[Technology 1293] Re: Engaging software for adult learners

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Susan Jones SUJones at parkland.edu
Fri Sep 21 09:40:57 EDT 2007


We have had SkillsTutor in our lab this past year, and while I rather
like the grammar sections, the reading sections are most definitely
geared towards children. ONe story even includes a question addressing
the student, referring to "other children." It's also got errors here
and there, which I hope get ironed out.


Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL 61821
sujones at parkland.edu
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>>> <Tina_Luffman at yc.edu> 9/12/2007 5:16 PM >>>


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>
Sent by: technology-bounces at nifl.gov
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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LIFT-MO
Missouri's Literacy Resource Center
815 Olive Street
Suite 22
St. Louis, MO 63101
800-729-4443
(314) 678-4443 x 207
(314) 678-2938 fax
http://www.lift-missouri.org ( http://www.lift-missouri.org/ )
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