Friday, April 13, 2018

How to Use Digital Photography with ELLs

You know the saying A picture's worth a thousand words?  It may be even more true when teaching English Language Learners.  For students who don't yet have a strong grasp of English vocabulary, using pictures greatly aids comprehension.

But digital photography can be used by and with ELLs at all levels of language proficiency.  Photos can be used when teaching all four language skills and grammar and, of course, for teaching vocabulary.  You can also use photos when teaching academic content.  And you can teach students how to use cameras to document their lives and what goes on in their communities.

There's loads of ways to use digital cameras and photography with ELLs so please join Laurah from Tools for Teachers by Laurah J and me when we discuss Using Digital Photography in our next #ELLEdTech chat.  It's on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific time.  We'll be sharing our favorite ways to use photos as well as resources to help you and your students incorporate photos into your teaching.  We'd love for you to contribute your ideas and resources, too!  Details are below.

Share your ideas about using digital photography with ELLs in the April #ELLEdTech Twitter chat on 4/15/18 | The ESL Nexus
Come share your ideas about using digital photography with ELLs! source: The ESL Nexus
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introduction: Tell us your name, location, level/grade and subject taught. #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: Do you use digital photography with your ELLs? If so, how? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How can using digital photography in the classroom facilitate ELLs’ learning? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What are the advantages & benefits of using digital photography in the classroom? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Are there any cons or drawbacks teachers or students might have when using digital photography in learning? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who want to start using digital photography with their 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.

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 your teacher friends who might be interested in joining us know about this Twitter chat. We look forward to chatting with you on Sunday!