Monday, May 15, 2017

May #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Preventing Summer Slide

ELLs are probably more at risk of summer learning loss than other students if they don't have sustained exposure to the English language during their summer vacations.  But what can teachers do to mitigate this?  Join Laurah and me this coming Sunday, May 21st, and find out about some Technology Tools to Help Prevent Summer Slide in ELLs!

Join the #ELEdTech Twitter chat on Sunday, May 21, 2107 to discuss using tech tools to prevent summer slide in ELLs.
Join the discussion on preventing summer slide in ELLs, Sunday, May 21; source: The ESL Nexus
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introductions: Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What tech tools do you recommend for preventing summer slide in ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How are these tools useful in preventing summer slide in ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What are the pros or benefits to using these tools? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Are there any cons or drawbacks Ts should be aware of with these tools#ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers that want to help prevent slide in ELLs? #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.

Join the #ELEdTech Twitter chat on Sunday, May 21, 2107 to discuss using tech tools to prevent summer slide in ELLs.
Share your favorite tech tools with other educators; source: The ESL Nexus
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 can't wait to chat with you next Sunday!