Without 21st century skills, students are being prepared to succeed in yesterday’s world – not tomorrow’s. Adult Education must keep pace with societal changes and workplace demands. Our mission is to help students get the basic skills necessary to be productive workers, family members and citizens. In today’s Digital Age, we must embrace new designs for learning that better prepare our students to thrive in this knowledge-based, globalized world of today and tomorrow.
Read on to find out how NMUSD Adult School is redesigning its educational delivery model to meet the needs of its 21st century learners. Read on. Lead on!
For more information on why these skills are so essential, please read the following article: enGauge 21st Century Skills.
For information on why these skills are required curriculum, please read the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills report.
At NMUSD Adult School, each class is currently equipped with one computer, one printer, an LCD projector, and a SMART Board. We also have a computer desktop lab and a mobile laptop lab. Here is what we are doing right now to help our students succeed in the Digital Age.
Our Individual Development Plan Commitments:
We at NMUSD Adult Education commit to using technology to improve student learning. In our 2007-2008 Individual Development Plans, we all (teachers and administrators alike) wrote specific ways in which we will grow and stretch in the area of using technology to improve student learning.
Our NMUSD Adult Education Professional Development Plan:
We conducted a site professional development survey in May of 2007 to guide our planning and implementation of our 2007-2008 Professional Development Plan. From this survey, we learned that our staff’s number one request was training on technology. A close second was the request for collaboration time. Our 2007-2008 Professional Development Plan thus reflects these interests and needs. We are using a professional learning community model to create a learning environment in which we are team members working interdependently to improve student learning.
Four New Elements of PD Plan:
We initiated four new elements to our professional development plan: Peer Mentors, Tuesday Tech Tip, The Adult Education Matters Weblog, and Level Wrap Sessions. Read more about these key elements and the structure of our professional development plan in my article Professional Learning at NMUSD Adult Education.
The Nuts and Bolts of Daily Instruction at NMUSD Adult School:
- Curriculum-based technology software
- Relevant web sites
- Teacher-directed and student-directed presentations using PowerPoint
- Microsoft Word documents:
- Your daily agenda and curricular objectives
- Your journal-writing assignment…
- Introduce relevant web sites
- Create class web-search and research projects
- Teach how to use Microsoft Word
- Assign a Microsoft Word writing project that includes the editing process
- Teach how to use Microsoft PowerPoint
- Assign an oral and written presentation project using PowerPoint
- Teach how to create an email account
- Assign multiple assignments that require the use of email and the attachment feature
Using Email as a Powerful Teaching/Learning Tool Why Use Email? If you need convincing, read this article:
Getting Started – Learn about free Yahoo! Mail with this great tutorial:
- Go to the Internet and search for Yahoo Mail Classic Tutorials
- Click on the first link Getting Started with Yahoo! Mail Classic Tutorials
- Read 5-page tutorial:
Setting up a free account:Go to the Internet Address: www.mail.yahoo.com
- Click on the big yellow button Sign Up For Yahoo
- You will need to fill in information, e.g. name, password, etc.
- Agree to Terms of Service
Show the easy 3-step tutorial:
- Getting Started (About the inbox)
- Setting your options (Color, Auto Signature, etc.)
- Contacts (managing your contacts)
Signing on to your email: Go to the Internet Address: www.mail.yahoo.com
Guiding Students to success:
- Students must write down their username and password on something they automatically carry to class every day (i.e.: inside their class textbook)
- Students must understand safety, privacy and netiquette.
Here are some excellent resources: Contributed by Martha Rankin