Join our next EdTech Maker Space!
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 next EdTech Maker Space event takes place May 14 - June 19 and is designed to answer this very question! You'll work with colleagues across the country to build expertise in a digital skills framework designed to support diverse learners, and will work together to organize learning resources to this framework as we build an open digital skills resource library!
Join us Thursday, April 22 @ 4 PM Eastern to learn more learn about this service-learning professional development opportunity that will help learners and instructors nationwide. And, if you'd like to learn more about the Digital Skills Framework we'll be using, check out the EdTech Center's April 9 Distance Education Strategy Session recording, where Stacey Wedlake from the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explains the framework, it's formation, and ideas for its use.
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 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.