Distance Learning Instructional Resources

It is virtually impossible to stay current with the wide array of multi–media instructional resources available in adult basic education. Increasingly adult educators turn to the Internet to find these resources and to search for instructional modules and course length materials. This section identifies basic resources and lists of resources available to adult educators. Using search tools like Google and Yahoo are easy ways to find new resources. Recommendations are welcome. Email them to Melinda Holt.

Internet Resources

Adult Basic Education and GED Prep Instructional Materials

CDLP Adult Literacy Modules — CDLP home page, click on any of the 11 icons for news stories and learning activities. Activity results including time on task can be printed and/or emailed to the instructor.

TV411 – topical instructional modules covering a wide range of life skills. The Web site supports the broader set of video and workbook materials developed by the Adult Literacy and Media Alliance (ALMA).

Math.com – the world of math online

Ask Dr. Math – Browse questions and answers about math.  Students may also write and ask their own questions.

Mrs. Glosser’s Math Goodies – Interactive lessons, puzzles and worksheets and also provides homework help.

Grammar Bytes– an online grammar tutor

Grammar – This Site offers teachers and students lessons in all aspects of grammar.

Big Dog’s Grammar – Here is an index of grammatical exercises that are interactive and can be done online.

Easy reading for adult learners – a list of easy reading Web sites

English as a Second Language

English for All – a free course length high beginning ESL multimedia series.

ESL resource list – Purdue University listing of ESL resources

Dave's ESL Cafe – long time popular ESL resources Web site

ESL Student Activities – over 1000 online quizzes and activities including grammar self-study, vocabulary crossword puzzles, Internet treasure hunts written by ESL teachers

ESL Gold – a broad collection of ESL materials online

GED and High School Subjects

University of California College Prep – online high school and advanced placement courses based on California standards and a–g requirements

Florida Virtual School – a very popular statewide virtual high school that licenses its courses for other providers

PBS Literacy Link There are Internet activities for both Pre-GED and GED.  There are two practice tests for each of the GED test subjects.  This site is intended for use in conjunction with the KET GED Connection video series.  This site is free, but students must register to participate in the lessons and activities.

GED practice tests – free practice tests as well as commercial preparation activities

Algebra Lab – Algebra Lab is an online learning environment that focuses on the high school math topics and skills called upon in introductory science courses.

A+ Math – Helps students improve their math skills interactively.  Includes a game room and useful flash cards.  Worksheets can be done while online or printed out as worksheets.

Steck-Vaughn Publisher – GED practice problems for all the tests.  This site is practice only.  There is no instruction.

Biology – Human Genome Project Information This site provides information about the Human Genome Project, including current research and ethical, legal and social issues.

Chemical Elements.com – This site contains an online, interactive periodic table of the elements.

Chemtutor – This site contains tutorials for basic concepts in chemistry.

Quia—Chemistry Activities – This site contains games and quizzes related to chemistry topics.  There are also resources for teachers.

Physics Central – This site, sponsored by the American Physical Society, provides information on physics as it relates to everyday life, including a column titled “How Things Work.”

World History – Background information and maps about many periods of world history, from prehistory to the present.

American History – American history from the time of the first explorers to the present

American Memory – Library of Congress’s historical site—information and documents about American history from original sources

European History – European history from the Age of Exploration to the present

The White House – Official website of the White House provides information about the current president and his staff and programs as well as historical information about the White House and former presidents.

Supreme Court – Information about the Supreme Court, including historical information, information about the justices and Supreme Court decisions.

U.S. Senate – Current Senate membership, issues being debated and historical information

U.S. House of Representatives – Current House of Representatives membership. Information about members, issues being debated and historical information.

Career Education

Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy – a fun, free Web site for teaching computer basics

America's Job Bank – a nonprofit providing job, career, and a training services locator

O*Net – online occupational information database

Workplace Essential Skills – uses the Internet to help students brush up on reading, writing, math, and job skills.

Video and DVD Resources

Adult Basic Education

TV411 video and print materials – The series teaches life skills in a manageable, lively format.

English as a Second Language

English for All – a course length high beginning ESL video, DVD, and print multimedia series

Crossroads Cafe – a course length intermediate ESL video, DVD and print multimedia series

Connect with English – a course length ESL TV, video and print series for higher level learners

GED and High School Subjects

GED Connection – a widely used multimedia GED preparation program produced by Kentucky Education Television

Online Resources and Resource Lists

The Literacy List – This thoughtful listing developed by David Rosen covers Web sites, Internet tools, Field Trips, and a wide range of teaching resources.

OTAN – the oldest and very popular adult education Web site and online archive

Adult Ed Teachers.org – An online resource designed specifically for teachers

Adult Ed Online – A free site dedicated to helping teachers learn how to better use technology in their classrooms or to reach learners studying at a distance

How Stuff Works – A fun Web site to use to answer a wide range of questions

Literacy Wiki – Online community of practice resource devoted to growing adult literacy information

Technology information – ZD.net is a broad and detailed resource for digital, computer and Internet information.

Digital Divide Network – Online community of educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide.

Skills Tutor – proprietary wide ranging basic skills materials

Project Gutenberg – free ebooks

Writing – This is an extensive English Dictionary and Thesaurus with grammar rules.  This Site also offers 6,800 foreign language and dialect dictionaries, specialty dictionaries (i.e. medical, business, law and computers) and language courses for hundreds of languages.  There are also thousands of links to language resources. 

Encyclopedia – This is an online encyclopedia that covers all subjects.

Project Ideal – Project IDEAL is a consortium of states working to develop effective distance education programs for adult learners.

Hippo Campus– This site provides multi–media resources for academic subjects.

Wikipedia – the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit

Nutrition.gov – This site provides a wealth of information on food consumption, food safety, fitness, health and disease.

Current Events – Current events from around the world, including the United States

Math Forum – This is a math resource library for students and teachers.

Economics – Explanations of economics terms and topics as well as information about current economic situations

Economic Education – Official site of the National Council on Economic Education—online lessons about economic concepts as well as information on personal finances

Geography – A wide range of geographic topics, including maps, atlases and a geography glossary

U.S. Census – Official web site of the U.S. Census Bureau—the latest demographic information from the 2000 census

Smithsonian Education– Web site for the Smithsonian education resources

Geography Network – Maps and information about U.S. and world geography as well as links to other geography sites

Amusement Park Physics – This site explores the physics involved in amusement park rides, such as roller coasters, carousels, and bumper cars.

The National Weather Service Homepage – This site contains updated weather forecasts for the U.S. and various international locations, along with coverage of storm development.

National Museum of Natural History – This site guides visitors through a virtual tour of several dinosaur exhibits.  Photos of full and partial dinosaur skeletons, information on field work, and a list of dinosaur misconceptions are available.

NASA Website – Videos of NASA’s vision of the future of space exploration

Mars Exploration Homepage – This site presents detailed information on the Mars Exploration Program, along with a photo gallery, a history of previous missions, and updates on current and future expeditions.

Space Telescope Science Institute/Hubble Space Telescope Public Information – This site contains a history of the Hubble Space Telescope and a gallery of photographic images of the universe.

National Gallery of Art – Online tours of art and artists along with lessons and much more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – There are games, guides, and hunts for students.  Looking at Art delves into the composition of Leutz’s Washington Crossing the Delaware and investigates what makes a portrait a portrait.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona – This museum has provided online their complete Resource Guide to the Native American Fine Art Movement, which can be downloaded and printed by anyone. It offers up-to-date information on contemporary Native American Art.

Lesson Plans Page – This Site has lesson plans in all subjects at all grade levels. 

GEM – lists over 2000 lesson plans for adult/continuing education

Homeroom Teacher – Offers links to free educational clip art, lesson plans, news, and more

PBS Teacher Source – Technology and Teaching

Wikispaces – Need somewhere to work on essays together? A wikispace for a class is a great place for students to post their work so that teachers and classmates can correct, improve, and discuss their work.

Google Earth – This Web site provides a downloadable aplet that permits the user to travel the earth, explore popular places, build 3D models, and become a member of the Google Earth Community.