Saturday, May 14, 2016

March #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Using Technology to Assess ELLs

"Learners need endless feedback more than they need endless teaching."
-- Grant Wiggins

Wow, it’s already the third Sunday of the month tomorrow!  Please join co-host Laurah from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J and me for May’s #ELLEdTech Twitter chat. The topic is Tools for Assessment.  Below are the details:
Join the April #ELLEdTech Twitter chat on 5/15/16 to discuss using technology tools for assessing ELLs
Join us on Sunday!
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introductions: Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTEch
7:05 = Q1: How do you use technology for assessment of ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: What are your favorite tech tools for ELL assessment? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What benefits do you see from using technology for assessment? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Have you noticed any drawbacks from using tech for assessment? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers on getting started with using technology for assessment? #ELLEdTech

Directions for Joining the Chat
1. Log into Twitter on Sunday; the chat runs from 7:00 - 7:45pm Eastern.
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 tinyurl, bitly, 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. Make sure your twitter feed is set to "public." (And do remember that Twitter is completely public; that means anyone--students, parents, administrators--may see what you tweet.)

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

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