Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Things At StoryCorps

Check out these new animated shorts at StoryCorps! Look for an activity supporting The Icing on the Cake on Monday. Until then, how about a little Studs Terkel to brighten your day?

The Human Voice from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Teaching Resources at The New York Times

Thank you to everyone who came to this week's workshop in the Media Center!

For those who couldn't make it, I encourage you to visit The Learning Network at the New York Times. The people in charge of this site are veteran schoolteachers, and they are building an amazing (and vast!) repository of teaching resources and tools. Some of the highlights include printable worksheets to go with articles, collected lesson plans by topic, and a great section on working with English language learners.

Image by Ruby Washington/New York Times

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Welcome Back!

We have fantastic new computers in the teachers room! All three machines have updated versions of software applications and completely clean hard drives. We have many people to thank for this, primarily the IT department - please thank them if you see them. In order to keep these computers moving fast and efficiently, the hard drives will be wiped clean at the end of every day. Anything you want saved should either go on a portable drive or be emailed to your personal account.

We'll have one professional development opportunity in the Media Center this term, on Thursday 9/23 and Friday, 9/24 from 1:00 - 2:00pm. We'll explore a few of the many and varied resources the New York Times provides for teachers, for both the online and print editions of the paper. We'll also examine the possibility of getting copies of POV documentaries directly from the organization and building lessons around them. A sample of their fascinating work is in the video below.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mobile Technology In The Classroom

TESOL's In The News blog recently linked to an article in the Guardian about the use of mobile technologies in the ESL classroom. More than 70% of teachers surveyed for the article thought mobile devices would play an increasingly important role in ESL instruction, but only half of those respondents currently make use of mobile technologies in their own classes.