Current / Recent Projects

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Teaching Skills That Matter

August 26, September 16, September 30

The second TSTM EdTech Maker Space is underway! Makers are working hard to better understand what makes an activity reusable, what kind of guidance other teachers need to adopt and adapt it, and how to integrate the Skill That Mattter into reusable digital activities. The results of this project will be showcased at the December EdTech Strategy Session!

Teaching Skills that Matter is led by our partners the American Institutes for Research and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, with the goal of supporting instruction of transferable 21 Century skills.

Digital Skills Maker Space

Coming Soon! DRAW Activity ETMS

Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) is an initiative from JFF, World Education, and Safal Partners, with support from The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to better prepare adult education practitioners who support learners that struggle to fully engage in tasks that demand the use of digital technologies. Our Winter 2022 EdTech Maker Space engaged over 60 teachers in curating digital skills activities from various sources, and resulted in the Digital Skills Library.

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 with edtech in a wide range of contexts, 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, CrowdED Learning found 40+ adult educators in Summer 2020 interested in learning the ins and outs of edtech tools such as Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet, all the while applying their new skills as they built resources that are now freely available to all! The EdTech Maker Space was born.

As a result of that project, two participants in turn ran their own EdTech Maker Space with nearly 30 participants, to create over 50 Jamboard activities to support ESL instruction.

Over time, we will continue to experiment with new project formats, including resource curation and creation, as part of a broader set of processes and tools that will help establish a more open, equitable content ecosystem.

ETMS Project Guide

Previous Projects

Summer 2021 - Maker Camp

During Summer 2021, adult educators from across the country (and beyond) came together for a series of "content jams" and "design slams" aimed at generating content and activity ideas to support digital skill instruction and integration.

Check out the Camp Handbook, which includes all of the resources that were used as part of the Maker Camp series. This includes some of the great content and ideas that were generated by campers, including this starter Digital Skills vocabulary list that contains open content and this set of vocabulary activity ideas that can draw from the vocabulary list and/or be used for future EdTech Maker Space projects.

Through this collaborative effort, we have the building blocks to run some exciting new EdTech Maker Space projects in 2021-22! Interested in joining future Maker Space projects events? Stay in touch by joining the EdTech Center @ World Education's newsletter.

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Spring 2021 + Winter 2022 - 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 two-part 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!

Let's Build a Digital Skills Library text with images of hands all using different devices.

Summer 2022 - Teaching Skills That Matter Curation

In the first TSTM EdTech Maker Space, makers focused on curating resources aligned to the TSTM topic areas of Civics, Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, and Workplace Readiness. Through that process, they refined frameworks for those topics, aligned activities to the frameworks that will be available in SkillBlox, and developed an Evaluation Guide that teachers can use to analyze free and open content. The TSTM EdTech Maker Space projects are part of a research initiative to expand the use of OER in support of implementing Teaching Skills That Matter. Read more about the TSTM/SkillBlox Instructional Support Pilot.

Watch our project showcase webinar, where you can learn about the project, process, and end results.

Check out this collection of resources, including the digital skills framework and learning resources used.

Watch the University of Washington's Stacey Wedlake introduce the Seattle Digital Equity Initiative framework.

WES Mariam Assefa Fund logo

This project is generously funded by the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the EdTech Center@World Education's Mobile Learning initiative.

Summer 2020 - Leveled Reading Library

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.

CrowdED Learning is an initiative of the EdTech Center@World Education.