Differentiation and scaffolding are terms that are used nearly every day in an educational environment. They are used so often that sometimes it may seem like they could mean just about anything. In this course, we will take a deep dive into what exactly these words mean, why they are important tools for teachers and students, and how we can use these strategies most effectively in the classroom.
What you say is sometimes less telling than how you say it. Different cultures have very different approaches to social interaction and these practices are often so deeply ingrained that we don't recognize them as expressions of culture. In this course we will learn about communication styles, their effects in the classroom, and how to engender cultural competency in ourselves and our students. Join us to broaden your cultural horizons!
Want to build a more efficient classroom to better help your ELL students succeed? In this course, we'll discuss Microsoft Immersive Reader, a free tool from Microsoft that can help your students improve their reading and writing skills. You'll learn how you can incorporate Immersive Reader into everyday activities and make your classroom a more inclusive place for ELLs.
Increasing STEM literacy is essential in the 21st century classroom, but often, subject-specific teachers do not know how best to reach ELL students. In this course, we will discuss strategies for teaching content area skills while encouraging literacy and language skills to ensure that all students are getting the most out of the material.
Our ELL students have so many different literacy components to focus on, confusion is bound to occur. While negative transfer is a natural occurrence, there are many ways we can avoid it. Join us to discover some ways to help our students make the transition to a new language as smooth as possible.
Google has great tools for education and can make your classroom more interactive for your students. Explore tools that you can use within G Suite to benefit your ELL and ENL students as well as your native speakers as they utilize technology in their learning.
One of the most challenging situations for young ENL/ELL students is being tasked with learning a second language at an age where they have not yet mastered their first. For young children, the overload to learn multiple languages at the same time can be tremendous. Teachers also face difficulties, and can sometimes struggle to communicate and teach effectively. Join this session for some technology integration tips along with a few savvy strategies to bridge this gap, and help make your students both comfortable, and ready to learn!
Discover the many resources out there that can help you address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the ELL students in your classroom. We'll provide background information on differentiating instruction for ELLs, along with strategies and tools to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. This session will focus on creating additional supports to help complete lessons and activities that are relevant for each ELL in your classroom.
Influencing the way students view the world, and how they connect with the people they meet, is just as important as learning how to read, write, and solve math problems. In this session, we'll look at some tips and tricks to help teachers foster supportive learning environments where students of all cultures feel included. We'll also discuss how to incorporate cultural differences into activities and lessons that help students become even more well-rounded members of their own community.
Microsoft Translator, a free multilingual translation cloud service, can help bridge the communication gap for educators, parents, and students. Today's teachers are striving to present content in new and creative ways in order to reach the diverse students in their classroom. From English Language Learners to students who are hard of hearing, many students require some sort of assistive technology. It doesn't stop at students - teachers are constantly finding innovative ways to communicate with family members and school staff during parent-teacher conferences, school events, and community outreach events. Microsoft Translator supports accessible classroom learning. With our curriculum specialists, you'll learn to use the many Microsoft Translator features such as live captioning, transcription, and translation!
Split! Peel! Dump! Not familiar with these actions? Then you haven't discovered the magic of Bananagrams! In this session, our Curriculum Specialists will show you some fun ways to introduce new vocabulary to your ELL students using games like Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Simon Says, and Taboo. This is a session you won't want to miss!
Sometimes science seems like an entirely different language to students. Are you struggling to find the right tools to bridge the gap between STEM and ELL vocabulary? Join our session as we discuss strategies to increase acquisition of academic English language through STEM and NGSS across all grade levels, and learn how STEM literacy and English Language Learner literacy can be used productively together. Although we know that teaching ELLs outside of the English classroom can be challenging, communicating through STEM subjects can make it that much easier!
Do you have extra teaching support in your classroom? And if so, are you leveraging that support to its fullest potential, especially for your ELL population? Join our session to discover the many co-teaching models you can use to restructure your classroom - and the ways you can use each of them to best support your English language learners.
Looking for ways to incorporate vocabulary inquisition with technology in your ENL classroom? Trying to find ways for your ENL students to practice vocabulary at home? Look no further than Quizlet! Quizlet is a vocabulary software that helps you create study sets for your students and then comes with a variety of ways to learning and quiz them. Tune in to find out how you can use it with your students!
Looking for effective ways to engage your ELLs with SMART Technologies? In this session, we will share with you some of the hidden secrets in SMART Notebook that could help you teach your ELL population!
Listenwise is a great podcast based resource to support your auditory and English Language Learners across all subjects. Motivate your English Language Learners to advance their listening skills with Listenwise's carefully curated collections. With interactive transcripts, tiered vocabulary, and reduced audio speed, Listenwise helps to improve comprehension and expand vocabulary. Great for beginner to advanced learners! Join us as we explore the content provided by Listenwise and make suggestions for use in your classroom!
While understanding the English language might seem like a piece of cake to a native speaker, to someone learning it as a new language, they might as well be fighting a losing battle. We won't beat around the bush in this session about idioms and colloquialisms, so you can be ready to explain them at the drop of a hat. Let us put the ball in your court so you can hit the nail on the head with your next English lesson. A picture may paint a thousand words, but you will be beside yourself as you join our Curriculum Specialists for the best session since sliced bread. We're going to let the cat out of the bag with some great resources to help your English Language Learners understand common idioms and colloquialisms.
See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration with your ENL/ELL students. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.
Educators work extremely hard to ensure their English Language Learners' needs are are met. They want to make sure their students are not only learning, but developing skills to use in their futures during the school year. There can be a variety of challenges teachers face when trying to master this task as they are often overwhelmed by the differences in each classroom. We are here to help simplify the process of finding different tools and web resources to satisfy a variety of needs.
Explore how teachers and students benefit from using iPads in the ELL classroom. For example, did you know that Siri can translate your student's speech to text or voice in another language? Well, that's just one of the many features we will discover throughout this course!
Looking for new ways to help your English Language Learners or Foreign Language classes learn? Duolingo for schools is fun, free, and proven to be an effective tool in language-learning! Join us as we introduce you to the platform and walk you through the simple steps to become a Duolingo For Schools Certified Educator!
Join us to learn some new and creative ways to support your English Language Learners. In this session you will learn some ways to use QR codes in the classroom and how to add information to your own QR code. You will also be introduced to some Augmented Reality applications and ways to use them to support your English Language Learners!
Are you looking for ways to use Google Tools to support an English Language Learner(ELL) in your classroom? In this session we will show you how to use Add-ons like Google Translate, and extentions like Read & Write, Google Input Tools, and Google Dictionary to better support your ELL students.
It may be difficult to know how to fully support an English as a New Language Learner(ENL) in your classroom. There are many strategies and resources out there like ¡Colorín Colorado!, free graphic organizers, and lesson plans that can help you if you know where to look! In this session we will look at some of those resources, and lesson planning strategies to help you support your students.
Listen Current brings engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom and helps students stay connected to the real world by curating the best of public radio. Listen Current provides lesson plans and examples to help students enhance listening skills and help teachers differentiate and make current events fun and interesting. Join us to learn about how to use Listen Current to enhance a variety of subject areas.
Digital Online Certifications
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