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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The Mobile Program: BYOD

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We often talk about building 21st Century skills with adult learners and the need for integrating technology in the classroom. What does this mean for curriculum selections? It means that in order to truly assist adult learners become self directed, the curriculum must be accessible from mobile devices.

As we look at students today, their common characteristic is that they expect anywhere, anytime access to instruction. But are our learners mobile? The answer is yes!

  • Over half of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone.
  • 66% of adults between the ages of 25 to 34 own a smartphone.
  • 44% of K-12 students have access to a smartphone.
  • The mobile phone is the single most common device people use to access the Internet worldwide.

So how do we meet this demand at a time of diversity in skills, background knowledge, and access to technology in the classroom?  A simple and cost effective strategy to help fill these gaps can be the establishment of a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device policy.

While this concept is becoming more popular, there are steps involved in establishing an effective BYOD plan which leads to successful student outcomes.

  • A BYOD classroom enables students and teachers to access mobile devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones in the classroom.
  • Program administrators and instructors need to create acceptable usage policies so students are aware of expectations in the classroom. Teaching responsible use of mobile technology also helps build digital citizenship.
  • To be successful with BYOD, its more than allowing students to bring their devices, but it also includes selecting appropriate curriculum that is truly mobile.

Effective instruction has always included linking instructional strategies, rigorous curriculum, and technology to create a meaningful and engaging learning environment. BYOD offers teachers and programs the opportunity to lead with instructional technology.

 

The Social Media Revolution 2012 – Let i-Pathways help you reach your students where they are.

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This video is being shared to help adult education programs see the power in using social media to reach their students. Whether you are recruiting new students, getting great news about your program spread by word of mouth, or trying to re-engage students who have exited your program, check out this video and the following information so you are informed.

96% of Millennials have joined a social network. AND ACCORDING TO GEDTS of their GED test candidates 75% of them are Millennials (age 16-30).

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2014 Assessment and Beyond: i-Pathways is Prepared

The i-Pathways Project is prepared to meet the educational challenges for students and programs as the 2014 changes in the high school equivalency testing are just around the corner. Over the past 18 months the i-Pathways Project Team including the system development team and the curriculum development team has been working diligently to not only get the i-Pathways curriculum aligned with several national adult education initiatives, but to also completely rebuild the i-Pathways system using updated technologies resulting in more advanced features and function for the end user.  The updated rigorous and extensive curriculum and the new i-Pathways system will debut in late Fall 2013.  We are extremely excited about the what we have to offer adult education programs and students in the upcoming years. To give you are sneak peak behind the scenes at what the i-Pathways team has been working on, check out the following information which includes the NEW i-Pathways Scope and Sequence.

The Scope and Sequence outlines how i-Pathways will address the expectations of the Common Core Standards, the Essential Knowledge and Skill Statements for Career Pathways and provide a detailed curriculum outline learners working at the Low Adult Secondary Education through the High Adult Secondary Education NRS Levels.

Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards provide a road map of benchmarks that a student should reach throughout their educational career in order to prepare them for success in higher education or career entry. The i-Pathways team has carefully reviewed the CCSS and developed a curriculum which addresses these standards in a very engaging and cross curricular approach.

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