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Emerging technologies in adult learning

Emerging Technology Problem Technology


During the 2011-2012 school year, the school I taught was
challenged to integrate our disabled students into society. This learning
objective was a long term goal that involved teachers to use technology to help
prepare the students for Standards of Learning (SOL) test.  Our schools used augment devices to help our
students become better learners.  Recently
there have been a need for technology improvement with in the adult
community.  However, this paper is going
to focus on adults with mental disabilities and they lack the skills needed to
survive in society.  Knowing that some learners are visual and
some learn through repetition I decided to use
two emerging technologies
to bridge the gap between society and adults with mental disabilities.  The two technologies are the ipad and


An iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by
Apple and launched in April 2010. It is particularly marketed as a platform for
audio and visual media such as e-books, e-newspapers, movies, music, games, and
a wide range of applications. The main features include mail, web browser,
photos, videos, YouTube, iPod, maps, contacts, calendar, notes and application
store. Current limitations of this first device include the lack of a camera,
USB port, Adobe Flash support, multi-tasking capabilities, SD memory slot, only
64GB internal storage (tiny for “terabyte days”), and the fact that it is not a
stand-alone device, depending on a PC/Mac to install updates via the iTunes interface. 

In my experience with using iPad’s I believe that it will
make the task of searching, studying and reviewing easy.  I also believe that the I pad will help
adults develop information in notes, articles, and books will be organized on
the device. “This will make studying to be more ubiquitous than ever. The iPad
could provide students with the chance to take better care of their educational
resources. It may also promote individualized curriculum, and applications
could be developed to customize the learning experience of individual students”
(Reyna 2010, p.1). Courses could become more independent of a teacher. Students
could begin working more or less at their own pace as educators help each
student to progress individually

Even with all of the technology  capabilities the I pad is not being used in
different communites for various reasons. 
One the iPad is expensive and not a lot of adults with disabilites make
a lot of money.  Another problem with iPads
is when it is used at work it can

bring usability issues that can
impact IT departments. “For instance, if iPad-toting workers can't open PDFs or
Microsoft Office files on their tablets, they may seek assistance from busy IT
staffers. Luckily, there are several easy and cheap software applications,
including Good.iWare's GoodReader, that enhance the iPad's weak file-viewing
capabilities. And another app, SlideShark, allows iPad users to view and show
PowerPoint presentations” (Bertolucci, 2012, p.1).

One of the oldest technologies used
was the tape recorder.  Now a podcast has
been developed to help act as the tape recorder by recording different
information such as television shows, books, and classes.  As a teacher there are some adults that learn
through repetition.  By using a podcast
my adult learners will be able to stay current with information around the
world, and develop information to help organize their daily routine in
life.  Available 24/7 -The basic advantage of
podcasting in education is the portability and convenience of listening to
learning resources anytime
and anywhere without requiring extensive technical knowledge. Podcasts can
be downloaded to all kinds of mobile devices, such as MP3 players, mobile
phones, PDAs, and mobile computers. Learning materials downloaded into mobile
devices can be listened to by learners in their own time and place”(Pittman,
2012, p.1).

The problems with podcast are that most people prefer reading and not
listening.  Most adults with disabilities
have short attention spans so they don’t want to listen to a long book or
movie.  Adults also want to have their
day free to do whatever they want to do. 
A podcast needs to immediately grab a
person's interest and then hold onto it. Depending on the content your
podcasts, that's often easier said than done. Text is an effective source of
content, because people can scan each section to find what they want and what
interests them. That's more difficult to do with video. If you appear nervous
or don't have a clear, engaging voice, it's much easier for a person to exit
your podcast and go search for other content” (Miksen 2012, p.1).

05:01:52 am . 12 Nov 2012
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