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Catherine McNally

Description: Catherine has short, curly, dark brown hair. She is wearing a magenta silk kimono-style top. There is a slide shown entitled Catherine McNally, 2nd year, Cohort 3. There is a photo of the Career and Education Center, Eureka Adult School, which is a small white building with the flags flying out front. Her slide says:

So…what did I do this year? Here's a clue… "Moodles of Stuff"
Last year – I focused on:

  • Smart board training in ESL classes and setting the ground work for this year

This year – I was blessed with:

  • Mentees and HSD staff who work well with technology
  • An administrator who is a total "techie" – Michelle Hutchins
  • Great online communication – with my teachers, Penny Pearson, Blair Roy, Branka Marceta and others

So…I was able to work on four mentoring projects

Catherine McNally: Hi, Hi, my name is Catherine McNally. I'm from the Career and Education Center just like in Bakersfield. We were formerly known though as Eureka Adult School. We made a big change this year. Let me go here. What did I do this year? Well, I did Moodles of Stuff. That's your clue. Last year I focused on Smart Board training in the ESL classrooms. I'm an ESL teacher for years and years. And also setting the groundwork for what we've done this year.

This year I was blessed. I really was with mentees in a high school diploma program. I switched to a high school diploma program this year and have been really doing that. But people that just like technology so my job was fairly easy this year in that way. I also have an administrator this year who is a total techie, Michelle Hutchins. And she's always pushing me beyond even what I had planned to do. And we kind of laugh sometimes because we would just totally tech out the school between the two of us and we can't because not everyone's ready for that. But we also had great online communication with everybody including Penny Pearson and Blair Roy and Branka and so many others. So this was a really good thing and as a result of that I was able to work on four mentoring projects.

So my first project really had to do with really just PowerPoints but we presented them on a Smart Board.

Description: Next slide entitled: Project #1 – PowerPoint Presentations displayed on a SMARTBOARD in white lettering.  The sub-heading reads: In December, I helped students and staff make Christmas Cards to the Class. The slide is royal blue with a lighter blue box in the middle. There is a photo of a smiling woman sitting with a yellow Labrador as the caption reads: At Christmas time it is important to spend time with the ones you love. The sub-heading reads: This is Anna Gaines card (my mentee).

Catherine: And this is a project I did in December. I showed staff and I showed students how to make slides. It was a real simple project but it was fun because it was a segway into bigger things for people, I think. And the students brought in pictures. This is Anna Gaines …

Audience Member: And that's Osa.

Catherine: And that's Osa, my second favorite dog in the world, my own being the first. I shouldn't go into your dog here. But anyway, people brought in pictures of things they loved and people they loved. They brought in pictures of their cultures and they shared those things. This also became an opportunity for students to teach us.  And these were put on the Smart Boards and displayed during class.

Description: The next slide shows a photo of the class standing with the Smart Board. The title reads: When the Smart Board wasn't being used for class work, these projects were shown on a continuous loop. The sub-heading reads: We also made "News Loops" of:

  • Upcoming events
  • Important dates
  • Word of the day
  • Math challenges and lots more

Catherine: When the Smart Boards weren't being used for class work, these were on a continuous loop for the class and so it was really, it was really wonderful. There was a particular one – I don't know if you can see it there – it says "Americanization of Christmas". And students used that as an opportunity to teach us and go and do some research on the computers, find out some information, and bring it back to us. We have Native American groups up there, Yurok and Hupa, and both of those girls were interested in teaching us about what they do in their cultures at Christmas time. I loved it. I learned so much. And I always love turning things around like that. I think the staff contributed pictures and slides and it just became kind of a fun thing.

We also do a news loop on our Smart Boards with our PowerPoint presentations where we put upcoming events, GEDs, CAHSEEs, those things, important dates, vacation dates, "Hey, don't come to school tomorrow", that kind of thing. Word of the day, SAT word of the day – I am in a high school diploma program so we do a lot of that, math challenges, English challenges, and a lot more. We've really tried to use this technology. And again, I think we've done it collaboratively. We're a smaller school so we have to work together, kind of naturally, you just do.

This was another project that we did last year and continued this year where I got slides from different departments and different teachers. This was one of my mentees last year, Monica Rivera and she's our counselor and she was totally fearful of computers. And she made this slide so I had to show you this one.

Description: The slide is orange with a fall leaf watermark. The lettering is white and it reads:

Counselor – Monica Rivera
See the counselor, if you would like more information about:

  1. Finding a job (job search, application, interviewing, career choices and information, etc.)
  2. Resumes
  3. College of training program application
  4. Financial aid application
  5. Referral to community resource
    1. Health and well-being (glasses, insurance…)
    2. Transportation
    3. Child care
    4. Food and clothing
    5. Personal issues

There is a photo of Monica sitting at her desk in her office. She has blonde hair and is wearing black slacks, a black and green top with a green jacket.

Catherine: This is part of our orientation. All of the new students are given the orientation three times a week, and we give those. Not all the students are given them three times a week, but we give them three times a week. Anyway, different departments contribute slides and information they want our students to know about whatever their program is.

My second project was to improve staff communication through the Internet. And how do you show that?

Description: The next slide in entitled: Project #2 – IMPROVE STAFF COMMUNICATION THROUGH THE INTERNET. The slide had a blue cloud-like background with white text. The following points were noted:

  • I had more than 900 school emails that I thought were important enough to save from this year. I had deleted many more! (Most TIMACers probably have more!)


ACLC/HSD (general communication
Class Business
Classes ACLC/HSD
Computer Problems
Google Training
Independent Study
Moodle-DES (Mostly with Penny Pearson & Blair Roy
TIMAC (starting December 2008 & not including tech mentor network)
Training (other) and workshops
Smart Board training
Student feedback (Links to Learning & Moodle)



Shirley: Well, I went and I actually went to my emails and I counted. And I had over 900 emails that I saved. And these were emails that I thought were worth saving because I get rid of most of my emails quite quickly if I don't need them. So I thought that was significant. And I thought about it and well you all have probably even more if you go home and check. So looked and I broke it down – this is just for fun. You know, all the different things I did and it was actually shocking at first. I think, what's nice though, about this emailing we're really, we have constant meetings. We have these long discussion threads about these topics. And really we don't have time at meetings; we're no given lots of money for meetings, right? So this is really a means for us to pull together as a school and solve problems. I had to show you this one. Moodle – I had 49, yeah Penny, you were there, most of those were Penny and a lot of them were Blair (laughing). Discovery Education Streaming that was fun. TIMAC I had a lot, 101 on TIMAC. And these were not the TIMAC mentor network. (What, oh good, only two minutes)

Let's see. We did lots of training, lots of Smart Board training, lots of student feedback which is really good; through Links to Learning and Moodle; we had feedback that way. Which was really useful, I thought. Okay. We also, though, used Google Documents to improve our communication. We worked collaboratively on that one. You can see the next meeting is, let's see, the fifteenth of May.

Description: Slide is shown with a white background and a screen shot of the Google Documents page. The title is We also used "GOOGLE DOCUMENTS" to help communication and TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY on:

  • Setting up agendas
  • Group survey results
  • Sharing information
  • Workshop summaries

Catherine: And teachers can add to that agenda, this Google Documents, people can go there, they have the password, and they have been invited to share collaboratively with these things so they can. We also share information, we do, there are some results of surveys on there that people can add to – sharing passwords, that sort of thing.

Third project: Trained mentees and staff on Google, sorry, GED Online. And that's another one I'm just going to go through quickly some things we did. GED Online I got here so I thought I'd share that one. I went to a workshop here and found out about it and like it. Shared – was in communication with a lot of people here for that. I think it has a great management system.

Description: Slide is shown entitled Project #3 – I TRAINED MENTTES & STAFF to use GED ONLINE & the INTERNET to improve outcomes for CAHSEE & GED (Hopefully!) in blue text. The slide has a white background with a screen shot of the GED Online page.

Catherine: We bought 10 seats. I don't know if you can see that there, the 10 seats. Students come in and out of that. So that was a pretty good one. I also sat up a Moodle site through OTAN.

Description: Slide is shown entitled Project #4. It has a blue cloud-like background with white text.

  • INTEGRATED 11 of our COURSES into it, and
  • TRAINED teachers (Ongoing!)

Here are a few quotes from teachers:

  • "Moodlas Problemas", Anna Gaines (mentee)
  • "That's a moodleless class," Steve Hamon (part-time mentee)
  • "Happy Moddling", Penny Pearson (a well-known moodler)

So we have:

  • Noun – Moodle, a moodler
  • Verb – to moodle, moodling
  • Adjective – moodleless, moodleful, moodlish
  • Bilingual – moodlas

Catherine: And we did integrate 11 of our courses into it and trained our teachers. Hah! We're all done, right? Not. It's an ongoing thing and our goal is that next year the teachers will actually start adding things in. Anna has already said she's interested in doing that. So this is great. We'll have a lot of people. But I had to share with you a few quotes from teachers because things did not always go smoothly. I got an email from Anna Gaines one time that said, "Moodlas problemas." Another part-time mentee, I'm pretty sure he said something along this line was "That's a Moodleless class." And of course, I got several emails from Penny saying, "Happy Moodling". So I thought this should be, I'll do this quickly because I can't teach you a class, an ESL lesson, advanced ESL, of course:

  • Noun, a proper noun – Moodle; a person is a Moodler
  • The verb to Moodle and you're Moodling around
  • How about an adjective – Moddleless, Moodleful, Moodlelish and a
  • Bilingual – Moodlas

So here's an example of how I set up some of our courses.

Description: Slide is shown with a white background and black text saying:
Here you can see how three classes are set up using:

  • Word
  • Links to DES and Internet
  • Journals
  • Various assignments
  • Discussion thread
  • Course evaluations
  • Other activities

On the left, class titles are listed such as Biology 1A, Civics Class, and English 2. They are broken down into chapters and those chapters show titles and links. On the right, there is a timing clock and a link to Wikipedia.

Catherine: You can see some things here. We have and I'm kind of pointing here, there's a Word document for our tracking sheet. These are all Discovery Education Streaming videos that we've added to this biology course. This is a link to an Internet site, Daily Calorie Counter that's in Chapter 9. You can get the idea. Civics class – we have some other exercises, some assignments, a lot of discussion threads in there too. As well, all the courses include course evaluations. I really wanted to do that. And journals – there's just lots of things you can with this that we're trying to do and we will continuing doing, I hope.

So what have I learned? Here look it's the last slide.

Description: The last slide has a blue cloud-like background with white text reading: So, what have I learned from my TIMAC experience?

  • That an administrator would be a fool not to fight to get teacher into this program (Thanks, Debra Jones)
  • That I've been incredibly lucky to have been in TIMAC. I've learned so much and taken so much back to my classes, fellow teachers and school.
  • And finally, (well, not really) that my connection to TIMAC and to all the incredible teachers and mentors here will not end now that I'm done.

Thank you sincerely for allowing me to be a part of this!

Catherine: What have I learned from my TIMAC experience? I have learned that an administrator would be a fool (I love that) not to fight to get teacher into this program (Thank you, Debra Jones) (laughing) And I know I don't have time but I'm going to tell you a quick story anyway since Debra's here. (more laughing) Well about three years ago…she going like this (Catherine shakes her fists at the audience) Three years ago Debra said, "Catherine you gotta do this." She really encouraged me. This is a great program. You have to do this. TIMAC, it's great, you'll like it, it's great. And I said yeah, yeah, yeah. (Gestures pushing something away) Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know, I kind of drug my feet because oh one more thing. Oh, my gosh. Oh darn, I missed the, oh I missed the application and I didn't get in. (snapping her fingers) Oh, sorry Debra, I missed that, I guess I can't do it. Well, anyways, next year came around and Debra was encouraging me again to do it. And I thought, okay, I guess I gotta do it this year and I have to say you know, I've been incredibly lucky that she encouraged me to do this.

I've learned so much. I've taken so much back for myself, for my classes, for my teachers, for my school. They thank you, I thank you, my school thanks you, all of you. But I've also learned, what did I get from my experience, that this, just because I'm done, this is my second year, I'm done, I'm not done here. My connection to all of you is going to…it's just a natural part of my life now to communicate online with many of you, to go to that TIMAC list and see what's going on and get results from that into my classroom. Sorry that last line, all you, not just the teachers. So I thank you sincerely all of you, all of you, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this. Okay.

Description: Catherine is very emotional and tears up as she's offers her thanks for the opportunity to participate in TIMAC.