By Jen Vanek, Director of the IDEAL Consoritum at World Education A key strategy to our EdTech Center’s work catalyzing an edtech movement in adult learning is the IDEAL Consortium, a Professional Development (PD) and technical assistance initiative comprised of state-level staff, PD leaders, and ed tech specialists from 11 member states. Through peer mentoring, … Continue reading 2017 Highlights from the IDEAL Consortium
In the closing speech at COABE 2017, XPRIZE Foundation CEO Marcus Shingles gave a wake-up call to adult educators warning that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will change learning at speeds and in ways we could never imagine. Showing a chart similar to Ray Kurzweil’s on the growth of computing, he illustrated how digital technologies develop … Continue reading Facing The Tech Revolution In Adult Education
This month the EdTech Center launched at the NCTN Conference, backed by a panel of national experts speaking on Promising Models in the Use of Technology. This was followed by a successful and well-attended webinar (497 registrants!) given by Dr. David Rosen on Blended Learning in the Adult Education Classroom. This was an outstanding start … Continue reading Kick Off of the EdTech Center
“The button was there and I pushed it. That was an action that will change my professional life.” — Cindy Holden, Vermont Adult Learning This is the comment of one brave participant in the New England Literacy Resource Center’s (NELRC) Technology Integration Project (TIP), a six-month professional development initiative designed to prepare adult educators to … Continue reading Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Technology in the Classroom
The U.S. Division of World Education is seeing increased use of online courses, webinars, virtual professional learning communities (PLC), and other virtual resources for professional development. How might these resources be used in ways that enhance their effectiveness and assure changes in practice by adult educators? We’d like to share some models and best practices … Continue reading Going Online with Professional Development!
If you’re looking for a job, you’ll need to search and apply online. If you want to know about upcoming events at your child’s school, the current school calendar is online. If you’re interested in learning more about public services in your city or town, you’ll need to look online. If you want to learn … Continue reading Is Everyone On?
Steve Quann is a former adult education instructor who now does professional development on technology integration and designs e-learning projects for World Education. Digital Promise talked to Steve about Words2Learn, a vocabulary app for adult learners, and why innovation in adult education is important. Q. Explain the Words2Learn approach in a nutshell. The approach is … Continue reading Mobile Apps Make Learning Accessible for Adult Students
The Change Agent has heard from teachers and programs that they need materials to help them teach to the new College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards, and we have engineered our lesson plans and activities accordingly. For example, turn to the story called “Finding Felix” in our latest issue, and on the surface, it is … Continue reading Using the Technology Issue of The Change Agent to Teach to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards
Mobile technology plays a key role in the everyday lives of the people we serve. Ask your students how many own laptops or computers. Then ask how many own cell phones. You will likely find more have cell phones. And what about smartphones? Early on we realized the educational potential for smartphones. When we first … Continue reading We’re Goin’ Mobile
Many frontline healthcare workers, especially Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), would like to advance in their careers and enter a nursing program at their local college. Admission to programs is very competitive, however, and applicants typically need to complete challenging pre-requisite courses in writing, math, and sciences before they can even apply to a nursing program. … Continue reading Helping Healthcare Workers Persist in Online Learning: Lessons Learned