Tech+Literacy

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

Is your website accessible to people with disabilites ?

MAP for Nonprofits is offering a free training July 16th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am to help you understand accessibility: what it is, who it affects, and what you can do to ensure that all of your constituents are able to navigate and use your website and digital resources. For more information or to register, visit MapTechWorks.org 

 

 

2014 Summer Institute Scholarship Information

Literacy Action Network is so excited to show you the fantastic tech strand (and all the other strands) that are offering five scholarships to cover the conference registration expense! Yes, you have to pay for your own hotel , gas and food but the conference registration itself will be FREE! That means you would save $195 ! 

In an effort to ensure another great ABE Summer Institute, a new Facebook page has been created. Follow the page in Facebook to keep up with all the exciting program events! https://www.facebook.com/ABESummerInstitute

 

Example question from "Learn English Grammar (US Edition)"

The iTunes App Store has hundreds of English learning apps.  Most are targeted at either children or adults outside the U.S.  It can be difficult to find content that's a good fit for adult English learners in the U.S.  How do you know what's worth downloading?  What's worth investing a few dollars in?  Here are five iPad apps that Minnesota teachers have found, tried, and liked.

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.

Explore an interactive Periodic Table of the Elements with the Nova Elements app for iPad.

Bring science concepts to life for GED students with these iPad apps.  They make it possible to do activities that normally require a science lab at little or no cost!

1. Frog Dissection (Emantras Inc.)
The name of the app says it all: frog dissection.  It uses 3D imaging to create an experience comparable to using real specimens.  User rates are good and the cost is $3.99.

There are many wonderful low cost iPad apps available for supplementing GED math instruction. Teachers can use these apps to differentiate instruction by giving individual students more practice with high need areas. Here are five that are worth checking out.
1. Algebra Explained—Chapters 1-6 (iLearnFastSoftware.com)

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.

image 7 ways to display your ipad to a projector

A question we get asked often is how to connect an iPad to a projector. While we primarily just use an adapter cable because of its simplicity and low cost there are other options. Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand put together a nice chart of "7 Ways to Display Your iPad " that is attached as a PDF at the bottom of this blog post. 

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