News launch announcement (May 13, 2011)

Subject: Launch

Date: May 13, 2011 8:51:32 AM CDT

Dear Colleague –
Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke launched, a website designed to increase digital literacy and lifelong learning skills that help Americans navigate this new Internet-based economy. was created in partnership with nine federal agencies to provide librarians, teachers, workforce trainers and other practitioners a central location to share digital literacy content and practices.    
You are encouraged to use the new web portal to upload and share with other practitioners your digital literacy training materials, thereby leveraging the value of these BTOP investments. Please also participate in the discussion groups on digital literacy topics, a feature that can help form communities of practice and export the lessons learned to make the overall “digital literacy” community more effective. features resources and tools used to teach and develop digital literacy skills including lesson plans, video games, online training tools, and train-the-trainer materials. The site’s workforce development page connects users to a wide variety of career building applications that teach the digital skills needed for today’s global workforce including word processing fundamentals, resume building tips, and job search techniques. User friendly search options and tags allow visitors to find resources by competence, subject area, provider, skills level, or keyword. Discussion threads let visitors connect and share ideas on a variety of topics and to develop feedback and best practices. 
As with any new website, is constantly evolving to include new resources, functionality, and features. If you have a resource, image, video, story, or tool that might help other practitioners, please share them with us by uploading them to already features 82 resources used or donated by BTOP recipients.
Thanks to all of you who provided resources and invaluable feedback on the project. I look forward to the work ahead as we continue to improve digital literacy across this country.
Tony Wilhelm
Director, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program