gresham Computer Learning Center. Are you ready to boost your professional prospects and start landing opportunities? Then this is the group for you! This group empowers job seekers to build an effective job search strategy by providing a relaxed atmosphere in which to share best practices in the job search. The group provides an an open forum for sharing career strategies, information, tactics, resources, and contacts. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories and perspectives within the group. Themes will change weekly according to the needs of the group and there are opportunities to get feedback on your application materials from peers and practice your interviewing techniques.

Open Lab @ Outside the Frame, 2:00pm-5:00pm, 800 NW 6th Ave, #335. Outside the Frame's Open Lab Hours are every Tuesday from 2pm-5pm. They operate on a drop-in basis and require no prior filmmaking experience. It’s a time when OTF filmmakers can show up and work independently or collaboratively on film projects.

Computer Help, 3:00pm-5:00pm, North Portland Computer Learning Center. Friendly, patient assistants are available to help you practice your computer skills. You may also ask for basic assistance writing reports, making flyers, creating résumés, establishing an email account, searching the web, preparing research projects, filling out online application forms, and locating library and Internet resources. Participation is free. No library card required.

Computer Help, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Midland Library. Friendly, patient assistants are available to help you practice your computer skills. You may also ask for basic assistance writing reports, making flyers, creating résumés, establishing an email account, searching the web, preparing research projects, filling out online application forms, and locating library and Internet resources. Participation is free. No library card required.

Computer Basics 2: Internet, 5:30pm-7:30pm, North Portland Computer Learning Center. This class is an introduction to using the Internet on computers. In this class, you will learn how to access and safely navigate the web and practice with using a search engine.

Makerspace Adult Open Lab, 6:00pm-7:45pm, Rockwood Makerspace. What will you create? Bring your ideas and make them a reality with the 3D printers, craft cutters, laser cutter, sewing machines and more. To attend this program, you need to have basic computer skills and know how to use a computer with a mouse. If you are new to computers, there are entry-level computer classes and one-on-one assistance available at the library.

DSLR Videography, 6:30pm-9:30pm, MetroEast Community Media. Come learn the meat and potatoes of DSLR Videography! What types of projects are they good for? How do I get good audio? And other classics… working with removable lenses, shutter speed, F-stop for shallow depth of field, second system sound, frame rates, white balance, exposure triangle (ISO, iris, shutter) and more!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Multnomah County Library is featured on MetroEast's award winning Community Hotline talk show! Listen in and you'll hear about all the great things the Library is doing to support digital inclusion.

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Gresham Highschool Students visit MetroEast Community Media for the day! Students will learn about the radical origins of Community Media and the evolution to modern-day! Students will also learn to use Studio A camera controls, as well as camera techniques through instruction and hands-on practice.

MetroEast brings its Integrated Media curriculum to OPEN School East. Participants will learn photography, videography, editing, and build a portfolio. Students will develop technical media skills as well as digital storytelling abilities, resulting in a polished website that students can use for job application or secondary education opportunities.

Programming with Python 2, 10:30am-1:00pm, Free Geek. Have you ever thought programming was interesting, but don't know where to start? Do you want to unlock the true potential of computers? Join us! This class is part 2 of an introduction to programming concepts with Python. Class covers lists, loops, tuples, dictionaries, and using modules. There are a number of practice exercises.

iPad/iPhone Basics, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Midland Library. Learn the basics of using your iPhone or iPad. We will cover text messaging, taking/attaching pictures, installing apps and using the Apple Store, accessing the Internet, managing your contacts and more!

Lynda.com Basics, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Central Library Computer Learning Center. Want to learn a new skill from the comfort of your own home? Let us introduce you to Lynda.com, an online learning platform with courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills. This class will cover basic registration and navigation of the Lynda.com site, plus a few other free online education resources. Computers are available to use or bring your own device. Please bring your active Multnomah County Library card to class.

Makerspace Teen Gaming Club, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Rockwood Learning Center. Play games with other teens! Wednesday we play Wii U video games like Super Smash Brothers Brawl. On Thursdays we play tabletop games like D&D, chess, Magic, board games and more. On Fridays we play computer games like Minecraft and Scratch.

TAO Inclusivity Lab: Creating an Ecosystem of Inclusivity, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Moda Center, 1 N Center St., Rose Room. Efforts to create inclusive workplaces must come from the top down and include all business units within companies. Join us as we hear from members of the Trail Blazers organization on their commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization and our community.

Computer Help, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Gregory Heights Library. Friendly, patient assistants are available to help you practice your computer skills. You may also ask for basic assistance writing reports, making flyers, creating résumés, establishing an email account, searching the web, preparing research projects, filling out online application forms, and locating library and Internet resources. Participation is free. No library card required.

Giúp đỡ về Máy Điện toán / Computer Help, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Gregory Heights Library. Giờ giúp đỡ về máy điện toán gồm có cách dùng danh mục thư viện, thư từ điện tử (email), truy tìm mạng lưới (internet), Word, và những đề tài khác liên hệ với mạng lưới điện tử. Hướng dẫn viên người Việt.  Không cần ghi danh. Xin gọi  503.988.5386.

Ayuda con computadoras / Computer Help, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Gregory Heights Library. Es una sesión abierta para usar las computadoras y disponer de asistencia en inglés y español. No se requiere inscripción por adelantado. Espacio disponible en orden de llegada. Si tiene preguntas, marque el número de la biblioteca indicado, oprima el “0”, y pregunte por alguien que hable español.

One-on-One Community Tech Appointments, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Free Geek, 1731 Southeast 10th Ave. Free Geek offers one-on-one tech support.  Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service so hurry, because slots sell out fast. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

Intro to Cinematography, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Open Signal. This introductory class dives into collaborative storytelling with Open Signal’s lights, audio gear and Canon C100 MKII cameras through the creation of a small group production. In this four-session production class for beginners, students will explore the basics of cinematography through a study of the Canon C100 camera. This class introduces you to the art of visual storytelling, from storyboarding and screenwriting to frame rates, exposure, peaking and ISO, as well as camera movements and framing. You’ll also be grouped into teams and create a short project with Open Signal’s field production equipment, including our lights and audio gear.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Black Women in STEM Summit, Oct 10-12, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Inspire, Empower and Connect at the Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit. The Summit provides a space for women to turn their power into action. It’s an opportunity to level up in career, business and professional development, while listening to inspiring keynotes, rubbing elbows with other professionals, and then walking away with the tools you need to survive and thrive as a woman of color in STEM.

Excel Introduction: Get Certified, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Gresham Computer Learning Center. This free, hands-on class will give an overview of basic Excel functionality, such as formatting and basic functions. Students will have an opportunity to test their knowledge with the eSkill Skills Assessment Tests and earn a Certificate of Achievement from Goodwill.

Programming with JavaScript 1, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Free Geek. No prior experience in programming required! This class is an introduction to the core concepts of programming using the JavaScript language. While we use JavaScript, the ideas learned in the class are transferable to all programming languages. By the end of this class, you will understand key concepts in programming, understand what JavaScript is and how it is used, and know where to go to learn more about JavaScript.

TAO Inclusivity Lab: The 5 Gen Workforce, 5:00pm-7:30pm, Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. 100 SW Market Street. We now have 5 generations in the workplace and there is an ever-increasing pressure to do more with less while providing a 21st century culture and working environment. These pressures are forcing leaders to evolve their approach to work and reframe what leadership looks like.

Tech Help, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Hillsdale Library. Meet one-on-one with a friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helper who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and much more. If you need help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop please bring it with you. Remember to bring any usernames and passwords you might need so we can work successfully together.

MetroEast Studio Audio, 6:30pm-9:30pm, MetroEast Community Media. Learn how to operate MetroEast's Studio A audio mixer, advanced functions and study different types of microphones.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Weekly Filmmaking Workshop @ Outside the Frame, 10:00am-1:00pm, 1195 SW 11th Ave. Outside the Frame’s ongoing drop-in filmmaking club at Outside In’s ERC. Come write scripts, draw storyboards, learn camera/audio/lighting/editing/acting, and have fun making films with your friends! No experience necessary.

Gmail and Google Tools, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Central Library Computer Learning Center. Your Google account can do more for you than you thought! Come to this class to learn about: Managing your Gmail inbox, Using your Google calendar to share your schedule, Using Google Tasks to keep your to-do list online.

Computer Help, 1:00pm-3:00pm, North Portland Computer Learning Center. Friendly, patient assistants are available to help you practice your computer skills. You may also ask for basic assistance writing reports, making flyers, creating résumés, establishing an email account, searching the web, preparing research projects, filling out online application forms, and locating library and Internet resources. Participation is free. No library card required.

Makerspace Teen Gaming Club, 3:00pm-5:30pm, Rockwood Learning Center. Play games with other teens! Wednesday we play Wii U video games like Super Smash Brothers Brawl. On Thursdays we play tabletop games like D&D, chess, Magic, board games and more. On Fridays we play computer games like Minecraft and Scratch.

E-books & Audiobooks: Hands-on Help, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Midland Library. Got an e-reader? Like to read on your tablet? Want to read or listen to a book on your phone or iPod? Drop in for one-on-one help.

Breaking the Code: The Un-Hackathon for a Cause Wrap-Up, 4:00pm-7:00pm, Bumped, 111 SW 5th Ave., Suite 300. Join the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and our partner, Multnomah County, as we wrap-up our first a community driven, collaborative design sprint. Teams will be recognized and will "pitch back" to our community partner leaders who will rank solutions based on ability to implement and scale.

2019 Pacific Northwest Summit featuring Google in Education, 8:30-3:30, Roosevelt High School. A statewide in-service day for all Oregon and Washington teachers, this annual summit is educator-led and focused on giving teachers hands-on experience exploring technology use in the learning environment.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Linux Command Line Basics, 10:30am-12:30am, Free Geek. The command line is a tool for typing computer commands, instead of clicking menus or buttons. Learning the command line is a great way to get familiar with core concepts of programming. Students will learn the basic parts of a command, listing, linking, tab completion, file system structure, and more, for the Linux command line.

Getting Started with Linux Mint, 10:30am-1:00pm, Free Geek. In this class, you'll pick up your Free Geek computer, set it up, and learn about Free Geek's Tech Support policies. You'll also learn about the operating system, Linux Mint, including: key vocabulary, system settings, how to download new software, and where to find additional resources. Congrats on receiving your computer!

Social Media Privacy, Oct 12, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Free Geek, 1731 Southeast 10th Ave. We are increasingly aware of how our personal lives and contact information are used by social media companies. Now it's time to get educated and protect ourselves! Join Free Geek for a deep dive into what you need to know to use social media platforms like Facebook as privately as possible. Register.

Computer Hardware Basics 1, 3:00pm-5:30pm, Free Geek. Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a computer!? Hardware Basics 1 will walk you through tearing down your first system while learning to identify components and what role each part plays. Then you’ll get to put your knowledge to the test as your instructor guides you through the reconstruction and troubleshooting of the computer!

Make a DJ Push Pad with Raspberry Pi, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Free Geek. Become a DIY DJ with Raspberry Pi! Come tinker with us using the Raspberry Pi, a powerful open source micro-computer that is revolutionizing the DIY landscape. By writing code and building circuits, you will create and customize a simple DJ push pad (much like the controllers used to make electronic music).