Tuesday, April 21, 2009


It was heartwarming to see so many TIMACers during 40th CATESOL State Conference in Pasadena, April 16-19, 2009.
Here’s the long list of who attended and what various roles they took on:

Super Mentors:
  • Susan Gaer – Electronic Village Coordinator, Presenter
  • Marian Thacher, Distance Learning Fair Organizer, Presenter
  • Ryan de la Vega (also Cohort 1) – EV Internet Fair Organizer
  • Francisca Wentworth (also Cohort 1) – EV Internet Fair Organizer, Presenter
  • Diana Batista (also Cohort 1)
  • Tina Sander (also Cohort 1) – Presenter
  • Penny Pearson (also Cohort 2) – Presenter
  • Branka Marceta – Presenter
Cohort 1:
  • Jim Brice - Presenter, TELL-IG listserv moderator
Cohort 2:
  • Kristi Reyes – Presenter, CATESOL Adult Level Chair 09/10
  • Josie Majul – Participant
Cohort 3:
  • Tatiana Roganova – Presenter, TELL-IG Coordinator 08/09
Cohort 4:
  • Shin Song – EV Software Fair Organizer, Presenter
  • Katalin Gyurindak – EV Software Fair Organizer, Presenter
  • Martha Robles – EV Software Fair Presenter
  • Suzanne Ludlum - – EV Software Fair Presenter, Presenter
  • Bethany Rich - CATESOL Secretary 2009/10
  • Cindy Wislofsky - Presenter
Cohort 5:
  • Annie Cho - Participant
  • Kathleen Bywater – Presenter
  • Candace Lynch-Thompson - Participant
  • Vicki Jones - Participant
And here are the presentations they offered:

Suzanne Ludlum, Oakland Adult & Career Education

Greening Our Classrooms – Yes We Can!
As we face climate change and resource depletion, we will all have to be part of the solution to save our planet. Join the “Green Guerrilla Girl,” as she demonstrates how to integrate ecological principles and the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot) into ESL/CBET classrooms.
Know What Your Students Know
Use handheld responders to generate excitement and full participation in class surveys and assessments. Receive immediate feedback about your students’ learning.
Hollywood – Here We Come!
Learn how to use Windows Movie Maker to adapt movies from Discovery Education Streaming or other streaming source to align with your students’ ESL/ELD level.
Jim Brice, San Diego Community College District
Into, Through, and Beyond the ESL Computer Lab
Participants will learn how to prepare themselves and their students for a successful visit to an ESL computer lab. The presenter will demonstrate how to integrate popular ESL software, web sites, and student-made projects, such as web quests, into traditional ESL units. This presentation is especially designed for teachers new to computer assisted language learning.
Cindy Wislofsky, San Diego Community College District
with Marian Thacher
OTAN Online Resources for Teachers
OTAN’s website offers many free resources for adult ESL teachers. A collection of reviewed websites for students, online lesson plans, student success stories, videos of teachers using technology in the classroom, and information on distance learning
with Donna Price, San Diego Community College District
Time-Saving Tips for Word 03/07 and the Internet
Have you ever wanted to make lines on a student worksheet, but don’t want to spend 15 minutes doing it? Change a sentence to all caps without retyping it? Find a synonym and replace it easily? This hands-on workshop will provide you with over 35 keyboard shortcuts for the PC.
Marian Thacher, OTAN, Organizer
Electronic Village Distance Learning Fair
The Distance Learning Fair is an event for teachers to share how they are teaching ESL online or in a blended model, combining face-to-face and online instruction, and to share online tools for communicating, networking, writing, sharing photos, and other applications they find useful.
Kathleen Bywater, Riverside Adult School
with CSU San Bernadino with a panel of presenters
Seizing the Middle Ground: Cultural Accommodation Dialogues that Resist Assimilation
Newcomers to America often feel that they are asked to leave their cultural values at the door in order to assimilate, rather than learn to help hosts to accommodate to them. Participants will receive a toolkit of topic-related group conversations and dialogues that foster intercultural communication between teacher/student and student/student.
Tina Sander, Santa Cruz AS and Cabrillo College
with ALTA; ELT Publishing
Out and About in the World of Computers
How can you effectively integrate computers into your curriculum to further your students’ computer skills while improving their English? With Out and About in the World of Computers!, the author will demonstrate strategies for implementing many of the book’s computer-based activities that any teacher can do with beginning to intermediate adults.
Francisca Wentworth, Jefferson Adult School and Ryan de la Vega, Long Beach School for Adults, Organizers
Electronic Village Internet Fair
The Internet Fair features educators who use particular websites for language learning and teaching. They will use the presenter station and address the whole group in the room. The presenters each have 10 to 20 minutes to demonstrate their material. Presentations are informal and conducive to questions and answers. Handouts are provided.
Shin Song, North Orange County CCD, and Katalin Gyurindak, Mt. San Antonio CC Organizers
Electronic Village Software Fair
The Software Fair is an event for teachers to share how they use different types of software – in innovative, clever, and efficient ways – in English instruction or assessment during in-class or out-of-class activities. Teachers demonstrate how they have used educational, productivity, and open-source software.
Shin Song, North Orange County CCD, and Katalin Gyurindak, Mt. San Antonio CC
Open Source Software for Education
In this intorduction and demonstration about Open Source (free) programs for education, participans will learn about OpenOffice (instead of MS Office), Audacity (for audio editing and creating podcasts), GIMP (instead of photoshop), and walk away with great lesson ideas and fee Open Source software program CD. (link to Web site)
Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta College
with Elizabeth Clark and Ruth Gay, , MiraCosta College; and Beth Bogage, San Diego Community College
20 Web2.0 Tools for Student LiteracyProjects
Blogs, podcasts, and wikis are Web 2.0 tools that can be used by instructors to create an online presence for their classes, but students can use these tools, too. If you are already familiar with these Internet resources, come to learn about sites for making blogs, online books, slideshows, interactive timelines, Voice Threads, and mash-ups. Participants will receive a handout with Web sites, descriptions, and instructor or student examples.

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Web Tools Tech-Loving Teachers Can’t Live Without
Web 2.0 sites provide tools for instructors to add an online presence to their courses and for students to practice their language skills through enjoyable, creative projects. Teachers and students can share and collaborate on a worldwide forum. Participants will see samples and learn how to use three sites.
Digital Storytelling: Projects That Engage the Whole Learner
Digital stories are motivational multi-media projects that give students opportunities to creatively document their life stories while practicing their skills in writing and speaking, visual and media literacy, and technology. Learn about the process of creating and evaluating digital stories with handson practice and detailed handouts.

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Using Videos in PowerPoint
Proliferation of video-sharing Web sites and today’s advanced technology make it possible for teachers to access video clips more quickly and easily than ever before. Whether used to illustrate points, spark discussions, or create new student projects, these multimedia pieces breathe new energy into classes. Participants in this workshop will identify sources of videos appropriate for educational purposes. They will download, re-format and edit a video clip and insert it into a PowerPoint presentation. (link to Web site)
Tatiana Roganova, Hayward Adult School; TELLIG Coordinator 0809
with a panel
Technology Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group Networking and Business Meeting
Technology Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group (TELL?IG) Featured Session:
Using Technology to Encourage Holistic Learner Growth: Blogs vs. Wikis

The Technology?Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group hosts a panel to report on the use of technology that helps to recognize both learners and teachers as multifaceted individuals and addresses their totality. The panel will discuss the usage of blogs and wikis used as powerful tools to nurture holistic learner growth.
Penny Pearson, OTAN
Connecting Through Picasa
"The times, they are a-changing..." Those words are more true than ever in the past. Economic downturn typically brings more students into our classrooms but, more often than not, students are looking for an alternative: Providing ONLINE training is becoming a viable, and effective means to delivering instruction. Spend a few minutes learning a bit about Picasa (an online photo sharing and editing site) as well as Adobe Connect (a web conferencing tool). It is a "two-for-one" workshop (link to Web site)

Wow! What a line-up that was.

And, as usual, we enjoyed the time to socialize by spending every evening together and sharing.

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