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Reading and Writing
Taking Notes on Videos
Explore ways to teach note-taking skills using VideoNot.es.
keywords: video, note-taking skills
Using YouTube to Encourage Adult English Learners to Read with their Kids
Explore a list of recorded picture books and learn how to make your own list to share with your students.
keywords: family literacy, reading aloud, YouTube, video, picture books
Mobile Writing Using Google Docs
A step-by-step look at using Google Docs with students on a mobile device.
keywords: cell phones, Google, writing, collaboration
Blogging: What Does Adult Literacy Mean in 2015?
Look at other blogs then try using one for a class writing assignment.
keywords: blogs, writing, literacy
Make Beliefs Comix: Fun While Learning
Use ready-made comic strips to practice writing conversations.
keywords: writing, English, writing prompts
Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom
Help prepare your students for college courses by introducing discussion boards in your classroom.
keywords: writing, college and career readiness, Edmodo
Online Advocacy Activity
Analyze a petition to find main and supporting ideas while discussing the funding needs of adult education in the United States.
keywords: college and career readiness standards, reading, writing, advocacy
Using Spreeder for Teaching Reading - Guest Post by Sharon Hennessy
Spreeder is a web-based application that allows students to monitor and improve their reading speed.
keywords: reading, fluency, English
Six-Word Story Contest
Create very short stories then present them using PowerPoint.
keywords: writing, English, speaking, PowerPoint, memoir
Using Online Audio Articles
Have students read along with online audio articles then read their articles to the class or even make their own recordings.
keywords: audio, listening, reading, The Change Agent
Using the Web to Support Persuasive Writing
Use a persuasion map to help students prepare for writing.
keywords: writing, graphic organizers
Using Word's Comment Feature to Improve Writing
Using the comment feature to give feedback, for students to respond to a piece of writing, for cooperative learning and for extension activities.
keywords: writing, feedback, Word
Writing Activities with Animated Movie Makers
Create greeting cards using online tools.
keywords: writing, comics, video production
Vocabulary and Grammar
Getting Students to Make their own Quizlet Vocabulary Sets and Develop their Study Skills
A detailed exploration of making and using Quizlet for students to create their own study aids.
keywords: vocabulary, study skills, flash cards, English
Alchemy for English Language Learners
Use an online game as a learning tool to develop vocabulary.
keywords: vocabulary, games, English
Using Quizlet to Build Vocabulary
Use Quizlet to develop vocabulary "flashcards".
keywords: vocabulary, games, English
Helping English Language Learners Select Alternative Phrases
Use an online program to correct grammar and review multiple ways of phrasing a sentence.
keywords: grammar, vocabulary, English, writing
Cell Phone Cameras - Guest Post by Joan Schottenfeld
A student uses his phone to take photos of his vocabulary words to review after class.
keywords: vocabulary, cell phones, English
Sentence Order Using Word
Students correct mixed up sentences while practicing cutting and pasting in a Word document.
keywords: grammar, English, Word
Using the Web to Improve Students' Academic Vocabulary
This online tool identifies academic vocabulary and creates fill-in-the-blanks activities from the selected text.
keywords: academic vocabulary, English
Game-based Vocabulary Practice Sites
Help students practice vocabulary with online games.
keywords: vocabulary, game-based, English
Another Use of Google: Google Definitions
Use Google SMS to find word definitions.
keywords: vocabulary, cell phones, English, Google
Prereading Activities Using Google
Use Google's image search to gather background information.
keywords: research, vocabulary, Google, reading
Speaking and Listening
Student YouTube Channels for Any Level
Explore ideas for using videos that students record of themselves and collect into channels.
keywords: videos, journals
Videotaping Public Service Announcements as an Alternative Assessment
Follow along step-by-step through this lesson that helps students present their research to others in the form of a public service announcement.
keywords: speaking, video
Using Flickr to Connect Field Trips and the Classroom
Students take photos with their phones and send them to the class flickr account to improve the classroom discussion after the trip.
keywords: cell phone, photos, field trips, discussion, writing
Using Google Voice
Tips and lesson ideas for getting the most out of using Google Voice with your class.
keywords: speaking, audio files, homework, English, rubrics
Blabberize in Adult Learning - An Overview - Guest Post By Kelly Smith
Have students share information using a comical website that allows you to add audio to a photo.
keywords: audio, humor
A Revolution: Adding Activities to Any YouTube
Add discussion questions, polls, and multiple choice questions to existing YouTube videos to check for comprehension.
keywords: listening, civics, video, polls
Using Video in the Classroom with TV411
Use TV411, an online collection of educational videos designed for adults, to supplement instruction in your classroom.
keywords: video, listening, English, math, science, cell phones
Giving and Receiving Directions (Part 2)
Students make short videos using cell phones of classmates indicating a route on a map while giving directions.
keywords: video, speaking, English, cell phones, directions, maps
Lesson Ideas Using Google Street View
Use Google Maps' Street View to gather more information about a specific location, to practice giving and receiving directions, or for a virtual field trip!
keywords: maps, directions, geography, speaking, English, Google
Using Google Voice with English Language Learners (Tech Tips from COABE) - From Lindsey Miller
Use Google Voice to collect MP3 recordings by your students.
keywords: speaking, audio files, homework, Google
Digital Learning Day Activity - Technology: What's it Good For?
Create a poll to explore your students' technology use and discuss the results.
keywords: conversation, surveys, tech use
Listening Activities and Avatars
Use a fun web tool to record audio messages.
keywords: speaking, audio, listening, Voki
Listening Skills and the Telephone Game
Use cell phones to pass a message from one student to the next and review the results.
keywords: speaking, listening, cell phones
Online Health Research as a Scaffolded Learning Activity
Try out this detailed lesson plan using online health research in a low intermediate English language class.
keywords: English, health, research, vocabulary, CCR Standards,
Watch a Video and Make a Mind Map with Coggle
Use Coggle to organize information learned from science videos.
keywords: science, organizing information, mind maps, video
Simple STEM Activities for English Language Learners
Students explain the steps involved in a science experiment using online physics demonstration videos.
keywords: science, physics, writing, speaking, English
Science Experiments on YouTube
Use You Tube videos of science experiments to explore science themes, for a classroom activity, and to write out how-to instructions.
keywords: science, experiments, video, writing, instructional outlines
Health Information Scavenger Hunt
Navigate a health website to learn about illnesses while developing research and information organization skills.
keywords: health, research, reading, writing instructions, summarizing information, MedlinePlus
Resume Building with Students on SlashCV
Read one teacher's exploration of using the SlashCV website with his students.
keywords: resumes, career readiness, digital literacy
Creating an Infographic Resume as a Classroom Activity
Try out websites that offer templates and tools to create a flashy new resume while considering the different components of a resume and desired skills.
keywords: resumes, career readiness
Occupation Scavenger Hunt
Try out two activities to use in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, one for lower level ESOL learners and the other for more advanced students.
keywords: career readiness, research, presenting information, worksheets
Using the Holland Codes for Career Exploration
Figure out which careers suit your personality then investigate them in more depth.
keywords: career readiness, research
Getting Started with Blended Learning
An introduction to blended learning based on a free online guide.
keywords: blended learning, publications
New Blended Learning Resource
Review the newly published guide on blended learning.
keywords: blended learning, publications
How to Sit in the Front of an Online Course
Get the most out of any online courses you take with these tips!
keywords: professional development, online courses
Have a Summer Reading List? How About a Summer Webinar List!
Add webinars to your professional development efforts.
keywords: webinars, professional development
Improving Literacy Using Mobile Technology Webinar
Watch the webinar recording presented by Steve Quann, Lisa Robertson, Nell Eckersley and Susan Gaer.
keywords: webinars, cell phones, video, QR codes, flickr, texting
Math and Numeracy
Integrating High-interest Infographics into Instruction
Find infographics that you can use in your classroom and use them to contextualize instruction. A an example of a math lesson is shared.
keywords: infographics, contextualized instruction, numeracy, charts, data
Making a Holiday Budget as a Financial Literacy Exercise
Explore making a budget using online calculators and worksheets.
keywords: numeracy, financial literacy, budgets, overspending, The Change Agent
Functions: Bridging from Concrete Understanding to Abstract Representations
Use an online function machine to practice identifying the rules being used to change one number to another.
keywords: functions, Learn Zillion, function machine, math, video
Balance Mathematics Instruction by Balancing Shapes
Use an online tool to visualize the meaning of mathematical equality.
keywords: math, equality, weight, algebra
Getting Started Using "Three Acts" in Your Classroom
Use Dan Meyer's "Three Acts" as a way to change your approach to math instruction.
keywords: math, Dan Meyer
Explore interesting math sites that can help learners solve perplexing questions.
keywords: math, online resources
Using Online Tools to Solve Everyday Cooking Problems
Try out online conversion tools and charts such as a calorie counter and an ingredient substitution chart to practice using online information to solve a problem.
keywords: numeracy, measurements, recipes, cooking
Fraction Circle Game - Guest Post by Pat Fina
Use an online tool to explore fractions.
keywords: math, fractions, circles
Creating Geometric Shapes as a Learning Activity
English Language Learners use Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to create shapes and to follow instructions about their placement.
keywords: English Language, shapes, geometry, prepositions, Word, PowerPoint
Surveying and Creating Graphs
Create graphs based on simple surveys using an online tool.
keywords: graphs, surveys, understanding data
Graphing Equations in Excel - Guest Post by Joe Panzica
Introduce spreadsheets and coordinate geometry by calculating and plotting points based on an equation.
keywords: math, equations, spreadsheets, graphing, Excel
Excel Activity for ESOL or Basic Skills Classroom
Use a spreadsheet to collect data and calculate averages.
keywords: math, spreadsheets, surveys, data, Excel
Problem Solving and Padlet
Explore classroom uses of padlet at different levels.
keywords: organizing information, collaboration
Use online tools to share your resources and ideas with your students or to exchange ideas with colleagues.
keywords: screen shots, screen casts, class websites, online communities, blogs
Explore different ways you can use technology to collect and store your ideas and resources.
keywords: camera, notes, organization, cloud storage, video capture,
Review of Infographic Tools for the Classroom
Browse a list of tools that you can use to create or use infographics and pick the ones that work best for your classroom.
keywords: infographics, reviews, charts
Finding and Organizing Inspirational Sources
Consider different ways to keep track of ideas and resources. Math instruction site suggestions included.
keywords: organizing information, bookmarks, blogs, math
Using Pinterest in the Classroom
Explore different ways to use Pinterest for your classroom including a geography project idea and some logistics to consider.
keywords: Pinterest, organizing information, student collaboration, gathering resources, writing,
Using an Online Graphic Organizer for Pre and Post Reading and Writing
Use Popplet for mapping out concepts.
keywords: organizing information, writing, research
Creating Infographics as a Classroom Activity
Students create a comparison infographic using easel.ly.
keywords: charts, data, design
Timeline Activity For English Language Learners
Replace your pencil and paper timelines with an online version.
keywords: timelines, charts, organizing information
Mural.ly - an online whiteboard on steroids
Use Mural.ly to have students collaboratively explore a topic.
keywords: organizing information, English, writing
Sorting out Pros and Cons
Create a table in Word to sort out pros and cons (or benefits and challenges) or try out an online tool.
keywords: organizing information, Word, charts
Tech Tool of the Year
Use Edcanvas (now renamed Blendspace) with students to research a topic and collect supporting information in multiple formats.
keywords: research, organizing information
Assessment, Classroom Management and Teacher Planning
Mirroring Mobile Phones with Reflector 2
Learn how to use an online tool to display your phone screen on a computer screen to enable students to follow along as you demonstrate a task they need to complete on their phones.
keywords: cell phones
Facebook Free Private Groups for your Classes
Get ideas for using Facebook groups in your classroom and learn about a Facebook group for adult educators.
keywords: Facebook, social media, communication
Creating Digital Assignments Using Google Drive
Consider reasons for switching to Google Drive to create worksheets and see step by step instructions to get started.
keywords: Google, collaboration, digital literacy
Building a Classy Class Website
Get ideas to inspire you to get started on your own class website!
keywords: websites, classroom management
Independent Viewing: Using YouTube Videos to Reinforce Instruction
Check out some of Connie Rivera's favorite YouTube videos for students to watch on their own and find videos you may want to use in your classroom.
keywords: video, YouTube, homework
Pause and Participate: Using YouTube Videos During Instruction
Explore techniques to get the most out of showing video in class.
keywords: video, YouTube
Self-Graded Assessments Using Flubaroo
Explore Flubaroo, an add-on to Google Forms that allows teachers to grade quizzes and provide students with feedback in less than two minutes.
keywords: assessment, Google, automation, data
Using Technology with Total Participation Techniques
Play a game of "Jeopardy" in your class and get everyone involved.
keywords: game-based learning, assessment, PowerPoint
Game-based Learning Using Kahoot
Follow these step-by-step instructions to get started using Kahoot in your classroom.
keywords: game-based learning, assessment
Reaching Out Across the Distance: Ways to Create Community and Provide Support in Hybrid Courses
Make best use of the in-person time you have with students while using asynchronous online tools to build interpersonal connection.
keywords: classroom management, hybrid classroom
Having Fun with Quizzes Using Socrative
Use Socrative for engaging assessments that give quick feedback on student progress.
keywords: assessments, quizzes, game-based learning
Open Education Resources
Explore free online resources that can be modified to use in your classroom and contribute your own resources for others to use as well.
keywords: free online resources, OER commons
Use Symbaloo to create a dashboard of links so that your students can easily access materials assigned.
keywords: webmix, quick links, classroom management
TodaysMeet - Guest Post by Sharon Hennessy
TodaysMeet can be used to quickly and easily set up a class chat room where student responses can be shown to the class as they are entered.
keywords: assessment, polls, writing, apps
Using Texting to Assess Student Learning
Students text responses that can be viewed instantly and turned into a word cloud to quickly assess learning.
keywords: cell phones, assessment, polls
A Reminder about Remind101
Use Remind101 to text students class updates or study aids such as the vocabulary word of the day.
keywords: cell phones, classroom management, vocabulary
Making Instructional Videos with Screencasts: Guest Post by Diana Satin
Screencasts can be a great tool for explaining how to do something. Try creating some to share with students.
keywords: teaching materials, video, screencasts
Creating Instructional Handouts with Screen Shots and the Snipping Tool
Use the snipping tool to upgrade your handouts.
keywords: handouts, teaching materials
Creating a Class Website: Guest Post by Julie Bailis
Creating a Class Website (Tech Tips from COABE)
Review some benefits of using a class website from two different teachers.
keywords: classroom management
Using Polling Before, During, and After Lessons
Try taking quick student polls to gather opinions, check prior knowledge or reading comprehension, or for other purposes.
keywords: polls, cell phones, classroom management
Resources for Seniors
Watch a webinar recording and explore a list of resources for helping older learners access the internet and improve their digital literacy skills.
keywords: access, older adults, resource list
A Mobile Tech Revolution in Low-Wage Work
This post summarizes a LINCS discussion of the same name regarding the implications of the increase in mobile device ownership.
keywords: access, cell phones, mobile learning
How Do Marginalized Adults Acquire Digital Literacy? Findings from a 3-year Study
Reflect on data from a study involving tutors, self-paced courses, and digital literacy.
keywords: digital literacy, tutors, e-learning, research studies
Problem Solving, Digital Literacy and Access
Read an excerpt from a LINCS webinar and then view the webinar in its entirety.
keywords: webinars, access, digital literacy, PIAAC
Reflecting on "Helping Learners Problem Solve Using Technology-Rich Environments"
This post outlines the webinar and provides a comprehensive list of links that were referenced in it.
keywords: webinars, access, digital literacy, project-based learning
Surveying Students About Their Technology Use
Find out more about your students' technology with two surveys, one for internet use and the other for cell phones.
keywords: digital literacy, internet access, cell phones, surveys
Supporting Digital Literacy: DigitalLearn.org
Guest Post by Jamie Hollier
DigitalLearn.org can be used by students to improve digital literacy and as a place for teachers to exchange information to improve their own digital literacy teaching skills.
keywords: digital literacy, self-directed courses, online teacher community
Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment
Use the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment to help students identify gaps in their digital literacy.
keywords: digital literacy, assessment
JobScout: Take Lessons. Earn Badges. Find Work.
Guest Post by Christina Gagnier
JobScout is a way for first-time Internet users to get access to digital literacy skills while looking for work.
keywords: digital literacy, internet, career readiness
Effective Internet Searching
Use these tips to get better results from your web searches.
keywords: digital literacy, internet, search engines