Several of us attended the CCAE/COABE conference in San Francisco.   Please share at least three things that you learned and any websites you may have written down.  Was there something that you learned that you think you will use with your students?   You can click on comments above this post.   If this is your first post,  it will appear after I have approved it. (FYI-This WordPress account is free so unfortunately, they have started including ads-please ignore).

The theme of the conference was mostly focused on two areas: 

  1. Transitioning ESL students to the workforce and/or post-secondary education
  2.  Online/distance learning for adult education.

I attended a couple of sessions on transitioning ESL students/21st Century skills and writing strategies.   I previously thought that this was mostly applicable to the higher levels, but learned that  we really need to begin introducing this at the lower levels and align our program towards that goal.  There were some good ideas on teaching writing at all levels.

I also attended a workshop  about professional development for teachers that want to learn to teach online.  Programs across the country are looking at online learning as a way to serve more students in adult ed.  In order to implement something like this,  schools are realizing that teachers need training before implementing online learning on a larger scale.

The other two workshops I attended were technology related.  One was on how to teach technology skills to pre-literate students. There were some good resources and interesting ideas.  The other workshop was about various resources in technology presented by LINCS-Literacy Information and Communication Systems.  One of the sites he showed us was www.delicious.com.  It is a site where you can save your bookmarks.  Because it is online,  you are able to access your bookmarks anywhere.  I have used this before and it find it to be useful.

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