adult literacy; technology integration

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On Tuesday, the state rolled out a statewide program allowing Minnesotans to text 911. While officials still want you to call 911 if possible, texting can be the first option for those deaf or hearing impaired along with those in situations where actually calling may be dangerous. 

While the ABE field is just beginning to move with its efforts to use cell phones in the classroom, I feel this is one skill that should be taught regardless if you have a set curriculum for cell phones or not.


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Event Title: Research on Using Technology in Adult Basic Skills Learning
Event Type: LINCS Community Discussion
Date(s): May 9 - 13, 2016

Dear LINCS Community,

LINCS is excited to announce its next discussion: "Research on Using Technology in Adult Basic Skills Learning."

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Highlights from ISTE (Part 1)

Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, our amazing Educational Technology Manager, just returned from International Society for Technology in Education conference and shared a great deal of the exciting and trending things happening in the world of education.

The big trends coming to education include: 

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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.


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.
SAFE stands for the four characteristics of Optimal Computer Technology Integration in Adult Basic Education: Seamless, Appropriate, Facilitated, and Empowering. In this post, I'll dig into the idea of "Appropriate" technology use.


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