Technology in Adult Literacy Webinar

As technology becomes increasingly more advanced, educators often wonder what the best ways to use these advances to their advantage. In an effort to get adult literacy educators to implement new technology in their teaching, LINCS region 1 supported the Improving Adult Literacy: Using Technology to Support Learning and Motivation webinar.
This webinar brought together a panel of practitioners throughout the LINCS network to engage in discussion on how to use technology to support learning and motivation. Themes of the discussion revolved around access to technology, use of apps and tools in and out of the classroom, and production of learning materials by both students and teachers.

Along with a high level of participation from the attendees, the discussion also focused on several promising apps which could be effectively used in adult literacy and education. Below is a list of resources suggested by the webinar’s panelists:

NCTN’s Words2Learn Project: [IPhone, Android] By taking advantage of infusing mobile phones with learning, this app has various tiers to climb while students improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Lensoo Create App: [Android] This app combines voice recording with a virtual white board. Practitioners can record lessons and then share them with their students to review while outside of the classroom.

Google+ and Google Hangouts: [Online, IPhone, Android] The Google social network Google+ is arguably one of the best platforms to work with students. The “Circles” feature allows a person to share information with specific people and “Hangouts” allow for video chatting up to 9 people at once. Google Drive is also a great place to share learning materials virtually as well as help edit a student’s work via using Drive through the Hangout feature.

Show Me App: [IPad] This app, only available for IPad, allows teachers to create and upload lessons for their students to watch and review. Teachers can also review lessons already uploaded onto the app and use those as well.

Remind101.com: [Mass texting service, Iphone, Android] This app can be downloaded by a teacher to use as a free, one-way mass texting service. As the title suggests, the app is great to send quick messages to your students’ phones to remind students what to bring to class tomorrow or what the homework is, etc. The free service has limited use.

Other shared resources include a list of various sites, like TV411, Khan Academy, USALearns, and TeacherTube.

Access the recording here to learn more.

Using Apps to Engage Reluctant Readers and Teach Literacy

Written by: Luciano Cossi, Florida account representative McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

McGraw-Hill Education is committed to supporting Adult Education as we have for almost 40 years. Starting in 2011, Florida Adult Education programs began a transformation towards Adult Career Pathways. In the next 18 months, Florida will be transformed once again as the new GED Assessment is released and all GED student candidates will be faced with a more challenging test that will be delivered digitally via computer. As your McGraw-Hill representative I have met with students, instructors, and administrators throughout Florida. I have listened to your concerns, needs, and suggestions for how McGraw-Hill can meet the needs of Adult Education programs in Florida as this transformation occurs.

One of the areas of growing interest and transformation in Adult Education is the use of digital apps by both students and instructors. Digital apps are software programs known as apps that run on smart phone devices and tablets. The two major digital app platforms are iOS by Apple and Android by Google. McGraw-Hill Education has been publishing apps for students and instructors for all education levels from grades K through to College and beyond. The one area that we are now just publishing apps for is Adult Education. The first app that was published is called Words to Learn By.

Words to Learn By is a three-book series offering an evidence-based approach to vocabulary instruction for adult and young adult learners. Lessons focus on words from the Academic Word List and General Services List to build a foundation of high-frequency vocabulary encountered in academic content areas, the workplace, and everyday life. By offering a digital app for a print series students can engage with learning through a more personal level. Students use smart phones just like how a personal computer is used.

McGraw-Hill Education is offering the Words to Learn By App for no-charge on September 15-October 15,  2012 . The Words to Learn By app works with Apple® iPhones®, iPads™, iPod Touches®, and Droid Devices. This promotion is available only for Apple® devices. The following app will be free and available via the iTunes® App store. Learn more about this great app and others available from McGraw-Hill Education here https://www.mheonline.com/apps/MHEonline.

For more information regarding solutions for adult learners, please contact Luciano Cossi, McGraw-Hill/Contemporary account representative at 813-421-1073 or via email at luciano_cossi@mcgraw-hill.com .