ERIC Number: ED402506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Internet in the Adult Basic Education Classroom: Learning Together through Experience. Technology Update.
Eight adult literacy programs in Ohio and two in Minnesota were funded by the Ohio Literacy Resource Center in coordination with the National Institute for Literacy to get connected to and begin to use the Internet in the classroom. The 6-month grant (January-June 1996) supplied money, training, and ongoing technical support. The 10 sites represented rural and metropolitan-area programs. Some were large well-staffed programs; others were medium to small programs with a core staff already pushed to their limits. Three sites had Internet access; all others used computers in the classroom. Hardware, software, and connection issues were as follows: older buildings with substandard wiring for Internet connectivity purposes; need to install phone lines in the classroom; rural areas being the last geographical regions to acquire reliable Internet connectivity; long distance charges paid by rural areas; upgrading or purchasing computers; and installing and learning how to use Internet software. Programs had different goals for using the Internet in the classroom: increasing resources; using other tools of the Internet; developing computer literacy for staff and students; sharing program successes; and developing positive learning experiences. An especially troublesome problem was the inability to get online because of connectivity problems. All grant coordinators desired continuing funding for online access. Some programs had already made the commitment; others were seeking new funding. Recommendations were developed for using the Internet in adult basic literacy education (ABLE) classrooms. (An attachment lists educational Internet sites for the ABLE classroom.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.