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It's back-to-school time again!  Here's a message all our learners - adults and children, students and teachers - need to hear and take to heart:  You Can Learn Anything.

Watch it, share it, believe it!

Sometimes music is the best way to get express oneself.
If you instruct online or in a computer lab, screen capture/screencast videos can be a powerful tool in your teaching toolbox. Instead of making long, detailed step-by-step instructions for computer tasks (which it seems like no one reads past step 3 anyway), you can show and tell with videos of on-screen actions. Here are three free tools to try.
Another FAQ from the tech trainer file: "How can I record audio projects for my students to listen to?"
Teachers at MLC Learning Center - Arlington Hills are using an English-learning music video from YouTube to teach students the "Washing Machine Song". Using music to teach language is a tried-and-true method for improving pronunciation, rhythm, vocabulary, etc., but using the animated video adds to the teaching potential by appealing to the visual learning style and adding humor!
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.
If YouTube is the serious media of the future, at some point, educational institutions are going to need to come to grips with it. Students, especially the adult students we serve, should have access to view messages from the President's office. If that's not an "appropriate use of technology", I'm not sure what is.
The Minnesota Literacy Council volunteer outreach staff have collaborated with technology and training staff to produce a fun new video for YouTube. It features adult literacy volunteers and learners discussing the importance of volunteer tutors in their programs.
Some schools have all sorts of issues with YouTube--mainly that it eats up bandwidth and contains inappropriate content--but are those issues holding teachers and students back from accessing a potentially powerful learning tool?

   

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