Do you ever wonder how to get started with computer-based instruction? Cindy Lock, the Adult Education Specialist at Illinois Valley Community College has provided a step-by-step outline of how to implement i-Pathways in the classroom. As identified by her strategic plan, student success begins with careful planning, teacher development, and familiarity with the curriculum.
Have you ever played the game Monopoly? You move your game piece around the board while attempting to acquire property and wealth. Teaching is a lot like running a Monopoly game. Instead of buying properties, students move through the learning process and acquire knowledge. However, unlike the Monopoly game where everyone starts at the same space, students begin studying and often attempt to skip the “first box”, or page one. But why is page one so important? It’s the starting point and it’s important to teach students how to read the first page of any text.
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Mobile technology is changing the way we think and the way we learn. It is creating a need for teachers to develop different instructional strategies. Often, students are on the cutting edge of technology use in their personal life, yet they experience a traditional classroom setting that relies on books and lectures. To remain effective, teachers must create a bridge between students’ personal use of technology and their classroom expectations. For many teachers, moving from traditional instruction to integration of mobile learning is a difficult transition.
Assessment drives instruction. That’s a generally accepted statement in education, but what does it really mean? Teachers across the country are shifting their instructional practices in order to teach more complex content while preparing students for the high school equivalency exams. Proper use of assessment is critical.
Math is often the most feared and difficult content area for adult learners. As test takers are expected to demonstrate a higher understanding of number sense, mathematical reasoning, and algebraic thinking, how do we get adult learners past the High School Equivalency Math Test? Using information presented at Foundation Skills: Building a Foundation for Life, the 2014 Nebraska Adult Education Conference by Emily Duncan, Adult Education Coordinator from Northeast Community College, we are aligning the i-Pathways Basic Math and Math curriculum with the most commonly missed GED(r) Test Questions.