"technology makes things easier...and it's more fun"
Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL), 2009 Study The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning
Jobs require some education or training.
ICT (“digital”) literacy is seen as essential for employment.
Access to resources is limited.
Adults are highly motivated to gain ICT skills.
Technology is important in everyday life.
Technology extends and enhances learning.
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), 2008 Study Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning
“ No threshold”
Authentic learning environment
Connectivity and accessibility of content a challenge
“ How has using computers helped you?”
To access community info and news
To improve skills and apply that to workplace computers
To stay connected to friends and family through email
To prepare for self-directed study
To practice skills specific to needs
Any recommendations? “Increase access to computers.”
REEP Annual Survey, July 2009
REEP instructional levels
“ How do you feel about using computers?”
Welcome to our www orld http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY
“ Identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials”
A continuum of learning to support an individual’s ability to achieve his/her goals and to participate fully in the wider society.
Virtual Literacy : Use of technology tools to enhance and extend one’s ability to achieve literacy goals.
What does all this mean for “literacy?” Via: Growing Learners’ Skills Through Virtual Literacy, NIFL Discussion, August 2009 http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/professionaldevelopment/09onlinepartII_fulldiscussion.html#Defining_Virtual_Literacy
Very. Cool. Tools. “ The research is pretty clear, technology-mediated learning is most efficiently done through authentic, meaningful tasks and rarely in isolation.” ~ Heidi Silver-Paciulla via NIFL Disc. Listserv August 2009
Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0 ?
Social, shared, complex
How many Web 2.0 sites are there?
Portal for elearning
1st step: Type a URL in a browser.
Blog, Audioblog, Microblog
Class, school news
Portal for elearning
Blogs In Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI
Cell phones & Smartphones “ The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.” ~ Pew Research Center December 2008
Cell phones Allowed!
Audioblogs, Drop.io, Box.net, Voicethread
Listen to the radio
Apps! Apps! Apps!
goog411 (info – calling)
466 453 (info – texting)
Which tool(s) will you investigate? http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTQwODcyMDE4OQ
Beyond the One-day Workshop “ Viral Professional Development is emerging in education as a viable method of increasing teacher engagement and learning…and collaborating on a grassroots level.” ~ The Cool Cat Teacher Blog Blogpost, June 2008
Community of Practice
Purpose & Objectives
Tailored, convenient PD
Piloting online tools
Online Reflective Practice Group
“ flexibly structured”
exceeded my expectations! *loved* collaborating and lesson sharing wiki really brought people together I think my teaching really improved! good balance of individual reflection and group work
Online Discussion Groups
Personal Learning Networks
The power of technology to support adult ESL and life skills instruction is profound
Effective integration depends on employment of instructional best practices
Online tools offer many benefits to professional development for teachers
Make a plan, go slowly, reflect, and share
The time to expand your technology integration online is now !