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Presentations and Workshops
MiraCosta College Continuing Education Fall Orientation, August 2009: Collaborating and Creating Community Beyond Your Classroom Walls
READ/San Diego Tutor Conference, June, 2009: Using Internet Video with ESL and Literacy Students.
USD English Language Academy, May, 2009: Web 2.0 Tools for ESL Teaching and Student Projects. PowerPoint and Handout
USD Course: EDU 548/Special Topics -- Using Technology for the Academic Achievement of ESL. Link to page
MiraCosta College Program for Online Teaching, April 2009: "Web 2.0 for Teaching and Student Projects" with Eli Clarke.
CATESOL State Conference, Pasadena, CA, April 2009: "Using Video in PowerPoint" Preconference Institute with Branka Marceta; "20 Web 2.0 Tools for Student Literacy Projects" Adult Level Featured Workshop with Beth Bogage and Eli Clarke; "ESL Digital Storytelling" with Ruth Gay and Eli Clarke; and "Web Tools Tech-Loving Teachers Can't Live Without" with Beth Bogage and Eli Clarke (see mccestechwiki for these presentations).
"Innovative uses of digital technology for teaching oral skills," TESOL Convention panelist, March 2009. Numerous free and easy-to-use Web 2.0 tools provide opportunities for both instruction of speaking skills and student audio projects that are broadcast to a wide audience and allow for online collaboration and feedback. The panelist will discuss and demonstrate the use of podcasts and other sites for teaching oral skills and for project-based learning that incorporates student oral production.
"Web-Based Class Activities," Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, OTAN, Spring 2009. Presentation slides and handout, also available on the OTAN site.
TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO) Video 2009 wiki, co-moderator. EVO Video 2008, participant and panelist, and 2007, participant.
20 Web 2.0 Tools for Student Literacy Projects, presented at San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference, October 2008.
Let's Blog! workshop at 2007 and 2008 San Diego Regional and 2008 State CATESOL Conferences with Eli Clarke: Bloghandout.doc and links to some websites for online projects you can embed: LetsBlogLinks.doc
Integrating Internet-Based Video Clips with Angela Webster, CATESOL Regional and State Conferences: IntegratingVideo.doc (2008) and IntegratingVideo2007.docx (2007) and a list of websites that host videos and other resources for integrating video: VideoResources.doc
Eli Clarke's Word 2003 handout (for creating newsletters and breaking the photocopier habit), presented at CATESOL Conference, 2008: Some_Clicks_to_Remember2003.doc
TIMAC Panelist, San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference, 2007: TIMACPanel.pps
Year Two TIMAC presentation: Year2pres.pps
MCC Fall 2006 Continuing Ed. Basics of PowerPoint Flex Workshop: FallPPtflex.doc
A list of free sites for making online quizzes, tests, exercises, flashcards. Also, links to resources for using the sites, ease-of-use ratings, and samples I made.
According to a special Task Force of the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, essential technology competencies for success at entry to college level work include the ability to:
- Use word-processing software to cut, paste, and format text; spell-check; and save and move files
- Navigate e-mail; compose, send, and receive e-mail; and post attachments
- Employ e-mail etiquette
- Navigate the Internet and the World Wide Web, recognizing the significance of domains
- Use search engines effectively
- Evaluate the authenticity of a website, the credibility of the author, and the validity of the materials found on the web
- Know how to cite internet sources
- Know what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it when using the internet
Do you think that your students don't need to learn PowerPoint? Think again! E-school news published this article in 2007 about new college entrance requirements, which include "slideware" presentations. An article in the "How to Build a Student for the 21st Century" edition of a 2006 Time magazine points out that in many elementary schools kids as young as first grade are making presentations with PowerPoint!
I have written a series of articles for the OTAN website on various web activities for adult education. Here are versions of the articles to download. Also see articles on tips for using technology, websites worth checking, and project ideas in The Communicator, MiraCosta College Noncredit ESL program newsletter.
CustomGuide has free computer training quick reference PDF sheets for download on a variety of programs: Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, Explorer, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and more.
PowerPoint in the ESL Classroom: Grammar Charts to download and add to presentations and ready-made presentations for teaching vocabulary. A search on Authorstream or Slideshare yields several ready-made online PowerPoints for ESL, too!
Microsoft Office Suite: My favorite site for using to teach about most Office products (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word -- versions 2003 AND 2007) is In Pictures: Online Computer Tutorials. It's free and has easy-to-follow directions with screen shots for each step.
Handout from MCC Continuing Education Fall 2007 Flex Presentation by Eli and Kristi: EliKristiPowerPoint2007.doc and Spring 2008: PowerPoint2007Howto....pdf
Thorough handout on Using Movie Maker, created by me for OTAN online workshop "Using Movie Maker in the Classroom" MovieMakerhandout.doc
Use Movies to teach English. Materials I have created and websites to use.
Using Video. Links to video sharing sites, ideas for video projects.
MCC Tech Tips
Increase your keyboarding speed with shortcuts or teach students these common shortcuts for Word: KeyboardingShortcuts.doc (includes answer key).
Other Tech Resources Specific to MCC
Eli Clarke's and my workshop materials from "Using TEC Room Equipment" (MCC Fall 2008 presentation): TECPresentation.pdf and TECPresentation.ppt (Eli) and my materials: UsingTECs.doc(handout), Presentation.pptx, and examples: Word.docx, 3question_ppt-math_quiz.ppt, Jeopardy1.ppt for download, and passivejeopardy.ppt
Saving files in the computer labs at the Community Learning Center (USB devices and CDs): SavingWorkinCLCLabs.docx
Simple instructions for Blackboard: SimpleBlackboardInstructions.doc
Using TEC (Smart Room) Equipment: See the Starboard Video Demo Online
Troubleshooting TEC Equipment: Starboard.doc
- Grammar: Modals of Advice advicemodals.ppt and Past Continuous with Simple Past PastTenseandPastContinuousVerbs.ppt
- Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation: Short Answers ShortAnswersPractice.ppt or email me for PowerPoints (with embedded sound recordings) for Regular and Irregular Past Verbs
- Vocabulary: Sample of a short beginning-level vocabulary slideshow on Occupations: BeginningLevelVocab.pptx
- Jeopardy Game (Review -- only one round): summerpastjeopardy.ppt Templates can be downloaded at http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/ and http://teach.fcps.net/trt2/links/powerpointgames.htm and http://www.littlewoodscasino.com/education-resources/power-point-games.htm, http andhttp://www.elainefitzgerald.com/gametemplates.htm (among other places).
These are projects students in the VESL class have completed recently. Download the instructions and modify for use with your own class as you like. See the class blog or email me for samples and Web sites to use.
See a review of several sites for making comic strips online.
Every December, students in VESL make personalized, theme calendars to get themselves organized for the new year. More information.
In Term 4 of Spring 2008 and Spring 2009, the VESL students created their own blogs to post their computer projects for the nine weeks. Links to their blogs are posted on the VESL class blog.
After reading about the emergence of video resumes in a Time magazine article and practicing listening comprehension and vocabulary with the first scene from the movie Legallyblonde.docx (in which Elle applies and gets accepted to Harvard Law School with a video application), students wrote traditional paper resumes and then made resumes on a PowerPoint templae, and then videotaped or made a movie with Movie Maker. videoresume.docx
Have students take the 10-question quiz, which includes interesting vocabulary and great visuals, to see what you know about uncommon occupations. For example, which job is a fraud: armpit sniffer, dog sniffer, or garbage sniffer. Take the quiz yourself! I failed!
MiraCosta College Noncredit ESL Coordinator Sylvia Ramirez has been on the conference tour circuit promoting goal setting for ESL students. See what is used to help students formulate goals in the Noncredit ESL program at MiraCosta College. Students sometimes have difficulties determining how to realize their goals of "improving their English," and that's when EnglishClub's "How to Learn English" is very helpful. The site includes ideas about activities to improve specific language skills, making an agenda for one's learning, and a contract that students can download, fill in, print out, and sign.
Two online sites worth exploring for goal setting are eLIFELIST, which describes itself at an "online community dedicated to acknowleging and fulfilling your life goals," and LifeTango, also a social networking site where users post goals and log attainment of goals in this online community.
Students used the California Career Zone website to find out how much money they need to earn to support the lifestyle they choose to live. Then, they found out which careers have salaries that match their needs. They posted this information and a career video to their personal blogs for this class. Here are the directions: RealityCheckAssignment.docx
CareerBuilder has a funny site, Age-o-Matic, that allows you to upload a photo or use one of the gallery photos, select features of a career (such as company band, quitting time, and work environment) and enter text that is converted to speech or call in your own message. The site shows you how your job will age you. You can then email the link to share with friends.
You may remember all the funny CareerBuilder ads that feature chimps, such as "The Performance Evaluation," and CareerBulder has a companion site, Monk-e-Mail, for customizing a chimp and sending a its message in an email.
Students (and you) may have fun sending a personalized video message from the boss with the site bigcheesememo.
Ad Analysis Project: Students learned about advertising strategies (Slate video), chose an ad and analyzed it with team members, and made presentations. AdAnalysis.docx
Advertising Mini Project: Students used online ad-making sites to write advertisements. AdMiniProject.docx
For this project, students used the following websites for research and completed the WhatHappenedontheDayYouWereBorn.docx, then used Publisher to make a one-page newsletter, which they later posted on their personal blogs. Here's my example (ignore the year!):
Time Capsule - Enter your birthdate and see what was going on then: news headlines, who was in office, retail prices, average income for the year, Academy Award winners, and sports headlines
Famous Birthdays Who was born on your birthday?
The History Channel -- where you can also see videos) – pictures, words
This Day in History Library of Congress (enter the date in number 2)
The digital form of What color is your parachute?, Eureka.org, a subscription career planning guide, has a simple online questionnaire that helps job seekers match their personalities and interests to a wide range of suitable careers. The test is free but the other sections of the site are not. Also check Career Path for free online quizzes about career planning, job satisfaction, and color career counseling (similar to True Colors).
After discussing and reading about customs for gift giving for social occassions, events, and business around the world, students created a "gift" using online tools and software programs. giftproject.docx
Two sites for writing, storing, and sharing resumes online are Amiko and Emurse. Both sites have tons of storage and built-in templates. This is definitely the 21st Century method for applying for a job!
Students found a job and housing for friends relocating to work in this area. Relocationproject.docx
Students used online sources to find or make their ideal or dream home. DreamHome.docx
Students created virtual models sporting outfits appropriate for a job interviews in their chosen career areas. MyVirtualModel.docx
Practing present perfect verb tense, students wrote and presented about life and work changes. ExperiencesandTransformationsProjec.docx
Students created avatars to introduce themselves to the class. DigitalSelfIntroduction.doc.
A team of students led by Jimmy Gutierrez created this webpage during the summer term.
Zentation Project (merging writing with technology): zentationassignment.doc Here is a list of pre-screened, instructor-approved (PG13) google videos to save yourself time, if you would like to do this project with your class: GoogleVideos.doc
Who Am I? Slideshow project: WhoAmISlideshowProject.doc
Personal Webpage: MakeYourOwnWebpagein5Minutes.doc
Business Cards: DirectionsforMakingBusinessCards.doc
Career Research Project: TrueColorsAssignment.doc and CareerResearchProject.doc
American Dream Podcast Project: AmericanDreamPodcastingProject.doc
Idiom Project: IdiomProject.doc
For this project, students first created tourist maps of their home cities, states, or countries: MapMiniProject.doc
Students also researched a city in the world and made podcasts, which can be heard on the VESL Podcast Site: WhereintheWorldPodcastProject.doc
Last, teams planned a three-day business travel excursion, made a budget, and presented to the class: BusinessTravelProject.doc
Calendar Project: publishercalendarproject.doc (make a calendar using MS Publisher 2007)
Fill out an online job application: application.htm
Happy Life Survey and Excel Project: HappyLifeSurveyandChartingProject.doc
Excel in the ESL Classroom (after recording how they spend their time for one week, students make a pie chart with Excel): ExcelGraphingProject.doc
My Class Websites
Podcasts (VESL) and
Blog (ESL Digital Storytelling class at MCC)
Wiki for Level 5 and VESL (Spring 2009)
Fun Game for Practicing Irregular Verbs: libmp3lame-win-3.97.zip
E-mail me for Irregular Verbs Flashcards on PowerPoint (with or without sound)
Practice Parts of Speech with the Grammar Ninja Game