[Technology 814] Topics for 2007

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Mariann Fedele MariannF at lacnyc.org
Wed Jan 24 10:38:40 EST 2007

Hello Tech list colleagues,

Below are the discussion topics you have suggested we pursue in the
upcoming year. Thank you to all who participated in developing this list
and who also made suggestions about discussion guests to lead
conversations. I will be setting up dates with guests in the upcoming
weeks related to these topics.

Another recent suggestion I received and very much liked was to have
panel of practitioners/subscribers to the Tech list lead discussions (in
addition to bringing on researchers and other high level leaders in the
field). So in a subsequent message I will put out a call for volunteers
among us to lead discussions for the list on some select topics.

Best regards,


Technology Discussion List Topic Recommendations for 2007:

1. I would like to learn more about teaching our students make better
use of their cell phones. Most students have them but many don't know
how to use their voicemail, pictures, downloading, etc., especially
older students.

2. I would like to see discussed the issue of slow computer learners-
either due to lack of experience, age, low literacy skills, lack of
interest/need, no computer in the home.

3. I would like to see the Technology list introduce our field to some
technologies in the context of their use/possible use in adult ed. These
might include, for example:
1) mobile phones
2) web-accessible PDAs
3) tablet PCs
4) e-books and e-book readers
5) wikis for writing projects
6) electronic white boards
7) inexpensive (under $500) multimedia (e.g. LCD) projectors
8) video Ipods with high quality video goggles (intended for video
but maybe useful for reading text?)

4, I would like to see discussions about technology in the context of
specific adult literacy setting, similar to the discussion we had about
technology and learning disabilities; for example, technology and
workforce development, technology and English language instruction,
technology and reading acquisition.

5. I would be interested in more discussion about on-line learning,
distance learning, and using these technologies to extend the reach of
the classroom.

6. I would like to learn more about the basic skills students need to
engage effectively with computers and make the most of computer assisted
instruction or computer-based instruction.

7. I would like to see a discussion of low tech instructional media such
as DVD/Video based instruction.

8. I would like to see a website where all of the links and pages
suggested on the discussion list like the comic strip and others written
about in the list, so that they are easily accessible from one source.
The list serve has so many good ideas that it is hard to keep all of the
messages and links on the users hard drive or e-mail accounts.

9. I would like to see a discussion of how the NIMAS legislation and
requirements have been implemented (or not) in various states, the
potential impact of digital text access for increasing literacy for all
students, and the barriers/problems that states are facing and how they
are being addressed.

10. I would like to see a discussion of the actual impact of Universal
Design for Learning approaches & strategies on literacy access and
literacy levels for students - perhaps discussing from the focus of
various group needs and interests - ELL, gifted & talented, special
needs, early chidhood, elementary, secondary, post-secondary

11. I would be interested in seeing a discussion about state tech plans
for adult learners and ABE practitioners. In other words, what states
have developed and implemented learner-centered tech plans that
incorporate competencies? What was the process like? The timeframe? To
what resources did they look when developing their own plan and
competencies? How are plans being implemented?

12. I would like to learn more about using online instruction for
professional development. I'm already doing some of it, but I feel as
though I'm re-inventing the wheel with every course I develop!

Mariann Fedele

Associate Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
mariannf at lacnyc.org

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