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The Learning Conference 2003

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Skills for Traveling the Super Highway: Literacy and Informational Technology

Claudia Edmondson.


We have entered the future and there is no turning back. The 'Super Highway' of information, made possible by ever advancing technology, is capable of taking the global community to places that were not even in existence a few short years ago. However, there are major obstacles that must be overcome to assure that all world citizens have equal access to this new world of informational technology. It is widely recognized that equal access requires all communities to have the infrastructure in place that will support the delivery of technology. In addition, there must be a technologically literate population to use it. What is often overlooked, however, is the fact that basic illiteracy is a major world problem with as many as one billion people who are illiterate in the world community. This presentation will review the scope of the global problem of illiteracy, analyze how effective world policy has been in addressing the issue, and discuss ideas for using technology as part of the solution, rather than viewing illiteracy as part of the problem preventing access to informational technology for all world citizens.

Presenters

Claudia Edmondson  (United States)
Ph.D Candidate
Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Utah State University

I am a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University. My area of speciality is adult literacy. I am also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor an I have worked in the private and public sector in the fields of both rehabilitation and adult literacy.

Keywords
  • Literacy
  • Illiteracy
  • Informational Technology



(60 min Workshop, English)