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Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Lesson 8 Using computers

From: Mary Lou Jacklin <maryloujacklin_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 22:01:07 +0000

I really like your ideas Linda! We will have to try them!
Barb teaches a Tuesday/Thursday class and I have a Monday/Wednesday class so some of my students will come to Barb's Thursday class and since I am at the Career Center on Thursdays doing my coordinating work. I help out and team teach with Barb. We had a rough time trying to figure out how to incorporate technology with our students because most of them are not comfortable using a computer. So we took some ideas and websites we read on teacher talk, and from the face to face meetings as well as sites we found while "googling." We set up five computers last Thursday each displaying a different website. Some were tutorials for academic subjects, while others were tutorials for getting acquainted with the computer itself. We put surveys and pencils next to each computer so the students could answer a few questions about the website and thieir computer experience. The feed back was good. We thought it was pretty successful; enough to try it again and hopefully go further once the comfort level increases. We will definitely try Linda's idea and have our students look at our ABLE page on our schools website and give us ideas and feedback!
As far as a rubric goes to rate websites...that's a good idea too, one for a teacher and one for a student!...I had to do that in one of my graduate classes and I bet you could google for a rubric to do that!

From: blewd_at_neo.rr.com
To: teacher-talkhswriters_at_learner.org
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 15:39:44 -0400
Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Lesson 8 Using computers

Last night I had my students look at our local school website and our ABLE
website. I asked what changes they would make, and I thought they had some
interesting and valid suggestions. Many of these students were fairly
young and comfortable with the computer. However, one said he mainly uses
the computer to get game codes.
 
One suggestion about the school site was that it would be easier to click
on the picture of a teacher rather than on the tiny website information below
the picture. I don’t know if that is possible, but it makes sense; perhaps
that is just more work for the web designer. One teacher included
suggested websites for her students to use, so we explored one. It seemed
age appropriate and met other website criteria.
 
Another suggestion was for the ABLE site to include a paragraph about the
program, welcoming people, and making them feel comfortable. I thought
that was a really good idea. We also noticed that the site did not state
that this program is free-something very important to many people. One
student suggested it would be better to have the phone number and the “read
more” link in a different font color,
 
We will continue to explore sites at our next class. I want them to
look at the learning express library site, and some of the GED preparation
sites. This may be very helpful, since our classes are ending soon, and
this will enable them to continue to study and practice. It would be interesting
to develop a rubric to rate these sites. I don’t know if we will have time
for that.
Thanks for all the suggestions from our meeting.
Linda W.

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