Resources for Basic Skills Instructors & Tutors
Basic Skills Faculty/Staff Handbook
Each Basic Skills faculty and staff member should have a hard copy of the Basic Skills Faculty/Staff Handbook. For the convenience of our instructors, staff, and volunteers, we have made the entire handbook available online.
To navigate through the handbook, click on the bookmark links on the left-hand side of the page. You may have to click on a tab entitled "Bookmarks" to make the bookmarks visible. If there is a + sign beside a link, you can expand this topic to see other subtopics. You can also search the entire handbook for specific topics by clicking on the "search" icon (binoculars in the tool bar).
This is a PDF file and you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, download it now.
- GED PREP INFO
GED Prep Info is a site that has free GED practice questions and study tips. It also has detailed explanations to the answers to the questions.
- Interest-Based & Contextualized Instruction
- LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System)
LINCS is the "premier on-line information and communications network for adult and family literacy. LINCS has enhanced the ability of all States to use information technologies in the context of literacy instruction; created a rich database of local, regional, and nationally developed materials; trained thousands of practitioners in applying technology in teaching and professional development; and leveraged several million dollars for regional, State, and local literacy agencies."
- The Learning Edge
The Learning Edge is an online literacy newspaper designed for adult literacy
- The Interactive Body
This site has highly interactive activities about this human body including the nervous system, senses, skeletal system, muscles, etc.
Literacy Center.Net –The Early Childhood Education Network
This site is an open and free forum where parents and teachers can find professionally
designed, next-generation, educational material to share with their children.
The Story Place
The children's digital library. This web site is fun for all ages, but it will be particularly useful in Family Literacy and/or Comp. Ed. classes. According to the web site, "Children and their parents have for years enjoyed attending story times, checking out books, and participating in a number of other educational, entertaining, and participatory programs. StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers."
Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
This is a great online tutorial for individuals who would like to learn the basics
of computing. It has text instruction, illustrations, and practice exercises.
It is best viewed in full screen mode.
- Quia Web
This web site has a directory of thousands of online activities such as flash cards,
word scrambles, word searches, etc. There is a yearly subscription fee and a
free trial version.
Casio fx-260 Calculator Tutorial
Online tutorial about the calculator used for GED 2002
Instructional Strategies for Teaching Adult Numeracy Skills
Dave's ESL Cafe
The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!
Virtual Solar System (from National Geographic)
Discover the wonders of our solar system in a 3-D environment.
(Requires free plug-in available at web site. You can also view this in a 2-D
environment without the plug-in.) Take a flyby tour of the sun and each planet
in its orbit, observe planets and extraterrestrial weather patterns up close,
and more. (This is graphics intensive and takes several minutes to fully download.)
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Lynn LeFever, Director of Basic Skills in Watauga County, recommended this
site as being very useful for grammar and writing resources. Among the many
resources it has are PowerPoint presentations on various grammar and writing
topics. The site is maintained by Professor of English Charles Darling for
English courses at Capital Community College and for the general online public.
The Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library is the first online public library and
has a variety of resources.