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Browsing the Web, TCALL staff found these literacy-related sites particularly relevant, helpful, or just plain fun.
This site prompts you to enter the necessary information of a wide variety of resources and then returns the citation in either MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian styles. This is a great tool for showing GED students about the various research styles. It is like having a tutor guide you through the process of creating a proper citation. Try it; you’ll like it!
English Literacy/Civics Professional Development Courses Online
This site helps to assist teachers in creating interesting and effective lessons that integrate U.S. history and U.S. government into adult ESL classes. The Adult Learning Resource Center in Illinois developed this FREE training with guidance from the Center for Applied Linguistics under an agreement with OVAE and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Citizenship.
GED Changes Coming in 2012
The General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS) has announced that the fifth GED test series will be ready by January 1, 2012 (other non English-language editions will be released in 2013). A Web page about the 2012 release is now available, and includes both the official announcement and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions for GED administrators, policymakers, researchers, prospective test-takers, and teachers, and a sample template letter to alert new test-takers to the transition.
This site lets you create your own comic strip. Make believe that your characters can talk to each other.
Research in Writing: Implications for Adult Literacy Education
In this chapter from Volume 2 of NCSALL’s Review of Adult Learning and Literacy (a book that is available on loan from the Clearinghouse Library), Gillespie summarizes three decades of research on writing and describes models of the writing process such as that developed by Flower and Hayes. The author also presents alternative writing models and notes a shift in thinking about writing in the early 1980s that added a consideration of socio-cultural dimensions to the study of writing. While tracing writing research that examines a variety of learners -- including children in K-12, college students classified as “basic” writers, second language learners and adult literacy learners -- Gillespie focuses on issues and trends of interest to adult literacy educators. She notes the apparent connections between changing beliefs and identity in the adult literacy learning process and calls for research to shed light on the potential of writing to play a role in the personal transformation of adult learners.
Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program
This program is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation. The Safe Riders website is an excellent resource for educating parents about child passenger safety seats.
This site operates on a concept similar to You Tube®, but everything is for teachers. The goal at TeacherTube.com is to provide an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos. It contains a variety of “Channels” for different content areas, teacher blogs, instructional videos and more. This could be a helpful resource, especially for teachers in remote areas. It has the advantage of not being blocked by most local school districts (although YouTube is often blocked) and it does have some issues common to all Web 2.0 resources - the content may not always be accurate, so it is a great resource, but content should be checked for accuracy prior to use in a classroom. Quite worthwhile, and especially powerful if you incorporate it into a webquest or ask educators/students to prepare their own TeacherTube lesson.