Adults are typically characterised by their maturity, self-confidence and autonomy. As learners, they tend to be more practical, purposeful, self-directed and experienced learners. Like all learners, adults can favour certain learning styles over others. Our toolkit categorises matches our tools to four of the most common learning styles.


VISUAL LEARNERS

They prefer learning approaches which include simple, easy-to-process diagrams or the written word. PowerPoint presentations, images and graphics are very helpful to these learners.

AURAL LEARNERS

These learners process the spoken word better than written or other formats. They tend to learn better when they hear things. They enjoy a lecture format of learning which involves multimedia or discussions.

PRINT LEARNERS

Those with a tendency towards print learning find that they process and retain information better by writing it down. These types of learners typically take a lot of notes. Sometimes they never read the notes again as the process of writing them has been enough to help etch their contents into their mind.

PRACTICAL

Practical, tactile or interactive learners need to do something in order to learn it. They are likely to avoid written instructions and dive right into a hands-on attempt to work it out. Training exercises and role plays can be useful to engage these types of learners. Giving people the flexibility to stand and move about the classroom also helps these learners.

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Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use online tool that adult educators can use to create educational graphics, short promotional videos, impressive single-page web stories and engaging presentations.

GET STARTED WITH ADOBE SPARK: www.spark.adobe.com

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Diigo

Diigo is a bookmarking website and research tool that allows signed-up users (educators and learners alike) to bookmark, highlight and attach sticky notes to web pages.

GET STARTED WITH DIIGO: www.diigo.com/education

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EdPuzzle

Edpuzzle is a formative assessment tool which adult educators can use to create interactive video lessons. Educators can search the extensive library or upload their own videos and customize them with voice-overs, audio comments, embedded assessment questions, and additional resources. There are also options to choose from the site’s curriculum content and assign due dates.

GET STARTED WITH ED PUZZLE: www.edpuzzle.com

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Genially

Genially is an interactive visual communication tool which educators and adult learners can use to create presentations, interactive images, infographics, quizzes and more.

GET STARTED WITH GENIALLY: www.genial.ly/en

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Google Meet

Google Meet is a multi-person video conferencing application. Adult educators can use is to communicate with learners individually or with small groups depending on individual training needs and/or training programme structure.

GET STARTED WITH GOOGLE MEET: www.apps.google.com/meet

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Kahoot

“Kahoots” are multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. Kahoot! can be used to review learners’ knowledge for formative assessment or as a break from traditional classroom activities.

GET STARTED WITH KAHOOT: www.kahoot.com

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Nearpod

Nearpod helps educators make any lesson interactive whether in the classroom or virtual. The concept is simple. A teacher can create interactive presentations that can contain Quiz’s, Polls, Videos, Collaborate Boards, and more.

GET STARTED WITH NEARPOD: www.nearpod.com

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Pearltrees

Pearltrees is a free, visual and collaborative library that adult educators can use to organize web pages, files, photos and notes to retrieve and share them with adult learners easily.

GET STARTED WITH PEARLTREES: www.pearltrees.com

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Pixton Education

Pixton is a digital storytelling tool which you can use to create comics from over 10,000 instantly searchable backgrounds, props and characters. Adult educators can use it to make learning more fun and informal and develop communication skills in new ways.

GET STARTED WITH PIXTON: www.pixton.com

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Plickers

Plickers enables adult educators to use technology to do polls but without the need for each learner having their own device. Each learner is given a card (a “paper clicker”) and the educator uses their iPhone and the Plickers app to scan them and do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls.

 

GET STARTED WITH PLICKERS: www.get.plickers.com

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Quizlet

Quizlet.com is a free website which enables adult educators and to create digital flash cards. Learning is more fun with interactive study modes and games.

Turn your materials into a classroom game that gets the whole class excited and participating.

GET STARTED WITH POWERPOINT: www.quizlet.com

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Screencast-O-Matic

ScreenCast-O-matic enables adult educators to make screencasts. A screencast

is a digital recording of computer screen often containing voice-over narration which is useful for demonstrating how to use specific operating systems, software applications or explain website features. Screencasts can be useful as part of a blended learning of online, offline or flipped classroom.

GET STARTED WITH SCREENCAST-O-MATIC: www.screencast-o-matic.com

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TedEd

The TED-Ed platform provides a framework for adult educators to quickly and easily create an educational lesson around a TED Talk, TEDEd Lesson or YouTube video. Educators can then distribute these lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on a group/class or an individual adult learner.

GET STARTED WITH TED-ED: www.ed.ted.com

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Testmoz

Testmoz is a very quick and simple tool which adult educators can use to create an online quiz for your adult learners. Testmoz is free and does not require you (or your learners) to register.

GET STARTED WITH TESTMOZ: www.testmoz.com

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ThingLink

ThingLink is an education technology platform that makes it easy to make dynamic and enriched images, videos, and virtual tours which include additional information and links.

The media-embedding process simply involves uploading an image or video and linking it to other online resources such website, audio recordings, videos and more.

GET STARTED WITH THINGLINK: www.thinglink.com

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Tik Tok

TikTok is a popular social network which adult educators can use to create short educational videos on particular topics.  #LearnOnTikTok features a range of educational videos which were created in order to help facilitate learning during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Average users, most of them aged between14-30 spend about 52 minutes per day on TikTok, making it a great tool to potentially reach younger adult learners.

GET STARTED WITH TIKTOK: www.tiktok.com

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Zoom

Zoom is an online video meeting tool which adult educators can use to host online classes. Zoom gives educators and learners plenty of tools to interact with each other and even has the functionality to enable a virtual class to break off into smaller groups – just as if they were sitting with each other in a classroom.

GET STARTED WITH ZOOM: www.zoom.us