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

A guest post by JennaRose Bondeson on behalf of adults on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Minneapolis Community Technology Survey

In my digital inclusion discussions with peers, the topic of what Minneapolis does regarding their city-wide WiFi came up and the 2013 Minneapolis Community Technology Survey.  

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In this “modern era” technology is portable enough to take virtually anywhere.  No more having to run back to the office to look up a file, you can just plunk down your laptop or iPad or cell phone open Dropbox or Google Drive and work away.  But sometimes a person needs a place to sit. A place to empty your backpack spread all your junk about you and a place to get a coffee at the same time. But where you may ask? Where is a nice quiet place that has a plug in and a meeting room ? Enter

You are invited to the

2014 Digital Inclusion Forum

Hosted by the Technology Literacy Collaborative


The digital divide affects us all, and as we move further into a technology-based society, digital inclusion ensures that all individuals can participate fully in the economic, educational, civic and social activities of our communities.

It is not the new year, just a new Monday and I feel tiny bit flustered trying to get a thousand things done before a day of meetings. Most of us have at one time or another thought " I really need to get organized" so to help we buy an organizer or file folders or iPads or document scanners or something to help us. Sometimes they work, sometimes they dont. I believe the really important thing is to have the information you need available when you need it.  If you have a tablet and pen and you get through your life organzied, dont change!

Opening Day Follow-up Resources


Angelica Pazurek was kind enough to forward resources she used during the Opening Day presentation, here they are:

Last week there was an “Opening Day” gathering at the Minnesota Literacy Council filled with representatives from around our ABE consortium to listen to some great presentations including:
Tom Cytron-Hysom: regarding current and upcoming trends in ABE, where SPCLC has been in the last year, and where we are going, as well as gave an update on the changing Adult Diploma program in Minnesota.

The Public Library Association’s new site,, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. This site is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation.

ABE teachers who have been around a bit have learned to pickup a number of different skills including programming. So if you have ever used Firefox, Google Maps, WordPress or Wikipedia  and would like to give them a little programing help check out Grace Hopper Open Source Day in Minneapolis.

October 2-5th, the third annual Grace Hopper Open Source Day will let you use your coding skills to help develop a number of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).  Join 200 other attendees helping programs and projects like:



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