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21Things4Students - Online Resource to Teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship 21Things4Students is an online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world." You will love this resource, not only for your students and your class, but also for yourself. This website has everything you want or need to teach your students about digital literacy and citizenship. It not only teaches students, but it also has a section dedicated to teachers who may feel they lack some of the skills themselves (more on that later). An added plus: there are no student logins, so students won't need accounts or passwords to use the site.
Accelerate Learning with EdReady EdReady is a personalized math and English readiness learning system that evaluates the skills of each student in the context of their goal and then provides a learning pathway to mastery.
Applied Digital Skills with Google.com Applied Digital Skills is a free curriculum designed to help students learn digital skills while using them in practical life applications like budgeting, planning an event, or writing.
Build Students’ Digital and Information Literacy with Checkology Build Students’ Digital and Information Literacy with Checkology
CK-12: Online Digital Textbooks With Built-In Assessments and Much More Today with the help of technology, we can individualize assignments and offer them in more than one modality. Now there are customizable digital textbooks with interactive content including adaptive practice, simulations, interactives, and study guides. It is CK-12 and it is free, Open Educational Resources (OERs).
Create Flashcards and Games Easily with Flippity Flippity is a powerful tool that takes the information you enter on a Google Sheet template and then quickly and easily creates numerous online games to help students.
Creating Virtual Reality Units and Interactive Images Using Thinglink You may have seen photos of users with high-tech virtual reality goggles tuned out to the world and wonder what type of experiences can be had. By definition, users are immersed in a 3D world and virtual reality places the user inside the experience as opposed to just viewing it. With Thinglink, you can easily recreate these experiences for students who will view them using simple cardboard VR devices.
Creating Virtual Reality Units and Interactive Images Using Thinklink You may have seen photos of users with high-tech virtual reality goggles tuned out to the world and wonder what type of experiences can be had. By definition, users are immersed in a 3D world and virtual reality places the user inside the experience as opposed to just viewing it. With Thinglink, you can easily recreate these experiences for students who will view them using simple cardboard VR devices.
Do You Speak Emoji? Are emoji just a passing fad? Or are they a scientifically-researched new vehicular language for the digital age?
EDpuzzle - A Fast and Easy Video Quiz Creator EDpuzzle is a great resource for utilizing video with students at any level. EDpuzzle allows you to take any video and add interactive elements. It is free and easy to use.
Electronic Portfolios for Documenting Student Progress and Publication of Class Work An electronic portfolio is an online showcase of a student’s work, which can include writing, images, artwork, links, and multimedia.
Enlighten, Entertain, and Enliven Your Class with Film Enlighten, Entertain, and Enliven Your Class with Film
Finding and Evaluating Online Information: Information Fluency Today, more than ever before, our students must know how to find information online, evaluate its validity, and cite sources correctly. One excellent site to help us with these tasks is Information Fluency (previously 21st Century Information Fluency)
Flipgrid: Promoting Critical Thinking Skills and Engaging Students Flipgrid: Promoting Critical Thinking Skills and Engaging Students Flipgrid is an easy to use video discussion platform, which has numerous applications in the adult education classroom.
Formative Assessments Formative Assessments
Instant Grammar Checker! The Grammarly (grammarly.com) application is a great way to help your students with their grammar and writing skills. As they type, Grammarly underlines grammar errors and spelling mistakes and allows them to correct their mistakes as they work. Students can also upload their essays to Grammarly and then receive immediate feedback on spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and style. When you are finished making any corrections, you can download the document to your desktop. The application is available on your Web browser so that online responses, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, can be easily checked for grammar errors.
Keep Students' Attention: Delivering Interactive Lectures with Pear Deck Getting started with Pear Deck to create interactive lectures Web Based Class Activity...
Newspapers in Our Classrooms Newspapers in Our Classrooms
Promote Critical Thinking Skills with NewseumED NewseumED is a free website belonging to Newseum, a museum in Washington, DC dedicated to news and history. The focus is on First Amendment rights and helping students develop critical thinking skills through thousands of lesson plans, videos, classes, digital artifacts, historical events and critical debates. NewseumED is a great way to build the critical thinking skills needed for our High School Equivalency students.
Simple Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark Video Adobe Spark Video is a free digital storytelling application for desktop computers and with apps for Apple products that lets users make videos that include photos, text, music, voice-over narration, and transitions using a wide variety of templates and themes. Students can easily and quickly make short videos for several different class assignments, including “About Me” introductions, presentations, personal narratives, explainer and how-to videos, multi-media portfolios, and more.
Sites for Creating Interactive and Printable Vocabulary Exercises There are many Web sites that allow you to create both interactive and printable word puzzles which can help with language development. Give some of these a try. You may find one you cannot live without.
TED-Ed for Interactive Video Lessons A TED-Ed lesson combines a TED-Ed original video with questions, resources and extra reading, and a discussion forum.
Trello in Education Trello is a visual collaboration tool that can be used for lesson planning, class organization, student research, organizing writing assignments, project based learning and more. It is free.
United States Presidents Use these sites in your studies of Presidents.
Using Symbaloo in the Classroom What is Symbaloo? Originally I would have answered it is a bookmarking app— a place to gather all your web addresses and videos to make navigating online easier for your students
Video Messaging with Loom Loom is a new free Chrome Extension that allows you to quickly record a video message and/or screencast and then share it immediately with students and colleagues.
Web Activities for February Holidays This short month is chock-full of holidays, occasions for both romantic and serious lesson themes and accompanying Web activities.
Web Sites for Teaching and Learning about Thanksgiving There are abundant myths about the history of Thanksgiving. You can help students learn about this original American holiday and untangle facts from fiction by planning lessons with or simply including online activities using the sites in this month's Web Based Activity.
With Games, Students Examine their Understanding of and Apply New Vocabulary March's Web Based Activity
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN180031 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.