Online Course: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom

Now Available on the LINCS Learning Portal --- The LINCS Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom Online Course

LINCS provides the opportunity for professional development for its members in the form of a series of optional online courses developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’sLiteracy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection initiative. These online courses are self-paced, freely available, and accessible 24 hours a day through the LINCS Learning Portal. The courses will enable users to work at their own pace, at a time that is most convenient to them.


Online Course: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom

Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom is designed for adult education instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of knowledge of technology tools and technology integration in the classroom. This course examines the why, how, and what questions for integrating technology in the adult education classroom:

  • Why is technology important for instruction and learning?
  • How do you approach integrating technology?
  • What tools can you use to integrate technology?

This course covers the purposes for integrating technology, explores guidelines for planning to integrate technology into instruction, and organizes thinking about the wide range of technology tools available. Examples of adult education practitioners’ experiences in integrating technology are incorporated throughout the course. In the culminating activity, participants create a Technology Integration Action Plan for a unit or lesson selected for use with adult learners.


Use this discussion thread to post your responses to questions below from the online course, Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom. Please share your comments to any of the following questions, or post a general comment or feedback on the course.

  • Introduce yourself.
  • What technology devices do your students have access to? What are some of the everyday tasks your students are using these technology devices to accomplish?
  • After reading the Let’s Become Chefs! final activity, what are some creative ways to integrate technology into the strategy for the final activity? List a couple of ways that you can integrate technology into this strategy.
  • What two technology tools did Cynthia try to implement with her students in the classroom? What were the observed benefits of using one tool over another? What are some limitations of both tools?
  • How did Nell’s use of Pinterest in the lesson on autobiographies enhance and extend student learning?
  • After listening to the two teacher reflections from Cynthia Bell and Nell Eckersley, consider the following: How have you approached technology in the past? With the guidelines provided in this module, what new or additional considerations will you build into your unit or lesson planning process to more effectively integrate technology into your classroom?
  • After reviewing the printable table of categorized technology tools used in an educational context, reflect on the following: Were there tools that were mentioned that you would like to explore? Did you learn about new ways of using existing tools? How can one tool be repurposed to meet another need?
  • After listening to two adult education instructors reflect upon their experiences integrating a technology tool in their classroom instruction, share your responses to the following questions: (1) Identify the technology tool the instructor used. Was the instructor comfortable using the tool? If not, what was the instructor’s plan for understanding the tool? (2) Did the tool selected meet the students’ existing technology skills? If not, what was the plan for teaching the students how to use the technology tool? (3) Did the technology tool selected improve instruction and/or deepen student learning? How? (4) Was this technology tool the best choice to implement the teaching strategies of the unit or lesson? What other technology tools could the instructor have selected to use?
  • When you are finished redesigning your lesson plan, we invite you to share it with others here. Revisit this thread to reflect on your progress and the lesson effectiveness.


This online course was developed under the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection initiative under Contract No. ED-VAE-11-C-0048.


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I loved both classes.  They gave me some ideas as to how to use technology in the ABE class.

Both teachers seemed very comfortable with the technology area they were teaching. The email lesson was on level for some students but others need coaching in which case the teacher pared a strong student with one who needed extra assistance.  Even though the email lesson seemed basic I have found that some of my students are not comfortable using email or do not have an email address.  I think this is a lesson I would introduce the first day of class.  Additionally, I will also use the email lecture as a time to stress that we will use it as a communication piece as well as to submit assignments when students have to be absent.


The QR code lesson was invaluable too.  I struggle with QR Codes,  So this would be a great lesson for me to learn and present. I could also use the QR codes to share videos and materials I would like the students to watch.

How I plan to integrate technology in my ABE classroom

First of all, I would like to develop a survey asking my students what technology do they use and have access to.

Then I would show them how to access material online, use Google Docs to write collaboratively, and do other projects.  I would also like to incorporate various websites that would lend themselves to us the technology they already have.  I would also create some online lessons for them to complete and submit via email.

Day one would begin with exchanging and creating emails.

Also demonstrating how to go to the various websites for information like,,, Pinetrest, Twitter, Youtube.

Hi, I teach ESL to Adult Learners. All of my students have smart phones and some of them have notebooks and I-pads. When I first started, they only knew how to log in and out of zoom but then we started learning to share screen, access whiteboard, use the annotate tool and the breakout rooms. It has helped my students to be very comfortable using the features after tons of practice and now they can peer teach or share their ideas with the whole class or in breakout rooms.Learning has become more fun and engaging for my students.

  • What technology devices do your students have access to? What are some of the everyday tasks your students are using these technology devices to accomplish?

Cell phones seem to be the tech tool that all my students have access to.  They are used in their daily lives to communicate with others, find locations and search for information they need at any moment.  When the pandemic seemed to change our style of teaching, having access to cell phones made it easy for our students to continue participating in the lessons we provide.