Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

The main website is: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/

Some great articles include:

Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/using-discussion-boards-in-the-classroom

A Revolution: Adding Activities to Any YouTube – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/a-revolution-adding-activities-to-any-youtube – How to use the free Zaption.com website to add discussion questions and interactivity to any YouTube video – great for class discussions and flipped classroom video lessons.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |December 30th, 2016|All Levels, Technology|Comments Off on Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

Reading for specific information

This idea was thought of for ESL students learning to read in English but certainly can be used in any discipline, ABE, HiSET or AHS.

Many ESL students feel they need to know every word on the page in order to understand what they are reading. Learning to skim or scan is hard as they want to learn as much as they can and as many words as they can. It is important for them to learn that reading is for ideas and concepts and if they stop with each word that is new, they will learn words, but not comprehend what they are reading.

In small groups or pairs have student talk about the topic of what they will read. This could be the headlines of a newspaper story or the story title for example. On the board write a True/False statement from the story that you feel will give the students a good idea of the reading. Students will read the statement and then know what they need to focus on as they read. They can highlight, underline or write in a notebook the line(s) that support their answer.

Follow-up with class discussions and/or writing supporting the line they chose. It is important to have students know that they can be “right” as long as they support their answer. This can lead to a lot of conversation and discussion. In an ESL class if using a newspaper, it will also touch upon American Culture.

Tip from Christine Powers

By |October 25th, 2016|ABE, Adult High School, All Levels, HiSET, Reading|Comments Off on Reading for specific information

Person of Interest

This is a fun activity to work on describing people. In a beginning level class picture dictionaries are helpful in finding the vocabulary. In higher levels, or a multilevel class, have students build vocabulary by finding synonyms for basic words such as short (petite) fat (heavy, robust) etc.

Draw or cut out a picture of a person.

Describe the person in words.

Give the person a name, age, family, job, favorite book, TV show, food, hobby (endless list depending on level of student/class).

Students can share their Person of Interest with each other or give a class presentation (oral speaking before a group with something they created).

Randomly put 2 or 3 of these Persons in a group and have the students decide how these Persons know each other. What is there connection?

Have students save these in a folder and date them. You could have them add a new person each month, or quarter throughout the year. This is one way in which they can see their progress in vocabulary choice, writing skills and comfort in “public speaking.” As the class changes during the year, this activity can easily be taken over by the students to bring new students into the activity. It will build their confidence in using English and describing people is something we may not realize but do often when talking with others.

Tip from Chris Powers

By |April 6th, 2016|All Levels, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing|Comments Off on Person of Interest

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Watch a video demonstration of the app here:

Find a link to the app in the iOS app store here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |February 19th, 2016|All Levels, Math, Technology|Comments Off on MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Save a Tree (or an old book)!

Do you have a favorite book that is now out of print or a sample book that you occasionally use so you don’t want to make lots of copies? Or perhaps you found a few grammar books in a closet, don’t want to make copies and they all have a unit or page on the same point, i.e. present continuous.

Plastic sleeves, a binder and dry erase markers to the rescue!

Pull the book apart and put each page in a sleeve and then in binders. Here you will have the book forever and with dry erase markers the students can work in them and then cleanly erase for other students to use them. If a couple of students need to work on the same point, i.e. present continuous, they can each take a different book and then share the work they have done for reinforcement.

These binders can be available for students who finish tasks quickly and want more practice, or come early to class and want to work on their English independently until class starts.

Tip from Christine Powers

By |January 29th, 2016|All Levels, Teacher Resources, Teaching Strategies|Comments Off on Save a Tree (or an old book)!

Smartphone Flash Cards

Flashcards have long been a study tool used to help learn math facts, vocabulary, and more.  With today’s technology, students now have the advantage of keeping dozens of decks of flashcards in their pockets or purses.  With smartphone apps, creating and working with flashcards is easier and quicker than ever.  Here are some apps for students to try that will allow them to study their flashcards anywhere.

StudyDroid.  Create cards on your phone or sync them from the website (the easier option).  Thousands of premade decks. Test knowledge, shuffle decks, mark cards as “known.”  Easy to use, but very basic.

StudyBlue.  Make your own study. Quiz yourself, track your progress and set reminders to study what you need to know. Flip flashcards or use our review sheets. Personalize your study sets with advanced formatting features, images and audio.  Collaborate with classmates directly from inside the app. Have discussions, ask questions, share flashcards and get the study materials you might be missing.

gFlash+.  Make or download decks using Google Docs.  No limit to number of cards in a deck, multiple choice options, progress tracking, include images on cards.  Very easy to use and share decks.  Over 50 million packs already available to use.  gWhiz catalogue has lots of pre-made content. Branded content (from SAT, McGraw-Hill, For Dummies, AP, etc) is available for purchase.

Tip from Steven Reid

By |April 11th, 2015|All Levels, Study Skills, Technology|Comments Off on Smartphone Flash Cards

Engage All Students Through Differentiation by Anne Beninghof

Taken from:  101 Learning Strategies Mini Grant
Pages 110-111

In this strategy, students work like they are playing ping pong, or table tennis.  If students don’t know what ping pong or table tennis is, show them these videos from You Tube about playing ping pong, or table tennis.  (The first video is one single match between two rivals, and the second video is a countdown of the top 10 ping pong matches.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6BzyN5p4aM

In this strategy, one student “serves up an idea”, and then the other student “serves one back”.  This process continues for “x” amount of minutes, as determined by the teacher and the purpose of the activity.

Once the “game” is done, the students will tally up their “scores” and report back their findings to the entire class.

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By |March 23rd, 2015|Adult Education, All Levels, Teaching Strategies|Comments Off on Engage All Students Through Differentiation by Anne Beninghof

Class Norms

When students are new to adult education – particularly those younger students who have just transferred from traditional high school settings – it can be challenging to transition to this new way of “being a student.”  The truth of the matter is, adult education is different from traditional high school, and it’s a big adjustment for many.  One way to help with this transition, and to establish a positive classroom culture, is to have the students develop class norms.

An easy way to do this is to start off with some activities to help the students determine what they value in their classrooms, and in their educational experiences.  After establishing this through the use of some individual activities, it’s time to pull the students together in small groups to develop consensus regarding what they value.  You could establish base groups that could then be used for various activities throughout the term.  Once there are agreed-upon values, you can gather the whole group together to establish group norms (e.g., agree to disagree, use of cell phone texting during transition times only, silence during journaling, etc.)  Ask the class to create a large and colorful poster that you can hang up in the room. You can also create a Google drive document that all can access online.  Establish with the class that anyone can refer to the poster to remind others of the established class norms.  Refer to it in your instructional activities, and ask your students to refer to it as well.

Not only will this help your new students but it’s also a great way to develop the class culture.

From Elizabeth Feingold

By |March 16th, 2015|Adult Education, All Levels, Class Management, Teaching Strategies|Comments Off on Class Norms

Wall Charts

Take a hint from elementary school teachers and make wall charts for your classroom. Wall charts can be used for any and all subjects. For instance, if your class is working on punctuation, a wall chart about the use of commas with conjunctions might be just the thing. For students wall charts

act as a visual clue
provide a scaffold for complex information
remind students what rules really count
show examples of the rules which students can easily reference.

Unlike ready-made posters, wall charts are based on student need, grow throughout the year and feel like an organic part of the classroom.  To create the most effective wall charts, write big, highlight crucial information with color, use light background paper, place them in a spot where everyone can easily see them, and train students to look at them on their own.

From Susan Bubpt

By |March 2nd, 2015|Adult Education, All Levels, Class Management|Comments Off on Wall Charts

Resources for College Bound Adult Students

For adult students, entering college can be a frightening experience.  This list of online resources can help students find information that will ease the process.  Included in the list are sites designed specifically for adult students who are heading to college for the first time, New Hampshire organizations which can guide students through the financial aid and college transferring processes, and a site dedicated to study guides to help with everything from time management to essay writing to workplace success.

Adult Student.com provides a wide variety of help for adult students as they not only survive but succeed in the college environment.
http://www.adultstudent.com/

Back to College: Browse articles on returning to school and frequently asked questions in the admissions area. Locate online courses or traditional or online degree programs, find out how to get credit for life experience, or get help deciding on a major.
http://www.back2college.com/

Back to School Guide for Adult Students: Campus Explorer has put together this great guide that can help students of any age plan and prepare for heading back to school.
http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-tips/F7D4A008/Back-to-School-Guide-for-Adult-Students/

New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) is a non-profit organization that will help you learn the ins and outs of financial aid.  Their website is www.NHHEAF.org

New Hampshire Transfer is an website that helps students see if classes will transfer from one school to another within New Hampshire.
http://www.nhtransfer.org/

The Non-Traditional Student Blog gives advice on college life for non-traditional students.
http://non-traditional-students.blogspot.com/

Study Guides and Strategies: The Study Guides and Strategies website is authored, developed, and maintained by Joe Landsberger as a learner-centric educational public service designed to prepare adults to learn through lifelong, distance, and/or online education opportunities.
http://www.studygs.net/index.htm

From Steven Reid

By |January 26th, 2015|All Levels, College Transitions, Vocabulary|Comments Off on Resources for College Bound Adult Students