Maine Adult Education Office Harnesses Broadband for Students and Teachers
Maine's Office of Community and Adult Education is leading an effort that will harness broadband technology to benefit adult students statewide. Through Maine’s ConnectME Authority, the office recently received nearly $750,000 in funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to be paired with $254,682 in state adult education funds, over four years. The grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will expand the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative -- MARTI by providing intensive, ongoing training and mentoring in educational uses of technology to 112 adult educators across the state.
Ten trainer-mentors will review existing state curricula and develop blended models of face-to-face and online adult education instruction. Teachers will use techniques such as creating and sharing documents through Google.docs, exploring research studies with WebQuest, and using other online tools. Funds also will be available to MARTI classrooms to improve access to broadband and technology tools. The new grant supports Maine's existing effort to expand statewide broadband access by building out from local adult education programs that agree to become community centers for local access to broadband training and online connections offered in every corner of the state.
From the OVAE Connection newsletter, Nov. 10, 2010