Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Myrna Montenegro | TIMAC at LAUSD DACE

This article was published in LAUSD Division of Adult and Community Education Newsletter, The Connection Winter 2008.

Field Notes

Technology brought Myrna Montenegro and Mike Gurule of North Hollywood-Poly CAS together this year. No, not Internet dating, but the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC), a special mentor training program sponsored by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). The academy trains technology mentors to work with classroom teachers on integrating more technology into their classrooms. Myrna, who teaches in the ESL computer lab, is mentoring Mike, who teaches ESL Beginning Low. Mike wanted to use technology in a meaningful way for his students, so he and Myrna developed a technology integration plan based on setting up two tech centers in the classroom. At one center, students will use CD players to work on listening activities that correlate to the main lesson. To save limited resources, Mike and Myrna will record the activities using computer technology and burn the CDs themselves. At the other center, the two computers Mike has in his classroom will be used to extend what students are doing in the ESL computer lab. For example, one computer may be used as a research station to look up job information online; the other will be used to create PowerPoint presentations about various careers.

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