Archive for August, 2007

Teaching Literacy and Computer Skills Together

August 26, 2007

Steve May posted some questions to the National Institute for Literacy’s Technology discussion list on June 17, 2003

He wrote:
I am writing a grant proposal for a program that will
teach basic computer skills while teaching adult
literacy/life skills. I would like to include a
reference to some evidence that this method of
instruction is more effective than a “traditional”
one-on-one or classroom model.

My questions for the group: is this true? Is
instruction via technology more effective, or is that
a misconception? If it is true, where can I get my
hands on a study to read?

I provided Steve with the following:

Antonia (Toni) Stone’s pioneering work, Keystrokes to Literacy, available, for example, through

and Steve Quann and Diana Satin’s Learning Computers, Speaking English (For more information on this approach see

Their book is available at and will tell you how to effectively integrate learning about computers and basic literacy. However, as far as I know, no research has been done on this approach. If anyone knows of such research, please tell us about it.

Meanwhile, a good summary of adult literacy technology research, what little there is, will be found under Technology at:

I especially recommend Jennifer Cromley’s article, Learning with Computers: The Theory Behind the Practice at:

What is this Blog About?

August 26, 2007

This blog includes posts that I have made to electronic discussion lists and wikis over the years, as well as new posts. The topics have to do with adult literacy education, and often focus on technology, primarily in the U.S.

I have been working in adult literacy education as a teacher, program administrator, education professional developer, trainer, curriculum developer, researcher and consultant since 1982. You will find my resume at