In this issue of The Change Agent
, adult learners describe the complicated role that technology plays in their lives—sometimes opening doors, easing communication, nurturing relationships, and improving education, and other times… not so much. Contributors share their tips and tricks for how they make technology work for them, how they persuade their families to occasionally unplug, and how they navigate the pressure to buy new gadgets. Examining the larger context, writers also explore the ecological effects of technology, as well as the role of public policy and the economy on our access to technology. Background pieces provide opportunities for students to extend their learning. Extensions and discussion questions give teachers classroom-ready material that will engage students and teach basic skills. This issue is now out of print, but can be downloaded from our website with an online subscription. World Education. September 2013.