[Technology 802] Re: Discussion topics for 2007

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Dalton, Elizabeth EDalton at ric.edu
Thu Jan 11 11:24:36 EST 2007

Hello Mariann.

I have 2 areas to add:

1) I would like to see a discussion of how the NIMAS legislation and requirements have been implemented (or not) in various states, the potential impact of digital text access for increasing literacy for all students, and the barriers/problems that states are facing and how they are being addressed.

2) I would like to see a discussion of the actual impact of Universal Design for Learning approaches & strategies on literacy access and literacy levels for students - perhaps discussing from the focus of various group needs and interests - ELL, gifted & talented, special needs, early chidhood, elementary, secondary, post-secondary.

-----Original Message-----
From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Mariann Fedele
Sent: Thu 1/11/2007 10:02 AM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 799] Discussion topics for 2007

Hello Tech list Colleagues and happy New Year to all,

In mid-December I sent out a message requesting your feedback and
recommendations for possible topics you would like to see covered in the
upcoming year on the Technology list. Following are the suggestions you
sent either to the list as a whole or to me off-list. I did a little
editing and added the words "I would like to..." in front of each
statement so that it would be easier to read as a compilation. If when
you read this you feel that something wasn't included that you would
like to see discussed, please send me a message and I will add it. I
will resend this message with the updates next week.

Thanks to all who contributed,


Technology Discussion List Topic Recommendations for 2007:

1. I would like to learn more about teaching our students make better
use of their cell phones. Most students have them but many don't know
how to use their voicemail, pictures, downloading, etc., especially
older students.

2. I would like to see discussed the issue of slow computer learners-
either due to lack of experience, age, low literacy skills, lack of
interest/need, no computer in the home.

3. I would like to see the Technology list introduce our field to some
technologies in the context of their use/possible use in adult ed. These
might include, for example:

1) mobile phones
2) web-accessible PDAs
3) tablet PCs
4) e-books and e-book readers
5) wikis for writing projects
6) electronic white boards
7) inexpensive (under $500) multimedia (e.g. LCD) projectors
8) video Ipods with high quality video goggles (intended for video
but maybe useful for reading text?)

4, I would like to see discussions about technology in the context of
specific adult literacy setting, similar to the discussion we had about
technology and learning disabilities; for example, technology and
workforce development, technology and English language instruction,
technology and reading acquisition.

5. I would be interested in more discussion about on-line learning,
distance learning, and using these technologies to extend the reach of
the classroom.

6. I would like to learn more about the basic skills students need to
engage effectively with computers and make the most of computer assisted
instruction or computer-based instruction.

Mariann Fedele

Associate Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
mariannf at lacnyc.org

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