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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
Courses for Adult Educators
- 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,
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
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
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
Friday, 12/4/09, Noon - MS Word Projects
Create a mini-book
Create a bingo game
Create a timeline
to attend the session at
Seating is limited to nine people. You will be sent instructions
on joining the session through your email after you sign up.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.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
email@example.com 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.
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.
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