Teacher: How to use tech to assess ELLs | Teachers test video grading | Robotics class attracts Del. high-schoolers
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May 24, 2018
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Transforming Literacy Learning
Teacher: How to use tech to assess ELLs
Teacher: How to use tech to assess ELLs
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Technology tools can help teachers assess both content knowledge and language development of English-language learners, writes Jamie Ponce, who teachers ELLs in Illinois. In this blog post, Ponce shares four tech strategies for teaching and assessments, such as having students record themselves while reading aloud.
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Teachers test video grading
Teachers test video grading
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Some teachers are experimenting with offering feedback via video rather than marking students' work with red pens. David Narter, an English teacher in Illinois, said he found that students were more receptive to video feedback and found it more motivating.
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3 Ways to Deliver English Learners Support in the Core Classroom
Are you looking for ways to integrate intensive English learner support into your core classroom? View this easy-to-follow infographic that help ensure your English learners make academic English gains without sacrificing time in their important core subjects.
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Literacy Everywhere
Robotics class attracts Del. high-schoolers
Robotics class attracts Del. high-schoolers
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A Delaware high school's robotics course has grown in popularity and is considered a magnet to get students to enroll in the school, teacher Shawn Bowser said. Students learn how to design, build, operate and repair various robots -- from remote-controlled devices used in competitions to Lego photographic telescopes.
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Studies link learning, relationships with teachers
Studies link learning, relationships with teachers
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Two recent studies link student-teacher relationships to students' academic outcomes. Roland Fryer of Harvard University in one study found that elementary students who were taught by different specialists -- instead of having the same teacher who knew them well across most subjects -- had lower scores in math and reading.
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Study: Pictures boost reading comprehension
Study: Pictures boost reading comprehension
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Students benefit from reading stories accompanied by pictures, according to a brain study by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Researchers found that students better understood stories that included images, compared with audio-only and animated stories.
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Professional Development and Leadership
Teachers use tech for mentoring
Digital tools can help seasoned teachers mentor first-year educators, asserts instructional technology coordinator Claudio Zavala Jr. In this blog post, Zavala suggests four digital tools to support new teachers with critiques, communication and demonstrations.
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