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LinuxWorld: Linux and the fight for technological literacy; Linux in adult education

Sep 07, 2000, 02:34 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The CATF/CTTC is all about creating digital opportunities in Austin for those who wouldn't otherwise have them. According to the literature that Ms. G handed out, "Even though Austin's economy is soaring with new high-tech developments, a significant number of residents are only getting farther behind. People who cannot afford access to computers and the Internet are not able to take advantage of modern business tools such as word processing and email. People who lack fundamental 'technology literacy' cannot even take advantage of free computers in public places." Technology literacy? Ah, my dweebs, now she was speaking my language."

"But Ms. G and crew are doing more than speaking. They are teaching. Travis High School provides the rooms, the computers, and the network. Volunteers do the teaching. Last year they offered a range of classes from introductory (using a keyboard and mouse), to Web authoring, networking, and programming. More than 500 individuals took advantage of that training last year. Just as you might suspect, however, all of that training was Windows based. And as you have no doubt shrewdly puzzled out, that part of the picture is about to change."

"Dr. Phil belongs to the ALG. He owns a firm, Fortuitous Technologies, that provides Linux training here in Austin. It is primarily as a result of his efforts over the past few months that Ms. G and the CATF/CTTC partnership are now adding Linux to their core curriculum. Dr. Phil is making part of his training material available for use for this purpose. Together, Dr. Phil and Ms. G were trolling for volunteers to teach the Linux classes two nights a week this fall. The Linux track will be offered initially as an advanced topic, and will cover system administration and networking."

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