an introduction to technology

The Digital Launchpad

The Digital Launchpad is a comprehensive course designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to excel in the world of technology and entrepreneurship. Over the span of six weeks, you’ll embark on an immersive journey that will prepare you for a successful career in the tech industry or launch your own entrepreneurial ventures. Here’s what you’ll learn each week:

Begin your journey by gaining access to the course on our learning management system. You’ll start with a warm welcome and an overview of what we do and how you can make the most out of this course. Dive into the fundamentals of technology, exploring its definition, history, types, and building blocks. Learn how the internet works, including connectivity, smart devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This week also includes a coaching call on understanding and harnessing your personal value, identifying your unique strengths, and setting and achieving your goals.

Learn how to use technology safely and responsibly with a focus on cybersecurity, digital footprint, and privacy. Understand the technology industry’s value chain, its impact on other sectors, major companies, and startups. Discover various career opportunities in technology, emerging roles, and the core skills needed for a successful career. This week’s project will help you apply your knowledge, while the coaching call will focus on building relevant technology skills for success.

Explore the Microsoft and Google ecosystems, learning about their histories, core products, and significant contributions to everyday computing and internet accessibility. Gain practical skills in managing email effectively, from setup to advanced features. The coaching call will delve into civic leadership, teaching you about leadership qualities, community service, public speaking, and problem-solving.

Understand the basics of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning, along with the role of prompt engineering. Learn how to craft effective prompts and understand the ethical considerations in AI. Additionally, this week covers personal branding, social selling, creating impactful resumes and portfolios, and mastering remote working and interview skills. Engage in a project to apply these skills, and join a coaching call on civic responsibility, focusing on civic rights, environmental stewardship, and promoting social justice.

This week is dedicated to mastering social media management. Understand different platforms, practical applications, and content creation techniques. Learn about two-factor authentication and basic design using Canva. The coaching call will provide insights into monetizing your personal brand through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, digital products, and freelancing. You’ll also learn why it might be important to create a personal website and the importance of continuous learning and adaptation.

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