The aim of the CREATE Edtech Technical Assistance (TA) Library is to provide guidance to practitioners and adult education leaders on integrating or advancing instruction through edtech and other digital technology. Resources include technology integration and digital skills frameworks, technology adoption checklists, webinars highlighting promising resources and strategies, and technology enhanced lesson plans and guidance.
Each submitted resource has been evaluated by internal subject matter experts from World Education to determine their viability for inclusion, their alignment to one or more technical assistance categories (informed by prior research and the expertise represented in the CREATE Adult Skills Network), and their quality of content, structure, and guidance. The technical assistance categories in this library include:
- Planning technology use;
- Communicating with learners;
- Managing content/instruction;
- Determining instructional content;
- Providing instruction through different modes; and
You can locate resources through the categories or by keyword search.
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Do consider nominating a technical assistance resource, by clicking on the "submit new resource" button seen above and fill out the form. Submissions are reviewed monthly and will be added to the library if approved.
There are many free and editable resources for adult educators and their learners. By using Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom and online, teachers and agencies can save money, revise and refresh curriculum and give learners an opportunity to customize their learning. This session will introduce participants to the basics of Open Educational Resources; what they are, how can you find them, and considerations for determining their quality for use in your classroom.
In this Distance Education Strategy Session from the EdTech Center @ World Education, Kristin Klas and Laura Tamali from St. Paul Adult Basic Education (MN) share strategies for using multiple google applications integrated on a Weebly site to support distance education.
This OTAN Tech Talk will discuss approaches that encourage student's voices and strengthen student commitment to their learning. The aim of the presentation is to discuss research-based strategies that explore digital preferences when learning in adult education settings. The power and influence of student voice in the transformation and leadership of our programs will be discussed and innovative practices in technology-rich environments will be reviewed.
This checklist can be used to develop a new distance education program or those looking to refine an existing distance education program. It doesn't follow the order learners typically participate in the program (recruitment, orientation, instruction), rather, it starts with a focus on the learners and their goals. Then can be used to plan instruction based on the target audience and develop orientation and recruitment strategies once the specifics of the skills and technology needed to succeed in the instruction are more clearly known.
The 8th Edition of the IDEAL Distance Education and Blended Learning Handbook provides guidance on setting up distance education, blended learning, and hyflex courses in adult education programs. The organization of the Handbook chapters reflects important programmatic considerations, including: recruitment, screening, orientation, instruction, and assessment. The guidance provided and reflection required in each chapter support the development of practical plans for distance and blended education implementation.
We're all guilty of it. Responding to email, checking messages, doing some reading while holding a conversation or attending meeting. And students do the same, swearing they're able to multi-task. Research proves that's just not the case. This episode of “Your Edtech Questions” tackles the question of how educators can successfully address device distraction in the classroom. Guest Liz Kolb, Ph.D., educator and author of Learning First, Technology Second: The Educator's Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons, shares the research that proves multi-tasking is unsuccessful, explains how it interrupts active listening and provides examples of the really smart things teachers are doing to manage devices in their classrooms. She also unpacks resources to help educators start having a conversation about device distraction and and explains how educators can model responsible device use. Please note: You must select the podcast from the list in Buzzsprout to listen - it does not automatically pull to the podcast described above.
In this recorded training, participants learn specific examples of how to integrate everyday mobile device applications into learning objectives; participants then discuss additional activities to enhance student performance through use of the apps
The Teaching with Technology tool is designed to help adult education teachers locate lesson plans that can be used as-is or modified for use with your learners. The lesson plans integrate technology tools in a way that engages students, enhances their learning, and extends their learning beyond the class.
This article describes the Digital Literacy Action Plan, an instructional strategy designed to differentiate, increase learner agency, and address digital equity concerns. This article is written for adult basic education instructors who aim to integrate digital literacy skills into their instruction in a way that is meaningful to each learner and empowers learners to acquire digital skills autonomously.
The goals for adult learning include being able to use literacy, numeracy, problem solving, communication, and digital skills effectively across contexts. Understanding the Learner Factors and strategies that impact adult literacies and how they connect to each other can help you build tools and lessons that support all learners. Learners thrive when their experience is personal and meaningful. This free tool helps you find research-based strategies that support the whole learner so you can create better learning experiences today.
This Google Form survey helps assess students' digital literacy and access. Use this form to explore students' needs.This form is one step in creating a Digital Literacy Action Plan (DLAP). See the whole process of developing a DLAP here: https://wakelet.com/wake/oE8aSwlIj5IskWqbMqnug
As emerging needs for remote instruction swept across the state, colleagues come together in this webinar to network and discuss strategies for developing an online class. This webinar focuses on learning how to modify face-to-face content for online instruction, and Identify best practices for online instruction including keeping students informed of the progress and staying connected.