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Howard Adams

Description: Howard Adams has light brown hair and a graying beard. He is wearing a long-sleeved, burgundy plaid sport shirt and eyeglasses.

Howard Adams: First off, I just want to thank my class. They have been an integral part of all this because time being what it is and whatnot, they were constantly in the middle of a Smart Board presentation and an email would pop up with the – oh, Mr. Adams, that's your TIMAC teacher. You should get that. And I don't know how to turn it off. So they know a lot about my life. A little bit more than they should. I saw this quote and I absolutely loved it.

Description: The first slide is entitled TIMAC – 2009 BAS:

"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century." — Perelman

Howard: It kind of comes back to what we were talking about earlier this morning. I think this really – if learning is what we're going to be doing for the rest of the time then I think technology is that natural – that's what we're learning; and not just us, but for our students. So I think the modeling of technology is what is so powerful. And for our TIMAC projects, that's kind of the direction we went.

The scope and sequence of the project is pretty straight forward.

Description: The next slide is entitled Scope and Sequence. The bullet points are:

  • Tech survey
  • Two mentees
  • Smart Board
    • Graphic demonstration
  • Video in curriculum
    • Battery PSA

Howard: We used a technology survey that was actually done as part of another OTAN funding project. But within the survey, we identified teachers that had a very high interest but rated themselves at a fairly low level. And we ended up going through the survey results and identified about three to five instructors and then with our administration – they always have an interest in who gets picked for what – we made two really wonderful choices.

And so, very lucky there - we have the two mentees. And what we ended up with in our project – one of the instructors really wanted to work with the Smart Board in the classroom; had never used a Smart Board; knew that I used a Smart Board and I learned from, I received support from a TIMAC mentor and that's how I got introduced to the Smart Board. So that's exactly kind of what TIMAC is about – reaching out one to one and then extending that. And so it was really wonderful and I'll show you an example of what they did.

And the second one came out of a project that my second mentee had. They had a very student-directed classroom in ESL and they wanted to do something about the environment. It was a topic that came up that was really important to them. And they did a lot of writing and a lot of work in the classroom and the teacher said, "You know, it would be really neat to work on speaking skills". And we got together and figured out, well, maybe a video will help them with that. And so we kind of went forward.

Description: The next slide is entitled: People. There is a picture of a female teacher wearing a brown skirt and green top standing in front of a chalkboard. The bullet points are:

  • Howard Adams
    • HSD – IS
    • GED – DL
  • Bonnie Vaughn
    • ESL Level 6
  • Nancy Frazier
    • ABE English
    • HSD – ART
  • Brad Strum
    • BAS Tech Support

Howard: There are four really main people involved in this process and again excluding my classroom. I teach a high school diploma program within the adult school. It's really the smallest part of the program. I also teach independent study and the GED distance learning before.

Bonnie Vaughn is just amazing. I hope that she's going to be able to participate in TIMAC in the future. She teaches ESL Level 6. And she's probably our best feeder, believe it or not, into the high school diploma program. Her students come out and they are ready to go. They need to work on some speaking, but other than that they are amazing.

And then Nancy Frazier is new to our school. It's her first year at the school. She teaches adult basic education, English, and then high school diploma, Art.

And then last, but not least, I don't know how this works on your campuses, but I have to give my hat's off to Brad, because when I can't figure it out, Brad's there to save me. He's the technology support provider at our school.

Description: The next slide is called Results. There is a picture of Pablo Picasso's Guernica. There is some audience laughter.

Howard: These are the results. Well, it wasn't actually supposed to be funny. We're doing the Smart Board presentation and Nancy is a gifted artist in her own right, and she was working with her students. And she decided she wanted to deconstruct Guernica. I don't know if you're familiar with this, but this is Picasso's Guernica. And I think its 25 feet long and 11 feet wide and you read it from right to left and all these things. But it's a little overwhelming for art students. And so she thought – well, what can you do with the Smart Board? And we sat down and we talked about it for a little bit.

Description: The next slide is called Nancy Frazier on Smart Board – Deconstructing Picasso. There is a photo of Nancy standing in front of the class at the Smart Board and there is a portion of Guernica projected on to the board. The bullet points are:

  • Creating files
  • Tools
  • Moving images
  • Re-sizing
  • Editing

Howard: And she learned how to create files on the Smart Board; how to use some of the Smart Board tools, which is really neat. These are just basic things but she had never done this before. And she had more fun just moving things. Oh, look you can make it in circles and I mean, that was about a day playing with it; how to re-size things. She worked on some very basic editing, which was very nice. And then she deconstructed Picasso. And what you're looking at here is just a section cut out and then she would use the Smart Board tools to highlight various aspects of that larger piece and kind of broke it down into pieces. And I don't know if you can see very well, but if you look along left, those are all sections of the painting that she's been able to isolate and develop. So, really powerful tool in learning and an excellent visual – something she couldn't do without the Smart Board. It was wonderful.

Description: This slide is entitled Ms. Vaughn's PSA. There is a photo of an empty white plastic bin.

Howard: And then Mrs. Vaughn's students created a public service announcement. Bonnie and I kind of came up with this idea. We got some background information from the Internet and this is what they did.

Description: Video begins entitled Recycle Your Batteries. Hundreds of batteries are being poured into the empty plastic bin. A female student wearing a pink blouse says, "Help the environment. Bring your old batteries to Bakersfield Adult School." Another female student wearing a black and white print blouse says, "The old batteries have dangerous chemicals for our environment." The third female student is wearing a pink and gray print blouse with a ruffled collar. She says, "Be a part of this important project and don't contaminate the air." The fourth female student has long dark hair and dark eyes. She is wearing a black and white print blouse. She says, "We can help and change the planet for future generations." At the end they are all standing in front of the school and they say in unison, "Recycling batteries is easy and you can do it." The credits role on a black screen with white text and reads: Recycling batteries is easy and you can do it! Maria Castro, Rosy Gel Reyes, Sofia Martinez, Claudia Quinones.

Howard: Pretty neat. The whole class broke down into groups and they worked on these in groups. And if you've taught in ESL, this is a lot of work represented in just this short video. But it was a ton of fun and they all did, wrote essays about it afterwards. And the last lady that was speaking, I kind of tried to take this out of her essay.

Description: The next slide is called Mrs. Quinones's Reflection. There is an excerpt from her essay pictured. It reads: With this experience, I learned that there are many ways to learn English by using the technology to make something positive for our community and ourselves.

Howard: With this experience, I learned that there are many ways to learn English by using the technology to make something positive for our community and ourselves. It's just amazing isn't it? So she's going to write my next vision statement when she gets to my class.

Description: The next slide has the quote "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." – Louis Hector Berlioz. There is a bubble diagram showing Challenges in the center bubble with five bubbles around the main topic. Those five topics are: protected time, clarification, contact, flexibility, evidence.

Howard: There were a lot of challenges here. One of my favorite quotes. What I wanted to discuss was some of the challenges that I found in this project. One of the things that I probably needed that I didn't have enough of was protected time. We weren't able to spend the time that we probably wanted to. We needed to clarify – the communication sometimes so much of it was with email and it tends to be very short so we had some issues there trying to clarify want was going on at various times. And the other thing that I think was really an issue is maintaining regular contact, even if it's just a hello or a hi. Because when that wasn't happening, things weren't happening, so it was pretty interesting. Being flexible – things were always changing. My fancy plan that I wrote out on the computer here in the fall resembles nothing like what actually happened. But we got it done, so we're there. And then collecting the evidence – this is a small part of one of their lessons and they're off. So you know this was a big project for me so it was kind of interesting.

Anyway, I had a really wonderful time and they created some amazing products.

Description: The last slide is called Thank You. It shows three blue blocks:


  • Support
  • Clarification


  • Everything
  • Toleration

All of You!

  • Friendship
  • advice

Howard:I was to thank Penny for her support and clarification. I have more enthusiasm than ability and Penny was able to rein me down and keep it simple. I won't give you the last "S" but it's the KISS formula. I want to thank Branka. Every time I had a problem, she had five Web sites, nine emails, I mean. And I don't know where you find the time to do it because it takes about three minutes to get a message back from her. I didn't try it a two in the morning, though. And then thanks to all you guys for your friendship. I really appreciate it. It's been a pleasure and an honor. Thanks.

Description: Audience applause. Screen fades to black.