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Cindy Wislofsky

Description: Cindy Wislofsky has shoulder length red hair. She is wearing a black and white print dress with a black sweater. She is also wearing a gold necklace and large gold hoop earrings.

Cindy Wislofsky: Thank you. Good morning everybody. (She looks at her watch). Still morning. Here we go. Here's the question I'm posing today.

Description: Slide shows the question: How is technology mentoring like gardening? There are four photos of different gardens, one vegetable garden, two flower gardens, and one wooded garden. The slide reads:

By Cindy Wislofsky, ESL Department
San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Community College District
TIMAC Cohort 4
May 8, 2009

Cindy: I am Cindy Wislofsky from the ESL department at San Diego Continuing Education which is part of the San Diego Community College District. We have a large ESL program. I am an ESL teacher and one of our two ESL technology resource instructors. Our ESL department has approximately 200 teachers on about eight main campuses. So here was my first year at TIMAC.

Description: The next slide is entitled First Year Harvest and shows a photo of Valerie Long holding her class syllabus. She has blonde hair and is wearing a white top. She is smiling. The second photo is of Jane Uhle. She is sitting at a computer reviewing the class Web site. She has short blonde hair and is wearing a brown top and eyeglasses. There is a small box in the lower portion of the slide called Tuesday's Tech Tip. Here are the bullet points:

  • Fall and spring semesters
  • Short, simple computer tips
  • Sent over CE's email DL

Cindy: Valerie Long, who's a beginning level ESL teacher made her first, ever in her lifetime, syllabus on the computer. This was a major accomplishment for her so we're so happy with that. And then Jane Uhle, who is very savvy with the computer; she wanted to make a Web site for her class. And as I was checking and preparing for today, she's still using it, spring 2009. Go Jane! Yeah! Good job. So we're happy that's continuing.

And the third part of my project last year, was to along with my fellow technology resource instructor, Donna Price, was to send out Tuesday Tech Tips once a week over our district DL through email. And these were short tips and we just wanted to send them out to the ESL faculty to begin with, but then the president got word of it and he said, "Oh, these need to go out to everybody", so then it became over 600 people, faculty, staff, and administrators that are receiving these. So that was my first year.

Description: The next slide is entitled: Second Year Plan-ting. There is a picture of a gloved hand planting a seed in the soil. The bullet points are:

  • District training request
  • Mentees interested in Google Docs Presentation
  • ESL faculty survey
  • Plan to continue email tips

Cindy: And this year the vice president's office requested the Donna and I do some faculty trainings but not just for ESL, but for all faculty. So that was the first request. In the fall, we always do an ESL faculty survey. We wanted to know what are the common needs so we can set up some workshops. We did of course, want to plan the email tips because everyone kept saying, keep them coming, keep them coming. And the most rewarding experience and the ultimate compliment is when a teacher sets up a one-to-one session with you. They want to learn how to delete multiple emails at one time but not the Tech Tips so that's always fun.

Then in October, Susan Gaer showed us here at TIMAC, about Google Docs presentations so I was really excited about that and I wanted to find a couple of mentees to do that so I'm sure you want to know what happened.

Description: The next slide is called Second Year Plan-tings showing the same photo of a gloved hand planting a seed. The bullet points are:

  • 12 faculty trainings
  • Online record keeping
  • Word classroom lessons
  • PowerPoint classroom lessons
  • 670 in Continuing Ed family
  • TIMAC contacts send to 500
  • Steve Gwynne
  • Beth Bogage

Cindy: We did do 12 faculty trainings for all the faculty which is welding teacher and the older adult exercise teacher and the music teacher and the ESL teachers, of course, mainly on our online record keeping system which is new this year. The ESL teachers, the top two workshops they requested were Word and PowerPoint. So we did conduct those and we do have another one coming up next week.

Our Continuing Ed family is now about 670 that are getting our emails each week and about 15 of the TIMAC people are on our CC list. And I did a quick survey and some of your responded. So now, we realize that you are sending them out to your teachers and so now we are at least 500 throughout the state of California. So it's really expanding.

And then I found my two mentees for Google Docs Presentation, Steve Gwynn and Beth Bogage. You may or may not know them, but they are two extremely proficient teachers with technology and they are the model for integrating technology so I was so excited that neither of them knew about Google Docs Presentation and I could teach them something.

Of course, they each took the ball and ran with it. And here's Steve and he decided that he would use it for groups in his class to make cultural presentations. Here are some action shots in his lab.

Description: This slide is entitled Crops That Grew This Year with the sub-heading of Google Docs Presentation. There is a photo of hands cupped holding a small amount of soil with a growing plant. There is a photo of Steve Gwynne. He is smiling and has graying hair and beard. He is wearing a plaid shirt. There is also a picture of a slide made by a student group. It shows two cultural symbols and a national flag. It reads:

Learn About Our Culture
By: Thuy from VietNam
Eloisa and Yazmin from Mexico
Claudia from Bolivia
The action shots scroll through the slide. They are:

  • Steve overseeing a group of students sitting at computers
  • Students collaborating at the computer
  • One student teaching another at the computer
  • Two students sitting at their individual computers working on the same presentation
  • Group of four women who were the first group to present

Cindy: And here's an example of one of the presentations the students made. And this is an online, collaborative presentation program. The students all made these in groups. All right – just a quick example there.

And then, here's Beth. And she decided that in her class is would be great to have one huge presentation that they all make one slide for. So not in groups but just all together. Of course they did a great job with that as well. Here's an example. They were finding places and had a great time finding pictures; places they wanted to visit.

Description: This slide is entitled – More Crops That Grew with the sub-heading of Google Docs Presentation. There is a photo of Beth Bogage. She is a young, smiling woman with long, blonde hair pulled back away from her face. She is wearing a pink top with a black sweater and a black beaded necklace. She is also wearing eyeglasses. Her slide is called Travel Destinations by ESL Level 6 & ECC. It says: These are some of the places we would like to visit in the future. There is a clipart picture of a boat, plane and island destination.

The action shots scroll through the slide. They are:

  • Students sitting at computers finding pictures for their presentation
  • Beth assisting student partners
  • Beth helping a male student finalize a slide
  • Photo of a happy student sitting at her computer with the caption, "Look at my slide!"

Cindy: Here are some insights for your technology garden. You gotta have the basics: focus, how small or large the project, give your attention, time, that other "F" word, funding, may not being a happy word any more. Your gardens are in transition, technology changes, people's, teacher's requests will change so it's always in transition. Let go of things not growing. You know sometimes you just have to do that. And don't forget your weeding. You know – stand back and see what you've accomplished even though it might not seem like a lot.

And my number one gardening tip: utilize those master gardeners in your life and in your school. Gretchen Bitterlin, who's here today, who's our number one advocate for our program and a super supporter, Donna Price – I call her my work cohort. I borrowed the TIMAC term. We collaborate on anything and everything so it's wonderful to have her support. And Blair, of course, where is she. Oh, here she is. Isn't she cute? She's always very supportive and encouraging and of course, TIMAC and OTAN. Linda came down to give a training for us and all the online and here, trainings have been wonderful. Your fellow cohorts and don't forget your colleagues and your mentees. We learn so much from each other. And we thank you, TIMAC garden. 

Description: The last slide is a group photo of Cohort 4 and the support mentors aboard the dinner cruise boat on the Sacramento River. It says: Thank you TIMAC Garden!

Description: Audience applause. Screen fades to black.