Literacy Resources

Zoom

A web-based software that allows groups to communicate via phone and/or video. A webinar version also allows users to share their screens, allowing programs to show documents needed during instruction. During the pandemic, for the free, basic version of Zoom, the 40-minute time limit has been lifted. Apply online at https://zoom.us/pricing.

Free Conference Call

Free Conference Call is a conference call solution which allows up to 1,000 participants to participate in a phone conference for free. There is a web-based version which allows for screen sharing, which gives instructors the ability to show learners documents needed for instruction.

Backchannel Chat

Backchannel Chat is a free, online, text-based class discussion tool that is designed to support instructors. Backchannels are great for facilitating participation in classroom discussions.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is an easy-to-join way to conduct video calls between instructors and learners. Google is now rolling out free access to the advanced Hangouts video-conference capabilities for education customers until July 1. Click here to learn more.

Skype

Similar to Zoom or other software, Skype is an easy way for instructors and leaners to communicate. You can download and access Skype for free.

While this is not an exhaustive list, these are some of the more popular, free tools to explore for helping programs continue communication between administrators, instructors, and learners.

Online Learning Consortium: OLC Continuity Planning and Emergency Preparedness: a collection of resources and initiatives to support efforts in moving courses to an online format… https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/olc-continuity-planning-moving-teaching-online/

EveryoneOn offers broadband service to income-eligible families (for example, those that qualify for free or reduced school lunch, or who live in public housing) at a cost of around $10-12 per month (varies from state-to-state). Some states also offer very low-cost laptops or desktops ($100-200).

Several internet providers are offering discounts or free internet services during the time of the pandemic:

Comcast offers income-eligible families internet access at $10-12 per month. However, they are now offering this low-cost service for free for the next 60 days. internetessentials.com

AT&T is waiving data overage fees to all customers so that families and students can stay connected during the pandemic. They will not terminate service of any customer over the next 60 days. All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free—including non-Xfinity customers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, click here.

Verizon is waiving late fees and committing to no discontinuation of service during the next 60 days. Visit verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus for information about Verizon’s services during the pandemic.

Websites for BL tutors

Websites on Learning Differences

Reading Horizons

Please contact LVSF office if you need more information on how to get your student started in this program!
Enjoy these free reading education resources.

Websites for BL students

Computer Literacy

Publishers: for books and other resources

Teaching and Tutoring

For contacts, current issues, and chat

Advocacy: Adult Literacy and Adult Education

Visual Literacy

Numeracy

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GED

 

Websites for ESL Tutors (lesson planning etc.)

Websites for ESL Students (English practice online)

Audiovisual Websites/Activities (great listening practice!)

Publishers (books and other resources)

Organizations and Advocacy: Adult Literacy and Adult Education

These are just a FEW of the myriad sites out there! If you find other Adult Ed. or ESL sites that you like, please let us know!

Coming Soon!

Websites on U.S. Citizenship/Immigration Resources