Monday, February 13, 2017

Refugee Reading Series: Sudan

This is the fifth installment in the Reading Refugee series. For those of you just tuning in, for this reading series, I'll be creating a Multimedia Text Set for each country affected by the recent executive order. These are 100% free and I'll publish one every few days until I've covered all 7 countries. These are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Please see information below on how to use this with your students. Access the multimedia text set by clicking on the link or image below.

Sudan Multimedia Text Set



How to use it:

First, access the document. Then, follow the directions below that apply to you.

If you do not have a Google Account (students do not need Google Accounts):

  1. Copy the document URL.
  2. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. I recommend using a link shortner like tinyurl.com or bit.ly or using a tool like symbaloo to make it easy!

If sharing  via Google Classroom (you must have a GSuite for Education Account):

  1. Login to your GSuite account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. Login to classroom.google.com
  4. Click the class you want to assign the document to.
  5. At the bottom, hover over "Add" and then click "Create assignment".
  6. Enter the title and any instructions. Attach the document via the drive symbol and select "students can view".
  7. Click assign.
If you have a Google Account but not Google Classroom:
  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. In your copy of the document, click the blue "send" button
  4. Click Get shareable link in the top right of the "Share with others" box.
  5. To choose whether a person can view, comment, or edit the file, click the Down arrow next to "Anyone with the link" and choose "Anyone with the link can view" .
  6. A file link will be copied to your clipboard. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. You can also choose to email directly to your students. 

Find the others here:

I hope you enjoy learning and using these multimedia text sets with your students.




Monday, February 6, 2017

Refugee Reading Series: Syria

This is the fourth installment in the Reading Refugee series. For those of you just tuning in, for this reading series, I'll be creating a Multimedia Text Set for each country affected by the recent executive order. These are 100% free and I'll publish one every few days until I've covered all 7 countries. These are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Please see information below on how to use this with your students. Access the multimedia text set by clicking on the link or image below.

Syria Multimedia Text Set


How to use it:

First, access the document. Then, follow the directions below that apply to you.

If you do not have a Google Account (students do not need Google Accounts):

  1. Copy the document URL.
  2. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. I recommend using a link shortner like tinyurl.com or bit.ly or using a tool like symbaloo to make it easy!

If sharing  via Google Classroom (you must have a GSuite for Education Account):

  1. Login to your GSuite account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. Login to classroom.google.com
  4. Click the class you want to assign the document to.
  5. At the bottom, hover over "Add" and then click "Create assignment".
  6. Enter the title and any instructions. Attach the document via the drive symbol and select "students can view".
  7. Click assign.
If you have a Google Account but not Google Classroom:
  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. In your copy of the document, click the blue "send" button
  4. Click Get shareable link in the top right of the "Share with others" box.
  5. To choose whether a person can view, comment, or edit the file, click the Down arrow next to "Anyone with the link" and choose "Anyone with the link can view" .
  6. A file link will be copied to your clipboard. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. You can also choose to email directly to your students. 

Find the others here:

I hope you enjoy learning and using these multimedia text sets with your students.







Friday, February 3, 2017

Refugee Reading Series: Somalia

This is the third installment in the Reading Refugee series. For those of you just tuning in, for this reading series, I'll be creating a Multimedia Text Set for each country affected by the recent executive order. These are 100% free and I'll publish one every few days until I've covered all 7 countries. These are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Please see information below on how to use this with your students. Access the multimedia text set by clicking on the link or image below.

Somalia Multimedia Text Set


How to use it:

First, access the document. Then, follow the directions below that apply to you.

If you do not have a Google Account (students do not need Google Accounts):

  1. Copy the document URL.
  2. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. I recommend using a link shortner like tinyurl.com or bit.ly or using a tool like symbaloo to make it easy!

If sharing  via Google Classroom (you must have a GSuite for Education Account):

  1. Login to your GSuite account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. Login to classroom.google.com
  4. Click the class you want to assign the document to.
  5. At the bottom, hover over "Add" and then click "Create assignment".
  6. Enter the title and any instructions. Attach the document via the drive symbol and select "students can view".
  7. Click assign.
If you have a Google Account but not Google Classroom:
  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. In your copy of the document, click the blue "send" button
  4. Click Get shareable link in the top right of the "Share with others" box.
  5. To choose whether a person can view, comment, or edit the file, click the Down arrow next to "Anyone with the link" and choose "Anyone with the link can view" .
  6. A file link will be copied to your clipboard. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. You can also choose to email directly to your students. 

Find the others here:

I hope you enjoy learning and using these multimedia text sets with your students.






Thursday, February 2, 2017

Refugee Reading Series: Iran

Refugee Reading Series

This is the second installment in the Reading Refugee series. For those of you just tuning in, for this Refugee Reading series, I'll be creating a Multimedia Text Set for each country affected by the recent executive order. These are 100% free and I'll publish one every few days until I've covered all 7 countries. These are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Please see information below on how to use this with your students. Access the multimedia text set by clicking on the link or image below.

Iran Multimedia Text Set



How to use it:

First, access the document. Then, follow the directions below that apply to you.

If you do not have a Google Account (students do not need Google Accounts):

  1. Copy the document URL.
  2. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. I recommend using a link shortner like tinyurl.com or bit.ly or using a tool like symbaloo to make it easy!

If sharing  via Google Classroom (you must have a GSuite for Education Account):

  1. Login to your GSuite account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. Login to classroom.google.com
  4. Click the class you want to assign the document to.
  5. At the bottom, hover over "Add" and then click "Create assignment".
  6. Enter the title and any instructions. Attach the document via the drive symbol and select "students can view".
  7. Click assign.
If you have a Google Account but not Google Classroom:
  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. In your copy of the document, click the blue "send" button
  4. Click Get shareable link in the top right of the "Share with others" box.
  5. To choose whether a person can view, comment, or edit the file, click the Down arrow next to "Anyone with the link" and choose "Anyone with the link can view" .
  6. A file link will be copied to your clipboard. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. You can also choose to email directly to your students. 

Find the others here:

I hope you enjoy learning and using these multimedia text sets with your students.







Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Refugee Reading Series: Iraq

I normally stay away from politics here, but when politics directly affect our ELL population, I must address it. Today, I was pleased to find a letter from the President of the International TESOL Association in my box decrying the recent executive orders signed by the new administration. These acts truly are "devastating to the populations we serve, in particular international students, immigrant students and their families, and our own TESOL community," as stated in the well-written missive linked above.

Many of us likely have students in our classroom from the countries in the immigration ban. These students, and likely others, are frightened, feeling isolated, and likely feeling quite unwelcome in their new country. It is up to us at educators to help our students feel like a welcome, valued member of the classroom and school community.

One of the best ways we can foster understanding and cultural awareness in our classrooms is through the use of literature and material that helps us to learn about and better understand other cultures. It is so important to learn about and celebrate the diversity in our classrooms and teach our students to appreciate the rich diversity they and their classmates bring to the community.


Refugee Reading Series

With all of this swirling around in my head, I'm thinking we should begin with those students who are feeling most ostracized due to the current political climate. I've started a little Refugee Reading Series where I'll be creating a Multimedia Text Set for each country affected by the recent executive order. These are 100% free and I'll publish one every few days until I've covered all 7 countries. These are designed for upper elementary and middle school students. Please see information below on how to use this with your students. Access the multimedia text set by clicking on the link or image below.

Iraq Multimedia Text Set


How to use it:

First, access the document. Then, follow the directions below that apply to you.

If you do not have a Google Account (students do not need Google Accounts):

  1. Copy the document URL.
  2. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. I recommend using a link shortner like tinyurl.com or bit.ly or using a tool like symbaloo to make it easy!

If sharing  via Google Classroom (you must have a GSuite for Education Account):

  1. Login to your GSuite account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. Login to classroom.google.com
  4. Click the class you want to assign the document to.
  5. At the bottom, hover over "Add" and then click "Create assignment".
  6. Enter the title and any instructions. Attach the document via the drive symbol and select "students can view".
  7. Click assign.
If you have a Google Account but not Google Classroom:
  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Auto copy the file to your drive by clicking here
  3. In your copy of the document, click the blue "send" button
  4. Click Get shareable link in the top right of the "Share with others" box.
  5. To choose whether a person can view, comment, or edit the file, click the Down arrow next to "Anyone with the link" and choose "Anyone with the link can view" .
  6. A file link will be copied to your clipboard. Paste the link in an email or anywhere you want to share it. You can also choose to email directly to your students. 

I hope you enjoy learning and using these multimedia text sets with your students.

Find the other Multimedia Text Sets:



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tech Tip Tuesday: Creating a Limited-Access quiz in Google Forms


One of the most frequent questions I get from teachers is how they can post a quiz that can only be accessed by students who are present on the day the quiz is given- not by students who are absent. Since Google Classroom does not (yet) have the capability to allow teachers to assign work to some students but not others, anyone can currently access any work that is posted to the stream. Therefore, this solution requires a little creativity!

First, go ahead and create your quiz in Google forms. You can even go ahead and set it to be self-grading if you want. I always include a name field first thing on my quizzes, just in case something goes glitchy with the email address collection. I've never had this happen, but you never know. Plus, it's just good practice to keep the kids putting their name on everything!

This video shows the process from there step-by-step!


Thanks for coming by. I hope this helps you to better manage quiz access with your students!



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

#ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Topic: Tools for Teaching Tolerance, Promoting Cultural Awareness, and Countering Bullying

Our next #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat is this Sunday, November 20 at 7pm EST. Given many of the events of discrimination and bullying that have followed in the wake of the election, we've decided to deviate from our original topic for this month and address something more timely. This month's topic is Tools for Teaching Tolerance, Promoting Cultural Awareness, and Countering Bullying. Join us to share your favorite tech tool and learn about others!


Questions and Timeline
7:00 = Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTech
7:05 Q1: What resources/tools do you recommend for preventing bullying or dealing with discrimination? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How do these resources help ELLs? Schools with diverse populations? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What should teachers know before using these resources? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Are there any challenges Ts might encounter when using these resources? #ELLEdTech 
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who are trying to support ELLs who've been bullied or faced discrimination? #ELLEdTech

Directions for Joining the Chat:
1. Log into Twitter on Sunday; the chat runs from 7:00 - 7:45pm Eastern Daylight Time.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #ELLEdTech in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. The first five minutes will be spent introducing ourselves.
4. Starting at 7:05, @ESOL_Odyssey or @The_ESL_Nexus will post questions every 8 minutes using Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. to identify the questions and the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
5.  Answer the questions by prefacing them with A1, A2, A3, etc. and use the hashtag #ELLEdTech.
6.  Follow any teachers who respond and are also using #ELLEdTech.
7.  Like (click the heart icon) and post responses to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your answers to the questions in advance by using an online scheduler such as TweetDeck or HootSuite (and remember to use A1, A2, etc. and #ELLEdTech).  Links are encouraged, but use tinyurlbitly,goo.gl or ow.ly to shorten your link so it can be included in your tweet.  Just click one of those links, paste the longer link in the app's box to shorten it for Twitter, then paste the shortened link into your tweet . If you have relevant images, we encourage you to post them, too.

Is this your first Twitter chat? Here are our rules:
1. Please stay on topic.
2. Please do not post about paid products unless explicitly asked. 
3. If you arrive after the chat has started, please try to read the previous tweets before joining in.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet if you prefer -- we know the first time can be a little overwhelming!
5. Always use the hashtag #ELLEdTech when tweeting.
6. When responding to someone, please be sure to "mention" them by including their Twitter handle.
7. Make sure your twitter feed is set to "public." (And do remember that Twitter is completely public; that means anyone--students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators--may see what you tweet.) 

You are welcome to let any of your teacher friends who might be interested in joining us know about this Twitter chat. We can't wait to chat with you on Sunday evening!

Can't make it to the chat? Check out the archives to see what you missed! (The archive is not currently showing everything. I'm still working on a better solution for chat archives- if you have one- please let me know!!)



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

GSuite for Education- Understanding the Sharing Settings


This year has been a little strange and incredibly busy for me at school. As a result, I haven't been blogging nearly as much as I would like to. However, I recently encountered a GSuite question about sharing settings that inspired this blog post.

Sharing settings are so important so that we can ensure that we are following copyright laws, keeping student information private, and storing information responsibly.

How do I share a document?
This quick video outlines the procedure for sharing a document on Google Drive.

Sharing Settings
Keep in mind that this part is specific to GSuite for Education- we have a few more options and protections available than normal Google users. Yay!

Sharing via Email
It's best to share via email when you're only sharing with a few specific people, such as a grade level team or an administrator. When sharing via email, you have three options:

  • Can view- the person you are sharing with via email can only view the item. They will be able to make a copy or share with others however, unless you take additional protections (see below)
  •  Can comment- when you select this option, the person you are sharing with via email will be able to make comments and suggestions, but they will not actually be able to edit the document in any way. You can accept or reject their comments and suggestions
  • Can edit- this setting gives the other person full editing rights to make any changes to the document, share with others, etc. 
Link Sharing
Link sharing is best when you are sharing with a large group of people, such as an entire school or district, or when sharing with parents. Please note that in some GSuite domains, administrators have chosen to enable settings that prevent sharing outside the domain. When you use link sharing, you have several options that combine with the options above. You will still need to decide whether those you share it with via link can edit, comment or view, as outlined above.
The first two choices, if your organization's GSuite Administrator has not disabled them, allow you to share outside your school or district domain. Proceed with extreme caution when using these options:

  • Public on the web- when you select this setting, anyone on the internet can find and access these documents. They are searchable and can show up in Google Search Results. 
  • Anyone with the link- these documents are also accessible to anyone on the internet, but only if they have a direct link. These are not searchable and cannot be found in a Google Search. 

The last two choices allow you to share easily within your domain, and are not accessible by anyone who is not signed into an account associated with your school or district domain.

  • Your domain- anyone in your domain can find these documents on Drive and access them
  • Anyone at your domain with link- anyone in your domain can access these documents, but must have a link to do so.
Please remember, you still must choose whether those you share with via link can view, comment, or edit.

Additional Protection
When sharing a document with others, Google allows you to add some additional protections to help protect your work and that of others. From the sharing tab, follow the "advanced" link in the lower right corner as shown in the image below.
Next, you will get a screen that looks like this:
With this screen you can change permissions you've already given, such as reverting an editor to a viewer or revoking access altogether. Down at the bottom, in the area circled red in the above picture, you're also provided a few special options as the document owner.

  • Prevent editors from changing access and adding new people: this setting prevents other editors on the document from changing any sharing settings or sharing with others
  • Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers: when you select this setting, only editors will be able to download, print, or copy. Other viewers will only be able to view the document and will not be able to do anything else with it, including copy it to their drive

Publishing to the Web
Another way to share a document is by publishing it to the web (found in the file menu of the open document).

When a document is shared to the web it is viewable by anyone and can be picked up in Google Searches unless you click the option that requires users to sign into their school account on your domain (shown in the image below). This is the case regardless of whatever other settings you have on the document. Once it is published to the web, it is no longer private until you click the "stop publishing" button.

I hope this better help you to understand how Google's myriad sharing settings work and helps you to choose wisely to protect sensitive student information and follow copyright laws!