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What is Pear Deck and How Can I Use it in My Classroom?

What is Pear Deck and How Can I Use it in My Classroom?

Pear Deck is a digital tool that allows teachers to create interactive activities for students in online and in-person classes. It is accessible as an add-on when using Google Slides and works seamlessly with Google Suites, allowing teachers to use it as an asynchronous or synchronous teaching tool. Pear Deck offers a paid version and a free version; this article focuses on the free version and using Pear Deck as an online teaching tool, even though it is perfectly adaptable to in-person teaching as well. Read More

Using Nearpod in the ABE Classroom

Using Nearpod in the ABE Classroom

Nearpod is a great tool that makes any lesson interactive, whether in the classroom, virtual, or a combination of the two. In this article, ABE Teacher Polina Huffman shares how and why to use Nearpod in the ABE classroom. Read More

HyFlex in Minnesota ABE: What Is It, Who Needs It, and How Does It Work? – Part 2

HyFlex in Minnesota ABE: What Is It, Who Needs It, and How Does It Work? – Part 2

One of the many conundrums facing Minnesota ABE is how to meet both the needs of adult learners who prefer to learn at a distance and those who want to learn in-person – and all at a time when ABE resources are stretched thin, and public health recommendations change rapidly. HyFlex offers an educational model that can meet the needs and preferences of learners in a flexible, effective manner. Read More

HyFlex in Minnesota ABE: What Is It, Who Needs It, and How Does It Work? – Part 1

HyFlex in Minnesota ABE: What Is It, Who Needs It, and How Does It Work? – Part 1

One of the many conundrums facing Minnesota ABE is how to meet both the needs of adult learners who prefer to learn at a distance and those who want to learn in-person – and all at a time when ABE resources are stretched thin, and public health recommendations change rapidly. HyFlex offers an educational model that can meet the needs and preferences of learners in a flexible, effective manner. 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

2022 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

2022 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Language & Literacy Institute on January 27-28. If you teach any aspect of language & literacy—at any level—this event is for you! Read More

Using a Learning Management System (LMS): Coffee Break Takeaways

Using a Learning Management System (LMS): Coffee Break Takeaways

The "Using an LMS" Coffee Break session allowed for a discussion among ABE professionals about the benefits of a Learning Management System (LMS), various LMS platforms used in ABE programs in Minnesota, and other topics. Teachers noted that using an LMS takes some effort up front to establish; however, the outcome is immeasurable for student learning, engagement, and success. Read More

NEW Hyflex Community of Practice!

NEW Hyflex Community of Practice!

Literacy Minnesota and the Support Services Distance Learning team would like to invite you to join a new HyFlex Community of Practice facilitated by Cathy Grady from Hubbs Center-SPPS and Kirsten Collins from Literacy Minnesota. This group will meet online periodically throughout the school year, and our first meeting is set for October 19 at 2:30. This informal group will be a fun place to share and build on our collective knowledge and experience in this new and growing area. Read More

Using Wakelet in the Virtual Classroom

Using Wakelet in the Virtual Classroom

Wakelet is an online shareable space that offers educators a simple and fun way to curate content for their classes. It also offers learners free spaces they can access, develop and share both in and out of the classroom. Learn how to use Wakelet to increase interaction in the ABE classroom. Read More

Using Padlet in the Virtual Classroom

Using Padlet in the Virtual Classroom

Padlet is a digital application that lets users post notes on a digital wall. It is web-based, easy to create and use, and works well both synchronously and asynchronously. It is also well suited for collaborative work. There are multiple ways to use Padlet with your students; find out how! Read More