We get on our phones and connect. We use our phones to communicate - send messages, share events, Zoom with family and friends, be entertained, get reports, search for answers, waste time, watch videos, and even earn money.
What I've learned
Over the years, I've seen many adults with limited reading skills (and living in poverty situations) have cell phones. Even though these cell phones may be what learners call government or Obama phones, these phones tend to be newer and full of features.
What I've come to realize over the past few months however is that these adults have these powerful tools with them 24/7 but don't necessarily use them to do any of the tasks and opportunities listed in the opening paragraph above.
Here's my point
Not because your typing speed is slow but you don't know how to spell. You lose the words you want to say as you start spelling the first word. And yeah, the words pop up as you type but you haven't a clue as to what they say.
Someone set up your Facebook account. You get lots of posts. You've learned how to like and share them, but you don't understand how these messages get made or posted....
That's just the beginning of the massive amount of print bombarding you daily (during these trying times) that makes no sense.
What can you do to change this situation?
They want to do what you do. Cell phone usage is just one of many literacy (and technology) skills these adults want to learn.
For example, West wants to pass the driver license test so he can look for jobs outside of the bus system. He also wants the sense of freedom that having legal access to a car gives us. Jeff wants to read letters from his great aunt so he may learn more about his family's history. Other adults are tired of asking others for help while they hide what they don't know or understand.
community gain these much needed literacy skills.
You, too, can help these adults become skillful.