Tech+Literacy

A blog for adult literacy practitioners using technology to enhance, deliver, and support instruction.

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By Jen Vanek, Director

 

If you missed last month's Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference have no fear, the session resources  and handouts have been posted on their website. While a great number of learning centers out there are K-12 based rather than a nonprofit, there were a large number of topics which can be utilized by anyone in education including:

Computer Network Management for Accidental Techies

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The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to offer resources that have been developed and created in partnership with community organizations from across the state. These resources have been carefully curated to help educators increase classroom engagement through the amplification of Absent Narratives. The Absent Narratives Resource Collection is a free, searchable database of over 1,000 resources, including ready-to-use videos, teacher guides, and readings.

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On February 21st, 2017, the Minnesota Literacy Council went live for the first time. Facebook Live, that is.

As part of a new initiative to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), the Minnesota Literacy Council is looking for ABE or ESL teachers to try out free teaching materials or lesson plans in their classrooms, evaluate them, and share their evaluation with other teachers online.

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One of the things I believe hinders educators in feeling confident about teaching computers and technology is the overwhelming feeling that there is just too much to know and we feel the pressure to have the perfect answers for our learners. Thus, in a world of Siri, Cortona and YouTube I still have people come up to me and say ... "This is a dumb question but ..." while I am always happy to answer sometimes pictures are better and I think this time a video is even better. To answer the question, " Where is the cloud?

On any given day I receive half a dozen email newsletters from various technology, education and education integrating technology sources.

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If you currently use the FDIC Money Smart courses with your students, don't forget about the looming deadline.

Achieving the Dream

While the Adult Basic Education field continues to build our library of materials found at  Open Educational Resources for Adult Education, three Minnesota community colleges have joined 35 others in the "Achieving the Dream" group to use openly licensed materials in an effort to cut

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