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Emerging technologies in adult literacy and language education

Corporate Name: National Institute for Literacy (U.S.)

Publisher: National Institute for Literacy

Published At: Washington, DC

Date Published: June 2010

Distributor: National Institute for Literacy

Source Address: 1775 I Street, NW, Suite 730

Source City/State/Zip: Washington DC 20006

Phone: (202) 233-2025

Material Type: Information Analysis

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Physical Description: 32 p.

Subjects: Educational Technology; Adult Education; Adult Literacy; English (Second Language); Professional Development

Abstract:
This paper addresses the potential contribution of emerging technologies to adult literacy and language education and to professional development and discusses the opportunities and challenges involved. Technologies described include audio and video production, games, wikis, and blogs. Also described are netbooks and smart books, nettops, rich clients, and cell phones, and the use of open-source software. Instructional uses identified are multimodal communication, collaborative writing, language analysis and structure, and online networking. The authors summarize relevant research and list extensive references.

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