As part of our ongoing experimentation with the EdTech Maker Space, we invite you to sign up for our Summer 2021 Maker Camp Series! Building off of the great starting work of our most recent Let's Build a Digital Skills Library project, we'll come together four Fridays in July and August to brainstorm and share great ideas and do some "digital arts and crafts" design slams to generate new resource types to add to our open Digital Skills Library!
July Series: Vocabulary
July 16 – Vocabulary Content Jam
July 30 – Visual Vocabulary Design Slam
August Series: Performance-based Activities
August 13 – Skills Checklists Content Jam
August 27 – Performance-based Activity Design Slam
The Digital Skills Library
Digital literacy IS literacy...
...but where should adult educators turn to find resources that support the skills learners want and need for personal, educational, civic, and career success?
Our most recent EdTech Maker Space event involved over 50 adult educators nationwide (and beyond) who worked collaboratively to help answer this very question! Together, these makers developed expertise in a digital skills framework designed to support diverse learners, created relevance statements for each digital skill while working in topic-area teams to curate learning resources to this framework as we begin the process of building an open digital skills resource library!
Watch our project intro webinar, where you can learn about the project, its goals, and how participants engaged.
Check out this collection of resources, including the digital skills framework and learning resources used.
Learn New Tech Tools. Do Good.
“ The EdTech Maker Space is an incredible opportunity to create resources that you and other adult educators can use immediately.
You'll learn valuable skills for how to make use of quality tools to enhance your instruction and your students' learning."
~EdTech Maker Space Participant
What is the EdTech Maker Space?
As more learning is happening virtually, we see two trends: 1) instructors want to learn how to effectively use edtech tools, and 2) learners and instructors are looking for more free, quality online content that can be readily used (and RE-used).
Enter the EdTech Maker Space!
Imagine you could learn how to use new tools and in doing so create quizzes, study sets, and other engaging online resources that help support the broader adult education community?
In response to this very question, we found 40+ adult educators who learned the ins and outs of edtech tools such as Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet all the while applying their new skills as they build resources that are now freely available to all!
As a result of that project, two participants in turn ran their own EdTech Maker Space with nearly 30 participants, to create Jamboard activities to support ESL instruction.
Along the way, we are learning we are our own best resource. Come join the movement!
Take Something Great. Make it Better.
Over the course of 6 weeks in July and August 2020, 44 educators from 25 states and the District of Columbia built their edtech tool chops using Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet. As a result, over 1,000 engaging, mobile-friendly resources were created and are now part of the Marshall Leveled Reading Program!
Reading Skills for Today's Adults (RSTA) is a fantastic, free leveled library designed to provide extensive reading and fluency practice for early level readers. Each story also includes a supplement that includes vocabulary and comprehension exercises available within a Word Document.
For our summer 2020 cohort, we asked:
What if we took these supporting exercises and adapted them using interactive edtech tools such as Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet to provide more engaging, mobile-friendly learning options?
The result? A brand new, shareable, customizable leveled reading library - the Marshall Leveled Reading Program!
Our Summer 2020 cohort was funded in part by a Creative Commons Global Network Communities Activity Fund Grant! Thank you to Creative Commons for their tireless, global effort to increase educational access by expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.