Tips for Teaching with Technology, ESL
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates
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In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I describe the many ways in which technology has impacted our traditions, rituals, communication, language, relationships, values, and learning. We have a generation of digital learners who have had very little guidance on how to navigate the web. They also don’t feel the weight of their responsibility because every act on the web has the potential to go viral and definitely has an audience. Below are some tips to help you integrate technology effectively. Feel free to download the slides and share them with your staff. Every Friday join me for a free 30 minute webinar at 4pmET/9pmUK. Join the American TESOL web room as a GUEST here, Americantesol.adobeconnect.com/terrell. Find more info here.
- Familiarize yourself with the pedagogy and skills needed.
- Choose the right tool for the job! Edshelf and Graphite are tool and app search engines for teachers.
- Be a connected educator. Check out my Survival Tips for Building a PLN!
- Hashtags help students and you find the most relevant and updated resources in any field and build a Professional/Passionate Learning Network. Check out my Ultimate Hashtag Guide for English Language Teachers and my clickable Edhashtags page!
- Rewordify helps students transform difficult to read texts into simpler words and also helps them define the words they don’t know.
- Show students how to write better essays with the Hemingwayapp.
- Find several emoji activities here.
- Get students to create digital several comics. Find comic activities and web tools here.
- Correct the grammar in Tweets. Find celebrity tweets pdf here. Find other Twitter ESL activities here.
- Find tons of ESL reading activities here.
- Ge students to write reviews for sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp. Find a lesson plan here, here, and here.
- Find tons of resources for CLIL here and teaching English language learners with mobile devices here.
- Get students to use digital tools to create interactive mindmaps, multimedia presentations, digital stories, comics, games, blogs, scavenger hunts, videos, podcasts, digital fliers, posters, infographics, and more!
- Let a VLE/LMS do the work for you (Edmodo, Google Classroom, Moodle, Edublogs, Kid blog, Engrade, ClassDojo, RemindHQ, Haiku Learning, Schoology, Wiki, Educlipper, Nearpod, or Google Apps for Education).
- Create a community with digital icebreakers. Find a list of digital icebreakers I’ve created and a presentation!
- Check the technology again right before the lesson. Try to check it at least 30 minutes prior to the lesson.
- When the technology doesn’t work try the following: shut it down, unplug it, reboot it, Google the problem, or ask students for help.
- Get parents on board with these parent resources.