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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."


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.
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Purpose: Distinguishing between webpage content and advertisements is an important critical thinking skill, especially since many educational websites contain ads. You can find this skill, described as “Categorize items or ideas and articulate rationale” on page 42 of the Transitions Integration Framework.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

2014 Digital Inclusion Forum

On January 17th the Technology Literacy Collaborative hosted it's 2014 Digital Inclusion Forum at Best Buy Headquarters in Richfield. Representatives from civic, non-profit, business, government, and educational groups met to discussion their tools and tactics for bridging the digital divide. The forum was filled to capacity and everyone I spoke to was engaging and passionate about sharing their work.

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:

Everyone On website

EveryoneOn,” is a nationwide public education campaign aimed at helping Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers. Along with a three year media campaign which launched in March Everyone On has a hotline 1-855-EVRY1ON and a free class locator on the visually appealing website.

The main content areas include:


Recently MAP for Non-Profits held a really great training session entitled  Meet the Matchmakers: How to find tech volunteers, here are the resources from that that training.

Links to volunteer matchmakers and other organizations

Can't get enough of Tech Training blogs? When things are slow around here, there's plenty to be found elsewhere.
English for Work video screenshot
The English for Work Interactive Video Series, created by former MLC - Arlington Hills Learning Center teacher Bethany Gustafson, was designed to give students the vocabulary and language to succeed at work they were already doing in the hopes this would help prepare them for supervisory positions.



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