October/November, 2009 Volume 10, Issue 2


Site for Sore Eyes

http://www.adultedonline.org/links.cfm - Strengthening Adult Education Programs Through Technology:  In Fall of 2005 the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, awarded the University of Michigan and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) a contract to develop a number of technology resources for adult education.  The project is called Strengthening Programs through Technology.  It has several components, which you'll find listed on the home page, http://www.adultedonline.org/about.cfm. The links page offers you a number of links to sites related to Adulted Online project activities. Enjoy brosing and applying practices that fit your needs!


This month, John comes to you through VoiceThread. Following is a description from the http://voicethread.com site:

With 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 through moderation.

Please click on 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.

With 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!

USA Learns

Thanks, again, John Horbacz!

USA 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 http://www.usalearns.org and check it out.

The 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.

If 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!

Registration 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.

To enroll, go to http://coloradoeducation.wufoo.com/forms/lunch-and-learn-sign-up/. "Seating" is limited to nine participants.

Once your enrollment is accepted, you will be sent a link to join the session.

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.

NOTE: 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

The following Websites are rich in information and content that can be used in programs, with students at any level.

Adult Ed Guide

  • http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/docs/education/abe_pds/teachers/ed_interview.pdf _ 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.

Student Activity Sites

  • http://www.khake.com/ - 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.

  • http://www.manythings.org /- 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. Endless.

  • 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 and interests.

  • http://dragonwritingprompts.blogsome.com/  - This is a writing-prompts blog. Go through the archives and get some great ideas on how to generate thoughts for the academic essay.

Rendezvous 2009

Hopefully, you were among the smiling attendees lucky enough to have participated in this August Breckenridge event.

The 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.

To all who contributed to the event, including putting together a very functional lab, you have thanks from everyone in the state!

Think Again

1. Draw this barn with one continuous line, without lifting your pencil from the paper or going over any line twice.


2. W hat do the letters in the box depict?





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