[Technology 871] Re: Computer Basics Book

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Eunice Snay ESnay at qcc.mass.edu
Thu Feb 15 12:07:46 EST 2007


I'd recommend this book: Learning Computers, Speaking English:
Cooperative Activities for Learning English and Basic Word Processing
(Spiral-bound) by by Steve Quann
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/105-5392837-3910846
?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Steve%20Quann>
(Author), Diana Satin
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/105-5392837-3910846
?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Diana%20Satin>
(Author). I know the authors but that's not why I recommend it. I like
that they use what is available on most computer for software:
Microsoft Word. I like that it's not too expensive. I like that they
have developed this from their experience in the classroom with ESOL
students. At Amazon.com you can preview a chapter with their online
reader.

Eunice Snay
Regional Technologist for Central SABES
508-854-4514
esnay at qcc.mass.edu

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[mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Kimberly Weaver
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:52 AM
To: 'The Technology and Literacy Discussion List'
Subject: [Technology 870] Computer Basics Book



Does anyone know of a very low level computer basics book? We
want to have a beginner computer class for ESL students & would like to
have some kind of a manual to use for the class.



There are several good websites on this topic, but I think it
would be nice to have a book for the class so the students have
something concrete to follow.



Thanks for your input,



Kimberly Weaver

Volunteer Relations Manager

Vickery Meadow Learning Center

6329 Ridgecrest Dallas, TX 75231

214.265.5057 office 214.265.1666 fax

kweaver at vmlc.org <mailto:kweaver at vmlc.org> www.vmlc.org
<http://www.vmlc.org/>


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[mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Jeanette Schandelmeier
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 3:22 PM
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Subject: [Technology 868] Re: Question regarding computer
literacy inagingworkers



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



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[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

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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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