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Wicked Good Online Resources and Activities for ABE/ESOL Classroom


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Covers many good sites and activities for usage in the adult basic literacy classroom and for teacher's Professional Development

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Wicked Good Online Resources and Activities for ABE/ESOL Classroom

  1. 1. Wicked Good Sites and Activities for ABE/ESOL Classrooms Presented by, Patty Ball Northeast SABES
  2. 2. Plethora of Tools <ul><li>There are many tools on the Internet that teachers and staff can use in their classrooms and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Figuring out which to use can be daunting and time-consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration - usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>free or low-cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>low learning curve for both teachers and students </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Teachers might… <ul><li>Try to use 'learning technologies' in classroom whenever they can, to make the learning experience relevant to students </li></ul><ul><li>Show students how to find and access information and opportunities through technology </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on developing students’ networking skills (both online and face-to-face) so that the students become 'connected' to people who can give them information, help them learn and keep the learning experience relevant to the student’s life </li></ul>01/23/10
  4. 4. Desired Outcomes of Presentation <ul><li>Awareness of new and useful tools for ABE/ESL programs and classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Develop willingness to explore new tools – (tools and their usages change) </li></ul><ul><li>Use some of these tools on a regular basis for either the program, the classroom or personal & professional development </li></ul><ul><li>“ Become comfortable enough with technologies so that you can recognize them for what they really are - Get past the hype and to the possibilities” (Jane Bozarth) </li></ul>
  5. 5. A quote <ul><li>The internet is now much more than an information source, it is a vast social network of people communicating and collaborating, so what better place could there be to learn, practice and use language </li></ul><ul><li>There are even some dedicated networks set up so that language students can share and exchange both their culture and their language and enjoy communicating with each other  </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples are: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>If …, people learn best with friends and within social environments, then I think the internet really is providing places where students can learn for themselves and perhaps we can just help them to consolidate those skills. </li></ul>01/23/10 *Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer Teacher Development: http:// /
  6. 6. Tech Integration Online tools for: <ul><li>Creating Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Google Docs, Zoho , *Animoto, Prezi </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Tools (with students, educators, staff) </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for Math, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening </li></ul><ul><li>  Educational Games/fun, music, soundtracks </li></ul><ul><li>My current overall favorite – how to use for awesome results </li></ul>
  7. 7. Document Creation & Collaboration <ul><li>Google Docs – Patty’s fav </li></ul><ul><li>Google apps </li></ul><ul><li>Free online software - teachers & students collaborate on projects, assignments, & professional development </li></ul><ul><li>allows more than 1 person to work on same doc at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Students no longer need to e-mail files to other group members and deal with the confusion that often occurs regarding software compatibility issues </li></ul><ul><li>Also Zoho </li></ul>
  8. 8. Google Docs
  9. 9. Google Apps for Education
  10. 10. Students can use these to: <ul><li>Work on files anywhere, anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Get quick feedback from multiple people </li></ul><ul><li>Make the full writing process visible </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate their mastery of editing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly analyze and organize data </li></ul><ul><li>Easily share data </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Google Docs and Zoho Writer - the simplest tools for publishing written work to the web </li></ul><ul><li>Create & share all of your works without leaving the program </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs allows to publish your documents as a webpage - then email url or post on your blog or website </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Writer provides extra option which generates an embed code for your documents </li></ul><ul><li>Using the embed code will allow people to read your documents without having to leave your blog or website </li></ul>
  12. 12. Teachers can use to: <ul><li>Organize group work in their classes </li></ul><ul><li>Make exercises they give students fun, since students are motivated when they are having fun </li></ul><ul><li>Give students work to do outside of the formal setting of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Take on the role of 'facilitator' rather than the role of 'giver-of-knowledge'. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with other educators </li></ul>01/23/10
  13. 13. Presentation Creation & Embellishment <ul><li>* Animoto - Animoto for Education </li></ul><ul><li>Prezi </li></ul><ul><li>280 slides </li></ul>
  14. 14. Best Collaboration Tools <ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eflclassroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Ning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EduBlogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to Use – class websites, sharing, collaboration </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Ning
  16. 16. Classroom 2.0
  17. 17. EFL Classroom
  18. 18. My Ning Site
  19. 19. Google Sites
  20. 21. Math <ul><li>Math Movies </li></ul><ul><li>XP Math </li></ul><ul><li>MathPlayground </li></ul><ul><li>Wolfram Alpha </li></ul><ul><li>thirteenEdOnline </li></ul><ul><li>HoodaMath </li></ul><ul><li>Math in Daily Life </li></ul><ul><li>Change Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Math Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Money Skills </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Skillwise Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Small Housekeeper </li></ul>
  21. 22. Math <ul><li>XP Math </li></ul>Math Movies
  22. 23. Math Playground
  23. 24. Wolfram Alpha
  24. 25. Wolfram Alpha <ul><li>Enter any date (birthdate, June 23, 1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Enter any city </li></ul><ul><li>Enter any two stocks – IBM Apple </li></ul><ul><li>Enter any calculation - $250 + 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Enter any math formula – </li></ul><ul><li>3 x 2 + x –7=4 x </li></ul>
  25. 26. WolframAlpha <ul><li>Enter any two first names - andrew, barbara </li></ul><ul><li>enter any food 1 apple + 2 oranges </li></ul><ul><li>enter any measurement 45 mph </li></ul><ul><li>enter any chemical formula H2SO4 </li></ul><ul><li>enter any musical notes C Eb G C </li></ul>
  26. 27. Step-by-Step Math <ul><li>Ever given up working on a math problem because you couldn’t figure out the next step? </li></ul><ul><li>Wolfram|Alpha can guide you step by step through the process of solving many mathematical problems </li></ul><ul><li>When trying to find solutions, Wolfram Alpha can break down the steps for you if you click the “Show steps” button in the Result pod </li></ul>
  27. 28. Reading <ul><li>English for My Job </li></ul><ul><li>Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>English with cartoons </li></ul><ul><li>English Learner </li></ul><ul><li>InfoSquares </li></ul><ul><li>Reading/Language Arts Powerpoint lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to Grammar and Writing - Powerpoint Lessons </li></ul>
  28. 29. English for My Job
  29. 30. Wordle
  30. 31. How to Use? <ul><li>*Have students create text about themselves and turn it into a Wordle-put the clouds up and see if students can identify each other </li></ul><ul><li>See CD for many more Wordle activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Nik Peachy Web2.0 Tools for Teachers </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. Writing <ul><li>Penzu </li></ul><ul><li>* Word Magnets </li></ul><ul><li>Business English – beginners </li></ul><ul><li>Many Things Many Things - videos </li></ul><ul><li>A4ESL </li></ul><ul><li>Elllo </li></ul><ul><li>News English Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Traveler - BBC – Writing - Bit size writing </li></ul><ul><li>WordSift </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Independent Study Lab </li></ul>
  32. 34. Writing Activities <ul><li>Create online materials using text & images & share w/ students </li></ul><ul><li>Writing portfolio – set written homework tasks for students, store, review, share </li></ul><ul><li>PD Journal – reflect on your teaching Lesson summary – record what you did with the classes and send as summary or reminder </li></ul><ul><li>Create models for writing activities – use a new entry each time you redraft to show how text changes through process steps of brainstorming… </li></ul><ul><li>Learner diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students to reflect on aspects of lesson and send responses using anonymous message feature </li></ul><ul><li>Upload images ask them to create story based on them </li></ul>
  33. 35. Speaking/Listening <ul><li>rong-chang Listening & speaking </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>Voxopop </li></ul><ul><li>listen-and-write </li></ul><ul><li>Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Howjsay </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Go </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation questions for esl classroom </li></ul><ul><li>* ESLfast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ESL fast dialogues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Real English </li></ul><ul><li>English Central Videos </li></ul>
  34. 36. ESL Go
  35. 37. Conversation questions for esl classroom
  36. 38. Educational Games/Fun <ul><li>Xtranormal – Make movies </li></ul><ul><li>Parade of PowerPoint Games </li></ul><ul><li>ClassTools </li></ul><ul><li>MoMupl </li></ul><ul><li>A to Z Wordfinder Scrabble </li></ul><ul><li>Let them sing it for you </li></ul><ul><li>Blip </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>35 Educational games </li></ul><ul><li>Guess the Wordle </li></ul>
  37. 39. xtranormal
  38. 40. Parade of PowerPoint Games
  39. 41. All Resources <ul><li>Top ESL websites </li></ul><ul><li>* nikpeachey Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nik Peachy links and Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nik Peachy Quick Shout Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ESL activities for adults </li></ul><ul><li>USALearns </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Support Center </li></ul><ul><li>ESL worksheets and Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Larry Ferlazzo Best of Series </li></ul><ul><li>Many Things </li></ul>
  40. 42. All Resources (2) <ul><li>English for Everybody </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Training Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Free Audio & Video ESL Resources (found through Twitter btw) </li></ul><ul><li>Daily English Activities for ESL </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Activities online </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Planet </li></ul><ul><li>*jfynetworks.edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Super Teacher Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Video training for Eng. Lang. educators </li></ul><ul><li>Patty's bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s overwhelming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Breaking News English </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News English Lessons (easier) </li></ul></ul>
  41. 43. Labor Market Info <ul><li>MA Career Information System </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul>01/23/10
  42. 45. What the Heck? <ul><li>At first glance, the typical response to Twitter is: I don’t get it </li></ul><ul><li>Why would anyone want to tell others what they are doing in 140 characters? </li></ul><ul><li>What you see, is not what you get </li></ul><ul><li>Think of Google’s simplistic interface </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is an incredibly powerful tool for your personal learning, connecting with others, and engaging classroom activities </li></ul>
  43. 46. Twitter, Social Networking, and Communities of Practice <ul><li>Consider that the true power of Twitter and other social networking tools lies in their potential to extend learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom community </li></ul>
  44. 47. Learning is a social Process <ul><li>Facilitated by interaction with others who are mutually engaged in the socially and culturally defined practices of the community </li></ul>
  45. 48. Social Networking Technologies <ul><li>Can allow second language learners to negotiate meaning and shape their identity as English speakers as they connect with and participate in the real world communities that are important to their lives </li></ul>
  46. 49. Twitter <ul><li>Twitter is very easy to sign-up for and to use </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is an effective communication tool for concise messages and news items, or links to longer messages and articles </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful networking capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is fun to use and may, therefore, be effective in engaging students in discussions who do not need to write longer essays </li></ul>
  47. 50. What Can You Do <ul><li>Tweet about the latest activity, or interest </li></ul><ul><li>Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Promote </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Invite feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Post pictures, videos, music </li></ul><ul><li>Access stream of links, ideas, opinions & resources from hand-picked selection of global professionals from anywhere </li></ul>
  48. 51. Many different ways to use Twitter in the classroom <ul><li>Post updates for students </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to collaborate in and out of classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Writing teachers have begun using Twitter as a platform for collaborative stories </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher starts and then asks each student to continue the story through 140 character tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Educational games </li></ul>
  49. 55. <ul><li>“… Twitter saves the day. It has very quickly become my personal reboot camp, or PLN (Personal Learning Network). It is jam-packed-to-the-rafters with gifted, sharing and inspirational educators from across the globe. I have learned an incredible amount about education and classroom tools in the few months I’ve been tweeting. The oft-cited comparison between a Twitter PLN and a virtual global staff room rings loud and true. “ </li></ul>Sean Banville is webmaster of sites including and . He has a Master’s degree in TEFL/TESL from Birmingham University. He spent 13 years teaching in Japan and relocated to the UAE in 2006. He recently became an enthusiastic Tweeter, @ seanbanville , and has entered the world of blogging .
  50. 56. Twitter Secrets <ul><li>Follow – be selective (marketers?) </li></ul><ul><li>Use Search – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// /advanced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// /operators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save your searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trending Topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favorites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Hashtags – a way to group tweets associated with a specific topic # # # # </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use for a class or topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ReTweet - RT </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Messaging D – can use on cell phones too </li></ul>
  51. 62. Twitter Tools/Apps/Clients <ul><li>TweetDeck - create Twitter groups -keep your work and personal contacts somewhat separate </li></ul><ul><li>Twhirl – Twitter client - desktop </li></ul><ul><li>HootSuite - manage multiple Twitter profiles & more </li></ul><ul><li>Twitxr - send photos from mobile phone - great for teachers and students alike </li></ul><ul><li>TwitPic - You can share photos on Twitter, or find photos from all around the world using this service </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterfall </li></ul><ul><li>Twtpoll – create polls and survey </li></ul><ul><li>TweetChat - easy to see only tweets with a corresponding hashtag </li></ul>
  52. 63. Follow Suggestions <ul><li>WeFollow - WeFollow offers a user powered Twitter directory </li></ul><ul><li>twibes group adulted </li></ul><ul><li>Twits Like Me - Find other users in education through Twits Like Me </li></ul><ul><li>TweepML </li></ul><ul><li>Find someone you like, check out their followers </li></ul>
  53. 64. Twitter Resources <ul><li>Ultimate Twitter guide </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate List of Twitter Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Mashable's Twitter Guide Book </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter4Teachers wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Just Tweet It </li></ul><ul><li>CybraryMan Twitter Resources </li></ul>
  54. 65. PowerPoint Twitter Feedback Slide Use Presentation Mode to view, Click this header to give mouse control back to PowerPoint, change slide, etc. © SAP 2009 / Page