Digital Learning Links – Web Links for Tutors & Learners

The following list includes categories in ESL (farther down on this page),  School Equivalency Test, Research, Adult Literacy, Resources and Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Technology/Online Learning, and All Content Areas

To set up an online class for assignments to give your students, go to https://www.edmodo.com/. It’s free!

High School Equivalency Test (TASC)

  1. http://www.tasctest.com/practice-items-for-test-takers.html This site contains practice questions for the high school equivalency test.
  2. http://www.procon.org/ This is a wonderful resource for students who need practice writing argumentative essays for the high school equivalency test. It contains the pros and cons on a wide array of topics.
  3. https://newsela.com/ This is a great site for nonfictional texts on a wide variety of subjects including social studies, science, politics, and literature. Each text is written at four different reading levels so low-level to advanced students can use this material. Some of the stories contain quizzes or writing assignments. The high school equivalency test emphasizes nonfictional texts so this is a good resource for students and tutors.
  4. http://www.hippocampus.org/ Students who need to learn background knowledge in science, math, social studies, etc. can watch a wide variety of videos on this site.
  5. http://nextgenscience.org/ Includes K-12 science content standards, classroom sample tasks and lessons in science.
  6. http://www.acces.nysed.gov/what-hsetasc-test New York State Education Dept. –Adult Education—TASC Exam; Find education and Examiner Resources; TASC Test Taker Resources and general information about the TASC exam.
  7. https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons Lessons in all subject areas; sharpen your skills with these interactive lessons.
  8. http://www.tasctest.com/ TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion; TASC Test All-In-One Resource Hub.
  9. http://www.collectedny.org/ Resources for New York State educators preparing adult students for high school equivalency and beyond.
  10. https://www.ck12.org/teacher/ Math, Science (including simulations), English, History, Health and more. Can be used in either teacher or student versions. Need to join.

Math Topics

  1. http://www.dadsworksheets.com/roman-numeral-converter.html Roman numeral converter, simple to use
  2. http://www.math-aids.com/ Dynamically created math worksheets.
  3. https://www.khanacademy.org/ Helps students to understand the concepts and when they just need help with the “nitty gritty”. Focus on math computing, science, and history.

Reading, Writing, and Adult Literacy

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i1R3gNlFUQ Videos of volunteers tutoring students.
  2. http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/adult_ed_02.pdf Research-based principles for adult basic education reading instruction 65 pages
  3. http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/teach/uwriaa.pdf Contains great tutoring tips and ideas for teaching reading skills.
  4. http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/teach_adults.pdf A summary of scientifically-based research principles –Teaching Adults to Read
  5. http://lincs.ed.gov You can search for free, online resources or free online courses to learn new teaching skills.
  6. www.repeatafterus.com This site contains numerous recordings of famous texts. Students can see the text while listening to it.
  7. http://www.nala.ie/tutors Resources for tutors.
  8. http://www.litworks.org/teaching_adults.html Contains a list of useful links for tutors.
  9. http://www.tv411.org This site has videos on reading, writing, math and science.
  10. http://www.education.nationalgeographic.org/ngs-common-core/?ar_a=1 This site contains videos and lessons based on grade level.
  11. http://www.spellingcity.com/ A research-based vocabulary supplement providing the tools and training for vocabulary building and retention. Engaging activities allow students to read, hear, speak, write, and break down words and sentences.
  12. https://www.procon.org/    Current relevant and controversial topics to write about.
  13. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/ News for Students and Resources for 7-12 Grade Level Teachers
  14. https://newsela.com/    Makes current events accessible to every reader, instead of a one-size fits-all approach. Offers the same article at different reading levels.
  15. https://www.readworks.org/    ReadWorks provides the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance.

Learning Disabilities

  1. http://www.ldonline.org/ This is an excellent resource for information about learning disabilities.
  2. http://Ncld.org National Center for Learning Disabilities
  3. http://Interdys.org National Dyslexia Association
  4. http://www.disabledtravelers.com/different-learning-disabilities.htm Good information about different types of learning disabilities

Other Disabilities

  1. https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com The national organization provides free educational information, financial options, and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy.
  2. https://cerebralpalsygroup.com Cerebral Palsy Information, Resources, and Support
    Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries.

Research
www.infoplease.com General information site with a dictionary, atlas, thesaurus, and encyclopedia

  1. All Content Areas
    http://learnzillion.com This site contains videos and lesson plans for math, reading and writing.

ESL

  1.  https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers/training-and-professional-development/volunteer-training         Adult Citizenship Strategies for Volunteers; from the USCIS website; 8 modules to help you guide your learner through the naturalization process.
  2. https://www.eslbuzz.com/list-of-words-with-11-silent-letters-in-english/    List of English words with silent letters; includes colorful graphic chart and lists.
  3. http://www.espressoenglish.net/ Practical English lessons with audio, video, and printed lessons; free emails with topics for improving English
  4. http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/color-vowel-chart
  5. http://www.glogster.com/glog/6k8b783j08k77j2mpjjp907
    The color vowel chart, a tool for the pronunciation of vowel sounds
  6. http://www.englishclub.com/ Pronunciation and English sounds
  7. http://www.ElementalEnglish.com Pronunciation
  8. http://www.elllo.org/ Learn English with free video and audio lessons.
  9. http://www.freerice.com/ Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice helps to end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free while helping to build your vocabulary.
  10. https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/hello-hello/id371655433 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Hello-Hello&hl=en    Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with this free app.
  11. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sounds-the-pronunciation-app-free/id428243918?mt=8 or
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/detailsid=com.macmillan.app.soundsfree&hl=en    The ultimate mobile English pronunciation aid, for both students AND teachers. Sounds: The Pronunciation App helps you study, practice and play with pronunciation wherever you are. This free version includes Interactive Phonemic Charts for British English and American English. Tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
  12. https://www.newsinlevels.com/    World news for ESL students. Articles are available in three levels.
  13. http://n.pr/2cxc876    Brief NPR article on three basic approaches for how we teach English Learners
  14. http://lincs.ed.gov/programs/eslpro    The LINCS ESL Pro project, funded by OCTAE, has developed three suites of resources:Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English -Language Learner
    -Integrating Digital Literacy into English Language Instruction
    -Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways
  15. http://oercommons.org     The project has also identified and reviewed many open educational resources (OER) that are appropriate for use in the adult ESL classroom, which can be accessed by going to the Adult Education Open Community of Resources on OER Commons, then clicking on the “Adult ESL” shared folder.
  16. http://breakingnewsenglish.com    Interactive site with printable lessons in 7 levels.
  17. www.eslpoint.com    Nice home page with friendly interactive links: speaking, listening, reading, writing, TOEFL, idioms, business English, pronunciation, and vocabulary, from low beginning to advanced levels
  18. www.englishforum.com    Another website with news, ESL activities, teacher resour ces, dictionaries, and a general web directory
  19. http://www.rong-chang.com    Lessons in listening, reading, speaking, grammar, and pronunciation for easy to intermediate levels, external links
  20. http://www.usalearns.org    Free online English lessons from beginner to intermediate levels
  21. http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/esl/esl_lesson_plan_index.html    Lessons from the J. Paul Getty museum
  22. http://tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/    Lesson plans and worksheets to generate in ESL and ESL reading
  23. http://www.grammarnow.com    Site for grammar, punctuation, and writing skills
  24. http://www.ESLcafe.com    International meeting place for ESL/EFL teachers and students from all around the world, a mixture of resources and information
  25. http://www.repeatafterus.com    Award-winning site with recorded texts and audio clips for speaking, listening, and reading skills
  26. http://www.shertonenglish.com/    Online site to learn English For Spanish speakers, requires registration
  27. www.lifeintheusa.com/index.html    A complete guide to American life for immigrants and Americans
  28. https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship    Site for learners and teachers with a one-stop resource for locating citizenship preparation materials and activities.
  29. http://www.elcivics.com/    EL civics, US government, and US history lessons

Grammar

  1. http://chompchomp.com/menu.htm Powerpoints, handouts, quizzes, videos, and more to learn and review grammar points
  2. http://grammar-monster.com/ Grammar lessons, notes, and quizzes.
  3. http://www.grammar-express.com/grammarup/ Grammar Up (ISO app) is a multiple choice quiz system for English which provides over 1800 questions across 20 grammar categories. Grammar Up was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the popular TOEIC (TM) English proficiency test. Grammar Up can help learners to improve their grammar, word selection and vocabulary.
  4. http://uwf.edu/cassh/support-resources/the-uwf-writing-lab/expand-your-skills/mini-lessons-for-grammar/ 101 Grammar Mini Lessons with quizzes

Resources and Lesson Plans

  1. http://www.teachingchannel.org This site contains hundreds of videos, listed by grade level, in a variety of subject areas.General Information for Teachers (Lesson Plans, etc.)
  2. https://lincs.ed.gov/state-resources/federal-initiatives/ell-u LINCS provides adult educators with the information, resources, professional development activities, and an online network adult educators need to enhance their practice and ensure their adult students receive high-quality learning opportunities.
  3. https://kahoot.com/ Create learning games to reinforce knowledge, recap learning, and pre-assess and practice concepts. Players answer the questions on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. Besides creating your own kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games.
  4. https://quizlet.com/ Search millions of study sets or create your own. Improve your grades by studying with flashcards, games, and more.
  5. https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/about/artproject/
    The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail.
  6. http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ Online resources to help find your career. Includes a “Get Hired Toolkit”, Career Resources, College Career Programs Search, and more.
  7. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ Genetic Science Learning Center. Includes many tools including virtual labs.
  8. https://www.loc.gov/ Primary source documents and lesson plans.
  9. https://www.archives.gov/education Images, timelines, documents, and more.
  10. http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/ Read essays, articles, letters, and blogs, look at photographs and images, listen to radio interviews, select podcasts, and speeches, and watch video from television appearances, documentaries, and speeches on the cosmos and science.
  11. https://www.sporcle.com/ Choose from a bank or quizzes or create your own. Includes “Hot Quizzes Trending Now” section.
  12. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ The world’s most comprehensive dictionary. Includes thesaurus, acronyms, abbreviations, idioms, encyclopedia, and a literature reference library.
  13. https://www.remind.com/apps A quick communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students (and parents). Send quick, simple messages to any device.
  14. http://www.readwritethink.org/ Lesson, interactives, strategy guides, graphic organizers and more.
  15. https://portaportal.com/ Store your bookmarks on the web for easy access anywhere.

Technology and Online Learning

        1. http://library.universalclass.com/index.htm Over 500 online courses in ESOL, Math, Reading, and more; for learners and tutors.
        2. http://www.gcflearnfree.org Online repository of free courses from learning computers to using Microsoft office.
        3. http://www.typing-lessons.org/ Free online typing lessons in a simple format.
        4. http://www.proliteracyednet.org Online learning for instructors and 0ver 500 online courses in ESOL. There are numerous lesson plans with reading material and activities for tutors. Students have the option of listening to a recording of the stories.