Thursday, April 14, 2016

#ELLEdTech Chat 3: Tech Tools for Improving ELL Writing

Our second #ELLEdTech Chat is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at 7pm EDT. This month's topic is Tech Tools for Improving ELL Writing. One of the areas that my ELLs struggle most with is writing- and for many, this keeps them from exiting, even when they are advanced in other domains. So, this month's ELL Ed Chat is all about Tech Tools to help ELLs improve their writing skills! Please join us!

Questions and Timeline
7:00 = Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What kind of technology is available in your school/classroom? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: Do you currently use technology when teaching writing? Why or why not? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: For those who do, what technology tools do you use to teach, practice or assess writing? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: What successes have you had when trying to use technology to teach writing? Challenges? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who want to begin using technology to teach or practice writing? #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, or 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 solution for chat archives- trying to find the best solution. If you have one- please let me know!!)

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