Technology and Distance Learning News

AEPP (Adult Education Programs and Policy) Technology & Distance Learning Update

Contact your Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN) for more information on some of the newest technology tools that are available.

Online SMART

SMART (Skills to Make Adults Ready to Succeed) is an online curriculum for students with a reading grade level of 4-7.  Write SMART will be ready July 1st for the beginning of program year 2016-2017 followed shortly thereafter by the publication of Math SMART.  This curriculum may be used in both traditional and distance learning delivery modalities. Teachers will be able to create a class, track student progress, generate reports, and communicate with the student through the Moodle platform.  In Write SMART, students move through lessons building their writing skills while using an online course management system that encourages word processing proficiency.  Also available in hard copy are documents in pdf format for each lesson and quiz. Students at a higher academic level may benefit from Write SMART as well.  Please contact your RAEN Director regarding training.

FastForward - Online HSE Prep

The Kentucky Educational Television (KET) GED Connection video/workbook series has been replaced with FastForward, which is an online portal designed to prepare students for the HSE exam.  KET will provide NYS a discounted price of $45 per reusable seat license.  Based on national high school standards, the program provides review and practice in math, language arts, science and social studies.  It focuses on computer skills students will need to take the TASC online.  Foundational e-books are included in the curriculum including: Writing Basics and Reading Basics.  A pre-test is provided to identify the weakest skills and customize a recommended course of study.  Additional assessments for teacher use are embedded in the curriculum.  Teachers can use FastForward to manage and track student progress using the included online tools.  Student reports are available to track seat time and time on task for each topic and activity.  There are several other online programs that assist students in preparation for the HSE exam.  A workgroup will be set up to review these curriculum.

NEDP

(NEDP) National External Diploma Program - The Board of Regents has voted to award the high school equivalency (HSE) diploma through NYSED, not through local schools.  This process will begin September 1, 2016.  There are 71 competencies that need to be satisfactorily met in order to receive an HSE diploma.  Students must be at least 18 years old, TABE tested at a ninth grade level in both Reading and Math and be computer proficient to enter the program.  This program allows learners to demonstrate their high school level skills through competency based performance tasks.  Graduates cite this practical application of skills as one of many factors that support learner success and provide a foundation for post-secondaaryy transition.  NEDP is one of the pathways to an HSE diploma, as well as a foundation for post-secondary success.


Contact your Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN) for more information on some of the newest technology tools.

Teacher Support System (TSS)

-A data portal designed for teachers to review a graphical dashboard that will display data on a) student demographics b) student activities in class and c) student achievements. TSS is a professional development tool for teachers.

ConnectEdNY - Online Resources for Teaching to the TASC™

- Provides HSE related instructional materials that have been rated by other adult education practitioners.  Teachers will be able to search for resources and learn how to write and submit reviews for those resources. 

TeachingtotheCoreNY.org is dedicated to providing adult educators across New York State with real-time, peer reviewed learning tools and resources.


AEPP Technology & Distance Learning Update - August 2016

SMART (Skills to Make Adults Ready to Succeed) is a FREE online interactive, multi-media platform curriculum designed for students in New York State funded adult education programs.  This curriculum helps students become familiar with the Internet and word processing features while working in an online course management system.  Digital literacy is combined with learning a skill.  It is password protected.  This online academic curriculum will be composed of Write SMART and Math SMART for use in both the traditional classroom and distance learning.

Write SMART(reading grade level equivalent grade 4 and above) is now published  and ready to be used.  Math SMART (grade level equivalent 4-6) will soon follow.  In Write SMART, students move through lessons building their writing skills while using an online course management system that encourages word processing proficiency.  Also available in hard copy are documents in pdf format for each lesson and quiz.  Students at a higher academic level may benefit from Write SMART as well.

Write SMART shows the student how to develop thoughts into a cohesive writing assignment.  Students put their thoughts down as they feel comfortable.  From thoughts the student learns how to develop ideas.  Ideas become groups, groups become paragraphs and paragraphs become essays.

Teachers will be able to create a class, track student progress, generate reports including student time on task and teacher grade book, and communicate with the student through the Moodle platform.

Programs interested in using SMART are invited to preview the program with a "Guest" sign in by going to http://e-literacyny.org and clicking the "Log in as a guest" button.  You will be able to view and become familiar with the program without taking quizzes, etc.

Please contact your RAEN Director regarding training.