January 2009 Volume 10, Issue 6


Sites for Soaring Eyes

Newspapers and Books

  • www.thewclc.ca/edge - "The Learning Edge is a newspaper for adult learners. This site has stories and activities with sound and video. It also has tests on subjects like math and reading. Subjects include health, safety, work, newspaper ads, household bills, and more. Learners can hear articles read to them and read along with the text. Adult new readers can use this site on their own. Some may need tutor support."

  • 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 was born."

Microsoft Training

Computer Terms

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 all!

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!

Next Workshop

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 12.

More news is forthcoming on support for lodging and other expenses at the Hot Springs Lodge, at $109/night.

REGISTER AT http://coloradoeducation.wufoo.com/forms/workshop-registration/

Blog to Learn!

Susie 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 following steps:

  1. Go to our collaborative blog at http://www.adulteducationblogging.blogspot.com to check out the blog.
  2. Send me an email so that I can use that address to add you as a writer.
  3. Introduce yourself and throw out some ideas on how you envision blogging helping your students.
  4. Get your students ready and excited to join the fun.
  5. 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 http://www.joiningminds.blogspot.com. 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 writing: http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Johnson-Blogs/

http://cnx.org/content/m18050/latest/ - Here's another "how-to" on student blogs.

http://wordpress.com/tag/student-writing/- Word Press Blogs about Student Writing.

http://www.grayharriman.com/alblogger/alblogger.html - 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 training issues."
Enjoy the blog!!!

Colorado Teacher Blogger (or Blogs Don't Bite)

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 http://www.unity-2008.blogspot.com and at http://www.writersofthefuture.blogspot.com.

Sue 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: ssplengler@hsd2.org .

Way to go, Sue! You'll have other teachers joining the student-blogging effort soon!

Lunch and Learn

This Friday's Lunch 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 https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlpsid=vclass&password=M.1177A37
B4C9EACB136DBE9CB8204F9. I'll be waiting for you!

Upcoming LL sessions following this Friday's are scheduled as follows (all on Friday, all at noon):

Activities and Tips to Ease Math Anxiety – 1/30

Objective: To examine and practice activities and approaches to ease math anxiety among adult students.

 Interactive 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

Objective: To explore tools that can help students identify their goals and monitor their progress toward reaching them.

Tools that Help Monitor Student Progress – 2/27

Objective: To 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

Objective: To 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!

Reminder: All 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 merrier!

You'll find links on the first page of your wiki, which lead to numerous activities that you can immediately implement with students.

Think Again

A.  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

B.  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!


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

CONTACT ME: leecy@coloradoadulted.org