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Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 8 Teacher-talkhswriters Digest, Vol 12, Issue 6

From: Mary Lou Jacklin <maryloujacklin_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:38:57 +0000

I love the learning express library site! I refer students to that site all the time. They also have ebooks to download and use for free! There is a category for skill building for adults among many other categories from elementary to GED to college prep...the list goes on. In skill building category the are 2 ebooks in the writing section that are called grammar success in 20 minutes a day and writing skills success in 20 minutes a day. It is such a great website and totally user friendly with so much to offer, now I need to check out the computer category...thanks for that info.

From: blewd_at_neo.rr.com
To: teacher-talkhswriters_at_learner.org
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:24:33 -0400
Subject: Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 8 Teacher-talkhswriters Digest, Vol 12, Issue 6

My classes face all the challenges most have mentioned. We only have
2 computers, which must be unpacked and then put away every time we use
them. They also have to update because we dont use them daily, and that
takes time.
 
However, I did do the email lesson, and I want to do more when we return
next week. Our city advertised that they were giving away reflective house
numbers so emergency vehicles could find houses easily. So I had all of my
students write and request one. We first discussed the subject line and
how to address the person, using a name as suggested by the etiquette
rules. We also discussed using a colon, since this was a business
letter.
 
I had them decide what we needed to include in our reply. Some wanted
to be very flowery about reading it in the newspaper, when all I wanted
was for them to tell reader the address number they needed. We decided on
all the information we needed. I wrote it on the board, and they copied it, and
then we sent the requests using my school email address.
 
Some had, indeed, never used email. Some did not understand why it
put the red underline under names that the computer did not understand.
One woman used all caps, and when I mentioned it, she said, oh, yes, my boss is
always telling me about that. Another man typed his up with no
punctuation, even though we had it on the board. For those who dont type,
I typed a couple just to save time. Some noticed that the computer put the
address in for them after they had typed a few letters. Since they were
the second group, they did not have to type the whole address.
This was a good experience, and I hope we can do more.
 
We also tried the writing exercise on the computer which then graded
the essay. I did not know there were programs that would do this. I
typed as the students composed the essay. We got a 3, which I imagine had
something to do with the fact that I did the typing and paragraphing. It
did not give us any reasons for the grade, which I think would have been
helpful. If I had time, Id like to go back and redo the essay with fewer
paragraphs and more mistakes to see what would rate a 2 and a 1. If I had
time.
 
This site is www.learningexpresslibrary.com.
I learned about it from our local library. It has GED preparation,
computer skills, keyboarding, and many more. We went to the writing part
and did the essay test I think.

 

From: LEAH LEAH
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:29 PM
To: Discussion list for DEVELOPING
WRITERS
Subject: Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Teacher-talkhswriters Digest,
Vol 12,Issue 6
 

  
  
    My students are free to work in the computer lab (room next
      door) as long as they are working on GED stuff. There are great math
      sites. But the truth is they stay in the classroom for study
      buddies or direct help. Tonight I am giving a writing
      assignment and giving them the choice of paper and pencil or the
      computer. No doubt our younger students are very "into" all
      the tech stuff. Cell phones seem to be glued to their hands.
      It is a must for our students that are going to college to get some
      computer knowledge before they move on. Sometimes we have to meet
      them on their level. This was a wakeup call for me to spend more
      time in the computer lab. Thanks

--- On Wed, 4/20/11, Mary
      Lou Jacklin <maryloujacklin_at_hotmail.com> wrote:

      
From:
        Mary Lou Jacklin <maryloujacklin_at_hotmail.com>
Subject: Re:
        [Teacher-talkhswriters] Teacher-talkhswriters Digest, Vol 12, Issue
        6
To: "teacher talkwriters"
        <teacher-talkhswriters_at_learner.org>
Date: Wednesday, April 20,
        2011, 12:23 PM

        
        
        What a great resource Pam. In our program, we have a line on our
        registration form that asks for the student's email address. We will
        communicate with the students that way to save on stamps. We send flyers
        and reminders about breaks etc... We have a few students who are not
        comfortable with the computer and are vocal about it. I try and put them
        on microsoft digital literacy. It's free and there are 3 levels to the
        curriculum: Basic, Standard and Advanced. Each level has it's own
        assessment and if they pass, a certificate is generated and they can
        print it off and put with their resume or other certificates they may
        have. I have only used it a few times because most of my students are
        not vocal about their lack of computer literacy. The only students who
        seem to mention it are the ones who need proof for a specific
        educational program.
 

        
        Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:25:51 -0400
From:
        pjchaney726_at_gmail.com
To:
        teacher-talkhswriters_at_learner.org
Subject: Re:
        [Teacher-talkhswriters] Teacher-talkhswriters Digest, Vol 12, Issue
        6

Since our classroom is in the resource center, we set up our
        students with email accounts and encourage them to take part in our
        computer classes held here.

        On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM,
        Knall, Katherine <kathy.knall_at_sinclair.edu>
        wrote:

        It's hard to believe we are
          discussing the last of the 8 Developing Writers workshops. Tawna
          raises important "hurdles" about technology in ABLE, namely equipment
          (hardware and software), time, and levels of student knowledge. Have
          any of you found, as Tawna did, that many students have never used
          email? The Southwest Resource center recently did a survey of
          technology use in our classrooms - it will be interesting to review
          the results and try to determine what can be done (from state level on
          down) to address the gaps.

Kathy
          Knall
Researcher/trainer, SW ABLE Resource Center
444 W. 3rd.
          St. Room 6130
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-512-5364
FAX: 937-512-3434

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Integrating technology in the classroom can be a challenge. I
          know preparing our students for writing in the 21st century is
          important but the barriers can slow the progress of the integration.
          Time, money, and equipment present hurdles that have to be overcome.
          As teachers we will need to think outside the box and create writing
          lessons that will improve the academic realm of writing as well as
          learning technology. The computer presents the most obvious choice for
          lessons. I developed a lesson that looked at email etiquette and then
          had students respond to a teacher generated office memo email.
          Students had to access the email account, read the memo, and then
          reply to the memo using the etiquette rules we had discussed. For
          many, this was a first experience using email.

I liked the
          lesson and thought it was very worthwhile. The students were engaged
          in learning at each step. Nevertheless, I did discover that the lesson
          took much longer than I had anticipated and I will need to remember
          that as I begin to intertwine technology and writing in the class time
          that has been set up for writing instruction. Just another
          examination of the saying ? so much to do ?.so little
          time?.?

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