November 2008 Volume 9, Issue 5


This issue of Tech Beat is designed to invite learning through the senses. Enjoy, and let the right brain reign! Open their brain power and let the students do the "talking!"

Things Are Not What They Seem

Our students are used to writing from prompts, images, case studies, unfinished stories, and more. We give them models for description, narration, comparison, cause and effect, prediction, summarizing, exposition, on and on. The following sites invite a different, non-linguistic type of experience, which can be interpreted into any type of writing. The world of illusion is likely to open a different part of the brain than we are used to tickling. The list belowcomes from recommendations made by Larry Ferlazzo ( - Thanks, Tom Dietvorst)

From - See the Face? Can you see the lady crossing the bridge?

Shall We Dance?

Let students design their own steps or follow those already posted. Turn on the volume and let that body move. What for? When we are laughing, we are learning. The more we engage our emotions or our senses, the better we learn. Let's get those intelligences engaged so that reading, writing, speaking, math and other skills connect with the student's body.

If you go to YouTube and search "how to dance" or something similar, you'll have much to choose from.

Use music and dancing for optional exercises, just like those in reading, writing, solving or drawing. Your students will absolutely amaze you. Our GED students might rap through equations; our ABE students can dance to multiplication tables; our ESL students will sing through through those sentences. All we have to do is watch those mnemonics in action.

Paint or Draw to Learn: Sites for Sore Eyes

  • - Please visit this site! What an original way to build a service community. Our students can be part of something really significant and use their drawing or painting talents to help others. From the site, "The beauty of this 'work' is that there are no limitations. Everyone is invited to take part regardless of ability. We have yet to meet anyone who is unable to add their personal brushstroke. When we paint together, we are all on the same level, our abilities are equal, and we are all giving of ourselves."
  • - Don't let the title fool you. You can walk away with fantastic activities for adult learners of all skills and levels. From the site, "Drawing is one of the most important activities you and your students can do. Drawing not only provides the basis for other creative activities - like painting, sculpture and printmaking - but it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. The connection between drawing and geometric shapes and measurements simply cannot be denied. And do you know what else? Drawing is the single most accessible form of art available. All you need (to begin with), is a pencil and a sheet of paper."
  • - Many links to drawing tutorials.
  • - Article on Making Connections: Improving Spatial Abilities with Engineering Drawing Activities. From the article, "Although there are somewhat conflicting results in the literature regarding whether spatial ability can be improved, numerous studies (e.g., Ben-Chaim et al., 1988; Lord, 1985; Burnett & Lane, 1980) have indicated that it can be improved through training if appropriate materials are provided.

Go to YouTube and search "drawing activities for Christmas." You'll find a long list of videos with great ideas for parents to take home to work with their kids. The time is right!

Lunch and Learn

Tomorrow's Lunch and Learn, Friday, December 19, Noon - 1PM, will cover the very basics of how to manage files in Windows XP. You are cordially invited to this free Elluminate session. Join me by clicking
B4C9EACB136DBE9CB8204F9. I'll be waiting for you!

When you return from Christmas break, I'll be announcing onsite workshops and future sessions of Lunch and Learn. Stay tuned!

If you have skills that you would like covered in Lunch and Learn or other sessions, please contact me, and we'll make it happen!

Join me also in a New Year's decision to become state certified in the Tech Ladder process!

Think Again

1.  Make seven longer words from OIL. For example, by adding letters to HAT, you can get that, hate, chatty, shatter, hatless, hatch, and more.

2.  Complete the equation by filling in the five omissions with 2,3,5,8, and 7. Each number may be used only once.

... + [(... - ...) x ... ... ] = 9

3. If the rectangles were placed one on top of another, what word would you be able to read.



Your feedback, suggestions, questions and error reports are most appreciated!