Thursday, November 17, 2016

November #ELLEdTech: Tools for Teaching Tolerance, Promoting Cultural Awareness, and Countering Bullying

The next #ELLEdTech Twitter chat will be this Sunday, November 20th.  Laurah and I changed the topic from what we originally planned and will now be talking about Tools for Teaching Tolerance, Promoting Cultural Awareness, and Countering Bullying.  Given the many incidents of intolerance that have recently been reported around the U.S. and the concern many ELLs have about the incoming president's policies towards immigrants, we thought it would be helpful if we could offer some resources to help students handle such situations if they encountered them.
Join the November #ELLEdTech Twitter chat to discuss Tools for Teaching Tolerance, Promoting Cultural Awareness, and Countering Bullying | The ESL Connection
Join us Sunday, 11/20/16!
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introductions: Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What resources/tools do you recommend for preventing bullying or dealing with discrimination? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How do these resources help ELLs? Schools with diverse populations? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What should teachers know before using these resources? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Are there any challenges Ts might encounter when using these resources? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who are trying to support ELLs who've been bullied or faced discrimination? #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. 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 look forward to chatting with you on Sunday evening!