[Technology 1322] Self-study Online

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David J. Rosen djrosen at comcast.net
Wed Oct 3 16:06:20 EDT 2007

Technology Colleagues,

Self-study online includes a wide range of possibilities, including:

• pod-casts (I subscribe to Digital Planet, for example),
• blogs (Marian Thacher has a great one on Adult Education and
Technology at http://Marianthacher.blogspot.com ),
• wikis (for example the Technology area of the Adult Literacy
Education Wiki) ,
• online videos (OTAN's, and NCAL's Captured Wisdom videos on
integrating technology and other videos at http://mlots.org/
• online courses, and, of course,
• Web pages (such as those listed in the NIFL LINCS Technology
Special Collection at http://www.altn.org/techtraining/ )

But we know there are many more resources that could be listed. We
hope you will send us some specific suggestions of good online
integrating technology professional development resources that we may
have missed. For example, do you know of regularly scheduled online
courses or online workshops focused on integrating technology that
are available to adult education teachers across the U.S.?

David J. Rosen
djrosen at comcast.net

On Oct 3, 2007, at 3:46 PM, Marian Thacher wrote:

> One interesting question raised by the online professional

> development plan is - how do we learn new things? We created a list

> of learning strategies based on the experience of the expert

> advisors and interviewing a variety of teachers. On the form you

> can choose a strategy from the list or add your own. The list

> includes:


> - Self-study online: This is where all the resources the David and

> others collected are listed, related to each competency. More and

> more I think we go online when we want new information, or to

> answer a question, so we started there.


> - Read a book or journal article (Yes, we still read words printed

> on paper, right?!)


> - Attend a conference


> - Subscribe to an electronic discussion list (Well, if you're

> reading this email you already employ this strategy!)


> - Find a tech buddy: A tech buddy is a friend or relative who is

> ahead of you on the technology trail, the person you go to when you

> have a technology question. If you don't have one, it's worth

> looking around for one.


> - Get a technology mentor: A mentor relationship would be a bit

> more formal than with a tech buddy. You might decide to focus on a

> particular topic with your mentor, and meet regularly a certain

> number of times. It might be set up through a program or department

> rather than by an individual on their own.


> - Join or start a study circle: Since NCSALL started promoting

> study circles as an effective way for teachers to learn, and began

> to develop and disseminate materials for study circles, this has

> become a popular approach to professional development. (See http://

> www.ncsall.net/?id=25#teach)


> - Use your state literacy resource center: States have adult basic

> skills resource centers that offer a variety of professional

> development


> - Take a course


> - Take an online course


> - Create or join a learning community: the description focuses on

> web-based communities, but this could also be face-to-face


> - Make integrating technology a teacher research project for

> yourself or your students


> - Other, add your own


> Does this list cover it? Any comments on particular strategies?

> What are you favorite learning strategies? How have your strategies

> changed over the last five years?


> Marian

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> Marian Thacher, OTAN

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> Sacramento, CA 95826-9003

> (916) 228-2597

> www.otan.us

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