Digital on ramps
Why do digital on-ramps?
Schools are crucial entry points for young people into digital learning. This resource looks at how youth development organizations can work with schools to form different forms of collaborations to help students transition to digital learning.
Both parties benefit from forming partnerships between youth organizations and schools, especially when it comes to promoting youth pathways in digital learning. Partnerships can do more than a single school or agency can alone by bringing together key experts in youth development and education.
Schools and youth-serving organizations may form alliances to address a range of concerns that will help both parties. Working with colleges, for example, may assist youth-serving groups in reaching a larger and potentially wider audience. Furthermore, many seasoned youth-serving organizations that fund out-of-school learning opportunities have extensive knowledge of learning, ranging from pedagogical design to facilitation approaches to evaluation strategies. Partnerships between schools and youth groups will provide the conditions for teachers to share that information. This may include everything from casual discussions to more formalized professional development opportunities.
Smart ramps – servo
There are 32 million adults in the United States who are unable to succeed in their careers due to a lack of basic digital literacy skills. This is a dilemma that exacerbates inequality already present. The first step toward improving the situation is to create an environment that helps learners and staff in their efforts to acquire basic digital skills. Digital literacy is a stepping stone to more advanced technological skills which can lead to secure, well-paying employment. However, considering digital literacy as a goal in and of itself is insufficient. The work market is constantly changing, and the technological skills that employers are looking for are changing as well. That’s why Digital US is working to ensure that all Americans have access to the personalized resources and opportunities they need to build “digital resilience.”
More than ever, we must work together to create a future in which all of us are confident in our ability to use technology and data to solve problems, where organizations set procedures aside and focus on people, and where our leaders are more focused on opportunities than barriers.
The power of redshift ramps (gradients)
The basic idea is to attach a free-running binary counter’s output to the input of a DAC, compare the DAC’s analog output with the analog input signal to be digitized, and use the comparator’s output to tell the counter when to stop counting and reset. The following diagram depicts the basic concept:
The comparator’s output will be high if the input voltage is greater than the DAC output, and the counter will continue counting normally. However, the DAC output will eventually surpass the input voltage, causing the comparator output to become negative.
This circuit produces a DAC output that ramps up to whatever level the analog input signal is at, outputs the binary number corresponding to that level, and then repeats the process. It looks like this when plotted over time:
Take note of how the time between updates (new digital output values) changes as the input voltage increases. The notifications are fairly close-spaced for low signal levels. They are spaced further apart in time for higher signal levels:
The goal of Digital On-Ramp is to assist Philadelphians in transitioning from education and training to substantive career development with fewer barriers and more personalized assistance. Our team works tirelessly to involve educators, coaches, service providers, students, advocates, job seekers, and employers in order to promote innovations that streamline employment services, increase organizational capacity, and enhance outcomes for all Philadelphians.
Digital On-Ramps connects Philadelphians to related services, tools, and opportunities, putting them at the forefront of the workforce training system. It’s a city-wide collaboration that creates free online resources to help Philadelphians find jobs, get training, and get their talents and achievements recognized.
The DOR Collaborative was founded by a coalition of organizations dedicated to strengthening Philadelphia’s system of training and job services by incorporating 21st-century technology into workforce development programs.