[Technology 868] Re: Question regarding computer literacy in agingworkers

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Jeanette Schandelmeier Jeanette.Schandelmeier at lposd.org
Wed Feb 14 16:21:53 EST 2007


Well said! I couldn't agree more! ~ Jeanette Schandelmeier



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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Bakin, Barry
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:11 AM
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Subject: RE: [Technology 857] Re: Question regarding computer literacy
in agingworkers



I'm not sure if that is meant to be an actual question on the
media/literacy technology test but it sure demonstrates a question that
is culturally, economically, and linguistically biased and deeply
flawed. Even if one follows the test taking strategy that the longist
answer is probably the best answer one is left with the question of
whether or not "paying for the creation and upkeep of sets" is
equivalent to paying "rent on Jerry Seinfeld's New York City apartment"
as if one could remove the "apartment" from the fictional entity that is
a TV show or if any "rent" is being paid at all.



Weird!

Barry Bakin

Pacoima Skills Center

Division of Adult and Career Education

Los Angeles Unified School District





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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Gerstle, Alan

Sent: Wed 2/14/2007 9:12 AM

To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List

Subject: RE: [Technology 857] Re: Question regarding computer literacy
in agingworkers



Not an assessment of computer literacy specifically, you should probably
be aware that the ETS (Educational Testing Service)--developers of the
GRE, TOEFL, etc.,--has just developed a media/technology literacy test
for high school students for the benefit of college admissions offices
that may now be re-assessing just what types of literacy they wish their
students to possess--in addition to (or as a replacement for) the more
traditional forms of literacy testing such as verbal reasoning, reading
comprehension, vocabulary, mathematical skills, and the like. You may
find multiple-choice questions as follows:



The entity that paid the rent on Jerry Seinfeld's New York City
apartment was



a) Elaine

b) Gerry

c) Kramer

d) George's parents

e) the viewers of the show whose numbers and allegiance to the show
were able to generate the income from the sponsors of the show who in
turn paid NBC for the production of the show who in turn paid for the
creation and upkeep of the sets in the show.



(Albeit, the questions on the test may be time-bound and biased toward
the technological universe of its developers--whose literacy may be
indicative of aging workers)



Alan Gerstle, Ph.D.

Intake/Assessment Specialist

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Montgomery College

Westfield South Office Building

11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 210

Wheaton, MD 20902

301-962-8906





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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of David Rosen

Sent: Wed 2/14/2007 11:17 AM

To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List

Subject: [Technology 857] Re: Question regarding computer literacy in
agingworkers







Hello Eduardo,



NCES is planning a new computer literacy assessment, I believe for

this year. I understand that it will focus on measuring adults'

ability to use digital technologies to access, manage, integrate,

evaluate, generate, and communicate information in order to pursue

personal, professional, and civic interests and goals. "The

computer literacy test will measure the ability to navigate the

Internet, handle emailing and instant messaging, and handle word

processing and spread sheets." (Sheida White, NCES, at the NIFL

BOard Meeting, March, 2006)



Sheida White at NCES might be able to tell you if there have been

other studies.



David J. Rosen

djrosen at comcast.net





On Feb 14, 2007, at 11:01 AM, <Eduardo.Caso at wellsfargo.com> wrote:




> Good morning,



>



> My name is Eduardo Caso and I am an MBA student at the University



> of Texas. Currently, I am working on a research paper that



> involves mature workers and the use of technology. One area of



> discussion is related to computer literacy among different age



> groups (from 25 to 65 years old), unfortunately I have not been



> able to find any statistical data/information concerning this



> topic. Would it be possible to obtain from you some advice or



> suggestion on where I could find this data?



>



> I would really appreciate any information regarding this topic.



> Thanks



>



> Eduardo



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