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Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators: OTAN, MARTI, and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection
February 28 - March 4, 2011
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Among the various challenges instructors face in bringing technology into the classroom is keeping up with the latest online tools available to them and to their students and research that supports the use of technology in education. This discussion will explore three online tool resources that can support instructors in this work: OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators; MARTI, the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative; and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection. Learn what these tool resources offer and how they help you with your practice.

Guest Facilitators

Bob McIntire is the Director of Special Projects for Adult Education at the Maine Department of Education. He and colleague Marcia Cook created MARTI three years ago modeled on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative Regional Training Project. MARTI is now funded for four years by a Broadband Capacity grant through the ConnectME Authority. He also directs the State's Even Start program and serves as the liaison to adult corrective education association and volunteer literacy projects. He was previously am member of the Department's Learning Technology Team coordinating the competitive grants under NCLBA Title IID Enhancing Education Through Technology for eight years and in Special Services for eight years coordinating Maine's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development funded under IDEA.

Jim Burke (MARTI) After 32 years as a k-12 classroom teacher and another 7 years as a regional technology integrator, for the past couple of years Jim has worked as a mentor in the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative, working closely with adult education teachers and students in developing learning models that are empowered by the use of digital technologies.

Nancy Dionne began her service as Coordinator for Maine's Adult Education Programs in July. Nancy earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. She began her career in education teaching first grade at Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor in 1972. Her pathway in the field of education has lead her from Public School, to Day Care, to Substitute Teaching, to Private School Teaching, to Head Start, to Family Literacy, to College Transition and to her current position as a distinguished educator for the Maine Adult Education Programs serving as Coordinator for Professional Development.

Tim Ponder has been in the adult literacy field, with a focus on technology, since 1994. Tim co-directs the LINCS Region 1 Resource Center, providing resources and professional development to partner states, and works with the Technology topic area of the LINCS Workforce Readiness Collection. He also coordinates distance learning in Ohio as well as working in the state on other technology projects designed to increase the use of technology in the classroom and online professional development.

Marian Thacher is Director of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), an adult education leadership project in California. OTAN provides support and training for technology integration, electronic collaboration, and distance learning to adult educators in California. She developed and led OTAN's Technology Integration Mentor Academy for several years before becoming the project director. She has taught adult ESOL in Illinois and California, and written and participated in many grant-funded projects related to adult education, distance learning and technology integration. Ms. Thacher is a frequent presenter at national, state and local conferences on topics related to technology in adult education.

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    [Tech & DL 3064] Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators Discussion this week
    Nell Eckersley

    Sun Feb 27 23:25:27 EST 2011

    Hi all,

    Welcome to the special discussion this week, "Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators: OTAN (the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators), MARTI (the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative), and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection"

    The guest facilitators are Marian Thacher of OTAN, Bob McIntire of MARTI, and Tim Ponder and Maria Marvin of the LINCS Technology Resource Collection.

    Discussion Description

    Among the various challenges instructors face in bringing technology into the classroom is keeping up with the latest online tools available to them and to their students and research that supports the use of technology in education. This discussion will explore three online tool resources that can support instructors in this work: OTAN, MARTI, and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection. Learn what these tool resources offer and how they help you with your practice.

    Please take some time today to review the three tools and think about what you would like to ask our guests.

    Tuesday: Marian Thacher will focus on OTAN

    Wednesday: Bob McIntire will focus on MARTI

    Thursday: Tim Ponder and Maria Marvin will focus on the LINCS Technology Resource Collection

    If you are already a member of the LINCS Technology and Distance Learning list, you may simply post messages at Technology at

    To subscribe and manage your subscription to the Technology and Distance Learning list, go to



    [Tech & DL 3069] What can you find on OTAN?
    Marian Thacher

    Tue Mar 1 10:05:06 EST 2011

    We are lucky in California to have a leadership project devoted to technology and distance learning, [ ] We also provide information to teachers and administrators about developments in adult education. You do have to log in to see most of the information (although that will be changing in the future), but it only takes a few minutes to register, and you have the option to receive email digests from us along with the OTAN newsletter.

    I will just highlight a few of the many areas of the site. Under Ed Technology & Media, start with the video gallery. We have been producing short videos about technology in the classroom for about 10 years. This is a good place for teachers to actually see what it looks like using interactive whiteboards or audience response systems (clickers) in the classroom. Here are a [] couple of videos about putting a mobile lab into a van.

    Teaching Tools & Resources is the area with lots of different resources and ideas for teachers. One place to start is with Web-Based Class Activities. Here we post a new article each month about an interactive Web site that provides the basis for classroom activities. The February topic was Wallwisher, a site for creating a [] class wall or bulletin board. It will be changing soon to an article with a collection of wonderful sites about women's history, since March is Women's History Month.

    If you look under Teaching Tools & Resources/By Program Type, you will find lesson plans, activities and links appropriate for your program area - ESL, ABE, etc. In California we also have other program areas such as parent education and career technical education. The latest additions here are [] lesson plans for EL Civics topics, under California-approved lesson plans.

    Also under Teaching Tools & Resources/By Program Type, there are Sites to Use with Students. These are a large and growing [] collection of Web sites for classroom or independent use, reviewed and catalogued by OTAN.

    What looks interesting to you? What might you share with colleagues? Do you have suggestions for improvement? I look forward to hearing from you.



    Marian Thacher, OTAN

    Sacramento County Office of Education

    P.O. Box 269003

    Sacramento, CA 95826-9003

    (916) 228-2597

    [Tech & DL 3072] Re: What can you find on OTAN?
    Nell Eckersley
    NellE at
    Tue Mar 1 14:03:03 EST 2011

    Hi Marian and all,

    I really like the Web-based Class Activities section on the OTAN website. Not only do you list great tools there but you also give various ideas regarding how they could be used. You mention Wallwisher as an example in your post. I've been trying to use PollDaddy for quizzes and I see that this tool is focused on in the November 2010 article -so I'm going to have to read through that.

    How do you decide what tools to focus on and how much work is it to post an new tool and related activities each month? How can people know what new tools have been posted other than checking out the OTAN website?



    [Tech & DL 3073] Re: What can you find on OTAN?
    Branka Marceta
    bmarceta at
    Tue Mar 1 14:16:10 EST 2011

    Hello Nell and all,

    I am another 'OTANer' following this discussion.

    I will let Marian answer about how Web-based Class Activities articles come to fruition every month. What I wanted to share is some strategies for OTAN Web site members to keep up to date about what the latest additions are.

    If you use RSS feeds, our news items have that functionality - so you are welcome to subscribe.

    Another feature is our monthly [ ]teacher digest. This is where you'll find a compilation of the latest news, upcoming PD opportunities and the latest additions to our Teaching Tools and Resources section. After you register with OTAN Web site, you have the option to have our e-mail messages sent to you and this is how you get

    notifications when the latest Digest is available. You can also go to the bottom of the home page on OTAN's Web site, click on Digests, and find the current issue. There is also a link to the archived Teacher Digests.

    ~Branka Marceta, OTAN

    [Tech & DL 3074] Re: What can you find on OTAN?
    Marian Thacher
    mthacher at
    Tue Mar 1 14:22:04 EST 2011

    Thanks, Nell. We have a wonderful teacher, Kristi Reyes, who stays current with new web tools and interactive sites. We stick with the free ones, although as you can imagine sometimes they start charging after they get established. But once you learn to use one photo sharing site, for example, the skills are transferrable to another one.

    I like Kristi's article about [] getting organized, which we posted for the new year, because that is really a 21st century skill - we have so much more information to organize than we ever did before. We as teachers need to be organized, and we need to be modeling how we organize information for our students, directing them to tools like [] Google calendar, [] Delicious for bookmarking Web sites, and [] Evernote for keeping track of tasks. Kristi goes on to share teacher utilities like online grade books and easily created rubrics for evaluating assignments.

    Anyone have a favorite "getting organized" tool to share?

    You asked how people hear about the latest article bring posted. We announce them on our home page, and we send out an email Teacher's Digest every month with info about professional development opportunities and other news. But now that you mention it, maybe we should post a quick message to this list as well.


    [Tech & DL 3075] Online Lesson Plan Builder
    Marian Thacher
    mthacher at
    Tue Mar 1 20:10:13 EST 2011

    One OTAN tool that teachers have found useful in the []Lesson Plan Builder. Anyone is free to create an account on this site and save lesson plans here. You can go through the WIPPEA model - Warm up/Review, Introduction, Presentation, Practice, Evaluation and Application. Or, you can start with the evaluation and work backwards from there.

    Some programs have created one account that all teachers use, and they share a set of lesson plans developed by several teachers. There are almost 15,000 registered users on this site.

    You can upload handouts to keep with your plan, and you can download your finished lesson plan as a pdf document, in case you want to print it, save it elsewhere, or share it with your sub.

    The [ ]EL Civics lesson plans mentioned earlier all came from the Lesson Plan Builder.

    This may not be a site you would use every day, but it's nice to have a lesson plan online available for a sub in an emergency, or a nicely formatted lesson plan for a day when you are being observed. Teacher prep programs have also found it useful.

    Is this a tool you can see yourself using?


    [Tech & DL 3077] Re: Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for AdultEducators Discussion this week
    Nell Eckersley
    NellE at
    Wed Mar 2 09:05:26 EST 2011

    Hi all,

    Thank you Marian and Branka for your introduction to OTAN yesterday. List members can still ask questions regarding OTAN, but our focus today we will be MARTI, the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative. Please visit this link, and explore the site so you can ask questions. Our guests today are Bob McIntire, Jim Burke, and Nancy Dionne.


    [Tech & DL 3078] MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Jim Burke
    jburkemaine at
    Wed Mar 2 09:40:01 EST 2011

    Good morning, Nell and list members. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to share MARTI.

    First a bit of background:

    The Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative has been in existence for a couple of years with the goal of promoting the use of digital technology in adult education programs. A number of trained mentors have worked collaboratively with local programs to encourage integration of digital tools and teaching methods in their classrooms. Our working page is where you can find some examples of the locally customized professional development that has taken place.

    Recently Maine's Office of Community and Adult Education is leading an effort that will harness broadband technology to benefit adult students statewide. Through Maine's ConnectME Authority, the office recently received nearly $750,000 in funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to be paired with $254,682 in state adult education funds, over four years. The grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will expand the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative -- MARTI<>by providing intensive, ongoing training and mentoring in educational uses of technology to 112 adult educators across the state.

    Ten trainer-mentors will review existing state curricula and develop blended models of face-to-face and online adult education instruction. Teachers will use techniques such as creating and sharing documents through, exploring research studies with WebQuest, and using other online tools. Funds also will be available to MARTI classrooms to improve access to broadband and technology tools. The new grant supports Maine's existing effort to expand statewide broadband access by building out from local adult education programs that agree to become community centers for local access to broadband training and online connections offered in every corner of the state.

    Recently mentors have joined to create an online course using Moodle that we are anxious to kick off.

    As the day goes by, we would encourage questions, comments, and suggestions.


    Jim Burke, MARTI Mentor

    [Tech & DL 3079] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Jim Burke

    Wed Mar 2 09:56:28 EST 2011

    Correction: Working page is

    One of my especially pleasing has been working with an adult ed teacher in a project we call Every Day Words. Link: . We use Google Sites and Google Docs with students and staff doing their work and presentations through a classroom site. Learning is both face-to-face and via distance.

    We found it to be inexpensive, engaging, and user-friendly.

    Jim Burke, MARTI Mentor

    [Tech & DL 3079] Maine's MARTI Project
    Mcintire, Bob

    Wed Mar 2 15:39:31 EST 2011


    We, here in Maine, are delighted to participate in the Technology discussion. We are preparing to roll out the newest edition of MARTI, the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative. I'll provide some background and the present view from the starting blocks. Jim Burke, one of the MARTI Trainer/Mentors, provides his perspective. Nancy Dionne, our Coordinator of Professional Development is hoping to join in as well, but is presently attending to the last minute details of a two-day Career Pathways Summit that starts tomorrow!

    From the Beginning

    The Maine Adult and Community Education Program launched the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative (MARTI) in 2007 to provide adult educators professional development on the effective integration of technology in teaching and learning with the goal of improving student engagement and achievement.

    MARTI closely mirrors the professional development central to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI Governor Angus King launched the MLTI program to provide laptop computers to all 7th and 8th grade students in Maine. MLTI also provided schools wireless networks and the technical assistance to use these new tools. MLTI was later expanded by Governor John Baldacci to include the state's high school students if the districts chose to join. The MLTI program, internationally recognized for its vision and scope of services, encourages students to take the laptops home where parents can use the computers to access information through a portal designed just for them! MLTI transforms teaching and learning using project-based, inquiry-based constructivist, methods and strategies powered by technology.

    The Department of Education adopted the eMINTS program, developed by the University of Missouri as part of the PD support for MLTI. This effort was funded through the USDOE Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title IID - Enhancing Education Through Technology. The eMINTS program utilizes on-going regional training provided by trainer/mentors who also work with teachers in their classrooms. eMINTS is one of the only research-based programs that links improvements in student achievement to technology-rich classrooms and intensive professional development.

    The MLTI/eMINTS trainer/mentors are a cadre of highly skilled and experienced teachers from across the state and across grade levels and content areas. They went through extensive professional development training and most have been in their positions since the inception of the project.

    MARTI was created to provide Maine adult educators the opportunity to experience key aspects of the MLTI/eMINTS PD. Training was provided by four MLTI trainer/mentors after regular K-12 classes had ended for the day. Three new trainer/mentors joined the team for the 2009-2010 school year. The MARTI training began in four widely scattered adult education programs serving ten teachers. The program met with much success. By September, 2009 MARTI had expanded to 13 programs involving 27 teachers.

    Teachers in the MARTI program report that they implement teaching practices that take advantage of current technologies to improve learner persistence and motivation. They are introduced to tools and practice that increase teacher efficacy. New skills increase the capacity of adult ed teachers to reach more learners with a wider range of learning options.

    The MARTI training paves the way for extending the learning experience beyond their immediate location. The PLCs increase the sustainability of growth begun in professional development efforts.

    The MARTI mentorship model has provided consistent and sustained support over time that ensures each participant is continuing to learn, grow, implement and assess the practices in the learning experiences created.

    The training extends to administrators as well. One real world has been a more efficient means of sharing critical learner information with instructors using web-based documents. This has reduced intake and processing times for getting learners into experiences that will be appropriate for his or her needs. In some programs, this has resulted in intake and student information processes that previously took days to complete are now complete in only minutes!

    The MARTI Model

    The MARTI training focuses on working with cohorts of teachers in each program or region through the creation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) that often cross school district boundaries. Six to 8 teachers and their directors team with a trainer/mentor to build a PLC. Successes or less positive results are shared with peers and the practices adopted are sustained through social networks after the training ends. Additionally, each MARTI teacher participant receives one-on-one training support during regular class time to aid in content-based skill development and technology integration.

    The Department has provided MLTI professional development resources in every middle school in the state since the program was launched with a direct presence in the Adult Ed community for the past two years through MARTI. The technical assistance provided in these DOE programs, have helped to create educational experiences that take advantage of the technology to provide quality learning experiences to more of our adult learners every year.

    NOW - MARTI for More!

    The Maine ConnectME Authority (, in collaboration with the Maine Adult Education, submitted a grant proposal to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP for statewide technical assistance training. ConnectME was awarded a nearly $1 million dollar grant for adult ed programs to provide Maine citizens technical assistance and training to use the new broadband capacity being deployed also funded by ARRA grants.

    The four-year grant will also fund expanding the MARTI program to teachers in adult education programs across the state. Adult educators, already closely connected to Maine communities and organizations that serve them, will in turn provide on-going training to staff community members based on individual student needs and learning styles, key
    tenants of adult education. The goal is that at least 250 teachers will participate over the four years of the grant. Each will receive a $500 stipend for successfully completing the training. Adult Ed programs will receive $2000 grant to support administration of the program and providing community-based broadband technical assistance training on request.

    The new MARTI program covers two semesters and is comprised of two on-line courses. The MARTI trainer/mentors just created an eight week course on integrating technology in teaching and learning. An existing ten-week course on Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning will be adapted for adult educators. Training will also include regional meetings at the beginning of each course so participants can meet in person. The trainer/mentors will also be working with each teacher in the classroom with students once or twice a semester.

    The training will cover:

    • transmitting learning materials over broadband to learner's mobile devices,
    • email and social networks that can help establish PLC for learners as well as teachers,
    • real time chats with many participants,
    • voice collaboration and conferencing services,
    • video collaboration,
    • the ability to easily have remote learners share computer screens with teachers to receive individual guidance.

    The same intensive training will be offered to Literacy Volunteer tutors and staff in the fourteen programs providing that important service throughout Maine. The PLC training aims to create a core of experienced teachers that can spread positive learning experiences and sustain training efforts in each program beyond the training provided by the grant.

    Training provided in MARTI will increase each adult education program's capacity for integrating technology in teaching and learning as broadband capacity expands. Teachers, learners and administrators will be introduced to synchronous and asynchronous methods of communication shared with all those that have access to broadband networks.

    Ten trainer/mentors are in place awaiting students. Five new MARTI trainer/mentors will be recruited and trained in the first year of the project to support the effort. $186,400.00 is also set aside for grants to improve infrastructure in programs found to be in greatest need.

    Some key benefits of the MARTI grant will be the creation of resources that ALL adult education programs in the state and beyond can utilize in their learning experiences and creating distance learning opportunities so that programs can share courses and resources to expand offerings to learners. The addition of distance learning options will vastly increase the number of offerings smaller programs can provide their learners. Teaching over distance is different and the MARTI project will include distance learning training as well.

    The MARTI Project combines a proven model of professional development with the statewide coverage of Maine's adult education programs to provide citizens technical support on ways to utilize our expanding broadband capacity for education, economic development and personal enrichment. The state's one hundred and six adult education programs will be offered the opportunity to become the local Community Connection to broadband knowledge. Using resources developed by ConnectME, adult educators will provide community presentations, workshops and coursework making 21st Century skills available to all.

    Adult educators and administrators will also be provided specific information about how broadband capacity can help individuals and organizations meet learning goals, share data or expand markets. The project goal is to train at least 250 teachers and reach thousands of citizens over the four-year life of the project.

    The adult education programs will be promoted Community Connections through the professional development portal and the website of the Maine Adult Education Association Links will be provided from participating programs to the ConnectME Authority. The project will be promoted through adult education course catalogs and other publications as well.

    Jim Burke, one of the MARTI Trainer/Mentors is also participating in the discussion and can provide his perspective.

    Bob McIntire

    Adult Education Team

    Maine Department of Education

    23 State House Station

    Augusta, ME 04333-0023

    Tel. 207-624-6778

    Cell 207-592-4718

    [Tech & DL 3080] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Marian Thacher
    Wed Mar 2 15:40:44 EST 2011

    Hi Jim,

    I'm impressed with what Maine has been able to do, both in getting projects funded, and in using free online resources to make the projects happen. Your programs have made excellent use of Google sites, docs, slides, etc. It looks like you are using Google sites for student ePortfolios as well, is that right? Can you tell us more about that?

    I'm also curious to know more about the Moodle course you are developing. What is the topic? Who will be using it? I ask because in California we are offering Moodle to all teachers and programs that want to put some or all course content online. We are hoping to develop an adult education course respository so that each program doesn't have to reinvent the wheel. It would be great if this could be a national repository, or even international, wouldn't it?

    Let's say I'm planning to teach a blended ABE math class. I could go to the course repository, find an ABE math course that someone else has developed and shared, download it to my server and make whatever changes and additions I want. Much easier than starting from scratch!

    Marian Thacher


    [Tech & DL 3081] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Jim Burke
    jburkemaine at
    Wed Mar 2 19:11:04 EST 2011

    Hi Marian,

    Maine's Moodle site is here: . David Patterson heads this up at Maine DOE and is very knowledgeable in the area of distance learning. I am fascinated with the possibilities, but at this point, have to call myself a beginner. I wish I were able to give you access to what we are developing, but I'm afraid it  requires an id/password.

    It is, however, a 8 week online course for Maine adult education teachers and includes the following:

    • Week 1 Introductory Week
    • Week 2 Tech Integration Overview using Grappling's
    • Week 3 Blogs as Tools for Literacy
    • Week 4 Finding and Using Online Resources
    • Week 5 Communicating in Google Docs
    • Week 6 Classrrom Connections
    • Week 7 Podcasting in the Classroom
    • Week 8 Pulling It All Together

    Again, David Patterson can give you more specifics.

    BTW, there is what I think is a good model for using google tools and Elluminate in an asyncronous/synchronous course at iFacilitate

    The simplicity and availability of Google Apps without having to be locked in a silo site appeals to me, which I guess is obvious. ;) The iFacilitate course is starting this week. I've looked it over and am very impressed. . . plan on being part of it.

    Your idea of having a repository of online courses certainly makes sense to me. I'm also deeply involved now in using the Ck-1 FlexBooks create customized free textbooks available. Here's the one on earth science that I'm working on now:


    Jim Burke

    MARTI Mentor

    Western Maine Learning

    Learning in America

    Learning in Maine

    [Tech & DL 3082] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Marilyn Rymniak
    MarilynR at
    Thu Mar 3 10:50:39 EST 2011

    Good Morning, Jim. I second Marian's comments. Your work and that of your MARTI colleagues is impressive and admirable. Congratulations! As a big fan of Moodle and "things online" myself, I just have to ask - how did you manage to get $750,000 from ARRA to do all these wonderful things for adult education in Maine? Thanks. - Marilyn

    Marilyn J. Rymniak

    Director, Curriculum Development Services

    Director - ALECC & TESLA Certification Programs

    Literacy Assistance Center

    39 Broadway, Suite 1250

    New York, NY 10006

    Voice: 212-803-3322

    Fax: 212-785-3685


    [Tech & DL 3083] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional TechnologyInitiative)
    Bakin, Barry
    barry.bakin at
    Thu Mar 3 11:04:35 EST 2011

    The notation "Week 2 Tech Integration Overview using Grappling's Week 3 Blogs as Tools for Literacy" caught my eye since I wasn't sure what the "Grappling's" in week 2 referred to. A search revealed a rubric titled "Grappling's Technology and Learning Spectrum" which appears to be copyrighted by a consultant by the name of Bernajean Porter who I am not familiar with. Her website also makes reference to a book titled "Grappling with Accountability 2002." So since in one title "Grappling" is a gerund or verb and in the other it's a possessive, I'm confused! Is "Grappling" a person who created the "Technology and Learning Spectrum" or does it refer to a "Technology and Learning Spectrum" found in the 2002 book? The rubric itself is at and at first glance appears to be at least one way to discuss the use of technology in classrooms. I am just wondering how many institutions have used the rubric and found it to be an appropriate approach to technology integration.

    Barry Bakin

    Pacoima Skills Center

    Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District

    [Tech & DL 3084] LINCS Technology and Distance Learning
    Tim Ponder
    tponder at
    Thu Mar 3 11:29:26 EST 2011


    Thank you for this opportunity to share a little information about the LINCS Resource Collections.

    LINCS is the Literacy Information and Communication System, a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources. One of the three components of LINCS are the Resource Collections; three subject oriented collections containing at total of eleven topic areas. All of the resources undergo a review process by Collection staff as well as outside experts. You may read more about the process at

    The collections can be accessed by going to and selecting the subject area that contains the topic area you are interested in. We, along with Blaire Willson Toso work on the Technology and Distance Learning topic area of the Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection Nell Eckersley moderates this list, Technology and Distance Learning, and we work closely with her especially in the area of training and workshops.

    Accessing one of the topic pages will provide a list of resources that have been approved through the review process, along with a brief abstract. Clicking on the title leads to a profile page which includes additional information including a link to the resource itself as well as comments from the reviewers.

    In addition to providing resources, the Collections work closely with the other two LINCS components, the Discussion Lists and the Regional Resource Centers. The Collection and Discussion list staff work together to identify resources to be reviewed and to communicate newly approved resources to the appropriate lists in individual posts as well as the Collections News Letter. Collection staff has developed workshops and trainings which are then offered to states through the Regional Resource Centers.

    Emerging Technologies in Adult Literacy and Language Education is an example of a resource which has been used in an extended professional development activity supported by the Collection.

    If you have a moment, please take a look at the Collections, especially the Technology topic and let us know what questions you might have, and what types of resources we might focus on to provide you information that will help you in your work.

    Maria Marvin and Tim Ponder

    Maria Leonor L. Marvin

    The Pennsylvania State University, College of Education

    Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy

    Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy

    America Reads @ Penn State


    Phone: 814.865.7939

    Tim Ponder

    Ohio Literacy Resource Center


    [Tech & DL 3085] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative)
    Jim Burke
    Thu Mar 3 11:51:53 EST 2011

    Thank you, Marilyn. In short, the dollars available for the adult education training component was from a much bigger project of moving broadband infrastructure into the hinterlands of the State. Bob Mcintire bob.mcintire at of Maine DOE can, I'm sure, give you more specifics on the grant writing process he used.


    [Tech & DL 3086] Re: MARTI (Maine Adult Regional TechnologyInitiative)
    Jim Burke

    Hi Barry . .

    My apologies of not making "Grapplings" clear. I had to include an address, but then forgot before sending. :) **Grappling's Technology and Learning Spectrum** is simply a way of looking at technology integration . . . giving three levels of implementation. Where the heck the "Grapplings" came from and what it refers to, I don't have a clue, but I'm pretty sure it is a creation of Bernajean Porter. I've emailed Bernajean a number of times. She is very personable and is always willing to share her work.

    The national eMINTS program uses Grapplings in their work with K12 educators. the And again . . . it is a simple/straightforward way of thinking about the use of technology in the classroom.

    Now there are other tools which are a bit more sophisticated. For example, Check these out if you might not have seen them before:

    These are used by statewide Maine technology mentors in reviewing and visioning the possibilities of technology integration.

    Hope this helps. . .


    MARTI Mentor

    Western Maine Learning

    [Tech & DL 3087] MARTI Funding Secrets
    Mcintire, Bob
    Bob.Mcintire at
    Thu Mar 3 14:34:03 EST 2011

    Hi Marilyn,

    We were lucky to have had a conversation with staff at Maine's ConnectME Authority, the agency charged with expanding our broadband capacity. The subject of technical assistance came up and I pounced! Who better to provide technical assistance around utilizing broadband capacity that adult education programs? We cover the state. We are already providing course work supporting the key areas of interest: education, employment, enrichment, health information, and economic and community development.

    Plus, we had a successful pilot program. You can learn more about the funding source at

    Bob McIntire

    Dept.of Education Adult Education Team

    tel 207.624.6778 cell 207.592-4718

    tty 207.624.6800 fax 207.624-6651

    [Tech & DL 3093] Thanks everyone for last week's expert presentation of three great tech resources
    Nell Eckersley
    Mon Mar 7 19:34:38 EST 2011

    Hi all,

    A very big thank you to our three sets of guests from last week's discussion. Marian Thacher gave some major points of interest on the OTAN website, Jim Burke, Bob McIntire, and Nancy Dionne reviewed MARTI and how it came into being, and Tim Ponder and Maria Marvin shared an overview and highlights of the LINCS Technology Resource Collection. If anyone has any experiences with these resources or any questions about them feel free to share them on the list.

    Thanks again everyone!