Happy Friday everyone! I’m excited to announce a new initiative from CrowdED Learning—the EdTech Maker Space—designed to provide adult educators with training using popular, free edtech tools while creating openly licensed learning resources that can be used by all educators.
The concept is simple: many adult educators are now using or are interested in using freely available tech tools that help provide increased learning options for students—regardless of whether instruction happens virtually or in-person. The EdTech Maker Space gives you the opportunity to learn how to use some of these tools and, in doing so, practice your skills while creating resources that benefit everyone.
We will be holding two launch webinars next week—Wednesday, June 17 @ 4 pm Eastern and Thursday, June 18 @ 11 am Eastern—where we will introduce the EdTech Maker Space, explain how the training works, and introduce our Summer 2020 project. (Please visit this page to sign up). Participants in this inaugural cohort will learn how to use Quizlet, Google Forms (for quizzes), and Wakelet, and in the process will help create leveled reading activities using readings from Reading Skills for Today’s Adults. The end result will be a Wakelet that takes a great, openly licensed reading resource designed for fluency development, and adds in engaging, mobile-friendly resources to provide interactive vocabulary and comprehension development as well—all developed by adult educators!! Click on the announcement above to see samples.
Already know how to use these tools? That shouldn’t stop you from joining! As part of applying to join the cohort, you have the opportunity to indicate your skill level. If you already know how to use one or more of these tools, simply indicate this and you’ll have the ability to skip the tool intro webinars and can jump in once we are ready to create resources together!
Participants who complete the training and creation of at least three learning resources will earn a certificate and a digital badge documenting your EdTech Tool skills and your contribution to open education! Estimated time commitment between the launch (first week of July) and the end of August is approximately7–10 hours.