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1. Put A Little MagicSchool Into Your Classroom
by Audrey Dierdorff, OTAN Subject Matter Expert
Posted June 2024

Category:

Career Technical Education, ESL and Citizenship, High School and GED, Older Adults, Adult Basic Education

Description:

As large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT and Gemini are being utilized more and more in education, we, as adult educators, need to become prompt engineering aficionados, finessing prompts to get the results we want. But really, who has time for that? Here is where the rays of light come from the heavens and illuminates MagicSchool.AI. MagicSchool was created to alleviate teacher burn-out by creating easy to use AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools for lesson planning, differentiation, assessments, and more.
2. Using AI Tools in Citizenship Preparation and Civics Education
by Jennifer Gagliardi, OTAN Subject Matter Expert
Posted May 2024

Category:

ESL and Citizenship

Description:

Civics and citizenship education is vital for fostering active participation and informed decision-making in democratic societies. However, engaging adult learners in this field can pose significant challenges. Enter generative artificial intelligence (AI), offering innovative solutions to revitalize civics education for adult students. Let's explore into how generative AI is reshaping the landscape of adult civics education with practical classroom activities.
3. Hybrid, Hyflex, and Online Live Learning Modalities
by Diana Vera-Alba, OTAN Subject Matter Expert
Posted April 2024

Category:

Career Technical Education, ESL and Citizenship, High School and GED, Adult Basic Education

Description:

In the last ten years, Distance Education has evolved into various modes of instructional delivery that have increased our students' Digital Literacy skills and provided thousands upon thousands of adult students the opportunity to attend classes in flexible modalities that have addressed their changing needs. Educators and students benefit from the flexibility of the various learning modalities that are now available for adult education programs to adopt. Preparation is key to the success of these innovative and engaging learning environments. In this article, you will learn about the characteristics that differentiate the Hybrid, HyFlex, and Online Live learning modalities and some tips to assist you in preparing for, planning, and implementing these innovative modes of instruction.
4. Enhancing Adult Education with Ethical AI: Using with Students
by Susan Gaer, Subject Matter Expert, OTAN
Posted March 2024

Category:

Career Technical Education, ESL and Citizenship, High School and GED, Holidays, Older Adults, Adult Basic Education

Description:

Introduction: In the January article, "Streamline Planning with AI: Craft Custom Lessons," Susan Coulter detailed how teachers can harness the power of AI through platforms like Chat GPT and Google Bard to streamline their lesson planning. However, the transformative potential of AI in education extends beyond the classroom. In this article, we will explore how adult education students can ethically and responsibly leverage AI to enhance their language and content development.
5. Streamline Planning with AI: Craft Custom Lessons
by OTAN SME Susan Coulter
Posted January 2024

Category:

Career Technical Education, ESL and Citizenship, High School and GED, Holidays, Older Adults, Adult Basic Education

Description:

Every district has their own format for writing lesson plans, and I remember it being a manual and time-intensive process. Typically, this involves crafting lesson objectives, carefully choosing, arranging, and presenting different activities to address a particular learning goal.
6. Hyflex Successes and Challenges
by OTAN SME Francisco Xavier Pinedo Jr.
Posted January 2024

Category:

High School and GED

Description:

HyFlex combines the terms hybrid and flexibility. While in hybrid learning, the instructor makes all the decisions about the format, in HyFlex learning is based on students deciding how they would like to be taught. Some choices of a HyFlex environment can include the following as well as a mix of them:
7. Let’s Continue Classroom Collaboration!
by OTAN SME Cindy Wislofsky
Posted December 2023

Category:

Career Technical Education, ESL and Citizenship, High School and GED, Older Adults, Adult Basic Education

Description:

Collaboration. Collaboration Tools. Collaboration Activities. All good terms for working in groups to move learning forward and enhance the learning experience.
8. Building Teacher Leaders for Enhanced Technology Integration in Adult Education
by Yecsenia Delgado, OTAN SME and DLAC Coach
Posted November 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

We live in a fast-paced digital age, where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. In education, technology has revolutionized the way we access information and communicate with each other. As adult educators, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of technology in enhancing learning experiences in our classrooms. Now more than ever, it is crucial to become leaders who can effectively integrate technology into our teaching practices.
9. Creative Ways to Engage All Levels of Online Learners
by Elisia Doonan
Posted October 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

In this article, I will go over many ways to engage all levels of online learners. I teach adult learners with varied learning abilities. Since COVID-19 began, I have been working online learning new ways to involve my learners. Many of my learners live under guardianship, conservatorship, in a group home, and/or with their parents, so learning must be adapted and differentiated to make all learning accessible.
10. The Importance of Supporting ESL Students in CTE Pathways
by Alisa Takeuchi
Posted September 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

English language learners are students who are learning English as a second language (ESL). They come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and they may have different levels of English proficiency. Despite these differences, ESL students have the same potential as any other student to succeed in career and technical education (CTE) pathways.
11. Using Accessibility Features to Help ALL of Our Students Improve Their Learning
by Debbie Jensen
Posted August 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

Over the past years I have focused on what we as educators must do to make our documents/presentations etc. accessible to our learners with disabilities. Along the way I discovered that as I made needed changes to my materials, I also increased the usability for my able-bodied learners. On this journey, I discovered that some of those accessibility features helped me as well. This article is to inform and motivate us all to know about accessibility features that will help our learners.
12. Genially Lives Up to Its Name
by Kristi Reyes
Posted July 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

How many different technology tools do you use? Are you looking for a way to consolidate your online teaching and learning activities? Genially is a free web tool that combines the functions of tools like PowerPoint and Google Slides or Prezi, Quizizz, Quizlet, Thinglink, Adobe Express, and more. Think Canva but with 1000 templates for more interactive learning activities specifically for education.
13. ChatGPT: Risks, Challenges, and the Future
by Susan Gaer
Posted June 2023

Category:

ESL and Citizenship, Adult Basic Education

Description:

Many people think that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is new, but translation services, speech recognition, personalized learning with language learning apps, and grammar/spelling checkers are all forms of AI that we have become accustomed to.
14. What’s New in Online Civics Education and Citizenship Prep?
Posted May 2023

Category:

ESL and Citizenship

Description:

Seven new online civics education and citizenship resources from USCIS, LINCS, and more.
15. Classroom Video on Demand and Learn360 in the Blended Classroom
Posted April 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

Learn360 is a great resource for blended learning. With Learn360, you can have your learners watch a video or complete a game or activity to support what you are teaching in the classroom.
16. Guidance From the Guidance: An Agency's Approach to the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance
Posted March 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

It has been almost three years since our world changed along with most aspects of education. COVID 19 became a worldwide pandemic and our way of teaching and delivering instruction changed 180 degrees in a matter of days.
17. Introduction to OERs
by Diana Vera-Alba
Posted February 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are openly licensed teaching and learning materials.
18. 5 Tech Tools to Try with Adult Learners
by Yescenia Delgado Lorenzo
Posted January 2023

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

Try these five tech tools and notice adult learner engagement increase.
19. 5 Tips for Engaging All Learners with Digital Literacy
by Elisia Doonan
Posted December 2022

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

Many educators are exploring new ways to engage learners online. Engagement for Adults with Disabilities can be especially challenging due to a lack of professional support for educators.
20. Survey, Quiz, and Schedule Appointments Skillfully with Google Forms
by Cindy Wislofsky
Posted November 2022

Category:

Adult Basic Education

Description:

It’s time to review what you know already about Google Forms and move forward learning and practicing some newer features to make your work life more efficient and productive.
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