Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LiveWire: The December Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter. (Turn to page 15!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Conversation Starters and Question Formation

There's an interesting conversation going on over at TED.

"In ten words or less, what is a question no one (yet) knows the answer to?"

Why not drum up a list with your class, and then submit your ideas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fall 2011 Faculty Newsletter

Here is the Fall 2011 TELC Faculty Newsletter. You also have a copy in your mailbox.

Hello, December

Today is the last day for Tuesday/Thursday faculty in DIP AM, and DIP AM ends on Monday - we'll see you next year! Enjoy your break.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Web Resources: Grammar and Beyond

The Grammar and Beyond newsletter from Cambridge has some useful teaching ideas. Today's posts include a simple writing rubric, an explanation of articles in country names, and a list of ideas for using the Academic Word List.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Professional Development Day Materials

Thank you to all who made yesterday's Professional Development Day a success. Here are the handouts and presentations from the four presenters; the biggest thanks go out to them!

The Power of Student Feedback
Ellen Quish (Lecturer at the Adult Learning Center, LaGuardia Community College)

Manageable and Effective Feedback on Writing
Christine Rosalia (Assistant Professor of TESOL, Hunter College)

Assessing Students' Language Use in Communicative Situations
Timothy Farnsworth (Assistant Professor of TESOL, Hunter College)

Simple Web 2.0 Feedback
Ximena Gallardo (Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College)
Handout 1 and Handout 2
Presentation Overview on Community 2.0 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CUNY Adjuncts and the Budget Hearings

You've got a flier in your mailbox - the CUNY adjuncts are uniting! Attend the CUNY budget hearing on November 21 at 4pm at the Baruch College Vertical Campus (25th between Third and Lexington).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Field Trip

The Level 9/10 DIP AM class went to Occupy Wall Street on Monday, one day before the city closed the camp down. Thanks to Liz and the students for sharing these photos.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Professional Development Day This Week

Are you joining us for Professional Development Day this week? We are excited about the lineup of presenters and their various workshops and talks on the theme of feedback. Here is the schedule for the day.

Session 1
9:15am - 10:45am

The Power of Student Feedback
Ellen Quish (Lecturer at the Adult Learning Center, LaGuardia Community College)
Manageable and Effective Feedback on Writing
Christine Rosalia (Assistant Professor of TESOL, Hunter College)

Session 2
11:00am - 12:30pm

Assessing Students' Language Use in Communicative Situations
Timothy Farnsworth (Assistant Professor of TESOL, Hunter College)
Simple Web 2.0 Feedback
Ximena Gallardo (Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College)

LiveWire: The November Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Korean University Students Confronting Stereotypes

Kerri is an English teacher in Korea, and she made this video examining some commonly-held stereotypes about Koreans with her students this week. Read about the project in this blog post from Asia Society. If you do a lesson on stereotypes, this might be a great way to prompt a piece of writing or a class discussion.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Evening Workshop: Recording With Your Students

We know that students benefit from recording and listening to their voices as part of their English studies: 96% of students agree with this, and 100% of faculty do as well. We also know that teachers want to do more of this with students, but would like more practice working with the technology before trying it in class. We've got a workshop next week to address this need!

Join us on Wednesday, November 9 for a Media Center workshop, Recording With Your Students. We will meet in C311 from 6:00 - 6:45. We will cover the basics of creating and saving recordings in the lab, and most importantly, you will have time to practice the process with assistance and without a roomful of students. We will also set aside some time to talk about ideas for working with recordings and to look at some online resources.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Media Center Surveys For Fall

Are you teaching in the Media Center this fall? If so, please complete this online survey anytime between now and the end of the term. We conduct these surveys with both students and faculty twice a year, and we use the results to make decisions about workshops, materials development, and more. This is your chance to give us feedback - so please do!

We are setting aside the weeks of October 31 and November 7 to have students do a short survey as well. Please set aside 5-10 minutes of class to allow your students to complete their survey. Media Center staff will be able to assist you and your students.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two Activities And One Song

There are some new activities posted outside the Media Center, on the wiki, and in the worksheet binders. Here's a roundup.

First, a seasonal cooking clip from the Barefoot Contessa, appropriate for lower level students. The language focus here is on cooking verbs.

Then, a clip from a new network sitcom, Suburgatory. The language focus here is on analyzing portmanteaus, and would probably work best with intermediate or advanced students.

The song was a 2007 collaboration between Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson; it's a cover of a song released by a lesser known band in 2006. The cast of Glee did a version of this song last year, and it was performed by Bruno Mars at the 2011 Video Music Awards as a tribute to Winehouse. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, and it follows a nice rhyme scheme; it could work with lower level students.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Poetry Translation Event

Do you bring poetry into your classes? If you enjoy reading poetry with students, you might want to encourage them to participate in the upcoming Collective Translation event at LaGuardia. Last year, participants translated a Kay Ryan poem into over 25 languages. How many languages groups will be represented this year, and how many translations will they produce? People from all language backgrounds and skill levels are welcome, and the English department faculty is eager to have TELC students (and faculty!) participate.

This year's featured poet is William Carlos Williams - why not bring his work into your classes? The Poetry Foundation site has some great resources for exploring his life and work: a bio and some collected poems, annotated poems with learning guides, discussions of his work, and much more. If you are teaching an advanced class, look into the parodies of his poems. This Is Just To Say That I Am Tired Of Sharing An Apartment With William Carlos Williams is an amusing take on one of his best-loved poems.

The translation event will be held on Wednesday, November 2, from 2:15-4:30. If you or your students want to participate, please RSVP to Prof. Chris Alexander at List the languages you speak for planning purposes.

Image from 'A River Of Words' by Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LiveWire: The October Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Survey Results: Spring 2011

We did a survey of student and teacher opinions of the Media Center. Here are the results of that survey.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

StoryCorps and Queens

StoryCorps will be dedicating an entire week to recording the stories of the people of Queens. Would your class be interested in participating in this? If so, you can make a reservation by calling 646-723-7020 (ext 27) or emailing

Which reminds me... the StoryCorps Question Generator is a good brainstorming tool for class prep.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Materials on Media Center Server

Are you teaching in the Media Center with a new textbook this term? If you have audio or video for the text that you would like on the Media Center server, please see me. I'll have a staff member get what you need onto the network.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Recording In The Media Center: A Recap

If you missed the recent workshop on recording with students in the Media Center, click through to watch this tutorial video. You can also flip through this presentation (without audio) at your own pace below.

We would like to find a Monday or Wednesday evening to give this workshop to evening faculty. Please email Heather or Abdou to let us know which night of the week is more convenient.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Questions for the Classroom

Curiosity Question II

On the hunt for writing prompts or discussion questions? Check out this list from the New York Times Learning Network for some ideas.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Reminder: Recording Workshops!

Come to the Media Center from 1:00 to 2:00 tomorrow or Wednesday for the Media Center recording workshops!

There will be plenty of time to practice recording and saving sound files - as well as share ideas for successful lessons and projects.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fifty People, One Question: What Is Your Favorite Memory?

Here's a lovely little video to use as a prompt for writing or discussion.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Three Songs and Two Activities

New semester, new Media Center activities and songs! We've got three songs to share, and two activities.

This torch song has a slow pace, so even though the lyrics might be a challenge, the speed might be nice for lower-level students. Adele gives an interview at the start of the video, which might be a nice listening exercise for a more advanced group of students.

This song is repetitive and rhythmic, and it is often featured in commercials and TV. The lyrics provide a chance to study some idiomatic language.

This song might be nice for intermediate to advanced students. The lyrics are distorted, so it's more of a reading exercise than a listening one - but the lyrics might be good for sparking interpretation and class discussion.

One of the activities is an online interactive game about city planning, sponsored by the BMW Guggenheim Lab, currently up through October 16 in the East Village. (Perhaps a good field trip option?) The interactive game poses questions that city planners might face, and when you are finished, the game suggests what world city each player's fictional city is most like. The questions are good for critical thinking practice as well.

The other activity is based on a video for an upcoming documentary called Hope Town. Voice of America, in conjunction with Alhurra (an Arabic language television station) went to Teaneck, New Jersey to learn about how religious tolerance works in that community. When you click through the link above, the video is the first on the page. (I am not able to embed it.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Media Center Workshop: Recording With Your Students

When we surveyed faculty about their use of the Media Center, we found that many teachers would like a workshop on recording with students. So, here is that workshop!

We will cover the basics of creating and saving recordings in the lab, and most importantly, you will have time to practice the process with assistance and without a roomful of students. We will also set aside some time to talk about ideas for working with recordings and to look at some online resources.

We hope to see you on either Tuesday, September 27 or Wednesday, September 28 from 1:00 to 2:00.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LiveWire: The September Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

StoryCorps: Miss Devine

The latest (and long-awaited) animated short from the folks at StoryCorps. Presenting, Miss Devine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Speech Accent Archive at George Mason Univeristy

The Speech Accent Archive is a useful tool for listening to a wide variety of spoken English, by both native and non-native speakers. Pronunciation and listening/speaking teachers, let us know if you make use of it!

A sample page, with audio, is here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do You See What I See?

The BBC television program Horizon recently ran an episode on people's perception of colors across different languages. This episode was based on a study previously published in the American Psychological Association's online journal. Take a look - this might spark some classroom discussion!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Current Events in the Classroom: The Debt Issue and Riots in London

Are you talking about current events in your classes? Here are some resources that might help you.

The US Debt Crisis and Credit Downgrade
The Learning Network at the New York Times has collected Times-produced articles and infographics on this evolving story. For students in the lower levels, Voice of America has a simplified article and companion audio on the debt ceiling deal.

The London Riots
The BBC's Learning English division has a glossed article and companion audio on the continuing riots in London. NPR is running some human interest stories on the riots. This story is about a historic store that was burned down.

  The images are from, which typically has great slideshows on major news events.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

End Of The Week: Mariachi Whale Serenade

Here's a little something going viral right now, in case you have not already seen it. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Going To The MoMA?

If you're going to the MoMA on a field trip, you might want to explore this project with your class.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Reminder! We are holding informal conversations between faculty and administration in the month of August, to talk about what we’ve all been up to and to share ideas and news. There is a sign-up sheet in the teachers’ room indicating the dates and times.  All meetings will be held in Victoria's office at 2:30pm and will be limited to five teachers at a time.  Sign up - we hope to see you there!

*Wednesday, August 3
*Thursday, August 4
*Thursday, August 11
*Monday, August 22

Last Conversation Piece
Last Conversation Piece, 1994-95, Bronze by Juan Munoz, Spanish, born Madrid, 1953-2001

Web Addiction in South Korea

South Korea is the most connected country in the world - in terms of web presence - but there are some serious drawbacks to this level of internet-connectivity. Check out this interesting piece from the BBC about online gaming addiction in South Korea.

(The BBC won't allow me to embed the video, so click through for both an article and a video. Thanks to Laszlo for the tip.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The TESOL Blog

Heidi Casper weighs in on funding for ELLs and the English Learning and Innovation Act currently before Congress.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Some English Language Humor

Thanks to Jeanne for sharing this!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Musical Timeline of New York City

Eight weeks, eight songs. The activity board outside the Media Center is revamped for the summer term, and the focus is a musical timeline of New York City. Starting with a George Gershwin standard performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and ending with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and their anthem to New York City, we've covered a lot of bases. The activity for each song has a language-focused component and some suggestions for learning more about the featured artist or genre. The worksheets are on the Media Center board, in the binder near the teacher computers, and on the Media Center wiki.

Encourage your students to check these songs out in their spare time, or perhaps do them in class. Also, if you have ideas for field trips or class projects inspired by these eight songs, let us know!

Summertime (1957)
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Sunday Morning (1966)
The Velvet Underground

The Only Living Boy In New York (1970)
Simon & Garfunkel

Because The Night (1978)
Patti Smith Group

The Breaks (1980)
Kurtis Blow

Last Goodbye (1994)
Jeff Buckley

Maps (2003)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Empire State Of Mind (2009)
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Talented Dancers at TELC

We had a party for the last day of DIP AM yesterday... the dancing! Our students are so talented! Laurie's Dance as a Second Language class performed for us, including a breakout solo performance by Soh.

Then Khoi from Level 5 took over.

The students were ready to get down at this point, and get down they did - until we had to kick them out of the cafeteria! Thanks to Laurie for encouraging her students to perform, and thanks to all the teachers who brought their classes to the party. Send any great pictures and videos my way if you want me to post them. (Does anybody have video of the DSL class performance?)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LiveWire: The June Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Monday, June 13, 2011

National Geographic's Photo of the Day

Many teachers like using a photo each day as a speaking or writing warm-up prompt. Have you looked at National Geographic's Photo of the Day series?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lab Lessons from Teachers - Thank You!

We have a handful of new lessons submitted by teachers this semester, and I encourage the rest of you to take a look. Thanks to Kevin for a timely lesson on a recent Obama speech, and thanks to Sherwin for three lessons, all of which are great for the lower levels (one of which includes some Talking Heads and Joni Mitchell).

All the lessons are now stored on the TELC wiki, which means you can access them from any computer (including your home computer) as long as you remember your login information. The lessons are filed under Lessons Submitted by Teachers, in the right-hand navigator section of the site. If you don't remember your wiki login info, or if you are not sure that you ever set it up, please see Heather.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Survey Time!

Media Center teachers! Please remember to set aside some class time (15 - 20) minutes for students to complete an opinion survey by June 10. There are links at each student computer in the Media Center.

Please also take a few minutes to complete this survey for teachers. There is also a link on the right-hand column of this blog. Again, by June 10, please.

Not the survey we plan to give, of course. Amusing, though! (via Found Magazine)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Media Center Surveys for Spring 2011

If you are teaching in the Media Center this semester, you have received a memo about surveys we plan to conduct in the next few weeks. A link to the teachers' survey will be available on this blog starting May 31. Stay tuned!

The internet, as drawn by a six-year-old

Thursday, May 19, 2011

An Activity and A Song: The Freedom Riders and Katy Perry

It's been 50 years since the Freedom Rides, and American Experience on PBS has great resources to accompany their documentary on the subject (which is airing this month). There's a new activity that asks students to read a bit about the rides via an interactive feature on the website, and then listen for some vocabulary as they watch the trailer for the documentary.

The song takes a hit our students have already heard (many, many times!) and asks them to focus on verbs and their forms. There are some less frequently used verbs in this list, so it's a good vocabulary builder.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On This Date at The New York Times

Here's a cool feature from The New York Times that allows you to look up historical events that happened on a given date. The navigation is easy. For example, I just learned that on May 18:

How would you use this tool in class? Share any ideas you have - that's what the comments section is for!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Moon Games by Laurent Laveder

For those of you who like to use photographs as prompts for writing or discussion, here are some charmers. NPR's blog The Picture Show is featuring the work of French photographer Laurent Laveder. Click here for the story and a slide show.


Friday, May 6, 2011

LiveWire: The May Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

StoryCorps: A New Animated Short

Just in time for Mothers' Day, a funny, charming and touching new short from the animation team at StoryCorps.

No More Questions! from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For The Lower Levels: An Activity And A Song

The latest activity and song in the Media Center are designed with lower level students in mind. The source material is authentic and not designed to be used for language instruction, but the tasks for each activity are suitable for a beginning student.

Cooking shows are popular with many of our students, but catching the all the necessary vocabulary (including measurements and amounts) can be a challenge. This short clip offers a chance to do some close listening for that vocabulary.

This classic pop song by Elton John is lyrically very simple, and makes a nice cloze exercise. If your students watch American Idol (which I'm sure some do), you can follow up with this performance from the current season.

The worksheets are available in the usual places: wiki, the binders by the faculty computers, and on the board outside the Media Center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pale Blue Dot by Adam Winnik and Carl Sagan

This is a great little video that's going viral right now. Adam Winnik is the animator, and the narration is done by Carl Sagan, excerpted from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

Pale Blue Dot - Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

I cannot find text for the excerpt in its entirety (since it is taken from a book), but here is a portion of it. This might be useful for a cloze activity, or for reading along with the audio.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Mountain by Terje Sorgjerd

This video has been on the web for 5 days, and it's been watched 1.8m times. There is no language in it at all, but I think it could easily serve as a writing or conversation prompt. Enjoy.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

LiveWire: The April Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

The Wonderful Web: A Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to the workshops on teaching with web content last week. People shared some great teaching insights, and I felt excited about planning new lessons after being able to share with my colleagues.

We plan to conduct this same workshop in the evenings, and we are looking for a date that is convenient for the greatest number of evening teachers. Speak to Abdou or me if you have a date in mind.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The P.S. 22 Chorus

If you use the latest song activity in your class, you might want to share the P.S. 22 Chorus performance with your students, too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Power of Words

Possible fodder for a class discussion.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Wonderful Web: Building Lessons Around Web Content

The web is vast and fascinating, and we spend time searching it to find content for the classroom - and then we are out of time to plan lessons around that content. What to do?

Come to C331 (not the Media Center, but a nearby classroom) on Tuesday, April 12 or Friday, April 15 from 1:00 - 2:00. We'll be sharing ideas and strategies for making web content a successful part of our classes.

Web Activity Flower Graph
Web Activity Flower Graph, by saintbob on Flickr

Faculty Seminars at the Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning has an interesting set of faculty seminars lined up for 2011-2012. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday, April 28. TELC faculty are encouraged to apply! I've had great experiences at CTL seminars, and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about them.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Semester: An Activity And A Song

Welcome back! To kick off the semester, we have a song and an activity ready for students. You can find the activities in the Media Center, on the wiki, or in the binder in the teachers' computer room. Or, you can develop your own lessons with the same content.

The activity is based on a short and funny clip from the show Parks and Recreation. This clip could lead into a class discussion about being the new person, workplace humor, or small town life. Plus, there's a mini horse!

The song is by the English singer-songwriter Adele. The lyrics make use of some common and colorful idioms.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LiveWire: The March Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Monday, March 28, 2011

StoryCorps: In Support of Teachers

StoryCorps recently launched the National Teachers Initiative. In their words,

By recording, sharing, and preserving the diverse stories of teachers, we hope to bring larger public awareness of their work and call attention to the invaluable influence they have on us all. The National Teachers Initiative will focus on these heroic teachers, inclusive of all ethnicities, cultures, and ages.

Though it seems the project is initially geared toward K-12 educators and their students, I think they'd welcome the perspective of teachers in pre-college environments. Let us know if you decide to participate!

Ralph Catania and Colbert Williams | StoryCorps
Judge Olly Neal and his daughter Karama | StoryCorps

Friday, March 18, 2011

What Happens When the Web Is No Longer Free

Yesterday The New York Times announced that their website will be going behind a paywall, effective March 28. You can find all the details here.

What will happen if you use the site for teaching purposes? As of now, we can't be sure. Each 'user' will have access to 20 free articles a month, but will each 'user' log in separately with his or her own information, or will each computer's unique IP address count as a user? In that case, a computer in a campus lab will reach its monthly quota very quickly.

I'll do my best to gather information on this topic, and if you learn something, please share it with us.

Monday, March 14, 2011

TED Talks: Deb Roy and The Birth of a Word

MIT researcher Deb Roy explains his very ambitious longitudinal study of how a first language is acquired. The video is a bit long, but it's fascinating.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Technology Working Groups for Spring

Liz and I are hoping to set up technology working groups for the spring term with the goal of helping interested teachers make the transition from Blackboard to either Digication, wikis or blogs. Even if you've never used Blackboard, this is a great chance to learn how a class site can help you plan and organize your teaching. If you decide to join a working group, you will use a new technology platform with your classes and attend meetings to share your findings and brainstorm with your colleagues. If you are interested, please fill out this form by March 8. Thanks!

Learn course management software, and avoid this fate!

Image by Natalie Dee

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TELC on The Learning Network!

Exciting news! Do you know the old standby, the One In 8 Million series at the New York Times site? TELC teachers have long been fans of using the stories on this site, and I've seen many Media Center classes embrace listening to and discussing these stories. (Especially The Sneaker Connoisseur! Students love him.)

I wanted to share our collective experience teaching these stories with the people at The Learning Network, and they decided to feature us. Read it here! Thank you to those teachers who have shared their ideas on how to use this site with me.

If you have not explored the series, I really encourage you to do so. Your colleagues can vouch for how much students love it - despite how challenging it can be - and I'm happy to share ideas for how to present it in the classroom.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LiveWire: The February Issue

Here's the latest issue of LiveWire, the monthly newsletter for the greater LaGuardia community.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Music in the Classroom: An Activity and a Song

Music is a great motivator in the classroom, but not all music-oriented activities have to be cloze exercises of song lyrics. How else can we bring music to the classroom?

Music can be an entry point to a great narrative or discussion. The video below is a snapshot into the lives of New York City subway performers. The video offers good listening practice, but if you want students to read and discuss this subject in greater detail, the companion article and slideshow are also useful.

The Grammy awards were held this past weekend, and music writers and internet-savvy kids alike are buzzing about some major upsets. Most notably, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, beating out some incredibly popular contenders. You may be asking, who is Arcade Fire? You are not alone. Why not capitalize on the buzz and bring these emerging artists into your classroom? Why not talk about other emerging or lesser-known artists?

Worksheets are in the activities binder, on the wiki, and on the board outside the Media Center. As always, modify as you see fit for your level. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Goodbye, Blackboard

Many of you have heard that we are losing access to Blackboard by the start of spring semester. We are holding two more informational meetings about the transition away from Blackboard on Thursday, February 10 or Monday, February 14 from 12:45 to 1:30 in C333. Please RSVP to Heather or Liz if you plan to attend.

We will talk about blogs and wikis as possible replacements for Blackboard, and we'll also introduce the course management features of software called Digication. This is the same software students use to build their e-Portfolios when they enter the credit side of LaGuardia, so it makes sense that some teachers may choose to adopt it. (The video below demonstrates the e-Portfolio aspects of the software.)

Digication e-Portfolio Introduction from jyan on Vimeo.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Classroom Ideas: ReadWriteThink's Calendar!

ReadWriteThink is one of the websites I refer to regularly for classroom ideas, and I just discovered an interesting tool they've developed. The Calendar Activities section catalogs lessons and teaching ideas which are thematically related to events in literary history. In February we could celebrate the work of Alice Walker, use Valentine's Day as a reason to explore poetic devices in writing, or analyze the power of a free and impartial press.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Classroom Resources: Narrative Magazine.

Narrative Magazine is an online resource for "storytelling in the digital age", and I encourage you to click over  and check it out. You'll find fiction, non-fiction, poetry, classics, one-act plays, and audio and video readings to accompany some of it. The site showcases both emerging writers and established talents.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Times in the Classroom: This Weather!

Since it's an inevitable topic these days, we might as well go with it! Some resources from the New York Times Learning Network.

Image by Eric Wilson at NYT

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Smart Room Training - Thanks For Coming!

We held two workshops on how to use the new smart room equipment, and if you were able to attend, I hope you came away with some ideas for your classes. If you were not able to come, you can find the handout here.

I'm especially interested in how many of you make use of LaGuardia's streaming media project. Please let me know what you've used from the database and how easy or difficult it was to access.

Have fun! Here's a little humor and encouragement from Natalie Dee.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Activity and Song for a New Semester

I've got a TV clip and a song ready to go for warm-up or intro work with your classes. Worksheets are available in hard copy in the binder by the teachers' computers or electronically on the wiki. As always, please modify as you see fit.

Modern Family is a teacher and student favorite. This clip allows students to focus on Gloria, Jay and Manny's differing speech styles.

The Black Keys are that rare group with critical acclaim and popular appeal.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Smart Classrooms!

Get smart about the new smart rooms! We're conducting a hands-on workshop during the first week of DIP AM classes, and we'd love to see you there.

Friday, January 14 or Tuesday, January 18
1:00 - 2:00pm in C331

Classroom Graffiti
Photo of happy classroom graffiti by MrNexus11 on Flickr.