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"We need to embrace technology to make learning more engaging. Because when students are engaged and they are interested, that's where learning takes place." ― Unknown

Technology, the Internet, and web resources play an increasingly important part in the classroom for students, teachers, and administrators. Technology changes constantly, so our intent with the following links is to provide information about new resources, important links, and online resources you can use to help you integrate technology into your programs and lesson.


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Technology Integration
Explore new tools and strategies for empowering students to fully participate in a connected, technology-rich society.

How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching
Technology for the sake of technology is never good. As the late Steve Jobs said, “Start with the customer experience and work backward to the technology.” If students are our ‘customer’, what experience do we need to create that increases the potential for learning?

Academic Tweeting
The London School of Economics and Political Science asked readers of their blog and their Twitter followers to submit tips and examples for academic tweeting, to accompany the guide on using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities that they launched in late August. Here are some of the best suggestions.

OTAN: Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators
This California based website provides electronic collaboration and information, and support for instructional technology and distance learning to literacy and adult education providers. Some of the courses may not be available to those outside of California.

OER STEM Project
The Open Educational Resources to Increase Teaching and Learning of STEM Subjects in Adult Education Project

Find It Virginia
Find It Virginia is a collection of databases that provide access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests. A Virginia public library card is the only requirement to use these resources. Virginians can visit their local public library to register for a library card. Find It Virginia is part of the Infopowering the Commonwealth Initiative, a cooperative project of the Library of Virginia and Virginia's public libraries, and is designed to promote and support public access computing, Internet connectivity, and quality information resources in all Virginia public libraries. Once an account is established, teachers can use the site to curate materials and provide access to multilevel instructional materials to students.

Teachnology
This teacher resource site provides lesson plans, worksheets, teaching tips, games, webquests, and more.

Self-Guided Free Online Technology Workshops
Catalyst provides "How-To" guides and step-by-step instructions for common online tasks, such as document and data management (Word, Access, and Excel), how to use videos, creating graphics, and understanding web publishing.

No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates
While the digital generation may be "tech-comfy", they are often far from being "tech-savvy". This is where teachers come in; taking advantage of their comfort levels with technologies, we can help them towards a realization of what "connectedness" can do in terms of their knowledge, education and preparedness to enter a workplace where they are studying for jobs that don't yet exist.

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