Introduction

The Kansas Adult Education Technology Task Force was established in 2001 with second year grant funding from Midwest LINCS.  Task Force members were selected based upon their knowledge and expertise in both technology and teaching the technology skills.  The Task Force was charged to review the technology competencies within the four technology levels to determine if they accurately reflected the skills our learners should master.   After reviewing and revising the competencies, the Task Force developed performance-based pre- and posttest Technology Competency Checklists to record observed learner performance and measure technology proficiency for Technology Levels A, B, C and D.  The Technology Competency Assessment Manual, published in 2002, established the statewide technology assessment protocol for Kansas AEFLA funded adult education programs. 

A second Kansas Adult Education Technology Task Force was established in 2002 with third year grant funding from Midwest LINCS.  Once again, Task Force members were selected based upon their knowledge and expertise in both technology and teaching the technology skills.   The Task Force was charged to develop detailed lesson plans to accompany the Technology Competency Checklists.   After selecting the lesson plan format, Task Force members reviewed resources used in adult education programs throughout the country and effective practices used in their own classrooms.  Each lesson plan was written for adult education teachers who do not have technology backgrounds,  as well as experienced technology teachers.  The Technology Lesson Plans provide the minimum instructional standard for Kansas AEFLA funded programs that “provide technology-specific instruction, including current computer application and use of Internet, to participants.” (Measure 5.2 - Indicators of a Quality Adult Education Program).  

The Technology Competency notebook, which contains the Technology Lesson Plans, a Technology Resources Section, and the Technology Competency Assessment Manual,  was published in a three-ring binder format to accommodate updates and use as a hands-on resource.   Please free to submit suggestions for improvement to:

Diane K. Whitley, Associate Director of Adult Education

Kansas Board of Regents

1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520

Topeka, Kansas 66612-1368

785.368.7359

FAX: 785.296.0983

dwhitley@ksbor.org  

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