Archive for the ‘Family Literacy’ Category

Photo Logs (Phlogs)

August 26, 2007

Phlogs (Photo logs, or blogs with photos) have a lot of appeal for adult education/ESOL. They could be used as part of a classroom virtual visit, for example. Students using regular, digital, or even throwaway cameras could do phlogs of their neighborhoods. (I did one of my neighborhood several years ago called “from my window .” Every photo was taken from a window of my house or car. Then I wrote short captions underneath — a perfect beginning level ESOL activity.) You’ll find it at
http://www.alri.org/esquare/esq2/window/jp.html

Picture taken from window in home of David J. Rosen

Students at project Hope in Boston a few years ago did a history phlog, Dorchester Now and Then, comparing photos from their neighborhoods now — and earlier. You’ll find it at

http://alri.org/ltc/prohope/dorchester/

Codman Square then and now

Immigrant students could also document their passage from their first country to their neighborhood in North America — scanning photos which were taken earlier. All students could document what they like — and don’t like — about their communities. And phlogs could be used for action research/social change projects — documenting urban or rural environmental hazards, poor public services (trash not picked up, street signs missing, giant pot holes, etc.)

Software Publications

August 26, 2007

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I am the author of Harnessing Technology http://www.alri.org/harness.html and The Literacy List http://home.comcast.net/~djrosen/literacylist.html , two Web-based resources for adult basic education (including ESOL) practitioners. I update both from time-to-time, and would welcome your recommendations. Have you bought software in the past two years that you especially like? Do you (and your students) have favorite instruction/learning Web pages? Email me your recommendations at djrosen@theworld.com