http://www.dailylit.com/about/ - "We got the idea for
DailyLit after the New York Times serialized a few classic
works in special supplements a few summers ago. We wound up
reading books that we had always meant to simply by virtue
of making them part of our daily routine of reading the
newspaper. The only thing we do more consistently than read
the paper is read email. Bingo! We put together a first
version and began reading "War
of the Worlds" and "Pride
and Prejudice". We showed it to friends, added more
books and features at their request, and presto, DailyLit
General Adult Ed
Tech Ladder Workshops
Last Friday's workshop, Create
Interactive Computer Activities for
Students, was well-attended by some
magnificent learning instructors.
(If you want students excited about
learning, it is best to model
learning!) Glad to have
participation from Jesse Hawthorn
and Doug Glynn, too! Thanks one and
We explored and created different
student activities in MS Office 07
and Web 2.0, using the Community ESL
lab at Aurora's Language Center on CCA's Lowry Campus. I can't wait to
hear the reports on how those are
working with students in different
parts of the state!
The next onsite workshop is
scheduled for Friday, February 20,
10 AM - 4 PM, at Colorado Mountain
College's lab in Glenwood Springs.
We will create and play online games
for students, using free Web 2.0
tools and sites.
We will need seven people registered
by February 13 for this workshop to
"make," so do get your registration in
right away! Seating is limited to
More news is forthcoming on support
for lodging and other expenses at
the Hot Springs Lodge, at
Blog to Learn!
Dorle, Colorado Springs, put out an idea that is
beginning to blossom. We now have
several teachers throughout the U.S.
who want their students to interact
with our Colorado students on blogs.
To launch the effort, we now have a
list of interested ABE, ESL, and GED
instructors who want to collaborate
in this project.
Most instructors in the project are
new to blogging, so we'll just take
it a step at at time. All you have
to provide is your enthusiasm and
participation in this initial
dialog. To join the team, take the
- Go to our
collaborative blog at
http://www.adulteducationblogging.blogspot.com to check
out the blog.
- Send me an
email so that I can use that address to add you as a writer.
yourself and throw out some ideas on how you envision
blogging helping your students.
- Get your
students ready and excited to join the fun.
- Join the
fun with them and watch what happens!
Blogging can take your students to
where they've never been before and
would love to experience. Give them
a chance to explore!
We have also created a student blog
with a couple of samples on what
could be done to get students
participating in learning activities
together. It's a beginning. You can
expand it to fit your students. To
see that blog, go to
Send me your email, and I'll add you
as an administrator. Create Gmails
for your students on Google.com so
that you can add them to the blog. how them how
to post, and they're off!
If you would like to learn more
about blogging, you know how to
contact me. We'll set up a session
or sessions and get you going.
The following site gives you some
great ideas on using blogs for
- Here's another "how-to" on student
Word Press Blogs about Student
The Adult Educator Blog - "Information
about adult learning: How adults
learn, how to increase adult
learning effectiveness, how to
motivate adult learners, how to keep
adults engaged in their learning,
and other related education and
Enjoy the blog!!!
Colorado Teacher Blogger (or Blogs
You might recall a note about one of
our Colorado adult ed instructor
who has used blogs very effectively
with students for over a year. Sue
Spengler, Colorado Springs, is at it still. Visit her
student blogs at
invites you to contribute comments on those
blogs to encourage her students to
interact with "the world." Please
add a couple of comments on those
items and help keep the fires glowing for
our Colorado students!
Sue suggests that we read the
comments from students, which is
where the relationship building
happens. If you want to talk to Sue
about how to start blogging with
students, she has offered her
services in that regard:
Way to go, Sue! You'll have other
teachers joining the
student-blogging effort soon!
and Learn (LL), January 30, 2009, Noon - 1PM, will focus on
technology tools to help students overcome Math Anxiety:
Activities and Tips
to Ease Math Anxiety. You are cordially
invited to this free Elluminate session. Join me by clicking
B4C9EACB136DBE9CB8204F9. I'll be waiting for you!
sessions following this Friday's are scheduled as follows (all
on Friday, all at noon):
Activities and Tips to Ease Math Anxiety – 1/30
examine and practice activities and approaches to ease math
anxiety among adult students.
Power Point Student Activities – 2/6
Objectives: Using PP
2003 - (1) to examine pre-made activities that help students learn
language and math, and (2) to create one group activity to be used
with specific student populations.
Tools that Help Identify and Monitor Student Goals – 2/13
explore tools that can help students identify their goals and
monitor their progress toward reaching them.
Tools that Help Monitor Student Progress – 2/27
identify/develop achievement standards and examine tools to help
students monitor their progress toward reaching them.
The Role of Technology in Differentiating Instruction – 3/27
Objective: (1) To
identify student characteristics that require differentiation,
and (2) to examine computer tools to address specific learning
needs in different populations
Technology Tools to Engage pre-literate Learners 4/3
examine and create computer activities that engage pre-literate
students in learning language, math and technology skills
All of the sessions
are also listed on our Google Lunch and Learn Calendar. You
might want to bookmark it for weekly use.
I look forward to
“seeing” you online. Let’s learn together!
resources related to topics discussed in past and future LL
sessions, statewide workshops, and Tech Ladder certification are
posted on your wiki! Go to
http://www.chiresources.pbwiki.com. If you would like to
help expand those resources, you are cordially and vehemently
invited to do so. When you get to the wiki page, simply sign up
to become a writer, and I'll add you to the team. The more, the
You'll find links on
the first page of your wiki, which lead to numerous activities
that you can immediately implement with students.
How can I quickly multiply numbers by 9 (or 0.9, 90, 900..)?
One way is to
multiply by 10, which is a cinch, and then subtract the number
itself to get the answer. Disregard any zeroes of decimals at
first, and then add their effect later.
- Example 1:
14 X 9
14 X 10 = 140; 140 - 14 = 126!
- Example 2:
26 X 9
26 X 10 = 260; 260 - 26 = 234
- Example 3:
450 X 0.9
Disregard the 0 -> 45 X 10 = 450; 450 - 45 = 405 No change
needed since 0.9 is under 1
- Example 4:
7.5 X 900
75 X 10 = 750; 750 - 75 = 675 Add the two zeroes =
67500 Add the decimal = 6,750
I have used the following trick since I was in grade school
(long ago!!!) to multiply single numbers by 9. Simply take away
1 from the number and then add whatever you need to add up to 9.
- Example 1:
7 X 9 Take 1 away from 7 = 6 Add a number to total 9 = 6 and
3 = 63
- Example 2:
8 X 9 = 72 (8-1= 7 and 7+2 = 9)
Of course, the
first method works here just as well. 7 X 10 = 70 70 - 7 =
63; 8 X 10= 80 80 - 8 = 72
Have other math
tricks? Send those to us and we'll share them with others!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
suggestions, questions and error reports are most appreciated!