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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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Team World Ed XPRIZE Resources
The adult literacy XPRIZE supported the creation of mobile learning apps for adult education. Four powerful, field-tested finalist apps -- Amrita Learning, Cell-Ed, Codex, and Learning Upgrade -- are now available for free as part of the XPRIZE Communities Competition. Virginia learners can access the apps as part of Team World Ed (download code = 3366). This page links to the apps, gives information on how to download and use them, and includes outreach and support materials to help educators spread the word about the competition and mobile learning opportunities.

2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP)
NETP helps set a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology.

Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education
A supplement to the 2016 NETP, was also published in January of this year. It aligns the role of technology with the needs of serving diverse student groups seeking access to high-quality postsecondary learning experiences.

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?

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.

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

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.

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