Adult Basic Education

GED Academy

Learn and practice your skills in math, science, English language arts, and social studies.  Practice and improve test taking skills.  Note: GED Academy is offered to all TCC students for free.  You must contact Debbye Larsen at dlarsen@tacomacc.edu to get a user name and password.  With this resource you’ll be ready to go, learn, and practice!

  • Math – Quantitative & algebraic problem solving
  • Science – Life science, physical science, earth and space science
  • Social Studies – Civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts – Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text

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ABEWeb

 

ABEweb allows you to study and improve your skills in English, transitions, GED, college prep, ELL, geography, job searching, math, social studies, and technology.  ABE web is a large website that can help adults with their basic education.  The website is very easy to navigate and offers many activities that are both visual and interactive.

 

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Khan Academy: Arithmetic

Khan Academy: Arithmetic provides series of videos for each of the concepts of arithmetic mathematics. When you click on the topic, a series of videos will appear.  After a set of a few videos, it will give you an interactive exercise to practice what you learned. Each video has a play icon next to it and each interactive exercise has a star icon next to it.   This is a great tool for brushing up on your math skills before taking the ACCUPLACER or other math placement exams.

 

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Edready – NROC Math

EdReady is a program that uses NROC Math content to assess yourself in math from arithmetic to trigonometry, then helps you with a customized study plan showing you which areas you need more learning and practice with and which areas you have mastered. This is a great free program to prepare you for placement exams like the ACCUPLACER, to get some extra study help for your math class, or to practice for self-improvement.

You will create a free account if you want to save your work in the program.  If you just want to enter and check it out without creating an account, you can just click “Enter as Guest”, but any work you do will not be saved!  Also, there will be a prompt asking for a “Key”.  You do not need to type in a key to enter and use the site.  Just click the ‘Get Started’ button on the prompt and you will be able to enter and see the general math goals you can work on.

Note: The ‘key’ code is used by specific instructors who have prepared math sets for their own students to access. If your teacher has given you a ‘key’ code then enter this in the box when you sign up.

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Spelling Bee

Games to Learn English’s Spelling Bee game is great for practicing spelling.  The game first lets you select a general vocabulary topic area.  Then it speaks words to you from that vocabulary set and you have to type them using the keyboard on the screen.  It shows you a picture of the word as well for context. If you do not immediately choose the correct letter, the letters on the keyboard will begin to disappear to gradually reveal the correct letter.

 


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GCF Learn Free Typing Tutorial

Learn how to type with a audio/visual tutor guiding you step by step. The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) has provided this helpful interactive program to teach typing to the beginner.  GCF’s Typing Play is especially beneficial for those who need to slow step-by-step instruction with audio and visual lessons and interactive exercises. When you start this program, it will give you three image buttons at the top of the lesson screen. The first button is a type of ‘Candy Land’ map of the lessons so you can jump around as needed and see your goal.  The second button is intended to give you control over the audio feedback, however it does not seem to be working, so if you get tired of hearing the guy talk to you after every practice set then you will have to mute your audio on your computer!  The third button is the Help button and explains what each button means and how to use the program, etc. This is a great typing program for those who need a little more instruction and encouragement as they begin to learn touch typing!

 

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cK-12

Find lessons/videos/interactive exercises relating to almost any subject from basic to intermediate levels. The cK-12 websitethough created to provide resources for primarily pre-college grade levels, has a lot of great content for all general subject areas and specific topics there in.  You do not have to “join” sign-up nor sign-in to access their content.  Simply type in your topic of interest or need in the search box, OR scroll down on the home page to find specific subject areas to browse the content topics!  This content can come in handy for understanding concepts and finding related videos or exercises even for college level study!

 

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Cengage Learning: Reading & Writing

Practice reading comprehension and/or grammar knowledge. The Cengage Learning site provides practice exercises giving a reading segments of 2-3 paragraphs followed by 17 comprehension questions. There is also a link on the left menu labeled “Writing: ACE Practice Tests”, which provides practice quizzes in various grammar points from apostrophes to comas, each quiz has 17 multiple choice questions on the topic.

 

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Natural Reader

Listen to any written text spoken aloud at your preferred speed. The Natural Reader site allows you to copy and paste or write 200 characters of text into a box which will then be read aloud in the voice of your choice and at the speed of your choice. You can choose a male or female voice and the country of origin who will have different accents in production. This site is easy and quick to use to listen to text segments (only up to 200 characters) spoken aloud. This could be a helpful study tool for language learners for pronunciation of English words or listening comprehension practice. The voices are not perfect since it is a computer reader so it sounds a bit robotic. Nonetheless, it works and it’s free! 

 

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TV411: Tune in to Learning

Watch videos and learn from guided exercise lessons to learn various concepts in the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, and finance.  Spanish version of site is also available. TV411 provides free educational videos and interactive lessons in various skill areas including reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, and finance.  You do not have to register or sign in to use the site. Each subject tab will show thumbnails of videos related to that subject area.  Specific lessons and printouts are listed under the green right side bar tabs. Though the site is not super well organized, the content is great and the interactive exercises are helpful.

 

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ABC Fast Phonics

 

 Learn to read English with audio & visual explanations of basic English letter sounds and the vowels and consonants used to form words. ABC Fast Phonics is a great tool for introducing and understanding the basic elements of English sounds and written letters.  The site gives simple explanations and examples and provides audio of all written English so that those who are learning to read English can listen to it by clicking the speaker icon.  Useful for English language learners and those needing basic reading/spelling reinforcement.

 

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No Red Ink

 Learn English grammar with practice questions and progress tracking. For students, you can sign-up to use this program free and then type in your class code that your teacher provides you OR you can enter without any association to a class by using your email to sign-up and finding the ‘Practice’ tab once you enter the site.  It gives you the option to do practice questions on particular grammar topics and then take quizzes on various grammar topics!  If you need to learn the grammar rule before practicing or taking the quiz, go to the ‘Rules’ tab first, otherwise you can see the rule when reviewing questions you answer wrong. Your progress is shown with topic squares that fill up with color as you work on them showing a grade scale number representing your mastery of that subject so far.  This visually organized system is helpful and motivating to learn and master all topics.

For teachers, you can register as a teacher and create a ‘class’, which will generate a code that your students can use when they log into their accounts!  Then you will be able to manage your class from your account, assign specific grammar topics for practice, and even see data on your students work.  And this is FREE, although there are some grammar topics and exercises that are only accessible if you pay for a premium account. But there is a surprising amount of content and functionality that is freely accessible.  Give it a try!

 

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Khan Academy Library

Learn math, science, economics, history, art, computing or test prep using video lessons and exercises.The Khan Academy Library provides well organized video series teaching and exercises in many subjects.  Khan Academy has the most extensive content in Mathematics, but also has great series of videos in Sciences, Economics and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Computing, and Test Preparation!

 

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Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free

Learn basic computer skills, basic reading, or basic math with interactive videos, exercises, and more. GCF Learn Free has video tutorials, interactive activities, & quizzes introducing all kinds of basic skills from using a computer to baking a cake. After finding the topic of interest, you can watch a basic tutorial video explaining the topic, then you can choose to do the activity which guides you through an interactive picture with information that you are voice prompted to drag and drop correctly. It gives a kind of avatar introduction or idea of what something is like in real life.

 

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Typing Club

 Learn how to type. The Typing Club site provides very well organized typing lessons with goals and great immediate results. You are able to track your progress if you want, but you do not have to. The format is simple and easy to use. It is like a game, so it makes you want to keep trying again until you get 3 stars.

 

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