AES EdTech Hub
Tech User of the Month
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State-Provided Online Curricula
Synchronous Training & Asynchronous Training
Burlington offers asynchronous self-paced training and synchronous virtual training. To request either, please reach out to [email protected].
Tips for Success
A new translation is available for Getting Started Student guide, download the Ukrainian version here!
Check out the flyer on how Burlington can now integrate to your LMS, which is specifically designed to digitize unit tests that are typically PDF or worksheet based.
1. Getting Started with Discovery Education: reach out to [email protected] with a proposed date, time, and number of teachers. Please note that DE requires a minimum of 5 attendees to hold training.
2. Professional Learning Sessions: Check out and attend an upcoming webinar. If you would like to schedule professional learning sessions tailored for your teachers or coaches, just let us know!
1. Ready-to-Use Activities! Have your teachers explored our ready-to-use activities? These time-saving activities can be used as-is or modified to meet the needs of your classroom! From Background Builders to Sentence Fix-Its to Choice Boards and more - teachers can find quick grab and go resources to use anytime in the Instructional Activities Channel. Click here to learn more!
2. Self-Paced Interactive Courses: Learn more about DE through these courses and receive a certificate of completion at the end!
3. The below recordings of past sessions are also available for you to watch (recommend viewing in the order below):
May Tips for Success
With Discovery Education Techbook, students can browse and use navigation to access specific materials. Assigning content, though, whether an individual resource or an entire concept or unit, ensures that students have fast access to materials, minimizes distractions, and creates opportunities for tracking completion!
Supplement Math Instruction
- Did you know DE has an entire collection of math channels to supplement math instruction in the classroom? From math vocabulary, to real-world applications, to problem solving strategies, and more! Don't miss those channels!
Watch this 5 minute video with an overview of what Discovery Education can offer your students this program year. Please note that while the opening image is of children, the rest of the video is non-age specific.
There is no formal training needed to get started with EdReady as it was built for students to self-enroll and take control of their learning. We do however, offer an Instructor Quick Start Guide and you can request synchrnonous support at any time, reach out to [email protected].
Tips for Success
1. EdReady Student-Specific Reports allow you to see information about an individual student's activity in a specific study path, including each testing activity, the resulting status/points earned, and the questions each student encountered. Additionally, the reports highlight how each student is spending their time in EdReady and whether they're taking advantage of the Learn Resources as much as you'd expect. (Short on time? Bookmark this Help Center article.)
2. Join EdReady's Office Hours
3. Visit our shared Google folder with EdReady resources for Algebra 1, English, and Developmental Math that can be printed.
Highlights & Happenings
Congratulations to Rio Salado Adult Education's West-MEC site as the Essential Education user of the month!
RIO West-MEC had the highest percentage of assigned seats used at 60% for the month of April.
Congratulations, Rio Salado West-MEC!
RIO West-MEC will receive a complimentary set of ABE Essentials workbooks!
NEW READING PROGRAM FOR ADULT STUDENTS IS NOW AVAILABLE!
MindPlay Reading Ultra is now available to add to your current Essential Education courses! This virtual reading program adapts to each student's reading level to help them improve their skills. Students and instructors can easily access MindPlay from inside the HomeRoom-no extra links, usernames, or passwords required.
To schedule a demo of MindPlay Reading Ultra, click here to access John's calendar.
None scheduled at this time; reach out to [email protected] to request training.
NEW! TABE integration video (7 min.)
NEW! Overview of GED & TABE 11/12 Academies (12 min.)
This introduction video will give you an overview of the Essential Ed platform and guidance on how to access additional asynchronous training within the platform.
The Training for Teachers videos will teach you how to log in and quickly get started using the Learning Management System (LMS) introduce the basics of the diagnostic reports available to you and how to use them and the Content Maps.
Tips for Success
NEW! Check out the Training and Free Resources tab in the LMS!
Avoid creating duplicate student accounts with these three steps!
Stay One Step Ahead with these login tips for Essential Ed and check out this one-page student login guide!
Do you need help introducing Essential Education to your students? This complete lesson plan will help familiarize your students with Essential Education.
The infographic here has links to downloadable resources and websites that will be helpful as we get to know Essential Education better this program year.
Do you need to import students in bulk? Check out this Essential Ed student bulk import video.
Our Essential Education contact for support is John Balentine, he can be reached at [email protected].
Teacher Verification Model (TVM)
Blended Learning Certification (TVM Requirement)
This course will ensure your understanding of blended learning as an instructional model to use the TVM effectively. Then, it will walk through the processes for earning/reporting attendance hours through the Teacher Verification Model. It will conclude with a capstone to demonstrate your understanding of the TVM process. Register here.
NEW! Video Walkthrough for Lesson Submission Through New JotForm
Click here for a video walkthrough of the template for submitting lessons to ensure your submission can be effectively used by other AZ Adult Educators.
NEW! Lesson Template
After you have successfully completed* the Blended Learning Certification course, submit a lesson for the TVM using this template.
*Successful completion = receiving a Certificate of Completion for the course which must be kept on file at the program (digitally or physically).
NEW! TVM WEbsite Repository!
Click the image to visit the lesson repository.
EdTech Professional Learning Resources
We are happy to bring you bi-weekly Tech Tips for quick and fun helpful hints, new ideas, and ways to troubleshoot. All will be placed into a Padlet for your convenience; bookmark the page to get the latest updates! Each tip can be printed to post around your facility or emailed out to other faculty and staff! We are happy to take requests for topics, reach out to [email protected] with your ideas.
Table of Digital Tools & Their Role in Your Classroom
With so many tools and so little time, it can be difficult to narrow down the right tool for the instructional goal. To help with this, we have created a table that gives a description about a tool, its corresponding instructional category*, and links to a tutorial video on how to use it to enhance instruction.
*Instructional categories are based on a 2021 COABE session ‘The Seven Elements of a Highly Effective Remote Teaching/Learning Program’).
Teachers 'N' Technology (TNT) Session Recordings
Click here to access recordings and session materials for all the dynamite sessions from TNT 3.0, January 6th, 2023!
Browse our catalog of training offerings for both specific tools and instructional strategies. Then, submit your request using this form. Refer to the Table of Digital Tools & Their Role in Your Classroom in the section above for more information on a specific tool.
Blended & Distance Learning
NEW! Learner Variability Navigator is a tool that allows you to select the factors that may affect your students' learning and offers appropriate strategies to support those factors.
NEW! EdTech Integration Strategy Toolkit is a great place to discover strategies, resources, and activities to support meaningful edtech integration and digital skill development.
NEW! Exploring the Potential of ChatGPT: A Guide for Lifelong Learners was developed by EdTech guru, Joey Lehrman. Explore it to see how ChatGPT can be incorporated to cut down on your planning time and integrated into instruction.
NEW: EdTech Center @ World Education's HyFlex guide and video series! Review the Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education for information and examples for HyFlex program and instructional planning, teaching strategies, program evaluation, and technology. It also includes 10 program vignettes that share how adult education programs are offering HyFlex for adult learners - featuring one of AZ's own!
Check out this infographic to learn a bit more about what it entails and how to get started.
HyFlex Choice Board! Click here to learn about engagement strategies, technology tips, and more!
State Land Department’s Statewide Map of Public Wifi Hotspots
Wifi Hotspot Lending Program: Reach out to your local library to see if they are a participant of this program.
A Collaborative Digital Equity Initiative: Get FREE tech help with anything from help with computer issues, finding free wifi hotspots, to using your smartphone to access email and other apps!
Assessments, Curricula, & Resources
Northstar Digital Literacy has NSOL platform courses freely available at the moment, including: Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, and Career Search Skills.
Digital Skills Library is an open repository of free learning resources designed to help all adult learners develop the digital skills needed to achieve their personal, civic, educational, and career goals.
Google Applied Digital Skills for students to learn job-ready skills with video-based lessons, free.
Courses for Instructors
Google Applied Digital Skills for teachers gives access to video-based lessons to prepare students for jobs in the digital age.
LINCS Integrating Technology Self-Paced Courses:
Build a Lesson with OER
Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom
ESL Pro Module 2: Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction
NEW! Adult Ed 101
Focus: Get a background of the W.I.O.A. Title II Adult Education system and the role that the Arizona Department of Education has in it. Applicable for anyone new to the system (teachers, administrators, partner organizations, etc.). Register here.
Building a Google Site for Your Blended Classroom
Focus: Explore how Google Suite can support the learning goal(s) in the blended classroom. Create a Google Site with a curated YouTube video, a Google Form, and some written guidance for students to follow. Register here.
Digital Literacy for Teachers (Beginner to Intermediate Level)
Focus: Introductory training on Microsoft Office Suite and Google G Suite to support Digital Literacy in the classroom. Register here.
Digital Literacy for Teachers (Intermediate Level)
Focus: Internet security, copyright & fair use, the Creative Commons, creating engaging presentations, utilizing feedback tools, creating surveys, and analyzing survey results. Register here.
Focus: Instructional strategies that are often referred to as 'The Marzano 9’, along with a range of technology tools that can be integrated into your instruction. Register here.
Blended Learning Certification (TVM Requirement)
Focus: Ensure an understanding of blended learning as a mode of instruction. You will also have a thorough understanding, and provide evidence to show as such, of the 'teacher verification model'. Register here.
Approved Online Curricula
This infographic contains the description for the three NRS approved proxy reporting models and the approved online curricula for each! Click here to view.