Thanks for sharing these insights! While our world gets more and more high-tech, it seems many of our students get left behind. And it's not just the older ones - instructors say that a lot of their younger students don't have the tech skills they need.
What a great idea to bring your students in on the revamping of the GED/ESOL handbook. They were writing for a real audience and purpose - and had to "get inside" the mind of someone new to the classes.
Researcher/trainer, SW ABLE Resource Center
444 W. 3rd. St. Room 6130
Dayton, OH 45402
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1. Unit 8 (mstever_at_pm.noacsc.org)
2. Re: Workshop 8 (Linda McBride)
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:09:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Unit 8
--I enjoy doing research with the computer and create databases and
spreadsheets--but don't feel confident or competent teaching a lesson. At
this point, one student has a computer in his home but tells his wife what
he wants and she does the work. Another student sometimes goes to his
local library to look up information. No one keyboards, only 2 have
turned on a computer.
We have completed two projects over the last couple of months and two
students used our classroom computer to search for information. Neither
had used a computer but asked for information. Well, I wasn't able to
teach them how to find a site, so just pulled up the info they needed.
Next time I need to be certain students have some prior knowledge before
letting them search. Live and learn.
The first project was planning a 2-3 day trip using a map, grocery ads for
cost of provisions, atlas, various sources for entertainment or
sight-seeing activities. They wrote paragraphs, made lists of necessary
items or places to visit, used a ruler or chart to figure mileage and
calculated cost of gas, provisions, lodging, entertainment. And one
student added "I whant by cup for mom."
The second project involved revamping an old Even Start student handbook
to use for GED/ESOL students. We brainstormed to learn what new folks
just in the door might want to know about GED class, grouped or classified
items, removed inappropriate info from the original, incorporated new info
into the original, and changed order of presentation. The next step will
be for me to write it out, share with other staff members for revision,
and then give to Leah for her students to edit. Final step will be formal
Although my students aren't computer savvy, all but one have cell phones.
My next project will be to teach/learn texting skills. I say "learn"
because it hurts to misspell or not use caps or omit punctuation (I can do
those things, but it's too time consuming). These students have been
together for a while, know each other pretty well, and have fun together.
I think texting each other will be very interesting.
Marelese Stever, Instructor
Putnam County Educational
124 Putnam Parkway
Ottawa, OH 45875
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:18:13 +0000
From: Linda McBride <Linda.McBride_at_mywccc.org>
To: Discussion list for DEVELOPING WRITERS
Subject: Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 8
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At one of our sights we have a laptop cart and we are looking to get one for another site because it has opened many great opportunites such as what Sheryl is doing. With my bridge group we have a discussion board to discuss Animal Farm. They have enjoyed doing this and I have told them it will assist them when they move onto college. I also have documents and a few links on there for them to access. I have to find the time to add some more.
From: teacher-talkhswriters-bounces_at_learner.org [teacher-talkhswriters-bounces_at_learner.org] on behalf of Sheryl Risner [srisner_at_ohp.k12.oh.us]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:47 PM
Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 8
I am very fortunate to have several desktops and a mobile cart with 8 laptops to use in my classroom. We use the computers in English class frequently.
One of my favorite lessons only uses the teacher computer and screen with projector and speakers. I print out the lyrics to ?Believe? by Brooks & Dunn. Then I play the song on youtube. We use this as a start to narrative writing. They see how the songwriter makes everyone understand his message without ever identifying that he is singing about God. We follow up with several good sample narrative writings. Songs are excellent examples of narrative and descriptive writing.
Another of my favorite tools is nicenet. This is a free, easy to use internet classroom assistant. Our adult learners may know how to websearch, email, chat, but they need to know how to use technology for professional and educational purposes? especially those who will be entering any kind of post-secondary training program. Our career center is switching too google for gmail and google apps next year. I am looking forward to using googleapps to share and produce documents with my learners.
I use email for lessons on business correspondence and the learners can do preliminary research online before writing essays. We also use Newsweek, the NY Times, and USA Today online for reading articles.
Next year, our program will be developing a website where we can start blogs for learner use. I will also have students write articles for publication on our class?s webpage to share what we have been doing in class.
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