1. Why use games and TRAIL uses social gaming and standards of the social web to create a safe andbadges? Isn’t this about accessible entry point for users to engage ﬁnding a job? in learning Internet skills. More than 20% of the United States population lacks the fundamental Internet skills needed toPeople Love Games engage technology, let alone use it to gain employment. Each user assumes the roleSixty-seven percent of American of a "scout" on a digital discovery “trail”households play games. Learning digital searching for Internet skills.literacy and Internet skills should be funand engaging. JobScout is the ﬁrst TRAIL platform. JobScout is supported by the CaliforniaThe badges, points and other game State Library.elements of JobScout provides usersopportunities to experience a sense ofaccomplishment in learning new abilitiesand completing tasks. This has worked wellwith oﬄine training programs.This is not just about playing a game forthe sake of playing a game. Rather thanjust playing a game just to win, JobScoutwill lead users through activities where theresult will be that they 1) have completed aresume, 2) successfully uploaded it, 3) can Contact Ususe online databases to ﬁnd a job and 4)are collaborating and networking onlinewith peers. Want to know more? Want to be involved? Contact the JobScout team. Josh Bradley myjobscout.org What is TRAIL? Director, Marketing & Platform Satisfaction Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 415.735.4035C re a te d a s a p a r t n e r s h i p b e t we e nREALPOLITECH and the LINK AMERICAS Find us on Facebook:Foundation, TRAIL (Technology Resources facebook.com/myjobscoutAnd Internet Literacy) is a game-basedplatform for teaching basic computer and Follow us on Twitter:Internet skills and help people apply them @myjobscoutto aspects of their work, education, civicinvolvement and health. myjobscout.org
2. What is jobscout? JobScout will soon feature the “One-Stop Job Shop,” a tool that will allow users to Can I use jobscout manage their job application process right through our website. from home?One in ﬁve people in the United States lackthe necessary Internet skills needed to ﬁnd Coming in Fall 2012, JobScout will be With a home Internet connection, it’s verya job in today’s marketplace. JobScout, an available as an application within the simple to begin scouting on JobScout. Justonline platform designed to get people iTunes App Store to accommodate the follow these easy steps:back to work, teaches necessary Internet over 40% of users in the United States withskills and job-hunting techniques. smartphones. 1) GO TO OUR WEBSITE.JobScout uses social game design toengage users in self-paced, onlineactivities that focus on Internet skills Log on to the Internet and go to ourapplied in a real life context. website, www.MyJobScout.org. Where can I ﬁnd 2) SIGN UP IN A SNAP. jobscout? Signing up for JobScout is so easy, you I don’t have the Internet. Where can I ﬁnd could be done by now. JobScout? Only limited personal information is JobScout is being piloted in nearly 180 required, and we will not use your library branches in California, including information for anything other than locations in the County of Los Angeles helping you ﬁnd work. Public Library, the San Jose Public Library, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the 3) TAKE LESSONS, MAKE PROGRESS.Users master these skills to apply online Yolo County Library.for jobs and use JobScout’s social network For every lesson you complete, youll earnto collaborate with each other on and California State Library research shows a badge, like the ones below. JobScout letsoﬄine. Basing our lessons on the Basic that nearly 55% of Californians rely on you track your progress and access gamesDigital Literacy Skills Framework libraries as their primary or only source of to reinforce the skills you learn.developed by the State of California free online access. Last year, 18,846ensures that the individual user is provided computers in public libraries were used JobScout users earn badgeswith a comprehensive toolkit to approach more than 38 million times. for every lesson theythe job market. complete on the platform.JobScout boasts a custom resume builderand built-in job search function. Users earnbadges for completing interactive lessons 4) FIND WORK.on everything from using Internet browsersto how to create social network proﬁles Fully armed with the know-how andand use them to gain employment. The conﬁdence to use the Internet to its fullestplatform provides opportunities for users potential, youll be on the path to ﬁndingto immediately apply the skills they have Reggie is one of the characters work.learned. who greets users on JobScout.