Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another Digital Story

By most accounts, the single best way to capture a decisive moment in life is to tell a digital story about it. Although students can be taught to create a story as we witnesses in last week's blog entry, if their teacher has made one herself first, the teaching and learning process will be less challenging. Several colleagues from our dept. have participated in digital storytelling workshops lately. Not only did they enjoy the experience, but they also got lots of great ideas to engage their students in a digital storytelling project. Katrina is one of the newly minted digital storytellers. She would like to share her personal story about a janitor named Stella. Click here to enjoy her video.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Listening to Students' Stories

Roberta would like to share three digital stories that she has her students' permission to share. These video clips were made during her just-finished level 3 summer class. The genuine student voices and the talent of their professor who facilitated the capturing of those voices in such a multimedia way are both inspiring and effective.

Several colleagues from the department have signed up for an intensive 3-day digital story training workshop next week. But if you missed that opportunity, there is still a one-day training workshop on Aug. 17 that is part of the new two-day all-campus plenary format this fall.

Here's hoping we will have a lot more beautiful digital stories from all levels of our students to share at the end of the fall semester.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Board Members Wanted

If you are interested in being a leader of our great professional organization called CATESOL, now is the time! The deadline to apply has been extended - Expression of Interest (EOI) forms are now due this weekend on Sunday, August 6th. Below is a list of the elected board positions.
  • President Elect
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Assistant Level Chair (for K-12, Adult, Community College, College/University, and IEP Levels)
  • Assistant Nevada Representative
You can find more information about these positions and the EOI here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Citizenship Classes for Immigrants

This fall, we are offering two Saturday citizenship classes, one in Escondido and one for San Marcos. Registration for these noncredit, tuition-free classes is open now. Please help spread the word!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

An Interesting Article

I found an interesting article on Aeon that is kind of philosophical. It is entitled "Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone." The graduate student author equates the ability to be alone with the ability to think. She implies that netizens today associate with each and everyone online at the cost of their thinking abilities. You can read the whole article here