Women and literacy
This page includes input from
well as links to resources presenting possibilities for integrating
into learning. Another page, Internet 101,
provides basic information for educators wishing to utilize the
as a tool for learning and / or for pursuing their own interests in any
image: Dalton Ghetti pencils http://www.utne.com/Arts/artist-dalton-ghetti-pencil-sculptures.aspx
The page begins with a set of links to Susan Gaer's presentations on possibilities and challenges surrounding our use of the internet (work which has grown significantly beyond an initial handout presented to a colloquium on Adult ESL and the Web at TESOL '98); the statements address questions about best ways to utilize this website, and the internet generally. I'm grateful to Susan Gaer for her assistance in setting up that page.
recent additions to this page:
via David Rosen Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models,
and Methods - focusing on modes of distance education,
models of distance education for teacher training programs and
methods or best practices necessary to develop a high-quality distance education program
from the Viriginia Adult Learning Resource Center: How to Be a Good Online Learner
- self assessment questions designed to help determine if online
learning will work for you. Part of VALRC's Adult Basic Literacy
Tutor Training Workshop.
AlphaPlus Web Index - helpful
Web sites for ABE practitioners, learners and administrators!
Citizenship - "is a concept which helps teachers,
technology leaders and parents to understand what
students/children/technology users should know to use technology
appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool;
it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of
Virtual Literacy Initiative (IVLI) - With emerging
technologies, individuals with low literacy skills can now have
immediate access to information and knowledge. Text-to-speech and
speech-to-text give adult learners the opportunity to build knowledge
and skills prior to their ability to gain literacy competence in the
traditional sense. resources
Distance Education Promising Practices for Canadian Literacy
Practitioners - an innovative national project designed to
research trends, technologies and promising practices in online and
distance learning in Canada; full report (including executive summary
- An Online Workshop for Adults - Introducing Basic
Skills and Key Life Skills.
Web in Instruction - with support of a LINCS mini-grant
inviting exploration of ways of integrating and utilizing technology,
and with the guidance of the New England Literacy Resource Center,
practitioners from Massachusetts and Rhode Island focused on developing
and supporting online learning options while Connecticut and Vermont
practitioners learned how to build web sites with students as a
and Technology: Youth are Leading the Transition to a Fully Wired and
Mobile Nation - report from the Pew Internet and American Life
Project, July, 2005.
web sites for bias - From Education World; adaptable to adult
Vision Wire - a
virtual community whose purpose is to distribute and allow the exchange
of information on technologies designed for the blind and visually
VisionWire's intent is to be a free and independent discussion column
those interested in these technologies. VisionWire is more than a
information source. The site is designed to help you orient yourself in
a sector where information is often diffuse and evolves as quickly as
technology. (July/08 - this site seems to have disappeared; if
you know of its new whereabouts, please contact lrri.)
Jeff Carter's fabulous LiteracyTech Blog - a"random pointers and notes, updated semi-regularly. Many of the resources citedhere may eventually find their way in to the main part of the site, so please feel free to use the "comments" feature liberally." Covers a range of topics of use and interest to adult educators and learners.
Resources for developing online materials and resources
Assessing Lifelong Learning Technology (ALL-Tech): [PDF file] A Guide for Choosing and Using Technology for Adult Learning by Regie Stites. Published by NCAL, Report PG98-03. (1998) Philadelphia; indicators of engaged adult learning from that report are cited in the June 2002 edition of Focus on Basics.
Bobby - web-based tool that analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities.
Northeast Literacy Tech: Training and Support for Adult Literacy. Northeast Literacy Tech, is an informal collaboration between state and local leaders in the field of adult literacy in the Northeastern part of the U.S. Our purpose is to advance and support the practical and effective use of technology in adult education.
Spiders at Work: Webcamp for adult literacy practitioners - overview of an ongoing web-based curriculum development project begun in August, 2000; projects being developed, related resources relevant to web development (part of Northeast Literacy Tech's ongoing work).
Create a webpage at 2Learn.ca - tutorial for developing a website
Creating Web Pages for Effective Student Learning - Pre-Conference Institute at TESOL '97, with the goals of seeing participants finish the day with the substantial beginnings of a Web Site appropriate to their instructional needs and goals and with the resources to continue the work on their own, and raising each participant's awareness of the further potentials of the Web, available resources for tapping into those potentials, and related issues. (This site has gone missing, but its author's homepage is https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/dmills/www/)
[from a workshop given by Dave Sperling at TESOL 2001,
Net - online Professional Development Center provides
educators, teachers and administrators with opportunities to enhance
own professional development through: technical, web-based and
development training. Topic areas include teaching/learning
as well as administrative issues.
TECH21: A National Technology Laboratory for Literacy and Adult Education - "The central goal of TECH21 is to use the best of what information technology can offer to assist all adults to achieve their adult education and life goals'
Wide Web Institute for ABE/ESOL Teachers and Staff Developers -
The Literacy Assistance Center conducted a two-day technology Institute
for literacy practitioners in New York City and New England, sponsored
by NetTech and in collaboration with the Eastern LINCS project. 34
literacy practitioners participated in the Institute, gaining ability
utilizing the internet and developing web-based lesson
This site has gone missing, but a similar institute supported the
development of these lesson
The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC), with funding from NetTech, (and in collaboration with the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL), TERC and The Center on Distance Education and Lifelong Learning, Eastern LINCS and the New England Literacy Resource Center/World Education), facilitated Teachers, Technology and Leadership Institute: An Institute for Adult Literacy Practitioners, in order to assist adult educators in clarifying ways of integrating technogolgy into adult education in meaningful ways, from January through April, 1999.
The Institute sought to expand the
of the participants to serve as leaders in the integration of
in their organizations. As part of that work, I am developed a web
page, Cultural Production, relating
to the work of my inquiry group (Visions for Technology, one of
six groups within the Institute) in order to look at ways to make
between technology and learning, to name places where technology can be
well integrated into adult education and ongoing learning generally,
specifically to see how practitioners and learners in Rhode Island can
benefit from using and learning through and about technology. I
had difficult accessing the page to update dead links; but a number of
the links are still active, as are the three sections of the site
at the bottom of the first page).
Instructional Technology Resources from the Literacy Assistance Center
Project Inter-ALT - online streaming video resources available to adult educators. A February 19 Webcast, Technology for Adult Literacy: Panic or Panacea?, that featured Heide Wrigley & Jim Powrie of Aguirre International is now available at Additionally, a TETN broadcast conducted last May, Project-based Learning for Beginning Level ESL Students, by Susan Gaer of Santa Ana College is also available at the same location. As well, archives of previous training and resources are available at the site. Overall, the site "investigates learning technologies that promote engaged student learning in Texas adult education and literacy programs Project INTER-ALT also provides technical assistance to Texas adult education programs in developing their technology plans."
Alan Shaw - Technology worker Alan Shaw considers how technology brings not only the world, but also neighbors together. Brief report from Mother Jonesmagazine
[also: from the same search google.com; to learn more about Alan and Michelle Shaw's work, go to google.com and enter "Alan Shaw" + Dorchester. With thanks to David Rosen for bringing this work to light] On "Democracy and the New Information Highway"
- offers technical assistance and support for community residents
and organizations interested in developing various types of community
networks. In this way we help to connect residents to each other and to
local institutions and resources. We also help community groups to
an information infrastructure with which to catalogue and expand on the
resources and links within their community and to develop coalitions
the various organizations providing community services.
Anywhere, anytime learning - MASSACHUSETTS ABE DISTANCE LEARNING PROJECT - a statewide partnership formed to develop, test, and document the use of telecommunications technology to deliver basic education to adults.
The Apple Learning Interchange - an Internet community for K-12 educators, but including ideas and resources appropriate for adult education work.
an online computer skills assessment page - students, and teachers new to technology, might find this an interesting way to get a sense of what they already know and still want to learn.
Computer Literacy - Developing A Community Needs Assessment
Adult Literacy Programming;
information developed to help communities prepare for an adult literacy
Business Access - Closing the Digital Divide - "builds customized online communities for historically disadvantaged citizens. Built around individualized training curriculums and funded through existing national and state resources, these communities offer workforce entities, cities and states real-time solutions to closing the digital divide and building universal access."
Captured Wisdom™ on Adult Literacy - (return of a) site accompanying video/CD footage of 6 adult education contexts in which use of technology is incorporated into ongoing learning
CompuMentor - "nonprofit organization specializing in technology assistance for community-based organizations and schools. Through our consulting practice, we offer technology planning, implementation, and support services. CompuMentor is also the home of TechSoup.org, the technology website for the nonprofit sector."
Computers in Action (lesson plans) and Computers and English for Speakers of Other Languages - sites for "teachers interested in integrating technology into the ESL/EFL classroom. Its goal is to promote the use of technology in the field, thereby bringing more equitable access to the knowledge, skills, and technology necessary to the people we teach." [Ordering information for Learning Computers, Speaking English: Cooperative Activities for Learning English and Basic Word Processing by Steve Quann and Diana Satin]
Lou Wollrab, SABES Information Coordinator of the Massachusettes System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES), sent this link, to a set of questions and reflections written by Stephen L. Talbott, who wonders aloud about the humanizing and dehumanizing potential of technology overall in his piece, Computerized Technology and Human Responsibility:Frequently Asked Questions.
Digital Divide - PBS two-part series [that] " shines a light on the role computers play in widening social gaps throughout our society, particularly among young people. By providing equitable and meaningful access to technology we can ensure that all children step into the 21st Century together." Links to resources and additional information available on the site, including an analysis of technology and its role in classrooms, workplaces and across race and gender.
Digital divide? An article in the June 28/02 Washington Post suggests that rural/urban differences in access to technology are dwindling, opening the door for political and other use of 'data' for supporting access to technology across the US.
Falling through the Net - reports on the digital divide - series of fact sheets and information reporting on internet use, looking at economics and educational background, among other factors in determining who gets what on the internet food chain.
Online Content for Low-Income and Underserved Americans: The Digital Divide's New Frontier - A Strategic Audit of Activities and Opportunities. The Children's Partnership examines and makes recommendations about Internet content for underserved Americans (e.g., low income, limited literacy, non-English speaking). Available in html or pdf format.
Educator's Guide to Assessing the Cost of Donated Computers -
step in the direction of helping nonprofits assess total cost of
That donation can often represent a net expense.
Distance Education and Web-based Training - a compilation of information about technologies used for distance education and web-based training for practitioners in adult, career, and vocational education.
the web: something to talk, click and write about - a lesson,
to students incorporating use of the internet, designed by Stacie
at the Stanley Isaacs Center in New York.
Focus on Basics - issues and articles on technology
Assessing Computer Skills - Kenneth Tamarkin, Project STEPS, MA, originally published in Adventures in Assessment, Volume 10 (December 1997), SABES/World Education, Boston, MA. Writing on the designing of assessment tools for placing students and measuring both individual progress and the effectiveness of an Introduction to Computers class.
Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet) - Among other things, as a leading advocate of equitable access to computers and related technologies, CTCNet provides access to information, resources and a rationale for engaging communities in the use of technology.
Education with new technologies - Networked learning community, designed to help educators develop, enact and assess effective ways of using new technologies.
The fortune society computer lab - resources developed for, by and with adult learners of the Fortune Society and the Fortune Society Education Unit - a new site being created by Eric Appleton, Computer Lab Coordinator, Miguel Guity, Computer Lab Intern, and Kwame Davis, Anthony Brown, and Kenny Dawson, students in the Fortune Society Computer Lab.
Helping.org - Internet related tools & resources for nonprofit organizations.
India - Hole in the Wall: An Indian scientist embeds a high-speed computer in a wall bordering a slum, turns it on, and watches what happens as children begin to teach themselves to use the machine. A PBS/Frontline production with web information and resources.
Integrating Technology into Classroom Learning - part of PHILADELPHIA PALTIP (Adult Literacy Technology Integration Project), a joint project between Germantown Women's Educational Project (GWEP) and Community Women's Education Project (CWEP), designed by staff members of two Philadelphia women's education centers, this site provides learner centered staff development for using technology in the literacy classroom.
Instructional Technology Utilization Survey of Mid-Western Adult Literacy Programs - a snapshot of attitudes towards, uses of and planning for technology in adult education in programs in midwestern US states. - John Sabatini, Senior Researcher Lynda Ginsburg, Senior Researcher National Center on Adult Literacy, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Introducing the web to ABE students - ABE staff of Second Start, Concord, New Hampshire. Suggestions for working with basic ABE students with some computer experience, but no prior access to the Internet. (from the Literacy Tech site).
The Living Internet- "the first place to look for information about the Internet, with more than five hundred pages of comprehensive, in-depth content, many of which have been reviewed by some of the people that helped create the Internet."
Thomas Jones - Rhode Island College outreach: lessons, resources and materials for English language, math and computer work, including downloadable lesson plans on a range of topics.
Office of Education Technology - The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through department-wide educational technology programs. Working closely with the offices of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), Postsecondary Education (OPE), Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), and Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), OET helps to ensure that ED's programs are also coordinated with efforts across the federal Government.
NETEACH-L public and unmoderated list open to anyone in the EFL/ESL field who has an interest in using technology to enhance English language instruction. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to: classroom activities, information on EFL/ESL-related Internet sites, and technical advice on how to utilize various technologies for the purpose of EFL/ESL instruction.
Native Tech: Native American Technology and Art: "Across this vast Turtle Island, different Peoples develop and express their own complex technology. Types of craft specialization are influenced by the different environments people live in, and by trade and information networks -- these technologies are the product of thousands of years of expertise, oral traditions and continuity. "
NoodleTools - Smart Tools for Smart Research; guided sites for bibliographic and web-based searching.
Surfing for Substance - an extremely useful professional development guide to integrating the World Wide Web into adult literacy instruction, was written by Emily Hacker in collaboration with Mary Ann Capehart.
TechBoston - provides high-level technology education to Boston Public Schools students to prepare them for careers and post-secondary opportunities.
Technology, Meet Adults who need Basic Skills - Keynote presentation made by David J. Rosen at the 11th annual adult literacy and technology conference in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mayor's Commission on Literacy on May 21, 1999. These are PowerPoint slides of that presentation.
Technology training special collection - provides electronic access to a variety of resources;explore resources dealing with using technology in teaching and learning, developing technology based resources and training users on the LINCS system., as well as professional development topics and current event information.
Thinking Outside the Browser: Experiencing New Approaches to Web-Based Instruction - Michael Hillinger; from Reading Online, a journal of K-12 research of the International Reading Association. Although based in K-12 work, contains compelling information for adult educators, particularly in terms of utilizing and integrating technology into adult learning.
Below, a message from Susan Gaer (from the NIFL - ESL listserv) and a link to a a site addressing some uses of computers which Susan and others have developed. Also, see Susan's Email Projects home page for a wide range of other projects and ideas.
Computer/Internet Literacy Lessons
From Susan Gaer: I have been teaching a class this semester called Writing and Computers. The goal of the class is to teach students writing, computer literacy and Internet literacy all in one shot. I have a series of lessons that I have found or developed to help students acheive this technology literacy. The idea again is to teach writing and techno literacy both at the same time. The address is: http://www.otan.us/webfarm/emailproject/rancho/intro.htm
Students are at the intermediate level of language learning. THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNING LANGUAGE LEARNERS. Students have no computer literacy skill.They have had instruction on how to hold a mouse and how to click, double click and drag prior to using these lessons.
Lesson 1- Introduction
1.1 Get students an email account to start electronic journals with the instructor
My class learned a lot last semester going through these activities. I will be teaching the class again next semester and will add more activities as needed. I anticipate the next two lessons will deal with searching for information on the Internet. Your suggestions and feedback would be greatly appreciated. And ...if you have some ideas for teaching searching to ESL students let me know. Maybe you would be interested in writing a lesson or two .&:-)
Teaching and Learning with Internet-based Resources, by Susan Cowles, is available in hard copy or on line at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/fellowship/reports/susanc/inthome.htm
From the on-line introduction: "Literacy students, instructors, program administrators, and other life-long learners are all in the group moving along the information superhighway. Some people have been running for a while; others are just starting down the road. Beginning to use the Internet can sometimes seem as grueling as participating in a marathon. This short course is designed to make the journey as informative and enjoyable as possible." To order a hard copy of the document, please call 1-800-228-8813. Susan Cowles is a Literacy Leader Fellow for 1996-97; this document is her fellowship report to the National Institute for Literacy.
Technology in Today's ABE Classroom: A Look at the Technology Practices and Preferences of Adult Basic Education Teachers by Jeff Carter and Judy Titzel presents highlights from World Education's technology survey of the northeastern U.S. conducted in during the winter of 2003. (PDF file); for other titles, also see: http://tech.worlded.org/
Internet Access Spreads to More Classrooms, Survey Finds - December 1, 1999 article in the New York Times which deals with technology in K-12 education, but holds interest for adult educators as well. Includes links to other education/technology sites. [To access this article, you may be asked to subscribe to the New York Times on line. Registration is quick, free and yields very little subsequent spam - junk email - from the NY Times.]
INTERNET RESOURCES ON WOMEN: Using Electronic Media in Curriculum Transformation
Includes links to resources for and about women on the web, as well as information about using the internet itself.
" ... a clear, concise book written especially for two groups of people. One consists of Internet novices, people who know little or nothing about electronic communications and may feel uneasy about getting involved. .. The other group--Internet experts and novices alike--are people who want to learn more about the growing array of electronic resources pertaining to Women's Studies and to transforming the curriculum so that it better reflects women's experience, accomplishments, and perspectives. Internet Resources on Women provides detailed information about women-related e-mail discussion forums, archives, and web sites containing syllabi, bibliographies, essays, and other useful curriculum transformation resources.
David Rosen's compilation of recommended software, free and downloadable: http://home.comcast.net/~djrosen/softwarelist.html and reviews (by adult educators and learners) at http://alri.org/litlist/software.html
Project Software - provides for field testing and evaluation of educational software by adult students and teachers to identify programs that are effective and that enhance learning, and provides information, resources, and training to educators who are interested in software programs and other technologies that may enrich the curriculum in their adult literacy, Pre-GED, GED,and workplace classes.
Software from Computers and English for Speaker of Other LanguagesTechnology and English Language Learners - (including software) resources from CAELA
Educational Software in Adult Literacy Programs: a comparison
Integrated Learning Systems and Stand-alone Software Diane
July, 1996 - despite the fact that this was written over 4 years
ago, the author makes valid assertions about the uses of packaged
software for adult learners.
Other Links to internet-related resources:
and Technology Network - a national effort dedicated to finding
solutions for using technology to enhance adult literacy, with the
of providing leadership in the application and use of technology to
international adult literacy by means of conferences, training,
assistance and communication media.
Assistive Technologies for the Visually Impaired: Information for Educators (slightly old site, but useful to consider)
Connect - Canada's National Newsletter for Technology and Adult Literacy.
An Educator's Guide to Evaluating The Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms, December 1998 - handbook designed for individuals having little or no formal training in research or evaluation, organized around these key questions:
What is an evaluation anyway?
Where do I start?
What questions should I ask?
What information do I need to collect?
What's the best way to collect my information?
What are my conclusions?
How do I communicate my results?
Where do I go from here?
Harnessing Technology to Serve Adult Literacy - Integrating Technology in Adult Literacy Education. David Rosen (director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute) created The Harnessing Technology Web Page "to help adult literacy education (ABE/GED/ESL/ESOL) teachers and learners to use computers, television, audio and video cassettes, and other electronic technology to help solve learning and instructional problems. It focuses on teaching and learning challenges faced by adult literacy education teachers. The page grows and improves as teachers and learners describe problems they would like to solve and good solutions to these problems using technology." Find problems and solutions submitted from Rhode Island and from practitioners all over North America.
Low and Technology and High Tech Folks - The Electronic Grange Network works to provide low and no cost access to technology and other needed resources to communities in northern Maine. See what they're doing, what the news and rumors are, as well as a more serious analysis of labor cutbacks at the Bass shoe factory. This is a prime example of what happens when people and technology interact in the best possible ways.
by ANDREW L. SHAPIRO June 21, 1999
An article appearing in the June 21st edition of The Nation
Writer seeks balance in internet power shifts - feature story in the New York Times, Friday, June 18, 1999, discussing Shapiro's work.
Technology resournces from SABES (System for Adult Education Support) homepage in Massachusetts.
The Role of Computer Access Centers in Bridging the Technology Gap - A 1997 thesis by Susan Rose
Teaching with the Internet - Lesson from the classroom, by Donald J. Leu, Jr. amd Deborah Diadiun Leu
Technology, Basic Skills, and Adult Education: Getting Ready and Moving Forward - Monograph, edited by Christopher Hopey, available online or to be ordered in hard copy. The monograph, organized into two sections, is designed to be used as a complete volume or as a set of papers that can be referenced separately.
Technology and Adult Learning: Current Perspectives - an ERIC digest by Susan Imel exploring form and content in the use of technology as tool, vehicle and subject of learning and teaching.
TECHNOREALISM - "In this heady age of rapid technological change, we all struggle to maintain our bearings. The developments that unfold each day in communications and computing can be thrilling and disorienting. One understandable reaction is to wonder: Are these changes good or bad? Should we welcome or fear them?
Web-based lesson plans - part of a larger document (to which it is linked) prepared by David Rosen and others at the Adult Literacy Resource Institute in Boston.
What do you think? How can the internet and stand alone software assist learning without becoming a flashier form of rote drilling? How do we utilize the technology for our own learning and with and for that of our learners?
How do you use technology? How is your program using technology?
Is the computer a tool to assist people in accomplishing whatever tasks it is they need to do? Are there software programs that you've seen that are helpful for learning, or is it more a matter of the interaction between teachers, learners and the tools they have at hand - pencils, papers, computers, whatever - that's important in overall learning processes?
Many of us speak about the importance of critical thinking in all learning, and wonder if software can assist in the development of critical thinking. Can concerned facilitators/teachers assist learners in more clearly articulating ideas, developing learning strategies?
Please fax (401-863-3094), mail (PO Box 1974 Brown University, Providence, RI 02912) or email your responses.
he National Institute for Literacy sponsored a list serv focused on technology in adult education, as well as numerous lists centering on other topics related to adult education; that list, and others, are now part of the LINCS - Literacy Information and Communication System - website and portal.
updated November 5, 2016