— Melvin Doran
Melvin Doran, aged 64, is using Learner Web at the Hubbs Center, an adult basic education center run by the St. Paul Public School District in St. Paul, MN. He’s catching up on math classes, in hopes of returning to community college for a degree in repairing robotic manufacturing machinery. While Melvin prefers being in the classroom, where he can ask a question if he doesn’t understand something, he is getting used to learning math on the computer: “You have to really be awful patient. It’s hard to back up, so if you don’t catch something you have to start from the beginning.” And he says spending so much time online is having other benefits. “I had a computer at home, but I’m finding out more about the Internet than what I knew,” he says. “I didn’t know how to type, but I’m getting better. And my curiosity is getting more and more. What they call Powerpoint, Word—anything that comes up I have to do it. Right now I have an assignment for an essay and I intend to go on the Internet and find more information.”
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