Edtech TA Library

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
  • Assessment

You can locate resources through the categories or by keyword search.

We welcome feedback on our contributions, categorization, and tagging. To report a broken link for any of our resources, please click on the “submit feedback” button seen above and fill out the form.

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.

Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

Adult students need a strong vocabulary foundation in order to develop their literacy and use their English effectively in their many roles: employees, parents, and community members. In this webinar, you learn a research–proven six-step process infused with technology to help students not only better learn and retain vocabulary but also move new terminology into their productive vocabulary knowledge. You will also be shown and learn how to use select resources appropriate to each step of direct vocabulary instruction. Please note this webinar is 2 hours long.

2020
Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

Digital divides reflect longstanding inequities in American society, such as income and wealth gaps and uneven access to high-quality K-12 education.This deep dive shares findings related to advancing access and digital equity from the national landscape scan conducted for the DRAW initiative.

2022
Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

The purpose of the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance — referred to here as the Digital Learning Guidance or the Guidance—is to enable adult educators in the state of California to design and implement effective digital learning experiences. The Guidance is intended to inform the practice of all California educators, support staff, and school leadership that work with adult learners. The Guidance covers best practices across a variety of topics that are foundational to
effective digital learning, beginning with access and equity, and including foundational information about adult learning and digital literacy, frameworks for organizaing technology integration, models for structuring instruciotn, and asssessment

2022
Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

The Top Tools for Learning List is compiled annually via a survey of learning professionals (and others in related areas) who are invited to nominate their Top 10 (digital) tools for learning. The list is organized by personal learning, workplace learning, and education, and the top tools are also categorized by tool type (e.g., office tools, content development tools, social and collaborative platforms, etc.) Each year, the site offers insights into trends as evidenced by resource submissions.

2022
Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

The Technology-Based Coaching in Adult Education (TBCAE) Toolkit provides meaningful benefits to AE staff by offering:
• A process for integrating text messaging into AE programs' services as key to supporting learners' persistence and learning. Tools to plan the intentional use of individualized and personalized text messaging as proactive communication that anticipates and addresses challenges that learners encounter.
The report provides whether or not TBCAE enables higher persistence in adult education in Oregon, Arizona, Indiana, and Kentucky.

2021
Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy)

Many online tools now allow teachers to create and have students play games individually, in teams, and for homework. Many also allow students to create their own games or flashcards. In this webinar, you will learn how to search for games or flashcard sets for study, develop games, and flashcard sets, and monitor progress (through formative assessment, for example) using one or several online tools including: Kahoot, Quizlet, Quizizz, and/or others.

2020
Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

CrowdEd Learning, a World Education Initiative has created a series of tools to help instructors and adult education programs plan for effective instruction. This resource, the Skill Directory, allows you to explore academic, workplace, and lifelong learning competencies and provides examples of high-quality open educational resources to be used in the classroom.

Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy)

This Wakelet collection includes an overview of the Digital Literacy Action Plan, an approach to differentiating digital skills instruction and promoting learner agency. The collection has a link to an article that describes the approach, along with a survey, template, and other resources to support its implementation.

2022
Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy)

A blog entry which outlines the SAMR model. SAMR is a reflection tool that can help educators think about how digital technology integration is supporting learning in specific blended learning lessons and activities.

2023
Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy), Informational Material (e.g. Research, Programmatic Material, Toolkit)

Accessibility is a requirement to meet the needs of our learners with disabilities. This model lesson plan shows how one might introduce accessibility features to all learners, those with disabilities and others, to improve the success for all our learners. Though this is intended to be used as a lesson for learners, teachers might review the information to better understand the features they might use to help make their instruction more accessible.

Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy)

This webinar presents best practices to promote student engagement in online learning. Learn about best practices for encouraging student engagement and research-based recommendations.

2020
Instructional Material (e.g. Instructional Content, Lesson Plan, Online Course, Teaching Strategy)

This webinar discussed various aspects of equity in online learning to include accessibility, access, and representation and avoiding algorithm-based bias in online activities. This webinar disucsses the cultural competence continuum and how to transfer cultural competence to your online learning environment so you can create an authentic sense of community while engaging with students virtually.

2020