Adult Education Digital Literacy Library

Digital literacy resources for adult educators.

Websites

Technology and Digital Literacy in Adult Education

  • Tech Tips for Teachers Blog
    Blog intended for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction. It is written by Steve Quann and Leah Peterson at World Education.
  • Adult Education Technology Wiki
    Tiffany Brand, NH Adult Education Technology Mentor – page containing her workshop and presentation resources.
  • EdTech Center at World Education
    Sharing a collection of projects focused on digital literacy and the use of technology in teaching, including blended, distance and mobile learning.
  • LINCS Integrating Technology Community
    A community of practice for adult educators to explore issues related to integrating technology and digital literacy into adult literacy curriculum and instruction.
  • Integrating Technology in WIOA
    A document detailing the role of digital literacy instruction as part of workforce preparation activities.

Blended Learning

Assessment

Computer Skills for Students

  • GCF Learn Free
    A website created by the Goodwill Community Foundation containing many tutorials on computer software including Microsoft Office, email, basic computer use, and using the internet. The tutorials are free and contain videos as well as written lessons.
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum
    Info from Patrice Ball, Massachusetts SABES
    Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work. The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches absolute beginners to computing about what a valuable tool computers can be in society today, and the basics of using the mouse and the keyboard. The interactive, hands-on lessons will help novices feel comfortable manipulating the mouse and typing on the keyboard.
  • Computer resources from Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium
    Info from Marsha Connet, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
    On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium. You will find Lessons (handouts), Teacher Guides, Vocabulary Lists and Activities. Some computer skills may have several lessons associated with them and some lessons may cover several computer skills.
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions
    Basic Computer Literacy Project
    This site contains a series of three-hour lesson plans and student workbooks on basic computer literacy for adults. This series was created by literacy practitioners for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.
  • Saint Paul Public Library Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Learning Guide
    Tutorials for each skill assessed at Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

Keyboarding Websites

Here is a collection of websites where students can practice their keyboarding skills. Some require registration, most are free.

Books

  • Mastering Computer Typing by Sheryl LIndsell-Roberts
    ISBN: 978-0547333199
    Designed for self-instruction or classroom use, this book is the ideal choice for beginners who want to move from hunting-and-pecking to typing with ease, and for experienced typists who want to break bad habits and improve their accuracy.

Mini Grant Projects

Tried and True Techniques

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Game-Based Learning

Looking to create some fun and engagement in your classroom? Try one of these game-based learning websites:

These websites are great to use with students in teams sharing a mobile device or laptop with the game projected for the class to see.

Multimedia Resources for Projects

When using multimedia in student projects, classroom materials, or class websites, it’s important to have appropriate permission to use them. Here are a few resources to help find clip art, photographs, videos and music with usage rights that allow their use in your classroom.

  • Open Clip Art
    A collection of clip art images that have all been released into the public domain.
  • Pixabay.com
    Vector art and images in the public domain (beware of the first row of sponsored Shutterstock images above the free images)
  • Royalty Free Music
    Royalty free music clips – great for multimedia projects. Search by style, tempo, etc.
  • National Park Service B-Roll Video
    Video of landscapes, flora, fauna and more from US National Parks – all in the public domain.
  • Stockfootageforfree.com
    Free to use video clips of various subjects

Would you like to have a discussion with your students about copyright?

Common Sense media has a free lesson that can spark some great student discussion. Just register with the site for free to have access to the lesson materials.

Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

Some great articles include:

Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

With smartphones and tablets becoming more popular, students have video recording and editing capabilities in the palms of their hands. Instead of just watching educational videos, they can engage in the English language by scripting and creating their own.

See some examples of student created ESOL videos from the Spring International Language Center

Here is a PowerPoint presentation on their video creation unit plan

Want to create videos with your students? Check out these resources:

Websites

Technology and Digital Literacy in Adult Education

  • Tech Tips for Teachers Blog
    Blog intended for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction. It is written by Steve Quann and Leah Peterson at World Education.
  • Adult Education Technology Wiki
    Tiffany Brand, NH Adult Education Technology Mentor – page containing her workshop and presentation resources.
  • EdTech Center at World Education
    Sharing a collection of projects focused on digital literacy and the use of technology in teaching, including blended, distance and mobile learning.
  • LINCS Integrating Technology Community
    A community of practice for adult educators to explore issues related to integrating technology and digital literacy into adult literacy curriculum and instruction.
  • Integrating Technology in WIOA
    A document detailing the role of digital literacy instruction as part of workforce preparation activities.

Blended Learning

Assessment

Computer Skills for Students

  • GCF Learn Free
    A website created by the Goodwill Community Foundation containing many tutorials on computer software including Microsoft Office, email, basic computer use, and using the internet. The tutorials are free and contain videos as well as written lessons.
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum
    Info from Patrice Ball, Massachusetts SABES
    Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work. The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches absolute beginners to computing about what a valuable tool computers can be in society today, and the basics of using the mouse and the keyboard. The interactive, hands-on lessons will help novices feel comfortable manipulating the mouse and typing on the keyboard.
  • Computer resources from Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium
    Info from Marsha Connet, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
    On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium. You will find Lessons (handouts), Teacher Guides, Vocabulary Lists and Activities. Some computer skills may have several lessons associated with them and some lessons may cover several computer skills.
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions
    Basic Computer Literacy Project
    This site contains a series of three-hour lesson plans and student workbooks on basic computer literacy for adults. This series was created by literacy practitioners for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.
  • Saint Paul Public Library Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Learning Guide
    Tutorials for each skill assessed at Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment

Keyboarding Websites

Here is a collection of websites where students can practice their keyboarding skills. Some require registration, most are free.

Books

  • Mastering Computer Typing by Sheryl LIndsell-Roberts
    ISBN: 978-0547333199
    Designed for self-instruction or classroom use, this book is the ideal choice for beginners who want to move from hunting-and-pecking to typing with ease, and for experienced typists who want to break bad habits and improve their accuracy.

Mini Grant Projects

Tried and True Techniques

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Game-Based Learning

Looking to create some fun and engagement in your classroom? Try one of these game-based learning websites:

These websites are great to use with students in teams sharing a mobile device or laptop with the game projected for the class to see.

Multimedia Resources for Projects

When using multimedia in student projects, classroom materials, or class websites, it’s important to have appropriate permission to use them. Here are a few resources to help find clip art, photographs, videos and music with usage rights that allow their use in your classroom.

  • Open Clip Art
    A collection of clip art images that have all been released into the public domain.
  • Pixabay.com
    Vector art and images in the public domain (beware of the first row of sponsored Shutterstock images above the free images)
  • Royalty Free Music
    Royalty free music clips – great for multimedia projects. Search by style, tempo, etc.
  • National Park Service B-Roll Video
    Video of landscapes, flora, fauna and more from US National Parks – all in the public domain.
  • Stockfootageforfree.com
    Free to use video clips of various subjects

Would you like to have a discussion with your students about copyright?

Common Sense media has a free lesson that can spark some great student discussion. Just register with the site for free to have access to the lesson materials.

Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

Some great articles include:

Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

With smartphones and tablets becoming more popular, students have video recording and editing capabilities in the palms of their hands. Instead of just watching educational videos, they can engage in the English language by scripting and creating their own.

See some examples of student created ESOL videos from the Spring International Language Center

Here is a PowerPoint presentation on their video creation unit plan

Want to create videos with your students? Check out these resources:

Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

We often use video to bring science from the real world into our classrooms, but how can we ensure that students are learning from these videos? Derek Muller has a great TED talk about what makes up a science video that truly helps students learn science concepts.

He talks about the misconceptions that students often have about common science concepts. Muller’s video site – Veritasium https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium – has a great series of videos which shed light on common science misconceptions through discussion.

David Rosen from World Education also wrote an article on the Tech Tips for Teachers website about using a mind mapping tool to help students engage with science videos.

Anywhere Bookmarks with Diigo

If you are someone who works on multiple computers and devices during the day, keeping track of bookmarks can be a challenge. diigo.com is a tool that will allow you to access and create bookmarks from any computer or mobile device. It also lets you keyword tag your bookmarks so you can categorize them and make them easily searchable. You can log into your free Diigo account from any Internet connected device, see all of your bookmarks, and create more from websites that you visit.

I also use Diigo in conjunction with my Twitter account. I follow many educators on Twitter, and often they mention great resources that I would like to use later. Using Diigo’s “Save Favorite Tweets” tool every Tweet I favorite (by clicking the star button) will automatically become a bookmark in my Diigo account.

Here’s a video tutorial on Diigo.