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.
Do you have educational technology fatigue? Do you struggle to decide which webinars to attend, or which tools to learn? During this presentation, learn how to evaluate EdTech tools, and begin to create your EdTech toolkit. Every tool is not designed to be utilized in every class. Watch to figure out how to plan consistent, intentional, and proficient lesson plans. Link to Wakelet: https://wakelet.com/wake/2Ohw7UqRayqLUZOQ0LCUr?utm_medium=Referral&utm_…
Yes, there are ways you can assess the digital literacy skills of your beginning English language learners! During this webinar, you will learn about teacher-tested tools and approaches you can use right now and when planning your program’s next new student intake event. In a combination of discussion and experiential activities, you will explore assessment tools and approaches that can help you and your beginner English language learners gain an understanding of their digital literacy skills. With students’ assessment information, you can: Understand their needs before class starts to inform teacher and program planning and to ensure equitable and high-quality experiences, work with them to set digital literacy goals, and document skill development so they, and you, can celebrate their progress.
In this webinar, Sherry Lehane from Providence Public Library shares her work on adapting and optimizing teacher created material for mobile instruction; Jeff Goumas of CrowdED Learning shares tools and strategies to help you organize and share free, mobile friendly content with learners.Tiffany Brand from Dover Adult Learning Center in New Hampshire shares goal-setting strategies and tools for learners using mobile learning apps.
Assessments have the potential to be powerful tools for supporting the development of technology skills and digital resilience. The DRAW scan revealed a need for better understanding of existing assessments and how to use them, as well as new, asset-based assessments that measure digital resilience. An aligned and strategic approach to assessment would allow educators and program leadership, researchers, and policymakers to tailor instruction to the needs of learners, understand their progress, target resources where most needed, and signal mastery of skills to employers and other stakeholders. This deep dive explores practices and models for assessing digital skills and opportunities to improve assessment and skills validation in adult education.
This webinar presents how to effectively use the smartphone in a classroom setting, not only with students, but for the teacher to be more effective and efficient with time in the classroom. This covers students/teachers using their smartphone for 24/7 engagement through various platforms.
Accessibility is essential for leveraging technology and providing educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners. The toolkit offers resources, tips, and information for state and district leaders that can provide guidance on how to ensure accessibility is part of the educational equation. The goal is to support leaders in being proactive instead of reactive. The four sections of the toolkit define accessibility and share why this effort is important today, identify the legal requirements for digital accessibility, describe the benefits of digital accessibility, and explain the procurement of accessible technology.
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.
This journal article argues for two approaches to support teachers as they design technology-rich instruction: a structured use of technology integration frameworks and strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher decision making. Doing so can help teachers build on what they learned as practitioners during the pandemic and boost their capacity to design technology-rich instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners.
This tool is designed to help practitioners and programs define the digital skills required for diverse learner types to help inform the design of their digital literacy programming. These checklists draw from Digital skill sets for diverse users report from the University of Washington Technology and Social Change Group in partnership with the Seattle Digital Equity Initiative.
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.
In this webinar, Jen Vanek from World Education highlights key evaluation criteria teachers might consider when choosing a mobile app to support instruction; Tiffany Brand from Dover Adult Learning Center shares her strategies for involving learners in evaluation after use; and EdTech Center Advisor Jeff Goumas from CrowdED Learning leads a discussion on the importance of establishing metrics for evaluating app effectiveness based on your goals.
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.