There were two big announcements at the Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit on December 7, 2017! First, the Baker-Polito administration announced the establishment of a new Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. Second, through a partnership with edX (see below), GE, Microsoft, and Partners Healthcare have committed to provide no-cost opportunities for Massachusetts residents to take online courses on in-demand technologies, with the goal of helping students advance their careers. These announcements show the relevance and importance of online learning. 

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EdX is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developer for university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines, some of which are offered at no charge. As the Summit demonstrated, many adult educators believe that online learning is the future of post-high school-level coursework. You can help prepare your students to take advantage of these types of courses by giving them opportunities to experience a variety of online activities. For example:

  • GCF LearnFree tutorials give students practice with reading and can help them learn “everyday life” skills, such as using email and the Internet, managing money, using public transportation, and searching for a job
  • Digital Learn video tutorials can help students learn computer basics, Weebly basics, how to use social media, or how to develop a professional presence on LinkedIn.
  • Atomic Learning (see below) comprises hundreds of free online professional development video tutorials, which you can use as classroom activities for your students.

As educators, we know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. In the fall, we offered five Atomic Learning Tech Tools Tutorials for adult education practitioners, and we will offer another five this winter, from January 1 to March 30:

  1. Tech for Students with Dysgraphia
  2. Ten Easy Ways to Integrate Technology in the Classroom and BYOD - QuickStart Training  (These two tutorials will be combined for one PD unit.)
  3. Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom
  4. YouTube for Educators

See the SABES Calendar for a full description of each tutorial.

To access the Atomic Learning tutorials:

  1. Go to the home page for the SABES PD Center for ABE Distance Learning and Technology Support.
  2. Register for the Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) offering.

You will receive an email from our office confirming your enrollment and providing you with login information for the companion course in Blackboard. This Blackboard logon will give you full access to the Atomic Learning course catalog.

The next set of Atomic Learning tutorials will run from April 1 to June 30. Watch for details in the next SABES newsletter. 


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If you haven’t joined the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning Facebook group, look what you’ve been missing!

  • A game from Google to learn and practice computer coding
  • Khan Academy’s Hour of Code tutorial—different activities to practice coding
  • A course on citizenship from USA Learns
  • Lessons plans on spotting fake news from ListenWise
  • An overview of Google Voice Typing

 This group shares resources to promote students’ digital literacy. Joining our growing membership is easy:

  1. Search Facebook for Distance Learning and Tech AE PD MA
  2. Click to join the group.

 Once you receive a notification that you’ve successfully joined, you can start posting and enjoying the resources!


If you missed our post on the SABES website regarding research and evidence-based practice resources for digital learning and digital literacy, click here to get the list of resources.


Upcoming Offerings 

When the snow flies it’s not easy getting outdoors, so we’ve planned these winter offerings to give you an opportunity to stay indoors and learn with us. The courses are offered twice to meet your scheduling needs. 

Atomic Learning Tutorials(Online)

  Follow-up webinars:

  • January 22, 2018, 1:00 pm: Discussion of the tech tools showcased in October–December used by participants
  •  April 9, 2018, 1:00 pm: Discussion of the tech tools showcased in January–March used by participants

 Stop, Think, Click (Internet Safety) (Online/Self-Paced)

No Books, No Problem; Free and Open Access to Learning Resources (Online/Self-Paced)

Get Smart: Integrating Smartphone Technology (Online/Self-Paced)

History Made Memorable Through Multimedia (Two-Part Webinars), offered in collaboration with the SABES PD Center for English Language Arts

  • Part 1: January 26, 2018, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Part 2: March 2, 2018, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


PD Center: 
Digital Literacy