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10/15/2013 04:07 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Tech Classes Bridge Digital Divide For Poor And Homeless

AP

Darrell Pugh uses cheese to teach computer skills. He thinks it puts his students at ease.

When Pugh teaches his students how to browse the internet, click on hyperlinks, copy and paste text, and even open and close browser windows, he takes them to Cheese.com, an online database of cheeses. There's something about the site, he says, that makes them more comfortable, and they need all the comfort they can get. You may take those simple computer skills for granted, but Pugh's students find them confusing and daunting. They're afraid of breaking the computer -- or even the whole internet -- if they make a mistake.

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