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Do you know adult learners who have obtained a computer or low-cost Internet access through Everyoneon.org?

Have your students taken advantage of the everyoneon program that provides inexpensive computers and broadband Internet access to low-income families and to adult learners and teachers?  http://everyoneon.org/adulted

Here's a one-question, multiple choice poll for adult basic skills teachers or tutors to see if this is a program that they know about and that they and/or their adult learners have used.

Yes
6% (1 vote)
No
56% (9 votes)
I don't know
19% (3 votes)
I have obtained a computer or Internet access for myself as a teacher or for my class.
13% (2 votes)
I don't know about this program.
6% (1 vote)
Total votes: 16
Tags: Everyone On

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esnay's picture

I needed to respond to the poll as say "I don't know" but  just yesterday I gave out EveryoneOn information for a programs looking to purchase low cost laptops.  I asked them to let me know if they did purchase the laptops through EveryoneOn.  I'll let you know if I hear that they did. 

David J. Rosen's picture

Thanks Eunice!

Very glad to hear that you are providing information to adult education programs in Massachusetts (for those who may not know -- my home state!)

Everyone: how about your state and/or program(s)? Perhaps you are not a teacher but you work with teachers as a program manager, technical assistance provider, trainer or professional developer. If so....

Do you think teachers and program managers in your state know about Everyone On? What makes you think so? Are you part of an outreach program to make sure they do? If so, tell us how the outreach program works, and what are you hearing back from teachers and students about Everyone On? Are teachers getting computers, Internet access at home or in their program or school through Everyone On? Are students getting Internet access at home or in their classes through Everyone On? Is  Everyone On narrowing the broadband digital divide in adult basic education? If not, what can be done to spread the word? (I don't see downsides to this, but maybe you do. If so, let's hear them.)

I eagerly await your replies!

David J. Rosen

Technology and Learning CoP Moderator

djrosen123@gmail.com

 

 

 

norenehp's picture

David,

I have shared this information frequently with Montana educators.  However, about a month ago I had a student try to register.  Unfortunately, he was unable to do this because he was told that we do not have T-Mobile access in Montana. sad

I sent an email via Contact at the bottom of the page and received no response.  Norene Peterson NP =)

Kenny Tamarkin's picture

Hi David,

As part of my Introduction to Computers class at the Asian American Civic Association in Boston, I have my class visit the Tech Goes Home website, I have students check out the link to EveryoneOn, where they can enter their zip and some other info and find connectivity offers they might be eligible for. Even though I have now walked two classes and more than 30 students through the process, Iike Eunice Snay, I responded don't know on the poll since I never confirmed for sure whether anyone actually followed through with one of the offers.

We have a great partnership with Tech Goes Home, which has arranged for our students to receive a new Google Chromebook for $50 at the conclusion of each course. They have also created a great website showcasing resources in Boston. If you are in greater Boston, I recommend it highly. And if you are not from  Boston, I suggest that you check it out to see a well organized and accessible community resource website.

Kenny

Steve Quann's picture

I want to send out a special invitation to those in our Technology and Learning group to come to a free webinar hosted by LINCS featuring Kenny Tamarkin and Tech Goes Home. See the description below: 

Helping Learners Problem Solve Using Technology-Rich Environments

This webinar is geared toward technology coordinators, computer teachers and lab assistants, although other teachers and staff who work with adult learners are welcome to attend.  Facilitators will discuss how to help adult learners build their digital literacy, with a particular focus on using technology to solve problems relevant to their lives.  Resources and strategies for helping learners become digitally ready and independent online learners will also be shared.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Pre-webinar assignments: 

Register now!

Presenters:

Daniel Noyes and Theodora Higginson, Co–Directors of TechGoesHome

Kenneth Tarmarkin, adult educator, author, computer teacher

Welcome: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Team Leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Host: Steve Quann, Educational Technologist, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, a project of World Education

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Kate Nicolet's picture

Hi David and interested others,

Just want to say that I do know for sure that 2 VT programs are in the process of becoming Enrollment Partners with Everyone On. (They represent 10 of the 14 counties in the state.) So I had to answer NO on the poll. The computers/ devices/ equipment would be a great resource to offer staff and students, more assuredly than the internet access. VT is a persnickety place for internet access. As you know the terrain is difficult for service-- lots of mountains, valleys, and sparsely populated areas-- let alone the expense. We are not served by many different internet service providers, so we'll have to see the relevance of the internet access offers that are available to the Enrollment Partners. 

Kate Nicolet (state office staff member/ PD for AEL in VT)

David J. Rosen's picture

Hi Kate,

Great to hear from you, and thanks for this information clarifying your "no" answer on the Everyone On poll.

What is involved in a program becoming an enrollment partner with Everyone On? Perhaps others here would be interested in becoming enrollment partners.

David J. Rosen

Technology and Learning CoP Moderator

djrosen123@gmail.com

Kate Nicolet's picture

Adult education programs may sign up to be an enrollment partner online at http://everyoneon.org/enrollment-partner/ 

It's free. This enables a few helpful things to happen:

-Programs get a special URL to give to their students (AND staff) to access the offers for devices/ internet service. So the individuals don't have to "prove" they are on free/ reduced lunch, etc. Just by virtue of involvement with the Enrollment Partner and using that special URL one can qualify.

-Programs can track online how many individuals are looking at and/ or using the offers via their own URL. 

At our recent annual LINCS Partner Meeting for Region 1  the manager of the Enrollment Partnerships presented briefly to us and that is how I came by this information. 

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