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Check out Gavin Dudeney’s “No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates,” which appeared in The Guardian. Dudeney highlights a new aspect of literacy, which is beyond the “three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic”: digital literacy.
The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia knows that education includes technology. In 2011, LCNV offered Open Computer Instruction workshops , thanks to the help of a volunteer corps from IBM’s Asian Diversity Networking group, spearheaded by LCNV tutor, Elliot Zhang. The sessions were filled to capacity and learners worked on beginning-level operational skills, email, Skype, and navigating the Internet. Setara Habib, an AmeriCorps Instructor stated: “I am proud to say that my mom is a citizen of the internet. We set her up with an email and Skype account. I saw that other students were joining Facebook and looking for relatives while others were watching YouTube videos and learning about searches. It was a great experience!”
Adapting to the ever–changing and tech-connected world, LCNV hopes to continue to help our learners build their “digital literacy skill set.” Take a moment to read all about digital literacy and its role in students’ lives: “No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates.”
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Acumen Solutions 3rd Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1Mile Fun Run took place this past October 16, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The race benefited ten DC-area nonprofit organizations – the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia was one of these selected organizations!
During registration, participants in the Race for a Cause™ registered for their organization of choice. This year, LCNV and the remaining nine non-profits met the minimum number of runners, which determined that each organization would receive a portion of the proceeds. LCNV came in seventh place with 220 supporters – an impressive feat considering this year was the first time LCNV was selected as a beneficiary of the race. In addition to the tremendous support the event garnered, the race was a great opportunity for LCNV volunteers, Board members, and staff to have fun while exercising and spreading the word about LCNV – the literacy services it provides and the lives it changes.
An awards ceremony, which took place this past November, honored the ten nonprofit organizations spotlighted in Acumen Solutions 3rd Annual Race for a Cause™. A gift of $8,125 was presented to LCNV at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons. Part of the award was generously donated by the SunTrust Foundation. Patti Donnelly, LCNV’s Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The following LCNV Board Members attended the ceremony to show their support: Peggy Balsawer, Paul Byrne, John Odenwelder, Victor Pa, Anne and Jon Spear, and Saurabh Verma. We are particularly grateful to Saurabh, who, as an employee of Acumen Solutions was instrumental in putting LCNV on the very short list of selected non-profits.
The Literacy Council would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who ran, registered, and rallied support for LCNV’s cause. It is only because of individuals like you that LCNV can provide ongoing services to adults who are eager to learn how to read and write.
To learn more about our next upcoming event, please visit: Reading: A Family Affair.
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This recent Saturday I embarked on my first volunteer adventure outside of working with LCNV’s classroom programs. I had been excited about the Basic Computer Skills Workshop upon hearing about it months ago. Immediately, I had thought of my mother. She has been eager to use a computer for years, but never knew where or how to begin. I’d been feeling guilty about not having the time to sit down with her and teach her, but the opportunity presented itself on November 5, 2011.
The workshop was a fun-filled, energy driven experience, which featured representatives from IBM’s Asian Diversity Group. There were so many helpful hands available that each student had their own personal IBM or LCNV tutor. Even as I struggled with teaching my mother, a daunting task, a very helpful IBM volunteer provided assistance.
Now, I am proud to say that my mom is a citizen of the internet. We set her up with an email and Skype account. I saw that other students were joining Facebook and looking for relatives while others were watching YouTube videos and learning about searches. It was a great experience, and I’m so glad my mom and I were part of it!
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On November 5, 2011, the Literacy Council will be hosting an ESOL Writing In-Service, and a Basic Computer Skills Workshop for Students; both opportunities are free.
ESOL Writing In-Service: The PWCS Adult Education ESOL Program has developed curricula for integrating reading and writing instruction with literacy level through advanced students. Learn about these excellent resources for use in the classroom at all levels. Understand how students’ own writing can be used as authentic text for learning. Although this curricula was designed for use with ESOL learners, it is also appropriate for students whose first language is English.
Basic Computer Skills Workshop for Students: Learn how to use a mouse or a keyboard. Find out how to search for information on the internet or use e-mail. Learn how to talk long distance with Skype. Volunteers will be here to help you learn basic computer skills. Your friends and adult family members also can attend the workshop and improve their computer skills.
Date: November 5, 2011
Time: 12:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
Contact: email@example.com or call 703.237.0866
Come out and take advantage of these free learning opportunities!
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
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Elliot Zhang, one of our ESOL tutors, is a member of the Asian Diversity Networking group at his company (IBM). A few months ago he approached the Council with the idea of having this group do a workshop for LCNV students who are interested in acquiring some computer skills. Of course, we were delighted with the offer although we were uncertain how many students would take advantage of it. We’ve often had difficulty getting our students come to events other than their regular language classes and tutoring sessions since many of them lead such busy lives.
The workshop took place last Saturday afternoon in our computer lab. The turnout surpassed our wildest expectations. Students from the classroom and tutoring programs came in equal numbers, and many of them brought along friends and family members. In fact more people showed up than could fit in the room, and Elliot and his crew were forced to turn away some latecomers.
The workshop was a huge success. Although some of the students had some prior knowledge of computers, many of them were starting at ground zero, thirsting for answers to the most basic questions such as how to turn on the computer. The attendees were extremely grateful for the opportunity and overjoyed at what they learned during the afternoon. The only negative comment I heard was disappointment that the workshop was a single event rather than a continuing class.
The experience has led to interesting discussions among the Council staff regarding the desirability and/or feasibility of the council’s adding computer literacy classes to its other educational offerings. Meanwhile, we all are extremely grateful to Elliot and his IBM colleagues for this excellent workshop – and hope we can convince them to do a repeat performance soon!
-Elise Bruml, Tutoring Programs Director
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I happily represented LCNV this Wednesday in Richmond during a meeting with the Virginia Literacy Leadership Council to plan for next year’s conference. The committee has members from community-based literacy organizations all over the state and has planned conferences to bring these non-profit literacy organizations an opportunity to network with colleagues and develop their staff. We talked about the logistics of executing this year’s conference and goals for this conference as well as what we’d like to do in the long-term. For this year, we are working towards creating a conference geared toward building infrastructure. We’re trying to reach for a wider range of presenters and build a reputation about the conference in the surrounding areas including Maryland and North Carolina. In future years, we’d also like to open conference registration up to volunteers and not just the staff of these organizations. There is even hope of video recording the workshops for posting online! If you have suggestions for the conference, especially for presenters or workshops, please let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The better we represent your interests, the better we can share what we learn. I’ll be sure to share the progress of the conference in later posts!
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