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You (yes, YOU) Can Teach Digital Literacy! The New Northstar Foundations Course Can Help

You (yes, YOU) Can Teach Digital Literacy! The New Northstar Foundations Course Can Help

You likely know that the Northstar Digital Literacy standards are one of the three required sets of content standards for Minnesota Adult Education. Now, there’s a new online course to help all teachers integrate these standards into their teaching practice! Read More

EdTech Integration Strategy Toolkit: Routines to Level Up your Classroom

EdTech Integration Strategy Toolkit: Routines to Level Up your Classroom

Over the last two years, we’ve seen more than our share of Top 10 lists and highlight reels with the newest tech to try. Finally, an EdTech Toolkit goes beyond an information-dump and provides repeatable classroom routines using low-barrier tech resources for you and your students. Read More

Northstar & CCRS: Cheers for Collaboration!

Northstar & CCRS: Cheers for Collaboration!

Have you been looking for ready-to-go standards aligned digital literacy lesson plans to support learners in topic areas like Using Email, Internet Basics and Google Docs? Would you like assistance with integrating the College and Career Readiness Standards and computer skills? Check out this webinar summary and recording for ready-to-go resources! Read More

Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 2

Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 2

"Don't believe everything you read." This reminder is truer today than ever! Adult Basic Education can take the lead by promoting instructional strategies to make ABE students at all levels into more critical readers, listeners, and thinkers in this age of mass information. Here are some specific resources you can use to do exactly that. Read More

Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

The one-time Minnesota Adult Education allocation of $10 M for FY 22 offers a great opportunity for long-term planning and capacity building. As programs continually adjust to the unfolding aftermath of the pandemic and a rapidly changing labor market, this funding can help Minnesota respond creatively to the shifting landscape. Read More

Digital Navigation Survey Results

Digital Navigation Survey Results

Literacy Minnesota recently conducted a survey to gather information about what digital navigation looks like in adult education programs around the state. The survey was intended to give more of an insight about what digital navigation services are already being provided and where programs may need more assistance. Read More

Eight Components of Digital Navigation

Eight Components of Digital Navigation

Digital navigation provides learners access to devices, affordable internet, and digital literacy skill training. Literacy Minnesota has created a list of what digital navigation looks like in programs and what services could be provided. Here are the eight components of digital navigation and a few helpful resources. Read More

Digital Navigation: A New Way of Supporting Teachers and Students in the Distance Learning Era

Digital Navigation: A New Way of Supporting Teachers and Students in the Distance Learning Era

For many ABE programs, moving to distance learning has created challenges for both teachers and students. To address these challenges, Literacy Minnesota created a new staff position of digital navigator. This person helps learners access devices and assists with technology support and digital literacy skills. Read More

Celebrate National Digital Inclusion Week with Northstar!

Celebrate National Digital Inclusion Week with Northstar!

National Digital Inclusion Week is October 5-9. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. Northstar assessment, classroom curricula, and online individualized instruction and practice provide valuable resources to teachers and learners to enhance inclusion. Read More

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

College & Career (and Community) Readiness Standards are very much in play right now as we all help our students to navigate this landscape of COVID-19. This article has links to several MN-created math and ELA instructional activities and ideas for how to use them with your own students! Read More