Who Are We?
We are a community of adult educators teaching across ABE, ASE, GED, ESL, and HSE programs in the state of Illinois. Our goal is to experiment with digital tools and technology to serve the needs of our students. An estimated 2.2 million Illinois adults or 18% of our population have limited skills in reading, writing, math or English proficiency. Digital tools offer the promise to improve the effectiveness and reach of adult education.
How Did We Get Here?
The lab was born out of a partnership between local and national foundations vested in digital learning. These partners developed a plan to recruit educators across the state of Illinois. We were humbled by the response to our call for applications in September 2017. The demand exceeded available seating and a total of 25 educators were accepted into the program.
We kicked off the lab in October 2017 with an interactive workshop in Bloomington, Illinois. During the workshop educators and partners discussed problems faced in the classroom and potential solutions through the use of new technology. We explored these solutions through three sprints in 2018. Each sprint allowed educators to purchase technology, implement it in the classroom, and reflect on needs and outcomes for their students.
Educators worked in small cohorts, each supported by a subject matter expert to help guide them through the experimentation process. Find out more about our experts and the cohorts below.