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  • How many people use Twitter, Facebook, Linked In
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  • Judie Working alone is not an efficient way to gain more effective teaching strategies. When teachers work in isolation, they are constantly reinventing the same wheel – and that wastes valuable time.
  • Judie Examples of real time would be webinar or online discussion, twitter chat.
  • JUDIE In NJ – all districts are required to do PLC – so maybe we don’t need slides describing them?
    Schools in NJ have Professional Learning communities as part of their professional develop.
    Social media provides An extended learning opportunity to foster collaborative learning among colleagues plus provides more resources/info to bring back to colleagues.
  • Used to be called Personal Learning Network or Professional Learning network. Personalized Learning Network implies both concepts.
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  • JUDIE Educators of all ages and backgrounds are bringing their ideas, reflections and experiences to one convenient location; their blog. Educational bloggers have one goal, and that is to share as many ideas and experiences as possible. You can read about an issue in the morning and post your reaction to it to be seen across the world by lunchtime.

    Educator blog posts are relevant and current.
    As you begin reading educator blogs you will instinctively start to reflect upon your educational practices and beliefs.
  • SHOW GLOGSTER ON FRANCIS SCOTT KEY Padlet – show how to brainstorn and post notes
    Glogster – Science example of a glogster poster
    Answer garden
  • Make Rewordify into an APP on iPhone, iPad or Android
    Show “read” feature, highlight, inline
    Simple English Wiktionary is an online dictionary. It provides definitions for ELs in  simple language.  It also provides a definition of vocabulary in English in a variety of languages.  Grades 5-12.
    Wikipedia and Simple English Wikipedia are available in a large variety of languages and provides native language access to information for ELs.  Teachers may want to check articles for accuracy of content information. Grades 5-12.
    Windows to the Universe Windows to the Universe is a website that provides information about science topics in three levels of English as well as in Spanish. Grades 5-12.
    Google Translate provides translation from English to over 60 other languages.  Users of this site must be aware that the translations are often unreliable.  However, native speakers of the language will be able to get the gist of what is being said.  Grades 5-12.
  • Using Internet Resources to Promote Content Learning

    1. 1. Using Internet Resources to Promote Content Area Learning By Judie Haynes
    2. 2. Handout for this Session  The handout for this session is a copy of the slides. You can find it by going to
    3. 3. Discussion What is your favorite way to interact with others using the internet? Why? 600 × 430 -
    4. 4. Becoming a Connected Educator  Active learning is better than passive learning for our students  The same is true for our own professional development  Web 2.0 supports the active learning version of internet professional development.
    5. 5. Linking Web 2.0 to Becoming a Connected Educator  Teachers in the U.S. often work in isolation.  Most of us have few opportunities and limited time for collaboration during the school day.  Teachers can be more effective when not left alone to figure out how to teach ELLs.
    6. 6. Why Social Media?
    7. 7. Why Social Media PD? Social media PD can be:  real-time or on your time  cost-effective  completely customizable, and accessible around the world  driven by practitioners, not just consultants.
    8. 8. Social Media Supports Learning Communities  A learning community is a group of people who share a common interest.  A social media community shares the same common interest with a wider audience.
    9. 9. Collaboration Strategies  Use a PLN (Personalized Learning Network) as a way to make connections and share ideas and resources online.  When you develop a PLN online, you can reach and connect with educators who share your interests from around the state, country, and world!
    10. 10. Benefits of a PLN Links to resources Knowledge acquisition Networking Sharing of best practices A place where you can ask questions and get quick answers E
    11. 11. Facebook for Professional Development  –  NJTESOL/NJBE –  #ELLCHAT – f=hl  #TESOLEEIS -  Teaching Resources
    12. 12. Facebook Pages to Like  TESOL International Association – professional group for teachers of ELLs  Larry Ferlazzo – “Rock Star” of online collaboration.  Colorin Colorado – Webite provides materials in Spanish & English for teachers & parents of ELLs
    13. 13. Join Twitter for Professional Development at
    14. 14. Why Twitter? “Educators really can’t afford to NOT be on Twitter. Our educational landscape is changing very rapidly. As educators we must continually be growing and finding new ways to learn and reach our students. Twitter can be a catalyst in transforming your classroom, your school, and your teaching.” (Todd Nesloney, 2012)
    15. 15. Joining Twitter  Write a short (3 short sentences) bio about yourself.  Get a picture of yourself or an icon to put on your account.  Sign up for a Twitter Account  Follow @Karen NemethEdM & @judiehaynes  Follow the discussion on #ELLCHAT
    16. 16. Twitter for Teachers  Twitter hashtags allow teachers to hold discussions on Twitter with educators from all over the world.  Cybrary Man Educational Websites gs.html  ellchat – is a Twitter discussion group dedicated to discuss ELL education issues.
    17. 17. Example of #ELLCHAT  Discussions on Twitter every Monday night at 9 PM EST 
    18. 18. Three Reasons Educators Should Read Blogs  Blogs are at the heart of learning and sharing  Blogs are a real world and real-time experience - instantaneous  Blogs will make you reflect on your educational practices
    19. 19. Blogs to Follow  Colorin Colorado’s Blog on the Common Core for-educators-on-ccss-and-ells/  Judie Haynes’ blog for elementary teachers of ELLs on the TESOL website.
    20. 20. Blogs to Follow  Larry Ferlazzo  Diane Ravitch  ASCD Edge
    21. 21. Blogs for Teachers of ELLs  Karen Nemeth’s Blog on DLLs -  Lesli Maxwell’s ELL blog on Education Week – language/2013/01/ ml
    22. 22. Websites for Teaching ELLs  StorylineOnLine is a site where stories are read by well-known members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.  Tumblebook Library. A terrific resource of on books read for children through your local library. d=%2Flibrary%2Fasp%2Fbook_details.asp%3FCategory%3DPictureBoo ks%26offset%3D60
    23. 23. Websites for Learning English  WatchKnowLearn provides free education videos on content area information. K-12.  Voicethread can be used with very young children. polar-bear-voicethread.html
    24. 24. Websites for Learning English  Use Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) to brainstorm ideas, vocabulary or opinions with class.  GlogsterEDU is a platform where ELLs can create multimedia posters about content area information. Grades 4-12. about-red-foxes/?=glogpedia-source  197 Educational YouTube Channels -educational-youtube-channels/
    25. 25. Websites for Learning English  Wordsift  Visual Thesaurus – find key words in any text that students need to know  Timetoast – create or view timelines on any subject  My Story Maker fm
    26. 26. Other Sites for ELLs  Practice language and content area info with BrainPopESL at  Independent practice of reading and listening skills http://www.raz-
    27. 27. Sites for Learning English  Thinkfinity - free lesson plans, resources, and online activities -  Best Free Map Creation Tools free-map-creation-tools-for-teachers  Educreations at 49011/
    28. 28. Sites for Teaching ELLs.  America’s Story – short descriptions with old recordings and footage  Naturescapes – different levels of information with webquest activities t.htm
    29. 29. Websites for Teaching ELLs Critical Words Your Students Must Know - words.html National Geographic - ces-of-nature-kids/hurricanes-101-kids/
    30. 30. Websites for Teaching English  Lingro – defines words in any online text  Awsome Highlighter – teach students to highlight important ideas  Storybird  My Story Maker fm
    31. 31.  Practice language and content area info with BrainPopESL at  Independent practice of reading and listening skills http://www.raz-
    32. 32.  Switcheroo Zoo -  Read, Write, Think - Lesson plans -  Sample lesson: Q is for Duck: resources/lesson-plans/duck-using-alphabet-books- 412.html
    33. 33. Making Text Understandable Google Search by Reading Level – a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official  Write in search box what you want to find  Click on “search tools”  Click on “Level” Directions: -search-by-reading-level.html)
    34. 34. Making Text Understandable  Rewordify- website to simplify text for Special Education, ELLs & students who read below grade level
    35. 35. Educational APPs  55 Best Free Education Apps for iPad education-apps-for-ipad/  Resources for using i-Pads in the K-2 Classroom –  Free Apps for Virtual Field trips. apps-virtual-field-trips-monica-burns  10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary
    36. 36. Bilingual Resources  Simple English Wiktionary provides definitions for ELs in simple English and a definition of vocabulary in English & in a variety of languages. Grades 5-12.  Wikipedia and Simple English Wikipedia are available in many languages and provide native language access to information for ELLs. . Grades 5-12.
    37. 37. Bilingual Resources  Windows to the Universe provides information about science topics in three levels of English as well as in Spanish. Grades 5-12.  Pumerosa is a website that for Spanish speakers - Grades 7-12.
    38. 38. Bilingual Resources  Google Translate provides translation from English to over 60 other languages. Grades 5-12.  New York Science Teacher provides list of key science vocabulary words in 7 languages. Grades 7-12. o/index.php 
    39. 39. Your Next Steps  Write down the top three points from today’s session that you want to bring back to your colleagues.  In your group, discuss these points and help each other check that you have enough information on each of your points to bring back  With your group, agree on one or two final questions or conclusions to share with the whole audience as we get ready to close.
    40. 40. Judie Haynes The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners press&subject=C00&qsupld=false&q=Judie+Haynes&surf tsSearch
    41. 41. ASCD Books by Judie Haynes  Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas  Getting Started with English Language Learners