How to Stay Digitally on Task - Digital ATDN Newsletter - 2/25/22

Tech Grant Updates


Welcome to our first Newsletter! Every two weeks we will be using this format to bring different pieces of information regarding digital skills, resources and strategies to our Adult Education staff across the state. Please read through the list below to see this month's updates related to the website and the deliverables.

  • Special Tech Support sessions are available. You can click on the link here to make an appointment. The special sessions available are:

  • EdTech Integration Strategy Toolkit

  • Monday, February 28, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  • TE Student Competency and Student Content Standard Performance Reports

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


  • We have 6 additional resources added to the Resources page. Look for the NEW to find these great resources! Click here to view the resources!

  • General

  • EdTech Integration Strategy Toolkit

  • Goodwill Community Foundation

  • English as a Second Language

  • Marshall Leveled Reading Program

  • Reading Skills for Today

  • Classroom Tool

  • Wakelet

  • High School Completion

  • GED Math Prep


Please note that you can always email me at jadorno@edadvance.org if you would like to schedule time to explore in depth any of the items in this newsletter or from the digital.atdnct.org website.


 

Resource Spotlight


The Marshall Leveled Reading Program

The Marshall Leveled Reading Program was created in collaboration with a group of Adult Education teachers and CrowdEd Learning. The focus of the toolkit is to provide opportunities to practice vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension. This resource uses stories from Reading Skills for Today's Adults website. The website organizes stories by reading levels, includes reading audios at different speeds to practice fluency, as well as additional resources that teachers can use in the classroom. Each item includes:

  • Practice Vocabulary - A Quizlet that introduces vocabulary words

  • Read the Story - A story from the Reading Skills for Today's Adults website

  • Check for Understanding - A Google Form that assesses reading comprehension and provides a score to students upon submission

How do I access this resource?

There are two ways to access this resource:

  • Wakelet. Each of the stories and the content mentioned above can be accessed in Wakelet by CCRS Levels A-D. Just click on any of the book icons to access the list of resources.

  • The Web App. This mobile app gives you the same features as Wakelet (grouped by levels) but also sorts the stories by topic as well. This is my preferred way to navigate this resource!

How can I use this resource?

This resource is great to use for asynchronous learning, small group collaborations assignments, listening and speaking practice and much more. Click here to access this resource.


 

How to Stay Digitally on Task


Technology is all about making things accessible and getting us to what we need to work on in the shortest time possible. At the same time, technology opens the door to so many resources that it can easily be overwhelming. Here are a few good practices to make sure you are ready and on task no matter what part of the day you find yourself in:

  1. Identify your daily routines. Your "need to do daily tasks." These can involve verifying attendance, checking your calendar for appointments and PD, reading your email, etc.

  2. Set up quick links to access these documents and websites. or what I like to call it "My Focus Center." Any document or spreadsheet editor (like Google Sheets, Docs or Microsoft Excel and Word) can offer a great way to organize multiple sources through hyperlinks for easy access. An example would be having a quick reference page with access to attendance and Google Classrooms for all your classes. You can also bookmark your page to keep your bookmarks tab clear of clutter. Click here to see how to create hyperlinks on a Google Sheet.

  3. Use Google Chrome to automatically open the pages when you open your browser. You can have Google Chrome open a set of links every time you open the browser. The latest Chrome Update syncs by profile, can migrate your setup to other devices, and even allow you to have different sets of links if you have multiple accounts! Click here to see how to automatically open pages on start up in Google Chrome.