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


As a child of the 80s and going through the internet boom of the 90s it’s only natural that when I wanted information I would “Google it”.  I then made my way blogs and podcasts as ways of consuming information but eventually there came a time I seemed to fall short in finding what I was looking for.  At first I jumped into LinkedIn and found Adult Educator groups that were great but after a while noticed that the posts were getting further and further apart.

The Summer Institute Technology Committee is looking for Volunteer Technology Helpers for this year’s conference.
Tech Helper Duties:
•         Check in with each of the presenters in your assigned area during your assigned sessions
•         Assist with presentation technology: setting up LCD projectors, connecting to the wireless Internet service, assisting with speakers/audio, etc.
•         Tech Helpers may also be asked to assist the committee with securing presentation equipment at the end of the day
tech fix it day

Once again the city of Minneapolis is reaching to help people by providing FREE Computer Hardware Repair, Education & Tech Support

Friday, June 26th from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  
EMERGE Career Technology Center
Have a Computer Question or Issue?
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Getting it into Learners’ Hands (and Ears!)


Now that you have had a chance to test some different tools and create some audio files, here are some ways to share them.

Your service’s channel:  Using a service like Chirbit or iPadio makes it simple – just use the channel associated with your username.

YouTube: is the world’s #1 service for video sharing – but sadly many school districts block it.

This spring I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Glassman from the Lakeville Area Learning Center, and her lead volunteer Angie Farrell, about their Skype Coaching program.  This innovative program matches volunteer tutors with adult English learners for one-to-one coaching in English via Skype, an Internet-based video calling service.  The Coa


Today, more than 60 million Americans still aren't using the Internet at home. Most organizations have neither the know-how nor resources to address key barriers of digital literacy, awareness of affordable options for access and devices, or even availability of digital trainers.

Tools for Audio Projects Part 2, Audacity logo
Audacity is a free, full-featured audio recording software program for Windows or Mac.  You can download and install it from Using Audacity allows you to make longer recordings and edit your recordings as much as you like.  Once you have created your audio files, to distribute them to learners you would need to upload them to a web-based service like Chirbit or iPadio.
There a number of good tools to use for creating audio projects for and with students. Here are some of the favorites:
The simplest voice recording tool I have ever found.  Go to the site, allow the Flash player to access your microphone, and you’re set. 

Over at MindShift (one of my favorite education websites for big ideas and innovations), a new article is up about the potential of avatars (cartoon representations of the self) for language learning.

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is a community media center. SPNN empowers people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.  We operate five channels on the Comcast cable system and reach over 55,000 cable households in Saint Paul, Minnesota.



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