Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Great Article on Semantics

Stop pretending you really know what AI is and read this instead
You’ve probably heard the news: AI is going to take your job. Wait, no: It’s going to create a new job for you. AI is going to kill us all! Wait, no it’s not. AI is already totally smarter than us at, like, all the smart things. But that probably doesn’t matter? Neural networks. Machine learning. Deep learning. OMG. WTF. HELP.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Video Presentation for Immigrant Parents

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering scrapping former President Barak Obama's DACA Program, aka Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. San Diego County Office of Education has put together bilingual presentations as an immigration law briefing for parents.

Click here for the English version.

Click here for the Spanish voice-over version.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tutoring News

The ESL Tutoring Center will be open on Monday to help all Palomar students whose native language is not English. Our hours remain the same as in any regular semester. Interested students can begin making their individual appointments now.

We have also planned 12 English Learners' Friday workshops for this fall semester. Please strongly encourage your students to sign up for all or all of these workshops ahead of time or simply show up the day of. Some colleagues are using a point system to incentivize their students to participate. We would really appreciate your enthusiastic support in boosting the attendance in these workshops and therefore boosting your students' learning and connection to campus resources.

You can download the above flyer by clicking here.
ESL tutors and staff members may also make a brief stop in your class to give a brief presentation about our services. We hope that you don't mind this intrusion meant to connect your students to the ESL Tutoring team. Thank you!
-- from your ESL Tutoring team

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.