Been teaching since 1994. Been teaching in San Diego since October! (Moved here in August) Been teaching at SDCC since January (8 weeks?) Started getting interested in tech about 15 years ago. First taught in the dirt in a rural village in Bots. As ESL we love hands-on activities, and we still do. But what I’ve found is that tech can enhance and increase the community and take it beyond the classroom walls but bring us closer together when we are in the classroom. My current classes are not online or in labs. Wifi doesn’t even work sometimes. Utilizing students tools. Going to labs when possible. Doing many “normal” ESL activities in the f2f classroom.
Better picture? Maybe student picture
embed new video
Actually do one – in groups – show sample student reports
add new ones – maybe a chart
A community needs a venue to meet. Where will yours be? Because I need a “landing page” Community information. All of these have mobile apps. A big plus for a busy teacher/mom . . . Especially adjunct. Can check in my car/etc.
At many of my first workshops for Bb and Moodle it was all about how to dump your work into the bucket. Add worksheets. Link to videos. Put up assignments. YES. But also use the tools that build the community: profiles/webpages. Blogs. Wikis. Chat. Forums. Remember when they used to have to get each others’ phone numbers? They already have the framework for finding each other.
Add new image
Add new one
Add in the one about identity
Add instagram selfies
Add student blogs – from passion projects
Students are invested. Write personally and authentically.
Technology as a Pathway to Classroom Community
Technology as a Pathway to Classroom
San Diego CATESOL, March 2016
Technology is a tool to foster a
community of learners. When
technology is used to connect,
communicate, and create, it
can strengthen face-to-face
learning environment and
enhance the quality of
interaction amongst learners.
• ESL educator since 1994
• CA prisons
• Peace Corps Volunteer, Botswana
• NYC public high schools
• Harold Washington College, Chicago
• City College of San Francisco
• Southwestern College, SDSU ALI, SD City
• San Diego Miramar College
A Community of Respect
Nadia, I love your topic
and I agree with you.
Holding what you
believe, your valuable
book is the most
important thing. Keep
holding the precious
book and following it.
Hello Andrea, Wow it is a beautiful
story. I really liked and also you
made me smile at the end when you
mention about the finger that you use
her ring. Also, it is a precious
memory as same as you I have a
bracelet that my grandmother gave to
me before she pass away.
A Community of
Marta, you are on the right track to reach your
goal. Keep going girl!
Our biggest problem for college
students is about the time and
especially when you support family.
It’s not easy, but Marta, I’m sure you
keep moving forward to meet your
Twitter Instagram Remind
Technology = a Pathway to Community
Forums A handful 139 responses
Voicethread Most confident 100% participation
Blogs Superficial In-depth sharing
Twitter No time Continued
Surveys Guessing Feedback loop
Blackboard On-going On-going
Email vs. Social
Some & Delayed More & Immediate