Sometimes we may think our students need to be at a certain math level before they can work with tools like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or Desmos...
Workplace and educational technology ecosystems are continuously expanding and evolving, so it is no longer sufficient to teach learners basic computer skills. Teachers and students alike need to be nimble, lifelong learners.
Teachers must be sure that learners can creatively use technology to solve problems they encounter in their daily lives. In order for teachers to provide ample opportunities for learners to do this, they themselves need strong foundational digital literacy skills and the capacity to creatively draw on them to craft meaningful instructional activities. Blended instructional models, which provide opportunity for both in-class and independent online learning, can be a powerful means by which to support a paradigm shift from teacher- to student-centered education when practitioners are trained in ways students can use technology to collaborate, solve problems, and communicate ideas, rather than being passive consumers of information.
The Program Support PD Center will support practitioners by providing information on user-friendly, free, and low-cost educational technology tools, as well as an understanding of the optimum conditions, audiences, purposes, and best practices for using them effectively.
Please be sure to check out our:
- Distance Education Resources page, which includes resources for Zoom in seven languages and the Distance Education Planning Template.
- Zoom Resources page, with links to our 7-minute Zoom Tutorial video and Zoom Student User Guides and videos in six languages.
- Our FY22 On Demand PD Series, with pre-recorded sessions you can access anywhere, anytime.
- This session on Digital Literacy and Distance Education in Demanding Times: Resources from SABES and our Partners. This workshop (recorded) will connect you with two of our amazing partner organizations and their many great, free resources focused on distance education and blended learning, as well as the digital literacy necessary for educators and students to be successful.
Digital Literacy and Distance Education: Resources, Research and Curriculum
The Program Support PD Center is excited to offer our new series of On-Demand PD videos. These previously recorded PD events are intended to provide...
Thanks to our colleagues at Community Action, Inc. for sharing this Zoom User Guide in Spanish they developed for students.