Introducing APOYO i-Pathways: A fundraiser for Spanish Translation

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The Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University partnered to plan, developed and deployed i-Pathways in 2000. Since its inception, this critical partnership has expanded the online test preparation internationally.

i-Pathways online curriculum provides students the opportunity to set an individual study schedule and prepare for all portions of the High School Equivalency exam. Each content area includes multiple lessons, activities, and learning checks to assess your skills. Math starts with understanding place value and goes all the way to quadratic equations. Writing starts with understanding sentences and guides you to successfully writing essays. Then the Science and Social Studies covers all the content needed for portions of the exam. All of these curriculum can be accessed through any device that has internet such as desktops, cell phones, or tablets.    

Currently, all of the high school equivalency tests are offered in both English and Spanish formats, but funding restrictions limit i-Pathways to English. This places a burden on those who only speak, or feel more comfortable speaking Spanish, and provides an unnecessary bump in their journey to success. Our goal is to translate a copy of all i-Pathways lesson materials into Spanish. This includes every subjects worksheets, lessons, stories; everything.

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i-Pathways: An Oasis for Corrections’ Education

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by Richard Chamberlain

I have written about the i-Pathways project and its extremely successful use in corrections’ education using an Internet-connected model to provide computer-based instruction to classrooms in 33 facilities throughout the Illinois Department of Corrections. We have since expanded to a county facility in Maryland using that same model and have begun using a new delivery model called Oasis.

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Digital Inclusion in Adult Education

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.42.01 PMTechnology is a driving force in every aspect of our lives and access to technology and the Internet could be considered a basic human right. 21st century learning is about digital inclusion. Stephen Reder explains inclusion. “Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals
and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of information and communication technologies.”

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Viral Videos and Trending Topics in the Classroom

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 2.01.49 PMA wildlife photographer puts a camera on a remote control car, takes stunning images, and his video goes viral. A man hunts a lion and the world erupts in an online conversation using the hashtag #cecilthelion.

But do videos and hashtags have a place in the adult education classroom?

 

Viral videos are videos that are the ‘talk of the town’. They receive attention on all the social media sites such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and Tumblr. Some even make it to major news outlets. Through watching these videos, millions of people have a shared experience with a common talking point.

In the classroom, using videos that have gone viral can help adult learners make connections with difficult concepts. For example, consider the video Clouds by Zach Sobiech that has been viewed 11,965,743 times.Student’s can explore poetry and making inferences.

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore
And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge

The benefits of using viral videos in the classroom includes using media that is familiar and is attention grabbing while introducing or reinforcing important instructional topics. Or, they can just be fun and used as an icebreaker in the classroom.

Moving beyond videos, what role do hashtags play in the learning experience? The power of social media to give students a voice has never been stronger. Viral hashtags introduce students to different experiences or affirm all to familiar experiences. Use these powerful conversations to discuss current events.Think about the following hashtags:

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#Bringbackourgirls, #50dollarsnot50shades and #ifIdieinpolicecustody are examples of the advocacy that is happening online. Giving students a voice is perhaps one of the most powerful outcomes in adult literacy education.

There is definitely room for viral videos and trending topics in the classroom. How would you use them?

Computer-Based Instruction: An Implemetnation Strategy

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 3.29.02 PMDo you ever wonder how to get started with computer-based instruction? Cindy Lock, the Adult Education Specialist at Illinois Valley Community College has provided a step-by-step outline of how to implement i-Pathways in the classroom. As identified by her strategic plan, student success begins with careful planning, teacher development, and familiarity with the curriculum.

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