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Event Title: Research on Using Technology in Adult Basic Skills Learning
Event Type: LINCS Community Discussion
Date(s): May 9 - 13, 2016

Dear LINCS Community,

LINCS is excited to announce its next discussion: "Research on Using Technology in Adult Basic Skills Learning."

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Highlights from ISTE (Part 1)

Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, our amazing Educational Technology Manager, just returned from International Society for Technology in Education conference and shared a great deal of the exciting and trending things happening in the world of education.

The big trends coming to education include: 

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Getting it into Learners’ Hands (and Ears!)

 

Now that you have had a chance to test some different tools and create some audio files, here are some ways to share them.

Your service’s channel:  Using a service like Chirbit or iPadio makes it simple – just use the channel associated with your username.

YouTube:  YouTube.com is the world’s #1 service for video sharing – but sadly many school districts block it.

Tools for Audio Projects Part 2, Audacity logo
Software: 
 
Audacity
Audacity is a free, full-featured audio recording software program for Windows or Mac.  You can download and install it from http://web.audacityteam.org/. Using Audacity allows you to make longer recordings and edit your recordings as much as you like.  Once you have created your audio files, to distribute them to learners you would need to upload them to a web-based service like Chirbit or iPadio.
 
SAFE stands for the four characteristics of Optimal Computer Technology Integration in Adult Basic Education: Seamless, Appropriate, Facilitated, and Empowering. In this post, I'll dig into the idea of "Appropriate" technology use.

The Minnesota Literacy Council training room has a SMARTBoard in it. The training team went through training and orientation about how to use it many months ago. Unfortunately, I rarely use it as anything but a projector. I decided it was time to change that and I found inspiration by searching for #smartboard on Twitter. That search led me to a blog called Teachers Love SMARTBoards with an entire list of comments by educators about how wonderful the SMARTBoard is.  (A guest post by Burgen Young)

A 50-minute Advanced ESL lesson integrating technology... planned in 15 minutes. Why did it work?
Popular educational video content provider Khan Academy has produced a new, free iPad app.
Recently I was contacted by an adult literacy educator who got the exciting news that her classroom will be provided with a set of iPads for learners to use. That's exciting news, but immediately questions arise, like "OK, what can I do with these things to enhance literacy instruction? What apps are helpful in adult and family literacy classes?" What you see below is my response to this question. Read on!
The Flipped Classroom
Do you wish for more class time for practice but need to use that time to explain content instead? Then flipping the classroom may for you. In a traditional class the teacher lectures during class and students do application exercises for homework.

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