School of Education: Sonoma State University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Overview of the Program

A Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in TESOL provides advanced education in the theories, research, and practices for teaching English language learners in K-12 settings as well in adult education settings such as community colleges. The concentration will also prepare candidates to teach English abroad and for doctoral studies in related fields in Education. Courses in the concentration can be used to apply for a TESOL certificate and to meet the requirements for the CTEL authorization from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


A First Course in Linear Algebra (A Free Textbook)

Governor of California’s Press Release on Digital Textbook Initiative.

Approved for California’s Digital Textbook Initiative, see CLRN.

Five faculty reviews at the Open Textbook Catalog.

via A First Course in Linear Algebra (A Free Textbook).


SmoothDraw 3

“With SmoothDraw, you can forget about learning software tools, just start drawing with all your talents!”




New features


Download SmoothDraw 3.2.7




SmoothDraw is an easy natural painting and digital free-hand drawing software that can produce high quality pictures. Support many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many effects… Works great with tablets and Tablet PC.

via SmoothDraw.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

We are complementing Salman’s ever-growing library with user-paced exercises–developed as an open source project–allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.

Log in to the Khan Academy web application for user-paced practice and instruction

via Khan Academy.

The Assayer

California Initiative for Free Textbooks

Motivated by the California state budget crisis, Governor Schwarzenegger has announced a Free Digital Textbook Initiative, which is producing a list of free, online high school math and science textbooks that are aligned with state content standards. The list will be announced June 16, and the intention is to have the books used in classrooms in fall 2009. The idea seems to be to look for preexisting free books put out by individuals. This article has some useful background, but it mistakenly suggests that the arduous state adoption process will be an obstacle to the FDTI; statewide adoption only applies to K-8, but FDTI is doing high-school books. There was a previous, unsuccessful effort called COSTP, which tried to produce a history textbook using Wikibooks. Here is a BBC article about the present effort, and here is a newspaper opinion piece by the Governor. This is a transcript of a speech by the Governor, with some interesting Q&A at the end. Twenty books were submitted (press release, links). The four books from traditional publisher Pearson are consumable workbooks, not actual textbooks.

June 16, 2009

via The Assayer.