Technology is at the heart of what we as teachers do now, and its importance is all the more heightened since the pandemic. Where I work, at the Polish American Association in Chicago, the need to accelerate our use of technology in the classroom is particularly high, since we primarily service an immigrant population, where English is usually a second language, and where adult learners often struggle with access to and use of technology in their everyday lives. So in building coursework (ESL/ABE/ASE) moving forward, I as a Curriculum Specialist will do everything I can to ensure that they can engage with me and each other as seamlessly as possible. One thing here is to adopt an LMS (Canvas is my current favorite) as the online foundation of a course, and to actively use it during and outside of classes themselves. Digital literacy is one of the most important things we can provide our students with now.
I absolutely agree! I also work with an immigrant population at CASL and so any instruction we provide for adult education must have an EFL component to it as well. Given the current environment students and teachers find themselves in Technology is crucial for us to continue our goals. Ensuring students are comfortable with using it is paramount! I will check out the LMS you recommended, Canvas. Thank you for the advice!
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