month, John comes to you through VoiceThread. Following is a
description from the
VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in
one place from anywhere in the world. All with no
software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative,
multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and
videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave
comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone),
text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a
VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them
to record comments too.
Users can doodle while commenting, use
multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown
http://voicethread.com/share/587642 to hear John
introduce you to VoiceThread. Please add a comment in response
so that you can experience this exciting dialog tool. There are
several segments included.
VoiceThread, GED students can dialog over content before writing
an essay; ABE students can collaboratively solve a math problem;
ESL students can practice dialogs. As we become used to the idea
that students in this century want to construct their own
learning, this tool provides a way to help them do that!
again, John Horbacz!
Learns is first of all, ESL-competent. Secondly, it is free. It
is also student friendly and appealing to different
intelligences. Finally, it is for adults! Go to
and check it out.
home page introduces you, the teacher, to the site. An "actual"
person talks to you in a choice of English or Spanish. Her
pronunciation is native in both languages.
you click on Start Now, you are taken to a choice of three
courses: beginning, low intermediate, and intermediate. Of
course, if you have beginners, don't forget to guide them
through their first experiences!
and resources are free.
Lunch and Learn
Our Lunch and Learn sessions this year will cover very specific
topics so that you may walk away from each session with specific
skills. We will actually walk you through creating projects with different
applications or tools that you can immediately use with students. Our
first session will cover the use of WebQuests with students in
ABE, GED, and ESL. That session will be held on Friday,
September 11 (!), Noon to 1 PM.
enroll, go to
"Seating" is limited to nine participants.
your enrollment is accepted, you will be sent a link to join the
You may access all content for Lunch and Learn sessions listed
on our wiki:
http://chiresources.pbworks.com/, along with many other
resources (Scroll down on the home page.)
To become a writer and contributor to our wiki, simply register
to become a writer and, once approved, start adding your ideas
and resources to help us all become better at what we do.
Please send me your comments about better times for Lunch and
Learn sessions. We can alternate between Lunch and Learn, and
Snack and Learn, or Sip and Learn, or Wendesday Break and Learn.
Let us know!
Sites to Ponder
following Websites are rich in information and content that can
be used in programs, with students at any level.
_ From the Washington Board for Community and Technical
Colleges: Educational Interviewing, An Orientation Class for
Basic Skills Students. This is a huge document covering many
aspects of intake and planning (Interview: p.19; Planning:
pp: 120-130!). Search for the form or list that you want,
then print what you need for your program.
- You will be floored by the list of activities at this
Vocational Information Center. For the tip of one iceberg,
go to -> Math at Work -> Career and Consumer Math - Intro to
an algebraic problem (Repeat with Adult Workforce and
Academics). There is something for everyone if you get out
the pick and start digging for gold.
/- When the home page opens, hold on! There are activities
listed along the side column and everywhere else. For
example, select Vocabulary from the side bar. Then click on
Hangman. A list of vocabulary categories appears. Click on
one. When that opens the hangman game, look at the top for
two additional links. One will take you to a vast number of
activities to do with the same list of words. Another allows
you to change the category to another list of words.
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/index.htm - This site
takes some exploring. Once you get into it, you'll be able
to select some really good activities to meet student levels
- This is a writing-prompts blog.
Go through the archives and get some great ideas on how to
generate thoughts for the academic essay.
you were among the smiling attendees lucky enough to have
participated in this August Breckenridge event.
weather was great, along with the views, food and company! The
sessions provided excellent grist for our mills; there was
plenty to examine among the exhibitions; several people walked
away with spiffy door prizes; and, of course, many of us swam in
the tears of hearing from award recipients as they told their
stories, reminding us all again that what we do is about people
- no more, no less. And that includes the well-deserved
recognition given for what Doug Glynn and Kathy Santopietro-
Weddel have given to our field.
all who contributed to the event, including putting together a
very functional lab, you have thanks from everyone in the state!
this barn with one continuous line, without lifting your pencil
from the paper or going over any line twice.
hat do the letters in the box depict?
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