Mar 9, 2014 12:50 PM by katc
South Louisiana Community College's campus in Abbeville has received a $7,000 grant from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to buy Kindle electronic reader tablets to help students bridge the technology gap between smartphone and a laptop or desktop computer.
Students enrolled in adult education classes are working on completing high school equivalency diplomas.
Many are nimble at texting and using smartphones, but may be overwhelmed in use of a laptop or desktop computer, program director Melinda Bynog told The Advocate.
Bynog said the tablets will be incorporated into literacy lessons in which students will be able to text responses during class. A teacher also may ask students to electronically send writing samples, a way to ease student fears about sharing their work with the class, Bynog said. The texts may incorporate audio to help students communicating at especially low levels, she said.
"Our students are quite frequently tied to their cellphone," Bynog said.
"If we get them comfortable with the Kindle tablet, we can show them it's the same as working on a computer, so they can grow more comfortable and then work with them on their keyboarding skills. The idea is to get them comfortable with technology because most of them don't have access to a computer and they get frustrated. It's to show them, 'You can do this.' It's just a bigger keyboard," she said.