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As in almost every other field, technology has the potential to revolutionize adult education. Distance learning technology opens up possibilities for adult education programs to reach more students, including those who have work and family commitments, lack transportation, or have other obligations that prevent them from attending classes on site.

Even programs that do not engage in distance learning must strive to keep their computer and telecommunications equipment and software up-to-date. Through partnerships, adult education providers can pool resources for the purchase and sharing of technology as well as the staff training that enables teachers to use the tools well. The Internet also gives teachers easy access to research, curricula, lessons, activities, fellow educators, and professional organizations. The materials in this section demonstrate how technology has benefited adult education programs and guide providers toward useful resources.