Category Archives: Education

Voices From the Lab: Retiree Learns Tech Skills for Job Search

 Two years after retiring as a Janitor for the Del Valle School District, Noe Quintanilla, realized that he needed to find a part-time job to help supplement his income. When he went back to the school district to apply for … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Never Too Old to Learn

Troy Shackles and Meredith Sisnett In Troy Shackles lifetime, he has seen the invention of many consumer products that have changed our lives–the electric razor (1928), TV Remote Control (1955), handheld calculator (1967), Sony Walkman (1979), and MP3 player (1998). … Continue reading

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Voices from the Lab: Rural Texas student learns on-line safety lesson

“Why do I have to enter my password to look at this info my friend sent me,” the elderly student, Norma, said as she opened an email on her new mobile device.  She recently met with the training manager of … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: TFA’s iPads for All

The retired couple held the iPad between them, discussing how all the different features on the mobile device could help them as they travel. “We can use the maps and Internet to plan our trips,” the husband said as he … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net Keeps Our Users Safe

When Harry entered the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) he was pretty sure that he’d know a scam if he heard one.  He’s lived on the streets of Austin for a long while now and says that makes … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: With Austin Free-Net, VICTORY is Just a Tablet Away

Austin Free-Net is yet again at the forefront of technology and community partnership.  Our brand-new program, called TechnoRead, has been introduced to our community in a model-creating way.  Austin Free-Net has loaned four iPad tablet computers to the staff of … Continue reading

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Rural high school kicks off project to develop Geographical Information System (GIS) maps

“I have a student who’s really not interested in much of anything,” said a teacher at Smithville High School (SHS), located in a rural Central Texas city. “But as he researched the ESRI GIS project we will be starting soon, he got … Continue reading

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Voices from the Lab: Bilingual Computer Classes a Hit in Rural Texas

Around fifteen students attended a five week bilingual computer training session in Smithville Texas recently, presented by the Rural Texas and San Antonio office of Technology For All. The students, all Spanish speakers who were learning English, covered a variety … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Learning the language at any age

“I’m no longer afraid of the computer.” It’s a line that’s been said many times by  students after attending computer classes taught by Technology For All (TFA)’s  program specialists at public computer centers in rural Texas and San Antonio.

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Voices From the Lab: Warmth Abounds at South Austin Neighborhood Center

Just as the weather starts to cool down, and even give us some slight freezing, the visitors of the South Austin Neighborhood Center enjoy true warmth.   Nestled amongst full-grown Live Oak and Cedar trees and intertwined with a running creek, … Continue reading

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