Integrating Technology - serving low-income adult learners
In a report issued in 2009, it was estimated that between 42 and 104 million adults were in need of classes through adult education, but there were classes only available to meet the needs of less than 10% of these adults, many of them low-income immigrants (see below).
The report is excellent in describing What could and should be done, but there is no discussion of the How the goals could be achieved.
Now, however, the solution - the How - is actually very simple:
Provide adult learners with low-cost computers and internet service
Teach basic computer skills along with other classes such as ESL
Use Smart Phones creatively
Create a list of websites that offer free lessons on a variety of subjects for these adult learners.
Do all of the above bilingually when necessary
Now, as we approach 2018, we can create a Bridge to the Digital Divide that actually up to 50 million people could use to further their educational needs and goals.
If you use computers in your classes and are interested in learning more, let’s start the discussion.
Tools To Support Adult Learners Working at a Distance
John Fleischman Sacramento County Office of Education CASAS National Summer Institute 2009
From the text:
“42 – 104 million adults in need of classes
Only 3 to 7% served in classrooms”
“Can we serve more/better with distance education?
The National Commission on Adult Literacy calls on Congress to transform adult education to serve 20 million adults annually by the year 2020. To accomplish the goal, nine Action Steps are recommended.”
“Strong national leadership must be provided to develop and deploy technology-assisted learning, including creation of a national Web portal for adult learners.”