A blended learning toolbox by and for Ontario literacy educators
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Activities and curricula
Digital Skills Library at EdTech - an index of digital skills activities
Digital Learn is a series of self-directed tutorials for people to increase their digital skills created and hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA). The lessons are designed to integrate into classroom led instruction. Modules include video-based narration with PDF transcriptions
GCF Teacher Guides
GCF Learn Free has expansive lessons on technology, basic skills, and career development. These lesson guides were developed specifically for technology instructors wanting to use GCF in their own classrooms.
Google Applied Digital Skills
These project-based learning opportunities focus on using Google products. It is a video curriculum targeted at middle school students to adults. Lessons designed for use in schools are aligned to ISTE educational standards. Each ½ - full day lesson is broken down into shorter, videos covering specific tasks and.
Learn My Way
Good Things Foundation in the UK operates Learn My Way for use in the Online Centres Network but anyone can access lessons online. Modules involve written subject-specific text, with the option to have it read aloud, and interactive activities to practice skills.
Mozilla Web Literacy - Core Curriculum
The Core Activities are designed to teach the web in the context of learners’ own needs, interests, and everyday experiences. Brainstorming and sharing, discussion and reflection, and fully participatory, collaborative work are integral to this community-based Web Literacy learning experience. To make Web Literacy accessible to as many learners as possible, a number of these activities can be done “offline”—without an internet connection and/or with limited computer access.
Wisconsin Technical Colleges Basic Computer Skills MOOC
This course provides information technology literacy and basic skills training for learners with limited experience. Course learning outcomes focus on skill development related to basic computer operations and information technology.
21 Things for Teachers (K-12)
provides a single site of free resources and tutorials which meet the international educational technology standards, and offer any-time training to be used for professional development. Its resources are designed to serve a variety of models for professional development. It is designed to help educators make connections between technology tools and best practice instructional strategies. It provides a chance for you to collaborate with fellow teachers in a cohort or as an individual to learn more about 21st century technology skills in a supportive environment with a highly skilled instructor.
21 Things for Students (K-12)
21Things4Students is an online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world. Teachers value 21Things4Students because it's experiential, relevant, applicable and adaptable. Students say they love this class!
The lessons use video with close captioning with PowerPoint and PDF versions and links to resources. Students go on Quests to explore topics. It is designed for children but there is a lot of good material here for use with adult learners.
Tools and apps
Online Tools for Teaching and Learning - descriptions of technology tools
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Each page includes a wealth of information about a specific tool (e.g., price, ease of use, description of the tool, innovative ways to use the tool for teaching and learning) to help you evaluate the tool and determine whether to use it in your practice. This site was created as part of a collaborative class project ... Students in the class conducted in-depth research about four online tools and designed pages for each tool.
The tools on this website are organized according to the National Research Council’s (2000) four types of learning environments: assessment-centered, community-centered, knowledge-centered, and learner-centered.
Assessment-centered tools (e.g., Kahoot, Socrative, Google Forms, ePortfolios) allow educators to conduct pre-course/lesson, formative, and summative assessments.
Community-centered tools, including social media, virtual games, and collaborative design spaces, encourage and foster social learning experiences.
Knowledge-centered tools, such as virtual timeline creators, mind mapping software, and study sites (e.g., flashcards, tutorials), help students acquire, construct, and organize information.
Learner-centered tools can be used to personalize, differentiate, and empower learning.
Cult of Pedagogy - 6 Ed Tech Tools to try in 20xx (yearly list and descriptions)
Descriptions of the tool or resource and examples of how it has been used in an elementary school classroom.
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2022
Frame, Google Arts and Culture Experiments, #1000BlackGirlBooks, Osmo, Everfi, Skew the Script
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2021
Mote, All Slides, Google Lens, Bulb, Embrace Race, Prezi Video
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2020
Floop, Goosechase, Iorad, Parlay, Stop Motion Studio, Creatability + Playmeo and TextingStory
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2019
Equity Maps, ProWritingAid, Google Tour Creator, Great Big Story, GeoGuesser, WebJets
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018
FlipGrid, InsertLearning, Book Creator, NewseumED, AutoDraw, Sway
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2017
NearPod, PlanBoard, Slack, PeerGrade, Newsela, SketchBoard + Google Cast Chrome Extension
5 Tech Tools for English Language Learning
(by CCLCS TESL students May 2017)
Kahoot, Tandem, TEDiSub, USALearns, Duolingo
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2016
Write About, Google Cardboard, Versal, Noisli, Formative, Periscope
6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015
Paper.li, Emaze, Voxer, QR Codes, Kaizena, Plickers
Instead of Paper.li - try FlipGrid
Plus seven ideas for using mobile phones in the classroom
Photos for 1. discussions 2. study and 3. dictation;
4. Taboo Dictionary game;
5. Wikipedia Snowball game;
6. QR Codes;
7. Record a message
The Ontario eCampus Extend Toolkit for College Instructors
These are the 11 tools introduced in the Extend Modules. Each tool is assessed according to its affordances (the relevance to educators) and its limitations. The descriptions include examples and activities.
The Western U eLearning Toolkit for University Instructors
The eLearning Toolkit is a collection of eLearning concepts and technologies available at Western University. This resource is maintained jointly by members of the WTS eLearning Team and the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Each tool has a How-to guide and is evaluated for
Usage and account set up
AlphaPlus Useful Apps Repository
Welcome to our list of Useful Apps . There are lots of interesting Apps out there but we know that finding good apps to support adult literacy and numeracy teaching and learning can be a very time consuming undertaking .
We hope to make it a bit easier by providing comprehensive reviews of Apps including descriptions, OALCF competencies addressed, the subject or topic area covered, and how the App could be used for literacy and numeracy learning and to support engagement and motivation . We also include Apps that are useful for program administration, note taking, productivity, collaborative work and more .
We are starting small but, with your help we will grow the repository, adding new apps on an ongoing basis . We invite you to help us build the list by submitting your own reviews – if we all share what we know and what we find most useful we will come up with a great list of apps and save time .
Three charts that organize apps
Bloom's Taxonomy and Apps
A chart with apps that support each of the cognitive processes posited in the revised Bloom's Taxonomy: apps for remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating.
Online Tools and Web 2.0 Applications
A list of apps by function -- what the apps do, not pedagogical function.
The Periodic Table of iOS Apps 2019
This table breaks down the different recommended apps into 8 different categories related to broader learning categories. They are:
The table aims to reflect an updated selection of popular apps that have been shown to be useful in supporting teaching and learning activities in these different areas. Some of the apps are more suitable for Primary, such as ‘Little Digits‘ in the Numeracy section. Others may have more use in Secondary such as ‘Metaverse‘ a great little AR app for AfL [Assessment for Learning?], story-telling and more, but has an app rating of 9+ on the App Store which makes it more suitable for older learners. Please remember – all of these apps have different age ratings, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure suitability of an app for the age of learners you work with.
How tos and Guides
AlphaPlus Tip Sheets and Guides for Literacy Practitioners
The AlphaPlus Guide to Creating Community Online - bit.ly/APbuildcommunity
The AlphaPlus Guide to Google Jamboard - bit.ly/APjamboardtips
The AlphaPlus Guide to Padlet - bit.ly/APPadlet
The AlphaPlus Guide to AnswerGarden - bit.ly/APanswergarden
The AlphaPlus Guide to Getting Ready for Remote Learning - bit.ly/APready4remote
eCampus How Tos for Educators
There is much high-quality content available that has been created and shared by others. We found a couple of standouts in the iTeachU faculty development series out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the All Aboard Digital Skills in Higher Education from Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning. We’ve listed self-paced do-it-yourself lessons from both of them here (plus a few others):
eCampus Pivot to Remote Learning
eCampusOntario is actively gathering resources and tools to support our members as they pivot to remote delivery.
There are three sections.
PIVOTING TO REMOTE DELIVERY - Resources to support remote teaching and learning in an digital environment.
FINDING RESOURCES AND TOOLS - Free and openly licensed tools and resources to create or use content.
MODIFYING FINAL ASSESSMENT - Information on options for final assessment in a remote environment.
Plus a series of webinars you can listen to.