Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 2016 #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Tips for Teaching Writing

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. E. B. White
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The next #ELLEdTech Twitter chat is tomorrow at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific, 11pm UTC.  Hosted by Laurah from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J and me, April’s topic is Using Technology for Teaching Writing to English Language Learners.  Here are the details:
Join the April #ELLEdTech Twitter chat on 4/17/16 to discuss using technology to teach writing to ELLs
Join us tomorrow!
Schedule and Questions
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: What technology tools do you use to teach, practice or assess writing? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: What challenges/successes have you had when trying to use technology to teach writing? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who want to being 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.
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, 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 look forward to "seeing" you on Sunday evening!