Thursday, September 26, 2013

What Young People Know About Social Media - And What We Might Not

Photos from the story by Dan O'Neil
Contrary to popular belief among adults, these teenagers are not oblivious to privacy settings and do care a good amount about who can see what online. If anything, most of them have consciously chosen what they want to show to me and the rest of the world through social media. And what they’re telling us is who they are and what they need from us as mentors.
This article by Jacqui Cheng over at Medium questions the idea that young people need adult guidance about privacy on social media. (If you are interested in Medium after clicking over, check out this About section.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Do You Want To Pilot An App?

Do you have a smart phone or tablet?

Are you interested in how you might teach with apps?

A company called Transparent Language has expressed interest in working with ESL teachers from LaGuardia to pilot their mobile app. We are looking to get a team of teachers together in the next few weeks - TELC and CLIP faculty, and possibly teachers from other departments - to work together with the Transparent Language team to explore and brainstorm how teaching with this app (or any app, really!) might look in a higher ed classroom.

Talk to Heather if you are interested.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Welcome Back: School-Themed Activities

For this fall, I selected some audio and video clips that explore the theme of school in the United States. I've got a classic scene from The Breakfast Club, a more recent classic scene from Mean Girls, a popular clip from Community, and two oral interviews on StoryCorps. The clips are embedded below, and the activities are on the wiki, in the binders in the teachers' computer room, and on the board outside the Media Center. Have fun!


This scene from  The Breakfast Club has a lot of action yet little dialogue, so it's an appropriate clip to use even with low level students. I created discussion questions that explore school lunch culture in the United States and in students' home countries.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Odds & Ends

As we get closer to the start of the term, you may be thinking a bit about ideas for the new teaching year, so here's a short round-up of things I've seen recently.