[Technology 1277] Re: Engaging software for adult learners

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Jason Keith Guard/AC/VCU jkguard at vcu.edu
Thu Sep 13 14:29:23 EDT 2007


One of the programs that my office is using for our statewide online GED
program is GED Pathway, by LearnScape. I think this now comes with Skills
Compass for lower level learners. It's all online, so there is no
software to load. Also, GEDPathway.com is designed for adults and not
repackaged for adults while still containing pictures of clowns and other
childhood imagery. Some of the programs out there make that mistake.
Pathway is self-directed, thus ideal for distance learning, because the
program assigns lessons based on your performance on quizzes and tests.

Jason Guard
Assistant GED and Distance Learning Specialist
Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
3600 West Broad Street, Suite 669
Richmond, VA 23230-4930
Phone: 1-800-237-0178 or 804-827-2635
Fax: 804-828-7539
Email: jkguard at vcu.edu
www.valrc.org
www.vaged.vcu.edu



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Hi Caroline,

The richest and most engaging software we have for Adilt Basic Education
at Yavapai College is Skills Tutor. If we had to own any one program, this
would be it. You can purchase this software according to the level needed.
The language goes below third grade with LL levels. Math and Reading begin
at third grade level.

We also have had great success with Reading Power Modules from
Steck-Vaughn, but it is older, and I am not sure if it is still available
for sale. Best wishes for your computer lab.

At COABE last spring in Philadelphia, it appeared to me that across the
country, most of the more successful GED Online classes have Skills Tutor
as one of their software programs.

Thanks,

Tina
Tina Luffman
Coordinator, Developmental Education
Verde Valley Campus
928-634-6544
tina_luffman at yc.edu

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From: Maggie Dyer <mdyer at webster.edu>
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Date: 09/12/2007 12:37PM
Subject: [Technology 1271] Engaging software for adult learners

Hi,

I?m posting this on behalf of someone who isn?t on the list and is
currently experiencing some problems with her e-mail so she can?t get on
it anytime soon. I know you all are a rich resource of information and if
you can assist, we both would appreciate it. Here?s her request:

Maggie,

Thank you for sharing my question with the technology listserv.

I am looking for suggestions for engaging, adult literacy software. We
are expanding our literacy program to include computer labs so that we can
immediately assist students that would normally be placed on our waiting
list. I need software for adults and teens who are low literate. I have
found software for our elementary aged students that is very engaging.
However, much of the software I have previewed for older audiences is much
dryer. I do not want something for children, but would like something
interesting. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Caroline

Caroline Mitchell
YMCA Literacy Council
2635 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Ph: 314-776-7102
Fax: 314-776-6872

Thanks,

Responses can be sent to me at <mdyer at webster.edu> or to
<CMitchell at ymcastlouis.org>
I?ll compile responses for her and for the list if requested.

Maggie Dyer
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Suite 22
St. Louis, MO 63101
800-729-4443
(314) 678-4443 x 207
(314) 678-2938 fax
http://www.lift-missouri.org
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