How to Get ELL Students to Talk-6 Story Telling Apps

I know when I was an English Language Learner (ELL) instructor, getting students to speak in front of others, was my greatest challenge.  Mind/Shift not only addresses this challenge for educators, but recommends some fantastic storytelling apps for all three grade levels (elementary, middle, secondary) to ease their anxiety.

“With digital storytelling tools, students can spend time formulating their stories, self-reflect and self-assess, collaborate with peers of differing skill levels, and in the end, feel confident in their abilities.”

Kid in Story Book Maker (elementary)

Tell About This (elementary/middle)

ShadowPuppet Edu (elementary/middle)

Toontastic (elementary/middle)

VoiceThread (elementary/middle/secondary)

Explain Everything (middle/secondary)

“Apps and tech tools allow students to practice in the comfort of their own home by themselves or with a caregiver.”

Direct Link:  http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/08/31/6-storytelling-apps-that-get-english-language-learners-talking/

   

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138 Practical Ed Tech Tip Videos

Free Technology for Teachers organized a cumulative list of 138 fabulous, easy to follow videos aimed “at tools for flipping your classroom, videos on managing workflow, social media tips, search strategies, and media production.”  But one does not have to be a teacher to find some of these quite useful.

Many of the tools or videos are aimed at assisting anyone using Google docs or apps.  3 Helpful Google Drive Settings is just one of those videos.

This is a definite resource for everyone to bookmark!

10 Resources for Teaching and Learning About Weather

Free Technology For Teachers presents ten great resources for teaching and learning about weather.  You don’t have to be a science teacher to see these top ten resources are truly inspirational!

How does this get better you ask…videos!  Why Are There Clouds? is a relatively new Minute Earth video that explains how clouds are formed and how they rise or fall in the sky. The nice thing about Minute Earth videos is that a list of references is included in each video’s description on YouTube.

Richard Byrne, creator of Free Technology for Teachers, provides links to all ten resources as well as several Youtube videos for educators to peruse.