[Technology 1356] Re: Send your students a phone message, yourself a reminder, or....

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Marilyn Calhoun MCalhoun at dallasisd.org
Mon Oct 22 15:04:40 EDT 2007

Hi David
Idea-I would use the phone message system to communicate any new
revisions to modules which GED Academy instructors are teaching
concurrently at different sites. It would provide immediate
implementation of instruction consistently at all sites.
Marilyn Calhoun
MCalhoun at Dallasisd.org

Marilyn Calhoun
North GREAT Center,Dallas ISD/ABE
Lead Trainer
5000 S. Malcolm X Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75215
Phone: 972-749-2637

>>> "David J. Rosen" <djrosen at comcast.net> 10/18/2007 4:50 PM >>>

Technology colleagues,
A few days ago I posted the request below, and I have already received
nine great ideas. If you would like the Web address for this free
resource, please email me your idea. (It gets harder now -- you'll have
to send me a different idea from those that are posted below.) I will
then email you the URL.

Thanks to: Bonnie Odorne, Tina Luffman, Jennifer Davis, Wendy
Quinones, and Barry Bakin for the nine ideas.

David J. Rosen
djrosen at comcast.net

On Oct 15, 2007, I wrote:
Suppose there were a free service that enabled you -- from a cell phone
or a land line -- to send up to a 30-second voice message to yourself,
or to anyone you had listed in an address book that you had created for
this purpose. Suppose your students could send messages this way, too,
from their phones. Suppose when you called the toll-free number (U.S.
and Canada only) it said "Hi (your name), who do you want to send a
message to? " Suppose you then said the person's name (or "me" for
sending yourself reminders). Then, suppose you spoke your brief message.
Then, in a few minutes, suppose the message were sent to an e-mail
address (as a translated text message, with a "real voice" audio option)
or as an SMS text message. Suppose, also, that you could set up a group
of people, and whenever you wanted to, you could send them all one
voice/text/email message. (Suppose this group were all the students in
your class, or all the instructors at your program, who have either a
land line or cell phone.)

Such a free service exists. (There may be more than one, but I only
know of one.) If you would like to know what it is, here's the catch:
you have to email me (djrosen at comcast.net) at least one idea of how you
would use this with students. Then I will email you the URL for the free
service. I am not promoting this service particularly (although I do
think it could be useful.) What I am trying to do is to use the
collective intelligence, imagination and experience of subscribers on
this list to collect ideas about how to use such a technology. I will
compile whatever I get and send a summary back to this list.

If you want to know the Web address, send me -- not the Technology list
-- your idea(s) about how to use this service with your basic literacy,
ESOL, ABE, ASE, or college transition students, students -- in a
face-to-face or on-line setting.

Nine Ideas

Use the telephone-to text message feature to:Remind students of writing
center appointmentsDo an all points to a class talking about a glitch in
a web-based assignment. Before an orientation send new students a
message as to where our classroom is located, what paperwork to bring
and so on.Send messages to students who have been absent all week to
contact me and let me know if they will be back to class next week.
Encourage them to come back and let them know they could call me to let
me know about any problems they were having. Communicate with the
teachers I work with as a professional developer andDemonstrate the
service to these teachers, so they could then use it with their
students.Send a message in the evening announcing what topics we'll be
covering in class the next day.Give an assignment. Those who do it
would receive a prize or incentive. Possible assignments might include
finding someone close to them and interacting with them using spoken
English. They would have to record the response and some details about
the interaction (with whom, when, response, etc.) to get credit. The
message would be something related to a grammar point or something else
we've studied in class. For example, if we've been working on
comparatives, the assignment might be "Talk to the first person you see
in English. Introduce yourself and ask them if you can ask them a
question as part of your homework for your English class. Your question
for today is "Do you prefer visiting Disneyland or Sea World and
why?"Offer a mini-vocabulary lesson like a "word of the day" message,
and then a challenge to call back and use the word in a sentence as part
of their conversation with me.Listening tasks. Send a message with
several instructions related to a task. Those who successfully complete
the task get a prize. "Call this 800 number United Airlines and use the
automated system for flight arrivals to find the expected time of
arrival of flight 1450"

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