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The new self-study resources are under development as part of the Learner Web project. Once that project is complete, the goal is to have LW released as open-source learning management software, focused on delivering self-access, self-paced learner-directed resources rather than semester-based, instructor-led online courses.
Metro North has a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Simply Good Eating program. Every month, a dynamic representative comes to class to teach about an aspect of nutrition. It is always interactive, with fake food, real store ads to examine, food containers, food related prizes to take home and a snack at the end.
We began an ongoing activity in class today that simultaneously focuses on grammar points, discussing certain topics and following concrete directions. Today’s topic was the weather.
The image of one of our students working so diligently to understand the declarations of our new president really made me appreciate the respect she has for her new country. While not abandoning her own culture and language, Aziza strives to be engaged and informed to positively contribute to her community. I’ve had that same experience with most of the students I’ve worked with, which I think contradicts many stereotypes people have about immigrants and refugees.
Tips and tricks for teachers and students who want to use YouTube videos as learning resources, while we wait for our schools' policies to catch up to 21st century realities.
There were only about ten students in class, which is quite low as we usually have over twenty. It was amazing to see how much more we were able to help students in-depth with fewer students in the class.
How often do you find yourself demonstrating how to do the same thing on a computer--create an email account, use an online learning resource, or just search on Google? Jing is a tool that can help!
Slide makes it easy to create short digital 'stories' like this one, incorporating music, text, and images. Adult learners and their teachers can use tools like Slide to tell their own stories, using free images from Flickr Creative Commons like I have here.
Turkeys
Yep, the big turkey day approaches! If you will be sharing information about the holiday with your learners, you might enjoy browsing these resources for teachers and students.
News For You is a weekly newspaper written specifically for adult learners. It features real news stories written with easier vocabulary and sentence structure than you find in typical newspapers.

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