The Four Corners Virtual Resource Center room (Aspen) was fully attended around the clock. I was amazed at the compatibility among participants who came in and out and picked up skills right in the stream of things. It was great fun.
Several participants asked how they could access similar training at their sites. I'm glad they asked! If you have AEFLA funding, all you have to do is contact me. You can receive free training in three formats:
Tips from the Field
We had a session offered by three faculty members whose resources I promised to share. Sad to say and alas, I walked away from the Denver Room without the list of emails! Therefore, I'll post some of those resources here for those who receive Tech Beat.
From Cathy Sandoval, Evans County:
From Kathy Ragland, Montezuma County:
Have students, particularly those with children, create Web Books. Web Books use a very simple technology that you can download free if you are a K-12 school. If not, you can still apply for a free copy as an adult ed provider. In the meantime, download a trial version and play.
From Patty Thomas, Montezuma County
Students are afraid of math. They perceive that it is complicated and not natural. So let them start their experience at your program by having some fun. Learn to play Soduko, and have your students enjoy solving the puzzles at 4 different levels.
A Site for Sore Eyes
You have heard of http://www.e-colorado.org/, Colorado's ultimate electronic toolkit for training, education and employment, created for use by job seekers, businesses and workforce professionals. Because e-Colorado is designed to link people to resources rather than to offer resources directly on the site, we now have http://www.coloradoadulted.org/, which is in the process of being developed and linked to e-Colorado as a resource provider for Colorado adult educators.
This issue of Tech Beat is being published on that site, along with a number of other materials to help you work with adult students. Browse the resources and let us hear from you. In fact, please (!) send us your materials, your ideas, so that others can share them. Would you like your Rendezvous presentations published? Send us the content. We'll get it on the site with full credit given. Check out the stories for adult learners and write your own to add to that section: 4-5th-grade reading level, emotional content, short, and followed by discussion questions. Use the workshop contents to develop your own workshops. If you use someone else's materials, just be sure to credit the source.
Want to thank someone for getting you this resource? How about Doug Glynn and Ann Miller, who initiated the process, and Pam Smith and Debra Fawcett for supporting it.
You've probably seen this in your email. I've seen it on the Internet and enjoyed passing it on, especially among those who get caught up in the spelling zoo of the English language. (Google "typoglycemia and go from there). Read the following passage. Don't be shy. Just do it.
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aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan
mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it
deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but
the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia
ESL Online through Multiple Intelligences (MI) and More
You've heard of Gardner and eaten from his produce. I recently gave workshop to our Montrose adult ed teachers on how to use MI with ESL students through online resources. You can find the agenda with links at http://www.coloradoadulted.org/Workshops/ESLworkshop2_06.htm. Help yourself and enjoy.
I am also publishing other ESL tried-and-proven sites which Pam Hogan, Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood, has generously and unselfishly provided for you. Check them out on the same site, at http://www.coloradoadulted.org/HoganESLSites.htm .
CONTACT ME: firstname.lastname@example.org