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  • 1.  free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 11 days ago
    All,

    I have published a book "Every Teachers Guide to Technology*" under a
    Creative Commons license. The first part is about choosing the right
    tool (word processor, spreadsheet, graphics program, etc.) for the
    job. The second part covers a range of topics of importance to teachers,
    including accessibility, copyright (mainly focused on the USA),
    translating documents, dealing with PDFs, basic computer security, among
    other things. Those two parts are the meat of the book.

    Because I am an ESOL teacher, I approach much of the content of the book
    from the ESOL lens - how to translate documents, how to make enhanced
    readings for English Learners, what to do about subtitles for videos,
    and so on. So, I think / hope it might be especially helpful for TESOL
    members.

    PDF is available from this direct link:

    https://www.chrisspackman.com/technology/every-sentient-beings-guide/every-teachers-guide-to-technology-e01.0.1.pdf

    It is published under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    The original files, as well as HTML, epub, and word processing documents
    are also available so teachers can easily use or modify in whatever way
    works best for their needs.

    Those files are available at:

    https://www.chrisspackman.com/technology/every-sentient-beings-guide/index.html

    Thanks.

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    Chris Spackman (he / him) chris@osugisakae.com
    chris@chrisspackman.com
    ESL Coordinator The Graham Family of Schools
    ESL Educator Columbus State Community College
    Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Wajima, Ishikawa 1995-1998
    Linux user since 1998 Linux User #137532


  • 2.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hey Chris -
    Thanks for your post!  I followed the link to your book.  Very interesting.
    I also appreciate your intro remarks and clarifications as to purpose and audience.
    Yes -  the Pandemic was a wake-up call for use of technology in the classroom.  Many teachers already with expertise hit the road running.  For others it was a steep learning curve.  And some continue to struggle.
    Your book covers a broad range of topics and will be especially fine for filling in the gaps for those of us with moderate or average knowledge or and use of technology.
    Hope others find it useful
    Richard

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    Richard Boyum
    TESOL Membership Professional Council
    Washington DC
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hello, Chris. Thank you for sharing with us your invaluable book. May I share it with my colleagues?

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    Samira Chaibeddra
    Dr
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  • 4.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 10 days ago
    On 2022/01/09 at 08:20pm, Samira Chaibeddra via TESOL International Association wrote:

    > Hello, Chris. Thank you for sharing with us your invaluable book. May
    > I share it with my colleagues?

    I'm happy you found the book useful.

    Please share it with your colleagues and anyone else who might benefit
    from it.

    It is published under the Creative Commons "Attribution, Share-Alike"
    license (CC BY-SA). That gives you permission to share it, or modify it,
    and or even both, as long as you properly give credit to me for my work
    and share it under the same "Attribution, Share Alike" license.

    Thanks.

    --
    Chris Spackman (he / him) chris@osugisakae.com

    ESL Coordinator The Graham Family of Schools
    ESL Educator Columbus State Community College
    Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Wajima, Ishikawa 1995-1998
    Linux user since 1998 Linux User #137532




  • 5.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 9 days ago
    On 2022/01/09 at 07:30pm, Richard Boyum via TESOL International Association wrote:

    > Thanks for your post! ?I followed the link to your book. ?Very
    > interesting.

    > I also appreciate your intro remarks and clarifications as to purpose
    > and audience.

    > Yes - ?the Pandemic was a wake-up call for use of technology in the
    > classroom. ?Many teachers already with expertise hit the road
    > running. ?For others it was a steep learning curve. ?And some continue
    > to struggle. ?

    > Your book covers a broad range of topics and will be especially fine
    > for filling in the gaps for those of us with moderate or average
    > knowledge or and use of technology.?

    Thank you for the kind words.

    You mention the pandemic wake-up call. Two things, especially, with the
    pandemic-accelerated use of technology in education that I notice / am
    bothered by are:

    1) educators who don't understand what they are doing and inadvertently
    inconvenience their students, or worse. For example, teachers who can
    use a browser add-on to record their screen, but don't understand
    issues of file size and bandwidth. They end up sharing 1+ GB files of
    a 20 minute lecture to students who may be using metered internet
    access. My lecture shouldn't cost my student $10, for example.

    2) educators who can only do what xyz website allows. Or, the reverse,
    web sites that don't allow teachers the freedom to design for their
    students as much as might be necessary. I've not been impressed with
    the accessibility (broadly defined) features of many educational
    websites. I want readings with larger fonts and wider margins (among
    other "features") for some of my English Learners. Either a website
    allows me to do that, or it doesn't. If it doesn't, the student is
    just out of luck if the teacher doesn't know how to create an
    appropriately formatted reading themselves. Of course, the web sites
    themselves also have responsibility for how they don't accommodate
    students' learning.

    I think we are a long ways from actually using technology, directly with
    students, in ways that significantly enhance instruction. I could be
    wrong of course, but I feel like too many teachers don't even understand
    what is possible with technology, much less how they could use it to
    revolutionize their instruction. This is partly the fault of web sites /
    tech companies, and even teacher training courses. If someone can get
    their teacher license without using anything other than MS Word or
    Google Docs, it isn't their fault that they don't know how to set up a
    wiki and have students practice their English by creating their own
    anime fan site. Or even just MS Publisher (or other DTP software) to
    create a class newsletter.

    Someone (sorry, don't remember who) once pointed out that at the iphone
    debut in 2007, people realized this was something special, but no one -
    not one person - realized that this new phone meant that taxi companies
    were in big trouble. Yet, in 2009, Uber was formed and traditional taxi
    companies soon had some serious competition. Because of a new type of
    phone!

    Perhaps we need an "iphone" moment where a company, or other
    institution, puts some tech together in an amazing new way and brings
    out an educational resource that truly can revolutionize education.

    Sorry. This got long. Rant mode off.

    Thanks for downloading "Every Teacher's Guide to Technology*". Please
    feel free to share widely. Also feel free to suggest additions for the
    second addition.

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    Chris Spackman (he / him) chris@osugisakae.com

    ESL Coordinator The Graham Family of Schools
    ESL Educator Columbus State Community College
    Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Wajima, Ishikawa 1995-1998
    Linux user since 1998 Linux User #137532




  • 6.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 9 days ago
    Greetings all,

    When I "taught," or conducted is probably a better word, courses (for TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching project) and Electronic Village Online (EVO) sessions on Mulitliteracies between the years 2004 to 2014, I started, as one of the lasting projects deriving from the EVO session (called MultiMOOC in its later iterations) a virtual bookshelf I called Berry Bush Books.

    You can access that bookshelf (and other information about the Multiliteracies/MultiMOOC courses) here
    http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/70678402/2014_Berry-Bush_Books

    The idea behind the bookshelf was to curate a listing of what quality and often well-known writers in our field were putting online for free. Since the end of the MultiMOOC sessions I have maintained the bookshelf, removing dead links pointing at books no longer available, with the result that this bookshelf remains relevant and so that the works listed there remain accessible to all.

    I am quite pleased to include Chris Spackman's work in this bookshelf at this bookmark
    http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/70678402/2014_Berry-Bush_Books#ChrisSpackmanEveryTeachersGuideToTechnology2021

    If you browse over there you can also peruse the other offerings on the same page.

    If you find any dead links, I'd appreciate a heads-up.

    Thanks to Chris for sustaining the line of writers whose prime motivation is to share their knowledge with teaching peers in the most accessible way possible, and especially for modeling how that is done.

    Vance Stevens
    Penang, Malaysia






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    VanceStevens
    Malaysia
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  • 7.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 7 days ago
    Dear Vance
    Thank you SO much for posting the link to such a great collection of free resources about open and online learning for educators. I feel as if I have uncovered a treasure trove.
    Warm wishes
    Melanie Ellis
    Poland

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    Melanie Ellis
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  • 8.  RE: free / open "technology for teachers" book

    Posted 7 days ago

    Hi Vance-
    Good to see your post.  What a great initiative.  And so good you are keeping it alive.  For lots of colleagues, subscriptions and purchases are out of reach, so good online resources really fill the gap.  Well done!
    Richard



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    Richard Boyum
    TESOL Membership Professional Council
    Washington DC
    United States
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