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Your Quest? Find the BEST of the Web!

Introduction

Congratulations! As a participant in today’s training, you have been selected by The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland to join the Adult Education Resource Evaluation Team (AERET).

As you are well aware, area literacy programs are constantly trying to balance instructional needs and financial constraints. Budgets are tight, and instructional materials are increasingly expensive. Many programs have invested in purchasing or updating computers to make technology available in the classroom. However, even technologically literate instructors can be overwhelmed by the learning curve of new technology.

The main question we need your team to answer is: How do you judge which resources are worthwhile to incorporate in an adult literacy program?

You can benefit our adult education community by developing recommendations for which free resources are best suited for different settings. Some of the other questions to consider in your exploration:

  • What is the cost-benefit of using free resources? What are the “hidden costs”?
  • What is the range of technology available in adult education programs?
  • At what point is it cost effective to invest in a paid program?
  • How user-friendly are the resources? In other words, how easily can students and teachers learn to use them?
  • What changes need to be made in adult education programs to support instructors when introducing new resources into the classroom?

Thank you for your commitment to serving Northeast Ohio in the field of adult education!

Task and Process

Your goal for the morning is to develop recommendations on these resources to share with adult education programs in Northeast Ohio. Your team will develop both a written and an oral presentation of your decisions

5 MINUTES: Please decide on the following roles within your team:

  1. Usability Specialist: Your task is to evaluate the selected resources to decide how easy they would be for students and instructors to use. Some questions to consider: What are the technology requirements to access the programs? How easy is it to get started? What are the features that adult educators would require to get the most out of the programs?
  2. Instructional Specialist: Your task is to consider the instructional quality and implications of the selected resources. You need to decide how well the programs meet various instructional needs. Some questions to consider: Who is the intended student audience? What skills are taught? What is required of the instructor in the learning process?
  3. Cost Analysis Specialist: Your task is to make administrative recommendations for implementing the selected resources. Some questions to consider: How well would the selected resources help meet the goals of various adult education organizations? What training or support do staff need to use the resources? What are the hidden costs and barriers to using the resources?

5 MINUTES: After assigning roles, your AERET will decide on a subsection of the resources shared this morning to evaluate, and also take some time to find and consider additional resources.

10 MINUTES: Exploration and evaluation of selected resources.

10 MINUTES: Discussion of findings within group. Create a list of talking points for each resources: pros and cons, tips and concerns, who and how, etc.

10 MINUTES: Draft both a written and oral presentation of your findings:

  • Develop an appealing and informative one-two page flyer or blog post to share with area literacy programs. Here is an example: Chromebook for Education? Home?
  • All members of the team must participate in presenting a brief, two minute summary of your results.

5 MINUTES: Multiple team members proof read the draft. Practice and polish your summary. Remember, your final product is a professional recommendation that reflects on The Literacy Cooperative. Adult educators are depending on you to provide relevant but succinct information to aid in their decision making.

Presentation and Conclusion

Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to participate in AERET as a service to our region and the field of adult education.

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Top 18 FREE Websites for Workforce and GED® Test Prep

Warning: Once you start clicking these links, you may be amazed at what you find!

This list is not offered in any particular order of importance or quality, and without comment. I offer it to you as a starting point to the many free resources available on the web for self-motivated adult learners, and tech savvy adult education instructors.

  1. MikeRoweWORKS Tool Shed
  2. WorkKeys Practice Tests at OhioMeansJobs
  3. The Beehive
  4. My Job Scout
  5. USA Learns
  6. National College Transition Network Publications
  7. Tri-C’s Dev Ed Math MOOC
  8. Women Employed Resources
  9. Free Test Prep GED Practice Tests
  10. TV411
  11. Khan Academy
  12. Federal Student Aid
  13. Guiding Ohio Online Training
  14. Sense-Lang
  15. GED Testing Service
  16. Digital Literacy Assessment
  17. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  18. Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

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Exciting Strategies for 2014 GED® Test Preparation Instruction

Saving some trees by posting this workshop’s presentation online! In-person participants will also receive a sampler including instructional activities from Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book.

To mix & match GED Assessment Targets (or as I’ve come to call them, GEDATs, pronounced “Gee-Dats”), participants will break into one of the following small groups:

  • Reading skills with Science content
  • Reading skills with Social Studies content
  • Math skills with Science content
  • Math skills with Social Studies content

The Assessment Targets can be found in Chapter 2 of the Assessment Guide for Educators by GED Testing Service or the Appendix of my book.

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Tell Me: What Are The Skills You Need To Be An Adult Education Instructor?

Ten years ago…

I started as a volunteer adult literacy tutor at a homeless shelter and outreach center. In six months, I helped a student change from calling herself stupid to picking up the community college brochure to look at classes. My Site Manager asked me to teach a class two evenings a week. I joined the ranks of the 77% of adult literacy instructors who teach part-time with little training.

Within a couple years I became a full-time Site Manager, learning most of my teaching skills from watching other volunteers and co-workers. Eager to serve my students better, I attended a national conference organized by ProLiteracy. The workshops gave me a new perspective, connected me to the latest research, and transformed my teaching.

It has been thrilling to give back to the adult literacy community as an author, consultant, and trainer over the past few years. I have seen instructor training change lives, classrooms, and programs.

Essential Education-Learning Made CertainThis month I started a new adventure creating Social Studies materials for Essential Education. Much to my joy, I also get to work on a team developing professional development materials for adult educators! And WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

 

What about you?

What did you wish you knew when you started as an instructor? What workshops would/do you provide for new instructors? What skills or training improved your teaching? What professional development topics do you think have the most impact?

 If you respond by Tuesday, August 26th, I will share your comments at our team meeting, but this is an ongoing process and your comments are welcome at any time.

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New Online Course for Instructors to Implement 2014 GED® Test Changes

Instructors and administrators! Are you looking to develop new lesson plans or find resources to go in-depth with the changes to the new 2014 GED Test? WVIZ/PBS/ideastream is offering a 3-week online course starting next week: Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Teaching Adults GED Book CoverParticipants will work together through the Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED Test Resource Book to find resources and strategies that work in your unique setting. You will share reflections and lesson plans with other participants to implement changes in your program.

The course is $100, and one graduate credit is available from Ashland University. You do not have to be online at a specific time. Each week, participants will gain access to new information, activities, and discussion forums.

Contact Ann Ebersole to register today!

Space is limited, but registration is open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Ohio residents may be eligible for a scholarship from The Literacy Cooperative.

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Instructors: Ready for the 2014 GED® Test?

The 2014 GED® Test is officially here!

It has been a pleasure to spend the last year traveling in Ohio, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Connecticut to prepare instructors for the new 2014 GED® Test series…and it’s finally here! Thank you all for a fantastic 2013! Best of luck with your important work in 2014 helping non-traditional adult learners fulfill their educational goals.

Here’s my top content to answer your frequently asked questions:

What are the top 5 changes instructors need to know about the new 2014 GED® Test?

What vocabulary will students need to study to prepare for the test?

How can I prepare my students for computer-based testing?

How can I prepare students for timed typing?

How can I engage students with interdisciplinary instruction?

What other questions do you have about preparing for the new 2014 GED Test? Let me know in the comments or email me.

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As Promised: Massive Treasure Trove of Lesson Plans from Wisconsin!

Wisconsin deserves its reputation for incredibly friendly people and delicious fried cheese curds. It also can boast of an awesome annual adult education conference that attracts top national trainers and brings educators together from a wide variety of instructional settings to learn, network and share. I was thrilled by the energy, creativity and just plain fun that filled the conference. We are keeping the dream alive! Sí, se puede!

I promised I would scan & share the lesson plans developed in my sessions, and here they are! They are sooooo 2014:

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