Montana LINCS Update
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Montana Educational Quality Conference
September 11-12, 2013
Red Lion Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, MT 59601
Montana Educational Quality (EQ): September 11 and 12.
The HiSET team will be presenting the first morning of the conference. Please email Margaret Bowles at email@example.com by July 31st with any specific details of the new assessment that you want covered.
For several years now, I have been using and training others in the use of learning centers in the adult ESOL classrooms. Centers, a practice that comes from K-12 and was introduced in the 60's to provide self-directed, interactive learning opportunities that allowed students to move at their own pace, have been widely used for decades, but not in adult education. Some ESOL teachers in the mid-Hudson region of NY state and I have worked for over 7 years now to make centers the primary mode of learning in their classrooms. This is an enormous shift for many teachers, who themselves have long experience in teacher-fronted language instruction. But they, and teachers in many other states as well, have seen excellent results from this shift: much better student retention, much reduced irregular attendance, early instead of late arrival, clear gains on the BEST-Plus, happier teachers and engaged learners!!
Centers, which comprise games and other hands-on learning activities, provide many elements discussed here and elsewhere in SLA. They provide scaffolded, explicit practice in target grammar and content. Because games require multiple repetitions of phrases and other English, and the activities can be engaged in many times, the centers provide the intense repetition needed for SLA, but painlessly
they (centers) are good for lower level students, which is definitely true, and higher level students appreciate the independence they afford. In fact one of the most consistent comments in the literature about why students preferred centers over direct teaching was that the fast students said they did not have to wait for the teacher to help the slow ones catch up or catch on. I find higher level centers work extremely well for allowing students to do the all-important vocabulary building that no amount of direct teaching can manage. Centers also work extremely well for providing extensive reading and reading comprehension for higher level students.
As part of our ongoing efforts to connect adult education practitioners to free, high-quality professional development opportunities, LINCS has launched the LINCS Learning Portal: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov/. The LINCS Learning Portal is a web-based platform that connects adult educators to self-paced online courses from OVAE initiatives, including LINCS, TEAL, and more. As members of the LINCS Community, you all are the first to hear about the Learning Portal! We invite you to register for the portal, sign up for the first course, and spread the word to your colleagues and friends in the field.
The first course developed by LINCS Engaging Adult Learners in Science is available now, as well as Learning to Achieve courses. Additional courses in ESL instruction, adult career pathways, science, and other topics will soon follow. You will receive a certificate of completion for each course that you complete.
Science Course Outline
· Session 1: Understanding the Importance of Scientific Literacy for Adult Learners
o Science and scientific literacy
o Relevance of science to adult learners in basic education
· Session 2: Exploring the Scientific Practices
o Eight scientific practices
o Compare and contrast the scientific practices and the scientific method
o The scientific practices in everyday life
· Session 3: Observing the Scientific Practices in the Classroom
o Classroom activities that use the scientific practices
Important note about accounts: The LINCS Community and LINCS Learning Portal currently are two separate systems. This means that you will need to create a new account to join the LINCS Learning Portal. You do not need to pick a new username; as your username for the Learning Portal will be your email address. However, you will need to choose a new 8-character password. The LINCS team is investigating the technical steps it would take to merge these two systems under one account structure (i.e., Single Sign On).
To join the LINCS Learning Portal, follow the following steps:
1. Go to the log in page at: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov/.
2. Click the Create User / Sign up button in the Need to register? box. You will need to create a new account (separate from your LINCS Community account).
3. Complete the requested information to create your account. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions; and click Create an Account.
4. An email will be sent to you to confirm your email address. Click the link in your email to verify your email address and complete your account set up.
5. Within that email, click the Continue to LINCS Learning Online link and log in by entering your username (email address) and password.
To enroll in Engaging Adult Learners in Science:
1. Click the course title: Engaging Adult Learners in Science in the LINCS Science section.
2. Click Enroll me on the next screen, then on the new screen click Launch to start the course.
We are excited to provide you with this valuable resource and expand it by adding additional courses throughout the coming months! If you have any questions about accessing or using the LINCS Learning Portal, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3muwxgioD4&feature=youtu.be to access the video Integrating Technology into the Classroom by Barry Burkett from KET.
This video was created for Kentucky Adult Education's Orientation to Adult Education. The purpose of the video is to give ideas to instructors on making technology use a part of the program.
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Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101