[Technology 875] Re: Computer Basics Book

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Mary Turla Mary.Turla at spl.org
Thu Feb 15 13:33:20 EST 2007


I second this request! We are in process of redesigning the curriculum for our ESL/ABE computer classes. Any information that would help create materials for students that speak very low levels of English but would be much appreciated!

Thanks much,

Mary Turla
ESL Program Coordinator
Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
SEattle, WA 98104
206-386-4148


>>> kweaver at vmlc.org 2/15/2007 8:52 AM >>>

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

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

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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [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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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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