1. Distance Learning Research #5: Support
Support could include:
We in the classroom know that our students need teachers as facilitators. Although students try several modes of independent learning via technology, they still need guidance and support. That was confirmed in several research studies.
According Silver-Pecuilla and Reder's, convergence on the following items existed in several of the studies reviewed:
Online learners and teachers need support -- pure online delivery is not best practice for adult literacy and ESOL learners (AlphaRoute, 2003;Daniels, Gillespie, Stites, & Nelson, 2004; FGRD, 1999; NCVER, 2002; Parke & TracyMumford, 2000; Porter & O'Connor, 2001; Stiles & Porter, 2006).
Silver-Pecuilla, Heidi and Reder, Stephen, "Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning." NIFL, October 2009, p.21. http://www.nifl.gov/publications/pdf/NIFLOnlineLearningReport.pdf
What type of support are both you and your distance learning students needing?
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2. Montana ABLE Shop Talk Summary for 11/12/09
Click here to access the Shop Talk Summary. http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/shoptalk11-12-09.pdf
3. Montana ABLE Student Highlights
Click here to read about GED graduates persevering in the Bitterroot. http://ravallirepublic.com/articles/2009/11/10/news/news35.txt
Do you have any other student success stories? Email them to MTLINCS to be posted on the Student Highlight page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/student_highlights.htm .
4. Web 2.0 Webinar on 11/18 from 4 to 5 EST: Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development?
Click here to register for a free webinar about Web 2.0.
The rise of interactive technology has created exciting new possibilities for teacher professional development, from facilitated online courses to social-learning communities to live multimedia presentations. Many observers now believe that, when used effectively, digital technologies could ultimately break the grip of the one-shot, drive-by workshop in schools and spur the growth of teacher-learning opportunities that are truly collaborative and job-embedded. Yet many questions remain. In this webinar, two experts will address these questions and bring you up to date on the latest ideas and trends in online teacher learning and how you can take advantage of them.
5. TABE/COMPASS Crosswalk
Click here to see a comparison/crosswalk of the TABE and COMPASS reading, math, and writing scores. http://www.kyae.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/FD5D355C-B442-45FC-8D41-49AB093632A0/0/concordanttablesTABECOMPASS.pdf
6. Reading/Writing Resource on the Web
7. Reading and E-books
Click here to access The Developmental Educators' Handbook. This resource provides ideas for writing prompts, public domain novel library, public domain films of classic novels, and much, much more. http://drugfreereading.com/
to read the New York Times article, Does the brain like E-Books? http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/does-the-brain-like-e-books/
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