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Using messaging apps to teach English

Hi, I'm the freelance editor of Notebook, a newsletter published three times a year by ProLiteracy. I'd like to hear from some individuals regarding their experience using messaging apps to teach English, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. When have these messaging apps come in handy, and how have they worked out? What pros/cons do they have?

ALE Journal, Call for Papers

Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy is seeking submissions for a special issue on online learning, technology integration, and digital literacy. Jen Vanek, Director of Digital Learning and Research at the EdTech Center@World Education, will be the Special Issue Guest Editor.

Technology: Friend or Foe? How do we decide?

I have to is with increasing frequency that I find myself in a crisis of conscience with tech these days :( 

Google Applied Digital Skills - Two Sessions: June 28th and July 26th - Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition's Digital Advisory Board Google ADS Bootcamp - In-person (Chicago)

What: You will receive comprehensive, hands-on professional development training on Google's Applied Digital Skills curriculum. Google's Applied Digital Skills is a free, online hands-on and video-based curriculum that you can use in the classroom with your students to teach them the basic digital skills needed for today's evolving job market. Where: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, 641 W.

Manipulatives ----> technology .... tools we need to think about :)   

David Wees brings up a 1992 article about manipulatives and notes parallels in the way people marveled at these new educational tools ... and judged whether a classroom/teacher was doing a good job by... whether they were being used or not, rather than whether students were learning from them. 

Teaching Computer Science Concepts

In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin Company Offers To Implant Employees With Microchips

Science is moving forward at a rapid pace and technology implants for shopping convenience are being introduced. You may have read about this Wisconsin based company that is offering to implant its employees.  The goal is to use the chips at vending machines, convenience stores, and fitness centers. The Wisconsin company appears to offer this as a voluntary option, offering convenience to employees as they can now simply use their hands to unlock doors and /  or buy snacks in the break room.

Does technology keep our babies safe?

Where is the intersectionality between marketing and consumer products, health literacy, technology, and science? Today, it seems to be in the product development of technlogy driven tools and apps designed to provide parents ease of mind as it relates to the safety of their infants and toddlers. Consider the increase in wearable baby monitors that track a baby's breathing and heart rates and send the information to a designated smartphone.

Using Technology to Support Lesson Scaffolding

LINCS member, Susanne Nobles, recently shared Digital Promise Adult Learning initiative's second brief, Designing for Technology Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding. She notes that "this short report shares the research behind five key instructional strategies to consider when designing ed-tech for ... adult learners".


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