ProLiteracy Education Network (EdNet) provides free instructional resources to adult literacy and ESOL instructors, learners, and program staff. Formerly known as Thinkfinity Literacy Network, EdNet was launched by ProLiteracy in 2011. Major support for the development of the site and its content was provided by the Verizon Foundation.
EdNet will help you learn new techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, math, citizenship, and basic life skills. EdNet also allows students to choose how they want to learn by offering resources in many different formats, including lesson plans, online courses, tip sheets, podcasts, and interactive web-based exercises.
Some of the most popular resources on EdNet include:
- Short self-paced courses on topics such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and citizenship. Many programs use these courses to supplement their tutor training or provide ongoing professional development for all instructors.
- PDFs of lesson plans and classroom activities that can be printed out and immediately used in the classroom.
- Interactive activities that allow ESOL learners to practice survival vocabulary.
New resources are always being added. EdNet is currently expanding the number and type of resources for adult learners. Interactive exercises and stories with audio components will help students read independently and reinforce what they are learning in their classes. EdNet is also developing an organized video library that will allow you as a tutor to see and reflect on demonstrations of effective teaching techniques. All EdNet resources are available free to the global literacy community. Keep up with what’s new on EdNet by following them on Facebook!