Talking Technology with Kristi Reyes

 

Technology Integration at the CLC: As part of the statewide Technology Integration Mentor Academy for adult educators I am involved in, Zakia Farouq worked with me during the spring on two projects. The first was to use the computer equipment in her technology-enhanced classroom (TEC), which includes the Starboard software, a wireless mouse and keyboard, and a projector to show what is on the computer screen. Zakia’s other goal was to use the Blackboard Course Management system so that students attending her ESL 899 evening class could access course materials and practice activities in the computer lab or from any computer with Internet access.

Zakia was highly successful with her two projects. Before the end of Term III, she was confidently using the TEC room equipment for delivery of class content on a daily basis, and she had already had more than 1300 hits to her Blackboard course. Thanks, Zakia, for your hard work, and congratulations on a job well done!

Some of you attended one or more of the technology-integration workshops. Special thanks go out to the creative and enthusiastic instructors who agreed to share their wonderful ideas for technology integration: Ellen Fatseas, Angela Webster, Carol Gross, Suzanne Woodward, Debbie Hanley, and Zakia. If you were able to attend, you undoubtedly walked away with a better idea of how you may use the TEC equipment in your instruction in the future and with a wealth of ideas and resources for integrating technology into your own instruction. If you were unable to attend, the handouts are provided here. A binder of the handouts and other resources is available for your reference in the staff workroom. If you see something you need, please make copies and return the originals to the binder.

View Workshop One Flyer_(PDF)
View Workshop Two Flyer (PDF)
ViewWorkshop Three Flyer (PDF)

I presented on the results of these two projects in May in Sacramento to fellow TIMAC participants, their administrators, and members of the California Department of Education. Everyone commented on how lucky MiraCosta College is to have an ESL coordinator who is so supportive of technology integration – but that we already knew! Thanks, Sylvia!


My participation in TIMAC will continue through the next school year, and I am looking for a colleague to work on a technology integration project with me. I make no claims at knowing much technology, but I would love to learn and work with you. Some ideas are the following: set up a Blackboard course, use Publisher with your class to make a flier, advertisement, brochure, business cards, greeting card, newsletter, and more, create your own PowerPoint presentation, or teach your students to use PowerPoint; learn to make your own exciting handouts with Word; learn more and practice using the TEC equipment; make a podcast; make a movie with Movie Maker; or create a simple website for your class. Please visit me or e-mail me at kreyes@miracosta.edu if you are interested.

Podcasting: Podcasting in ESL instruction is becoming a popular technology tool! A free website for posting your own podcasts is www.podomatic.com. All you need to do is register. Then, using your computer and a microphone, you make recordings that your students can access 24/7 from the internet. Here’s a sample of a podcast episode I made (with a note-taking handout I provide to students) on Making Presentations without Fear. Click Download to listen.

Summer Technology Workshops: If you interested in updating your computer skills or learning new skills, there are many opportunities this summer, ranging from free online tutorials to pricier conference workshops:
• @ONE is sponsoring a three-day, hands-on, project-based learning Summer Institute in San Diego at San Diego City College, June 13 – 15. Workshops include the following: Powerful PowerPoint: Multimedia and Ways to Enhance Your Presentations, Intermediate Digital Photography, Podcasting: Creating and Publishing Audio Content Online, Creating Web-Based Teaching Materials Using Dreamweaver. The cost for three days is only $50. See CCCOne Summer Institute for more information.
• @ONE is also sponsoring an Online Teaching Conference on June 16, also at San Diego City College. There are three ways you can attend: in person (cost is $25), live online or asynchronously (by downloading archives from CCC Confer, both free). For information and registration, see CCCOne 2006 Conference.
• @ONE’s website also has free online self-paced courses and streaming videos on demand, a training materials library with free downloadable training materials and online tutorials.
• Another source of free online technology practice modules is i4C (Internet for Classrooms), a website for helping teachers use the internet effectively. There are tutorials for Word, PowerPoint, the Internet, Dreamweaver, and Excel, among others. There are many ideas for projects that integrate technology here, too.
• The National Education Computing Conference (NECC) will be held at the San Diego Convention Center July 5 – 7. For more information about the three and six-hour hands-on or demonstration workshops, see the NECC Conference Program.