The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, in collaboration with Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development, hosted 112 members of the adult education community for the 28th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference on Temple University’s main campus.
The ultimate goal of the 28th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference was to ensure that adults and out-of-school youth age 16 and up are prepared to succeed in high school equivalency testing, acquisition of English as a Second Language, entry into post-secondary education and training, and family-sustaining jobs.
“The Commission has always emphasized incorporating technology into adult education programs. We believe providing adult learners with every resource available will put them in a better position to achieve their goals. This creates a stronger workforce and benefits all Philadelphians; when they succeed we all succeed,” said Diane C. Inverso, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.
Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, was the keynote speaker at the event. The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is a global competition in which teams from all over the world develop mobile applications for adult learners in the hopes of increasing literacy skills by improving access, while increasing retention. Kattan also revealed that Philadelphia would be one of three cities that will be testing the mobile devices developed for the competition.
“When we were deciding where to test the apps, we said Philly had to be one of them because it’s so unique. No one is collaborating across so many networks like MCOL. Typically, delivery of literacy resources is very fragmented, no else is doing adult literacy quite like this, which is why Philly had to be one of the cities where we would test the apps,” said Kattan.
The conference attracted presenters from across the country to share their knowledge on topics such as, web design, using mobile devices to apply for jobs, embedding digital skills within high interest topics, class management, and other strategies for motivating adult learners through technology. Attendees were made up of adult education practitioners, administrators, and advocates. The conference also featured exhibitors from FactSumo, Aztex Software, Think60, Jump Wireless, Burlington English, Educational Testing Service – HiSet, GED Testing Services, and Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology.