- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Books -

• "Digital Divide," by David Bolt and Ray Crawford, TV Books Inc., 2000. A sociological look at the gap between those who have computers and those who do not.

• "Welcome Home: AOL's Guide for Families," by Patti Mann and Bill Mann, America Online Inc., 2000. A road map to the information highway for families that are just beginning the journey.

• "Internet and Society," by James Slevin, Polity Press, 2000. A look at how the Internet has impacted modern culture the benefits and the problems.

• "Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut," by David Shenk, Harper San Francisco, 1998. The author, who is not a fan of the Internet, writes that the Web's ability to deliver indigestible amounts of information is creating "•ulturally induced Attention Deficit Disorder."

• "Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization," by Gene I. Rochlin, Princeton University Press, 1998. The author warns that while the computer age is changing the world, the change is not necessarily for the better. He says dependence on the computer is creating "dumbed down workers."

•"The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap," by Seymour A. Papert and Nicholas Negroponte, Longstreet Press, 1996.

• "Buying a Computer for Dummies," by Dan Gookin, IDG Books Worldwide, 1999. A helpful guide to determining a family's digital needs and becoming an educated computer consumer.

•"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Computer," by Preston Grall and Wendy Taylor, Macmillan General Reference, 1999. A step-by-step guide on how to get the best computer for the best price.

On line

• A network of 300 Community Technology Centers, which offer training and access to computers, usually in inner-city areas, is outlined on www.ctcnet.org. The organization is supported by the National Science Foundation.

• The Benton Foundation, based in the District, is a nonprofit group that hopes technology and digital media can be used to solve social problems. Its site (www.benton.org) offers information, resources, articles and breaking stories.

• The Urban League and the Benton Foundation have created an Internet site (www.digitaldividenet.org) to offer resources, links and information about bridging the digital divide.

• The Commerce Department's most recent report about the country's computer connectivity is available on line (www.ntia.doc.gov).

• Connect for Kids (www.connectforkids.org) offers guidance for adults, chat rooms, search engines and discussions about helping young people onto and through the Internet. It is sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Joan S. and James. L. Knight Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

• The AOL Foundation has a site (www.helping.org) that serves as a clearinghouse for volunteers as well as a link for those who want to offer technological help to those who need it.

Community Technology Centers -

The following is a partial list of nonprofit groups and organizations that operate technology classes and computer labs in the area. Many groups have multiple sites, so call for details.

Maryland:

• National 4-H Council-Innovation Center for Community Youth Development, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815. Phone: 301/961-2827.

Virginia:

• Arlington Public Library Cyber Center, Arlington Career Center Building, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, Va. 22201. Phone: 703/228-5711. Web site: www.co.va.us/lib/.

District:

• D.C. Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, D.C. 20020. Phone: 202/287-3381. Web site: www.si.edu/organiza/ museums/anacot/start.htm.

• Byte Back Inc., 815 Monroe St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017. Phone: 202/529-3395. Web site: www.byteback.org.

• Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center, 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Phone: 202/332-4200. Web site: www. ebmic.org.

• Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Phone: 202/675-4161. Web site: www.ccm.org.

• Children's Express, 1331 H St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005. Phone: 202/737-7377. Web site: www.cenews.org.

• D.C. Public Library ABE Office; 901 G St. NW, Room 300, Washington D.C. 20001. Phone: 202/727-1616. Web site: http:// dclibrary.org.

• HANDSNET Training and Resource Center, 1990 M St. NW, Suite 550, Washington D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/872-1111. Web site: www.handsnet.org.

• Kids Computer Workshop Inc., 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/483-8404. Web site: www.kcw.org.

• One World Media Center, 2390 Champlain St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Phone: 202/667-9038.

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