Edtech TA Library

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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.

Instructional Material

Learn how digital technology can be used to support learner agency as they make choices over how, when and where to learn.

2023
Blog
Informational Material

Explore this curated resource list, including YouTube videos, podcasts, and articles to learn more about generative AI in education. The list is organized by key topics including The Basics, Power of Open (open source, creative works), Making it Work (applications in education), and Humans in Focus (ethics and equity). These categories reflect considerations when learning about or planning to use AI in instruction.

2023
Guide
Instructional Material

This presentation will demonstrate how to create assessments for students using Zoom and Google. The same techniques are transferable and can be applied to other online meeting and cloud tools. Step-by-step instructions to create interactive, authentic assessments for adult learners will be demonstrated. In addition, the presenter will familiarize participants with other types of formative and summative assessments.

2021
Webinar
Informational Material

This webinar hosted by Proliteracy and World Education features the Digital Literacy Action Plan (DLAP) created by Rachel Riggs, ESL Instructional Specialist, Frederick Community College. Rachel discusses the challenges digital literacy presents along with how the DLAP strategy helped her overcome those challenges. She also shares the tools she uses to implement the DLAP in her classroom. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions. Link to resources: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gs9ks0afdjny8z7/AADTCA9cCZWfSTp90WT2ZCZVa?dl…

2020
Webinar
Informational Material

Teachers, advisors, tutors, and directors need to communicate with their students outside of in-person class meetings as well as for distance education classes. Keeping in touch and continuing instruction are more important than ever. What digital tools can help us continue to provide real-time practice and support? What asynchronous communication tools are most effective to allow people to participate when schedules permit? And how can we choose the best ones to use according to staff and student needs? This webinar addresses four tool’s essential features, ways to utilize the tools for keeping in touch and for instruction, and how to select a tool that is the best match for you and your students.

2022
Webinar
Informational Material

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
List
Instructional Material

When you cook rice, what is the proportion of rice to water you use? Experience how having students explore this question can lead them to understand the concept of ratios as a relationship between quantities. The first hour of this webinar focuses on the lesson that Math PD specialist and teacher Connie Rivera used with her students. You experience the activity as a learner and hear about the background of the activity. She then reviews how to make a chart or graph in Google Sheets, and you have hands-on time to create charts and hear group discussion of how you might use a similar activity in your class.

2021
Webinar
Instructional Material

How have programs empowered staff to move forward on their digital literacy journeys, equipping them with the skills and confidence to guide their students along their own paths? In this webinar, explore a range of strategies aimed at extending support for instructors and other staff members who are building key digital skills: creating a professional development plan, pairing with mentors, engaging with free interactive online lessons, and more. You will see examples of tools you can use or modify to align with your curriculum and match to the levels of your staff and student digital literacy skills.

2020
Webinar
Informational Material

In this webinar, hear from panelists share their experiences and describe the models they use to teach in-person and online. Hear about strategies they have adapted and adopted and the lessons they have learned. They explain: The technology they use and related costs, other supports they have put in place to effectively support and engage both online and in-person students, and protocols and supports that help students access learning and understand expectations.

2021
Webinar
Instructional Material

Michael Bonner, a teacher, author and speaker, has attracted much attention for his innovative teaching methods at an elementary school in North Carolina where the vast majority of students come from low-income homes. Listen as he talks about the strategies and tools he and his colleagues to think through supporting innovative technology support and instruction. Learn about their experimental, collaborative process in K-12 education for collaboration and communication. Please note: You must select the podcast from the list in Buzzsprout to listen as it does not automatically pull to the podcast described above.

2019
Podcast
Instructional Material

Students can arrive to our classes with a range of computer skills. This can be challenging to manage! Hear how Catholic Charities, Worcester Public Schools, and MassLINKS adult education staff address this using a variety of approaches. These include an in-person “boot camp” before the semester starts, an in-class intensive focus on digital skills at the beginning of the semester, and a fully online training. Using these approaches can help students feel confident that they have the skills to handle the digital tools used in their classes.

2023
Webinar
Informational Material

This webinar provides guidelines on how to create and adapt learner activities to maximize reusability.

2022
Webinar