Monday, April 7, 2003

The ABCs of KET's GED 2002

Adult educators in Georgia and nationwide have found the 26-part GED Connection series produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) to be a great help as you prepare your students to take the GED test. In addition to the videos, you can now take advantage of the GED 2002 Online Professional Development website, featuring an interactive orientation to the online training, which may be used as both staff development and as an instructional resource. This tutorial walks you through the online training site and prepares you to take full advantage of the resources it offers.

For those of you who are new to Internet usage, the orientation begins with a thorough explanation of Internet navigation and terminology as well as an overview of the GED 2002 website specifically. The initial overview explains why online training is the right choice for you as an educator and makes special note of the added values of online versus onsite training, including:

* Being available anytime anywhere
* Being self-paced
* Being interactive
* Allowing simultaneous web-exploration
* Serving as a book-marked online reference
* Doubling as both a staff development and classroom teaching tool

As you move through the orientation, you will have an opportunity to learn about the GED 2002 test itself, including its purpose, design, and scoring methods. Detailed descriptions of each test, including Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics are provided along with essential information like number and format of questions, time allotment for test-taking, and a scoring breakdown.

Once you have finished learning the fundamentals of the GED 2002, you will be ready to move on to the training materials. Modules are available for each of the following areas: Math, Writing, and Critical Thinking. Each module is arranged into different topics of interest to educators; for example, Math is divided into sections on problem-solving skills, calculators, and grid formats. The modules will target different skill areas and offer suggestions for effective teaching strategies you might use to reach a diverse group of learners.