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Posted on 01/28/2013

Distance Learning

Adults are self-directed learners and become empowered when teachers provide them with helpful learning tools. Technology can assist in this endeavor.

Online Resources and Tutoring Options to Support Students

Teachers can use these resources with an Internet-connected computer and projector as part of a whole-class activity, or students can individually use the resources to enhance their understanding of subject material at home. All resources are free and range from directed lessons to exploration and learning games.

GCF Learn Freehttp://www.gcflearnfree.org/
Look here for online reading, math and computer applications lessons. Reading lessons have a section for students who already speak English as well as for those who are learning English. Math lessons include operations, decimals and percents, and basic money management. Computer lessons include computer and Internet basics, Excel, social media, word processing, and searching.

Hippocampushttp://www.hippocampus.org
This site is a portal that links to resources, lessons, presentations, and simulations on a variety of subjects.

Annenberg Mediahttp://www.learner.org
Large variety of instructional streaming videos (some in Spanish), many with accompanying facilitator guides for working with groups of students. In addition to cross-curricular resources, Annenberg media also includes teacher professional development materials.

Khan Academyhttp://khanacademy.org
Hundreds of instructional videos (including test prep) using screen capture technology. Students can create a profile, save their work and earn digital badges as they complete lessons.

Tutor.Comhttp://www.tutor.com/military
This service is funded through the Department of Defense and provides free 24/7 tutoring to any current member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard or Reserve and their families. Note: Free service is only for active military and their dependent children. For all others, it is fee-for-service.

Learn to Be —  www.learntobe.org
This site uses audio and a virtual whiteboard to provide free online tutoring from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (PST) in K-8 subjects. Tutoring is also available in 9-12 subjects (including college readiness) on a more limited basis.

OTAN keeps a repository of online tools and resources for use by adult education teachers (http://www.otan.us). If you know of online tools or resources that should be included, please let us know. Contact us at 1-800-894-3113 (California only) or by submitting the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of the OTAN main Web page.