Internet Literacy Resources

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It does not matter whether we are trying to rectify environmental mistakes, fix the economy, develop sustainable energy technologies or write a technical manual; the work requires not only workers who can read, write and reason to get the job done it also requires citizens and residents who can understand the nature of the problems that confront us and this understanding requires the abilities to read, write and reason.

Literacy and education are the pathway out of poverty and we cannot wait any longer to take that path. This hub provides links to Internet sites that provide both resources and examples. Please take the time to follow the links and learn what is being done and what can be done.

Education and literacy are social, economic and environmental priorities and until we achieve a high national literacy rate we will fail to resolve the crises that face us.

The problem is wide spread and severe, for example, in the province of New Brunswick the illiteracy rate is 48 per cent.

The Canadian Council on Learning has produced a report, Reading the Future that provides a look at the human face of low literacy. In addition, this report offers a wide range of potentially effective approaches to improve adult literacy.

It is estimated that in 2008, nearly 50 per cent of adult Canadians (48%) are below the internationally accepted literacy standard for coping in a modern society.

The report adds because of demographic changes the proportion will remain virtually unchanged over the next two decades. This is not an encouraging outlook for future generations and it may well mean that the problems we are facing will grow worse as far too many people lack the skills to tackle them.

Adults with low literacy abilities are ill more often; will experience more medication errors; be prone to more workplace accidents, earn less and are more likely to die younger.

In the United Kingdom, one in five people struggle to read and write. The same problems exist as poor skills compromise the health, confidence, happiness and employability of individuals and have a negative impact on our national economy.

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that changes lives through literacy. The Trust has a vision of a society in which everyone has the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that they need to fulfill their own and, ultimately, the nation’s potential.

The people behind the National Literacy Trust understand what is require; they state to make a real difference, whole communities need to work together. We help to make this happen.

The National Literacy Trust links home, school and the wider community to inspire learners and create opportunities for everyone. We support those who work with learners through our innovative programmes, information and research. We bring together key organisations to lead literacy promotion in the UK.

The Time to read program trains mentors and provides reading materials to inspire a love of reading and develop 21st century reading skills. The program was established in 1985 by Time Inc. to address the crisis of low levels of literacy among American children and adults; Time To Read is the nation's largest corporate-sponsored literacy/mentoring program.Time To Read has helped more than 300,000 people improve their reading skills.

Not surprisingly Google has set up a resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in reading and education which was created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning.

These are some of the Internet sites that provide information and resources to help anyone whop realizes that we will not build a sustainable, healthy and economically sound world until all people, everywhere are literate.

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Scottie JD 8 years ago

Great insight Bob. Enjoyed it.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks.


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Gardener Harold 8 years ago from Southern Ontario Canada

Bob. How do you get to have four links in one hub without being thrown out of hubpages. I had 3 and Nix nix. or else. ??????


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Gardener Harold, i do not know but oen link is to my own hub and the subject matter is Internet sites


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Gardener Harold 8 years ago from Southern Ontario Canada

Got it now Bob--Sometimes an old head takes a while to absorb all of todays mass technical knowledge -- and you have set me straight -- I had all links to my sight at different places in the sight,,, but still same sight. It helps to talk about it-----Thanks Bob.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

It does help to talk about it, glad all is well.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

My master's degree was in reading and literacy for the elementary grades, so this hub really hit home. Part of the reason I no longer wanted to teach was because of the daunting task of managing student behaviors while teaching reading and writing. Often many misbehaviors can be attributed to a child not understanding the content and acting out, or if the content is not challenging enough for them.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

"Often many misbehaviors can be attributed to a child not understanding the content and acting out, or if the content is not challenging enough for them." I agree Sweetiepie, this is a true problem. Thanks for the input.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Invaluable information. Thanks Bob for taking the time to write.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome Dottie and thanks for stopping by.

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