Use the new Internet Library for Adult Learners
Using the Internet for research can be overwhelming. There is so much information.
Its hard to know what is reliable and what is not. With firstfind.info,
you dont have to reinvent the wheel. Sites of interest for everyone,
but especially an Adult Literacy/ESOL population, have been reviewed by
librarians and adult educators. Sites on firstfind.info have a balance of
accessibility, reliability, relevance, and general high quality. The lessons
in this unit help familiarize students with a valuable resource as they
improve their researching, writing, and computer skills.
(The Westchester County Library System, with the help of Brooklyn, New York,
and Queens Borough Public Librariescreated firstfind.info.)
- Internet, computer skills, researching, critical thinking, reading
critically, writing, life skills.
Students will be able to:
- Use the Internet to answer life skills questions
- Use an online dictionary
- Evaluate Web sites
- Fill in online forms
- Write about Web sites
National Reporting System of Adult Education standards are applicable here.
These are the standards required by the 1998 Workforce Investment Act. See
This whole unit is about media. Your students have to have some access to
the Internet for this unit to work. firstfind.info is the gateway, leading
you and your students to many other great Web sites.
Nothing much is needed here. Students do their research on the Internet.
The writing they have to do can be done on the computer on with pens or
pencils, and paper.
Prep for Teachers
Review firstfind.info on your own. Dont use these lessons unless you
think firstfind.info will be valuable to your students.
Also, make sure you check all the Web resources suggested here before trying
to use them with students. Web sites change. Even though firstfind.info
gets undated frequently, links can stop working at any moment.
As always, it is suggested that teachers give the activities a try before
bringing them to your class. Doing to activities helps teachers understand
what students are going through, and often allows for anticipating potential
snags and challenges the students may encounter.
This unit assumes some very basic computer competencies. Students should
need to know how to move and click the mouse. They need to know what a menu
is. They need to know how to use the back button. They need
to know how to enter. If your students dont have that
knowledge, go to Find help about using firstfind.info here to
bring them up to speed. This section of the site provides some very good
information about the Internet and how to use it. Even if your students
have some knowledge of the Internet. They might find this section helpful.