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How technology is changing adult literacy instruction
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The 21st Century Classroom
Technology is making it easier than ever for adults to learn basic literacy skills both inside and outside the classroom. Today, adult learners can access learning content from many different sources: YouTube, Wikipedia, blogs, news websites, government websites, websites of universities and individual teachers, and more. The challenge for adult schools is to be inside this revolution, not on the outside looking in.
Bring a World of Learning into the Classroom.
If left to their own resources, many adults will develop a rich natural learning ecosystem that allows for multi-layered learning. They create effective methods of communicating with the sources of their learning. They network with communities centered around the content to be learned. They naturally seek out highest quality content and find the most interesting and motivating learning experiences that allow for easy inexpensive access. And they develop real-time feedback to guide their learning and find mentors to guide and support their learning.
But not all adult learners have the ability and experience to create their own learning ecosystem. They lack the skills and tools to find dependable learning sources, evaluate information, and compose a learning network. The solution is to provide a flexible learning scaffold that allows adult learners to jump in and use their own learning ecosystem if they are able, but also provide a supporting learning structure to those who need one. The end goal is to give adult learners the tools to become lifelong learners after they leave the adult literacy system.
A Rich Learning Ecosystem
New generation learning technology coupled with web 2.0 tools can easily and inexpensively provide a rich learning ecosystem, which accelerates learning and success. It’s like putting a greenhouse of learning nutrients around the learner.
The Elements of a Learning Ecosystem
Open Communication: Gives adult learners the means to easily communicate with their instructors and with other students
Supporting Community: Forms a supporting learning community with built-in social networking applications.
High Quality Content: Raises the education bar with high quality learning content to prepare your adult learners for the GED exam and for transition to post-secondary education and new careers.
Engaging Learning Experiences: Engages your learners with highly interesting, relevant, and motivating learning experiences.
Meaningful Feedback: Gives real-time feedback embedded in the actual learning experiences as well as pre- and post-assessments.
Easy Access: Gives adult learners access to their learning 24/7.
Live Mentors: Provides the ability to connect with mentors who can support students’ efforts.
The 21st Century Adult Literacy School
The GED Academy, TASC Prep Academy, and HiSET Academy can bring a nourishing learning ecosystem directly into your adult education and literacy program. It will transform the way teachers integrate their instruction between subject areas, and most important, give your students the means to connect the dots of their whole learning experience. Your adult learners will be able to bring a whole array of rich learning learning experiences to the classroom and beyond which will dramatically accelerate their acquisition of adult literacy skills. Learn more about how we accelerate learning.
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