SMC is offering a set of free digital literacy workshops geared toward audiences who want to improve their ability to navigate and participate in the digital media sphere and greater social economy.
This SMC Digital Literacy program addresses a wide spectrum of digital inclusion factors like taking full advantage of utilizing smartphones, researching the internet, learning media production, graphic design, building user friendly websites, becoming a community journalist, deepening media literacy knowledge and in general creating media savvy consumers.
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Workshop Series Benefits: This workshop series is a grant funded project of “Skill Up Somerville.” All students will be eligible to receive digital badging credentials through the Skill Up Somerville program. SMC will also offer 10% off annual membership for attending 3 SMC “Skill Up Badge” classes and if students take all of the classes, they are eligible for a one year free SMC membership.
About Skill Up Somerville: Skill Up Somerville is a digital badging platform – a free online platform – administered by the City of Somerville Economic Development office with the goal of credentialing skills gained in non-traditional educational settings. Visit: https://skillupsomerville.credly.com/enterprise for more information on Skill up Somerville.
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Community Journalism 101
Date: Monday, April 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm @SMC
Class Size: 15 students
About: These workshops are run by Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ), in partnership with Somerville Media Center. Participants will learn how to interview people, do background research, write in basic Associated Press style, and cover a range of issues. At the end, we aim to host a network of community journalists and reporters who can work closely on BINJ and SMC content, as well as being able to access other opportunities.
How to Navigate your Smartphone
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 12noon – 2pm @SMC
Class Size: 6-8 students
About: In this two hour workshop students will learn How to Navigate Your Smartphone. Instructors will teach you simple applications that will make your life easier, introduce just a handful of the thousands of useful apps out there for you and will build your confidence with the basics of using a smartphone so you can continue to get more and more from your technology.Please bring your own device. This is in collaboration with the Somerville Public Library as part of our “Lunch & Learn Digital Literacy Series.”
Intro to Podcasting 101
Date: Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm @SMC
Class Size: 5 students
About: Audio-based programming known as podcasting has exploded in recent years as a way of communicating stories. Learn how you can create podcasts in this introductory course. Taught by BFR Station Manager and podcaster Heather McCormack, this class will review the difference between podcasting and broadcasting, explore different types of content and discuss how to curate an interesting podcast. Basic use of our podcasting recording set-up will be demonstrated. This is a teaser workshop for our May PODCASTING class.
The Smart Beginners Guide: Marketing with Social Media
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 12pm – 2pm @SMC
Class Size: 8 students
About: Social media is a powerful communication tool these days. In this class, we will learn how to get started with Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. We will also address how to strategically cross-promote on social media networks and how to take advantage of free websites for graphic design making too! No existing accounts required. This is in collaboration with the Somerville Public Library as part of our “Lunch & Learn Digital Literacy Series.”
Introduction to Digital Photography
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm – 8:00pm @VOX POP
Class Size: 8 students
About: This brief course covers basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The course will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and color. Many of these elements tie into the art of filmmaking as well. The class is taught by photography professional, Jason Corey is an award winning freelance photographer who has many years working in this industry.
Instructor: Jason Corey
Intro to Genealogy 101
Date: May 21, 12-2pm
Class Size: 15 students
About: Details coming soon! This is in collaboration with the Somerville Public Library as part of our “Lunch & Learn Digital Literacy Series.”
To register for any and all the workshops above, please visit this website.