October/November, 2009 Volume 10, Issue 2


Thanksgiving Digital Feast

Adult Ed Technology Resources

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 page linked at the top of this section opens a number of links to sites related to Adulted Online project activities. Enjoy browsing and applying practices that fit your needs in any of the following areas listed:


http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/diversity/Resources-Info.htm - This material was posted on CLICK earlier this year, I believe, and it is worth checking out. "The site offers a collection of diversity resources gathered to help you plan and deliver your own excellent service in your communities. These have been carefully screened and selected. Although most resources are flexible enough to apply to ANY diverse population, there are some specific items related to particular groups (for example, Spanish-speakers, immigrants, etc.) under the 'create programs' and 'even more info' headings." Some of the readings provide excellent ideas for writing prompts and for discussions among our students.

Occupational Interests

Download this Interest Checklist from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Office of Employer Programs. How can you use it? In any way you want. Have students check off items to determine their interests. Use it to provide a more expanded view of what careers offer. Take the statements and use them with ESL students; you may have to restate some of them. Have students copy and paste statements, and then create new sentences from the statements. The list of verbs is amazing! Have students research what math is needed to explore different interests. Above all, use it to open minds.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/fac_development/video/pdf/lisa_heiser_faculty_development_handout.pdf - This PDF has all that you and your students need to understand Holland's Career Personality Types. I have long used Holland's types, especially with intermediate ESL adults beginning to explore careers in the US! Holland's categories are simple, easy to understand, and amazingly accurate in defining broad interest categories in the work world. I would hear students say things like, "No wonder my husband and I argue so much about...! What makes sense to me makes no sense to him! He's a Realistic Type, and I'm and Artistic Type." I used to add one additional element to each type: how that person solves problems. For example, an investigative person solves problems by researching solutions; an artistic type invents a solution; a social type talks to others about a solution. You have a lot there to talk about, write about, and reflect about! (Excuse the prepositional endings!)

Free Courses for Adult Educators

http://thinkfinity.org/home.aspx - What a treasure of FREE learning resources that you can translate into your instruction! Thinkfinity Literacy Network's free online courses guide educators, program managers, students and volunteers in the best literacy instruction and lifelong learning habits. Go to the site's course list,  http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/TLN/courses. Search by audience, or use the Thinkfinity Literacy Network Course Catalog or Suggested Content Clusters to receive targeted, effective, easy-to-use online training. Love it!

Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn sessions, hopefully starting in December, will be project-based and focused on a single technology. For example, you might complete a picture dictionary in Word, or an illustrated chart in Excel, or a Jeopardy game in Power Point. If you have specific interests and needs, drop us a note at 4cpdrc@coloradoadulted.org. Our sessions have been held on Fridays at Noon for one hour. If you or your staff have other scheduling preferences, drop us a note with that information. We are here to meet your needs in any way that we can. Our next planned session will be as follows:

Friday, 12/4/09, Noon - MS Word Projects

  • Create a mini-book
  • Create a bingo game
  • Create a timeline

Register to attend the session at http://coloradoeducation.wufoo.com/forms/lunch-and-learn-sign-up/. Seating is limited to nine people. You will be sent instructions on joining the session through your email after you sign up.

New this year: Since the Lunch and Learn sessions have not been filled to capacity in the past, you may sign up to have a student attend the session. If you have an LCD or other computer projector, you might also sign up for one seat and project the session into a lab where you or your students might follow the instructions on individual computers. Lets keep those computer humming!

Tech Ladder

This has been a topic of previous issues and even workshops. Tech Ladder represents an AEFLA-approved certification system for acquiring instructional technology skills.

The ladder consists of four rungs, named for the Olympic-games year when it was initiated: Qualifier, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

You are encouraged to participate in any or all of several ways:

  • Become certified and receive PD points by acquiring the listed skills, which are linked to many tutorials and resources to help you practice skills on your own. To begin the self-paced certification process, contact your Four Corners Professional Development Center to outline a plan of action. Send a letter of intent to 4cpdrc@coloradoadulted.org. You will be directed to a form, which will outline your learning needs and begin the process of "filling the gaps" in your technology ability. You will be mentored through the whole process until you reach your desired goal.

  • Contribute to the resources linked to skills along the Ladder. Go to http://www.chiresources.pbworks.com. Apply to be a writer, which is a very fast process. Once you are approved, add links to tutorials that will help others acquire educational technology skills at different levels.

  • Become a volunteer mentor and spread the word to others who might become mentors in different areas, whether they are in adult ed or not. Send an email to 4cpdrc@coloradoadulted.org stating your willingness to help someone acquire skills in which you are proficient. You may want to mentor one single skill. Mentoring does not have to be face-to-face. Through Elluminate, people can exchange desktop views and permissions in a number of very effective ways. Include as much detail as you wish in your email, including times when you might be available to help.

  • Use the Tech Ladder list as a checklist for your students. Have your program offer students certification as they complete different levels of expertise.

Click on http://chiresources.pbworks.com/Tech-Ladder-Tutorials to access Tech Ladder tutorials or to download the certification document. If you wish, use the skills list as a checklist for yourself, students, or staff.

Think Again

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Happy Thanksgiving. May your plates be filled and your cups overflow with gratitude!

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