DISCOVER has created four categories of teaching activity and has classified our 20 digital tools in these categories. This provides you with a fast and easy way to search for and find the best digital tool for the task you have in hand.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! We know that preparation is a huge part of your work as an adult educator. That’s why we have collected some of the best digital tools to assist you as you researching, collating and curating your training content and learning materials. In this category, you will find some very useful digital tools that can help you to find and use some pre-existing lessons created by other educators across Europe and the world.
In recent years, there has been a huge shift towards elearning and digital education. New to online teaching? You have nothing to fear. You already have great educational content/knowledge all you need now is a simple and easy to use digital tool to help you create your first lesson. Select the Presentation category to find the right tool for you.
INTERACTION & ASSESSMENT
Research tells us that Adult Learners favour interaction and are active learners rather than passive recipients of information. Experience tells us that feedback and assessment are crucial in order to allow learners to assess their progress and determine potential areas of self-improvement. Interaction and Assessment promote self-reflection, increase knowledge retention and encourage constructive discussion with instructors or other online learners. In this category, we showcase some key digital tools that can bring these elements online.
A move towards online education means a move from your physical file storage to virtual but virtual libraries aren’t just for storage. You can use them in creative ways to encourage peer communication and collaboration and problem based learning activities. Learn more about the tools in this category below.
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.
Google Classroom is a streamlined, easy-to-use tool that adult educators can use to manage their coursework. You can easily create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
PowerPoint is a popular tool which educators can use to educational presentations of information, which include charts, images and video. It also has advanced features that enable you to add voiceovers and record your lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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.